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12:15 PM ET, December 24, 2010


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Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Obama Is Set to Shuffle His Staff  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama is planning the first major reorganization of his administration, preparing to shuffle several positions in the West Wing as he tries to fortify his political team for the realities of divided government and his own re-election.
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Obama's new start  —  Riding the lamest of ducks, President Obama just won the Triple Crown.  He fulfilled (1) his most important economic priority, passage of Stimulus II, a.k.a. the tax cut deal (the perfect pre-re-election fiscal sugar high - the piper gets paid in 2013 and beyond); (2) …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Christmas Eve Roundup  —  * It's good to see that Obama is so uninterested in the “triangulation” game that he's banned the word in the White House: … Triangulation just isn't Obama's style, and his scolding of liberals seems to be rooted in genuine frustration with them for disagreeing …
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Obama library fight pits Chicago vs. Honolulu  —  HONOLULU - As President Barack Obama prepares to battle with Republicans for a second term, another fight is already brewing: where to enshrine his legacy once he leaves office.  —  The effort to play host city to Obama's presidential library …
The Politico:
Mitch McConnell's iron grip slips
Discussion: The Right Sphere
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Humbug Express  —  Hey, has anyone noticed that “A Christmas Carol” is a dangerous leftist tract?  —  I mean, consider the scene, early in the book, where Ebenezer Scrooge rightly refuses to contribute to a poverty relief fund.  “I'm opposed to giving people money for doing nothing,” he declares.
Jo Becker / New York Times:
U.S. Approved Business With Blacklisted Nations  —  Despite sanctions and trade embargoes, over the past decade the United States government has allowed American companies to do billions of dollars in business with Iran and other countries blacklisted as state sponsors of terrorism, an examination by The New York Times has found.
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Biden sees ‘inevitability’ for gay marriage  —  Vice President Joseph Biden said in a television interview Friday that “there's an inevitability for a national consensus on gay marriage.”  —  The vice president, who backs civil unions but not same-sex marriage, weighed in on the issue …
Discussion: CNN
Associated Press:
Biden says gay marriage ‘inevitable’
Daily Mail:
We misunderestimated him: Bush's memoir sells 2m copies in a month - nearly as many as Bill Clinton's sold in six years  —  For someone who mangled words on a regular basis, it's an impressive feat.  —  Former U.S. President George W Bush's memoir has sold an astonishing two million copies since …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and theblogprof
News Releases By Date  — EPA Home - Newsroom - News Releases By Date - EPA to Set Modest Pace for Greenhouse Gas Standards / ....  EPA to Set Modest Pace for Greenhouse Gas Standards / Agency stresses flexibility and public input in developing cost-effective and protective GHG standards for largest emitters
Discussion: Politics Daily and New York Times
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
EPA vows to enforce curbs on emissions
Discussion: AmSpecBlog, The Foundry and Post Carbon
Bryan Fischer /
Whoops: homosexuals lose “get out of jail free” card  —  According to National Review Online, there may be a whole lot of homosexuals who just got an unpleasant surprise.  With the repeal of the law prohibiting homosexual service in the United States military, they just lost their “get out of jail free” card.
Jim Bergamo / KVUE-TV:
Woman arrested at ABIA after refusing enhanced pat down  —  Early Wednesday morning, a computer glitch shut down a security checkpoint for a couple of hours at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.  The line snaked out the door as many travelers waited for more than an hour and some missed their flights.
Discussion: Raw Story and Weasel Zippers
God often surprises us, says Pope in BBC broadcast  —  The recording followed months of negotiations between the BBC and the Vatican  —  God is faithful to his promises but often surprises us by how he fulfils them, the Pope has said in his first BBC radio broadcast.
Discussion: Guardian, sisu and Blog
Luke Harding / Guardian:
It's all politics, claims Julian Assange  —  WikiLeaks founder says it would be ‘politically impossible’ for Britain to extradite him to the US  —  Julian Assange said today that it would be “politically impossible” for Britain to extradite him to the United States, and that the final word …
Discussion: Raw Story, Harry's Place and Mediaite
Tim May / The Columbus Dispatch:
Pryor, four other Ohio State football players receive five-game suspensions in 2011  —  Terrelle Pryor and four of his Ohio State teammates will be suspended from the first five games of the 2011 season because of NCAA violations, the school and NCAA announced today.
Cuba puts ‘imperialist’ US Wikileaks online  —  President Raul Castro says the cables show the US still acts as the “world's policeman”  —  Cuba says it will publish on the internet more than 2,000 US diplomatic cables released by the website Wikileaks.  —  The aim is to highlight US …
Discussion: The Nation and Outside the Beltway
Christian Science Monitor:
Would global warming be so bad?  —  Guest blogger Stefan Karlsson presents his take on global warming, more often called ‘global climate change.’  —  What has always troubled me the most with the view that we needs to stop “climate change” in the form of “global warming” is the idea that it would be bad if the Earth became warmer.
Discussion: Althouse
The Huffington Post:
Sarah Palin Uses Info Gleaned From ‘Treasonous’ WikiLeaks To Pen Op-Ed On Dangers Of Iran  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION? … Sarah Palin sought to build her foreign policy credentials on Tuesday, with a new op-ed arguing that the Obama administration needs to “toughen up” on Iran based on information …
Fox News:
Napolitano Scolds Reporter for Airing Complaints of Dead Border Agent's Family  —  Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, leaving the funeral of a murdered Border Patrol agent Wednesday, scolded a reporter for asking her to address the victim's family's concerns that not enough is being done to secure the southern border.
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Experts Citing Rising Hopes for Recovery in Coming Year  —  WASHINGTON — Eighteen months after the recession officially ended, the government's latest measures to bolster the economy have led many forecasters and policy makers to express new optimism that the recovery will gain substantial momentum in 2011.
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Why Republicans Gave In  —  One X-factor in the Dems' run of lame duck wins was the GOP.  They didn't exactly make it easy for Dems to do stuff...but they could've made it harder.  Much harder.  They ceded back hours of time; they handed Dems the food-safety bill after Dems basically botched it …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The BRAD BLOG
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BooMan / Booman Tribune:
Time To Give Props
Discussion: TalkLeft and NewsReal Blog
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Rahm wins residency fight …
Reid Wilson /
Don't Believe the Reapportionment Hype
Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
Bush Policy on Lands Is Reversed
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Chaim Levinson / Haaretz:
Palestinian family sends mentally ill son to settlement in hope IDF shoots him
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Rove: Hillary might run in 2016
Discussion: Weigel, Daily Kos and New York Magazine
Wes Barrett / Fox News:
Obama Family Vacation Runs Into Troubled Waters: Again
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Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
Crisis Of The Public Intellectual
Discussion: The Agitator and The Daily Dish
Daily Mail:
Fresh humiliation for eurozone as China says it will bail out debt-ridden nations
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Dave Camp's plan: Taxes made simple
Christmas in Bethlehem: the cross banished from souvenirs
Ben Smith / The Politico:
McMillan warns Obama
Peter Wehner / Commentary:
“A Rough Version of Mr. Bush's Dream May Yet Come True”