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2:15 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) …
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Obama library fight pits Chicago vs. Honolulu
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Christmas Eve Roundup
Kimberly Schwandt / Fox News:
On President Obama's Hawaiian Reading List: Book on President Reagan
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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.
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
North Korea blasts incoming Foreign Affairs chairwoman as ‘human scum’  —  North Korea's official news agency blasted the incoming chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee — while mistaking her for a chairman.  —  Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), a Cuban immigrant …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Treasury defends 10,000 exceptions to Iran, other sanctions
Discussion: Reuters and Weasel Zippers
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.
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Exclusive - Biden: White House to Hold Line on Taxes in 2012; ‘Inevitability’ of National Consensus on Gay Marriage; Air Bases May Remain in Afghanistan Past 2014  —  The president's primary negotiator for the tax cut deal on Capitol Hill told me the administration will hold the line in two years …
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 and No More Mister Nice Blog
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
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Reid: My job will be ‘easier’ next year  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) says his job will be “easier” in the 112th Congress, despite a slimmer Democratic majority and a Republican-controlled House of Representatives.  —  “It's going to be much easier than it was,” Reid told the Las Vegas Sun.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Karoun Demirjian / Las Vegas Sun:   For Harry Reid, it's been the best of times, worst of times
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.
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.
Nancy Scola / techPresident:
Proposed U.S. House Rules Welcome (Quiet) Mobile Devices to the Floor  —  So, it looks like, yep, iPads are indeed coming to the floor of the House of Representatives, at least as long as the rules changes proposed by the incoming Republican leadership are adopted as they stand.
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
EPA vows to enforce curbs on emissions  —  The Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that it will regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and oil refineries next year in an attempt to curb global warming.  —  The move, coming on the same day the Interior Department unveiled …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog, The Foundry and Post Carbon
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NY Daily News:
Bloomberg's aides provided political support for Ground Zero mosque, released emails show  —  Mayor Bloomberg's top deputies went to great lengths to help the developers of a planned mosque near Ground Zero - even drafting a letter to the community board for them.
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
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Job Offers Rising as Economy Warms Up  —  As the economy gradually recovers, some big U.S. companies are cranking up their recruiting and advertising thousands of job openings, ranging from retail clerks and nurses to bank tellers and experts in cloud computing.
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
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Dana Loesch / Big Journalism:
Union Visits Private Home To Intimidate, Local Media Calls It “Caroling”
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Jacob Sullum / Hit & Run:
The Enlightened Despotism of Chinese-Style Family Planning
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Sarah Rainsford / BBC:
A traditional Nativity scene, Catalan-style
Discussion: Lean Left
Damian Carrington / Guardian:
Researchers develop reactor to make fuel from sunlight
Discussion: Raw Story
BooMan / Booman Tribune:
Time To Give Props
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Rahm wins residency fight …
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Experts Citing Rising Hopes for Recovery in Coming Year
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The Huffington Post:
Sarah Palin Uses Info Gleaned From ‘Treasonous’ …
Discussion: The Confluence and PERRspectives
Luke Harding / Guardian:
It's all politics, claims Julian Assange
Discussion: Raw Story, Harry's Place and Mediaite
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Don't Believe the Reapportionment Hype
Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
Bush Policy on Lands Is Reversed
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Rove: Hillary might run in 2016
Discussion: Weigel, New York Magazine and Daily Kos
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Why Republicans Gave In  —  One X-factor in the Dems' run of lame duck wins was the GOP.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The BRAD BLOG

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