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4:05 AM ET, December 28, 2010


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The Huffington Post:
White House Confirms Obama's Michael Vick Phone Call, But Says He Condemns The Crime  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION? … NEW YORK CITY — The Obama administration confirmed on Monday afternoon that the president, in a call with the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, expressed gratitude …
TRENDING: President Obama supportive of second chance for Michael Vick  —  Honolulu, Hawaii (CNN) - President Obama believes in second chances.  The president recently called Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeff Lurie and, during the conversation, the two discussed Michael Vick and the fresh start …
Mike Florio / ProFootballTalk:
Obama applauds Eagles for giving Vick second chance  —  Though the Eagles didn't have a chance to make news on the field tonight, they made some more news off the field.  —  Peter King of NBC reported during Football Night in America that President Barack Obama recently called Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie …
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
White House confirms Barack Obama's call to Michael Vick
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton Are 2010's Most Admired  —  Sarah Palin and Oprah Winfrey are closely matched behind Clinton  —  PRINCETON, NJ — President Barack Obama is Americans' Most Admired Man of 2010, substantially ahead of the former presidents, iconic religious leaders, and others who fill out the top 10 list.
Wall Street Journal:
Palin's Food Fight  —  Michelle Obama and childhood obesity.  —  President Obama's indiscriminate expansion of federal power has inspired a healthy populist rebellion, but his opponents sometimes seem to lose their sense of proportion.  Take Sarah Palin's mockery of Michelle Obama's childhood antiobesity campaign.
Natalie Portman / Associated Press:
Poll: Obama and Hillary Clinton are ‘most admired’  —  WASHINGTON — For the third straight year, President Barack Obama ranks as the man most admired by people living in the U.S., according to an annual USA Today-Gallup poll.  —  Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is the most-admired woman …
Discussion: Tammy Bruce and TalkLeft
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
DeMint challenger Alvin Greene to run for S.C. state house  —  Alvin Greene, the unemployed military veteran who won the Democratic nomination to face Sen. Jim DeMint (R) this fall, has filed to run for South Carolina's state house.  —  Greene, who lost to Demint by over 30 percentage points …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and The Note
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Alvin Greene tries again in South Carolina
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Failed South Carolina candidate Greene to try again
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
GOP Sen.-elect Paul: Attach spending cuts to every ‘major’ bill  —  GOP Sen.-elect Rand Paul said Monday that he wants to attach spending cuts to every piece of major legislation that comes before the Senate next year.  —  Paul (Ky.) — who won his race with strong support from the Tea Party movement …
Discussion: Coffee & Markets
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Inside The GOP's Plan To Stifle Obama's Executive Branch Power  —  In the nearly two months since the November midterms, the conventional wisdom has centered on the idea that President Obama's agenda will be largely protected from an influx of Republicans by the Senate's arcane rules and his own veto pen.
Caroline Gammell / Telegraph:
Christmas bomb plot: nine men remanded over plan to ‘blow up Big Ben and Westminster Abbey’  —  Nine alleged terrorists plotted a Christmas bombing campaign targeting sites that included the London Stock Exchange and Big Ben, a court heard.  —  They are alleged to have carried …
Discussion: American Power and Atlas Shrugs
Luis Martinez / ABCNEWS:
U.S. Embassy in London Was Terror Target
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Marilyn Serafini / Washington Post:
Does the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act need title reform?  —  Puh-pack-uh?  Is that some kind of llama?  —  In fact, it's the ungainly acronym of the new health-care law - PPACA, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  Many people who support the law, or are neutral toward it …
Myglesias / Yglesias:
The Median Voter Supports The Affordable Care Act
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The worsening journalistic disgrace at Wired  —  (updated below)  —  For more than six months, Wired's Senior Editor Kevin Poulsen has possessed — but refuses to publish — the key evidence in one of the year's most significant political stories: the arrest of U.S. Army PFC Bradley Manning for allegedly acting as WikiLeaks' source.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Sotomayor Guides Court's Liberal Wing  —  At her confirmation hearings last year, Sonia Sotomayor spent a lot of time assuring senators that empathy would play no part in her work on the Supreme Court.  —  That was a sort of rebuke to President Obama, who had said that empathy was precisely …
Discussion: FIRST ONE
Karin Tanabe / The Politico:
SARAH PALIN KNOCKS CONSERVATIONISTS  —  It was time to pick up the chainsaw and yell “timber” on Sunday night's episode of “Sarah Palin's Alaska.”  —  While last week's installment had Sarah doing a little of everything, from dog sledding to waitressing —this week, the show focused …
Soraya Roberts / NY Daily News:
'Sarah Palin's Alaska' explains ‘refudiate’ …
Discussion: GOP 12
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Outgoing House Dem implies Chinese aided her electoral defeat  —  Defeated Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (N.H.) suggested in a recent interview that Chinese interests contributed to her loss in the November midterm elections.  —  Shea-Porter, who first won her seat in the Democratic sweep of 2006 …
Division Wrought by New Tea Partiers
Discussion: RedState and Politics Daily
Ryan J. Reilly / TPMMuckraker:
Group Opposed To DADT Repeal To Fight On Against Shower Policy  —  Since 1993, the Center for Military Readiness has been fighting to keep gay men and lesbians from infiltrating the United States military.  So now that “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” has been repealed, what's next for the group …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
IF ONLY THOSE ‘LUCKY DUCKIES’ HAD SOME ‘SKIN IN THE GAME’.... It's been about eight years since the far-right Wall Street Journal editorial page came up with the notion of “lucky duckies.”  The label was used to describe the millions of Americans who don't pay federal income taxes because they don't earn enough money.
Ron Nixon / New York Times:
Earmarks Ban May Loom, but Lawmakers Find Ways to Finance Pet Projects  —  WASHINGTON — No one was more critical than Representative Mark Steven Kirk when President Obama and the Democratic majority in the Congress sought passage last year of a $787 billion spending bill intended to stimulate the economy.
Monica Davey / New York Times:
Michigan Town Is Left Pleading for Bankruptcy  —  HAMTRAMCK, Mich. — Leaders of this city met for more than seven hours on a Saturday not long ago, searching for something to cut from a budget that has already been cut, over and over.  —  This time they slashed money for boarding up abandoned houses …
The Huffington Post:
Islam-Bashing Bigots Train Counterterrorism Agents  —  What's Your Reaction: … “Kill them...including the children.”  —  That's how to solve the threat of militant Muslims?  —  This quote is from what one official involved in homeland security said was the theme of a speech by Walid Shoebat …
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
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Discussion: Roger Ailes and Balloon Juice
Mark Hemingway / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  The power of unions: Average stagehand …
Discussion: Don Surber
Debbie Schlussel:
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Yaroslav Trofimov / Wall Street Journal:
Afghan Security Deteriorates
Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blog:
As RNC conservatives launch Dump Steele effort, race returns to fore
Discussion: Power Line and TPMDC
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Associated Press:
SC's governor mum on plans, affair as tenure ends
Discussion: The Politico
More dim bulbs: California banning 100-watt incandescent light bulbs
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog and Hit & Run
Benjamin Wallace-Wells / New York Magazine:
Peretz in Exile  —  For decades, Martin Peretz taught at Harvard …
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