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7:45 PM ET, December 24, 2010

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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) …
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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.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Christmas Eve Roundup
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Obama library fight pits Chicago vs. Honolulu
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel
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.
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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
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 …
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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 …
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.
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
‘We the people’ to open next Congress  —  House to read Constitution  —  The Constitution frequently gets lip service in Congress, but House Republicans next year will make sure it gets a lot more than that - the new rules the incoming majority party proposed this week call for a full reading …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
Reid: My job will be ‘easier’ next year
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Karoun Demirjian / Las Vegas Sun:   For Harry Reid, it's been the best of times, worst of times
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.
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The Independent:
“Expect more extreme taxes thanks to global warming, say scientists”
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and EU Referendum
B. Daniel Blatt / GayPatriot:
Grande Conservative Blogress Diva 2011  —  After extensive consultations with our committee, we have determined that the following blogresses, divas all, are the nominees for the coveted honor of Grande Conservative Blogress Diva 2011, the tiara commonly known as the “Ethel” …
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.
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Paul Vitello / New York Times:
Imam Behind Islamic Center Plans U.S. Tour
Discussion: Commentary and Weasel Zippers
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
Larry O'Connor / Breitbart.tv:
Media Parrots Same Talking Points: ‘Most Productive Congress Since Great Society’  —  Is it a coincidence when reporters and anchors all use the exact same words when describing the 111th Congress in such flattering and historic language?  From network anchors in New York to local news across the country …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Kamala Harris: Democrats' Anti-Palin  —  It's easy to understand why Kamala Harris, California's next attorney general, is being called the future of the Democratic Party, a rising political star in the mold of one of her big supporters — President Barack Obama.
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.
Naftali Bendavid / Washington Wire:
Republicans Labor to Avoid ‘Labor’  —  Congress is off for the Christmas holidays, but when lawmakers come back some will be laboring on a newly renamed committee.  —  It's the Education and the Workforce Committee, previously known in the just-concluded Congress as the Education and Labor Committee.
Discussion: TPMDC
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 …
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King County, Washington:
Citing potential for disruption to transit service, Executive …
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Howard Portnoy / Examiner:
Christmas in Bethlehem: Cross banished to appease Islamic fundamentalists
Sarah Klein / City Room:
Did He Leave a Forwarding Address? Yes, the North Pole
Ezra Klein:
Sen. Jeff Merkley: 'This isn't a question of filibuster or no filibuster'
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Lamar Smith avoids hard line on immigration
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
Discussion: The Agitator
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Sarah Rainsford / BBC:
A traditional Nativity scene, Catalan-style
Discussion: Lean Left
Wall Street Journal:
Job Offers Rising as Economy Warms Up
Discussion: Washington Monthly
BBC:
Cuba puts ‘imperialist’ US Wikileaks online
Discussion: The Nation and Outside the Beltway
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: Harry's Place, Mediaite and Raw Story
Jim Bergamo / KVUE-TV:
Woman arrested at ABIA after refusing enhanced pat down