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4:15 AM ET, December 27, 2010

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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Juan Williams: Palin not on same ‘intellectual stage’ as Obama  —  Fox News contributor Juan Williams said Sunday that Sarah Palin “can't stand on the intellectual stage” with President Obama.  —  Williams, in his role as an analyst on Fox News Sunday, was breaking down the Republican presidential field, which he saw as weak.
Matt Schneider / Mediaite:
Janet Napolitano: Director Of National Intelligence Did Not “Need” To Know About London Terror Plot  —  Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano appeared on CNN's State of the Union and was eager to defend Director of National Intelligece James Clapper's embarrassing ordeal of being unaware …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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BREITBART.COM:
US to step up security at hotels and malls
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Napolitano: Invasive scans, pat-downs unlikely to change
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel and The Page
Kevin Dolak / ABCNEWS:
Julian Assange Signs $1.3 Million Book Deal  —  WikiLeaks Founder's Deal Will Cover Legal Costs for Himself and Website  —  WikiLeaks.org founder Julian Assange has inked a $1.3 million book deal to cover legal costs relating to his arrest and any lawsuits aimed at his controversial whistle-blowing website.
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Paul Lewis / Guardian:
Assange to earn £1m from book deals
Discussion: Truthdig
Judah Cohen / New York Times:
Bundle Up, It's Global Warming  —  THE earth continues to get warmer, yet it's feeling a lot colder outside.  Over the past few weeks, subzero temperatures in Poland claimed 66 lives; snow arrived in Seattle well before the winter solstice, and fell heavily enough in Minneapolis to make the roof …
Marie Colvin / TheAustralian:
WikiLeaks founder baffled by sex assault claims  —  ONE of the women claiming she was sexually assaulted by Julian Assange took a “trophy photo” of him lying naked in her bed, he says.  —  The white-haired computer impresario had been invited to stay in her empty flat when he visited Stockholm …
Discussion: Tim Blair and Jay Currie
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Finite World  —  Oil is back above $90 a barrel.  Copper and cotton have hit record highs.  Wheat and corn prices are way up.  Over all, world commodity prices have risen by a quarter in the past six months.  —  So what's the meaning of this surge?  —  Is it speculation run amok?
Discussion: Mother Jones
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obamas attends church on vacation  —  President Obama and the First Family attended church Sunday at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, where they spent the afternoon greeting troops on Christmas Day.  —  The Obamas attended services at St. Michael's Church, the base's chapel, at 11:05 a.m. local time.
Discussion: The Politico
Dan Mitchell / International Liberty:
According to Census Data, People Vote with their Feet for Less Government  —  The world is a laboratory and different nations are public policy experiments.  Not surprisingly, the evidence from these experiments is that nations with more freedom tend to grow faster and enjoy more prosperity.
Discussion: GayPatriot
George F. Will / Washington Post:
A remedy for beggar states  —  The nation's menu of crises caused by governmental malpractice may soon include states coming to Congress as mendicants, seeking relief from the consequences of their choices.  Congress should forestall this by passing a bill with a bland title but explosive potential.
New York Times:
Banks and WikiLeaks  —  The whistle-blowing Web site WikiLeaks has not been convicted of a crime.  The Justice Department has not even pressed charges over its disclosure of confidential State Department communications.  Nonetheless, the financial industry is trying to shut it down.
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Even after shellacking, 2012 looks OK for Obama  —  On Boxing Day, it's worth noting that Barack Obama is down but not out.  —  You could tell as much from the contrast between his petulant postelection press conference and his peppy pre-Christmas press conference.
Discussion: Pajamas Media
New York Times:
The Looming Crisis in the States  —  For most of this year, the state of Illinois has lacked the money to pay its bills.  Some of its employees have been evicted from their offices for nonpayment of rent, social service groups have laid off hundreds of workers while waiting for checks …
 
 
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Washington Post:
Lawmakers seek cash during key votes
Discussion: Firedoglake and Taylor Marsh
Deanna Martin / JournalGazette.net:
Daniels: Presidential hopefuls must address debt
Discussion: The Hill and GOP 12
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Coburn: Get ready for “apocalyptic pain”
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Jarrett: Obama to spend more time outside of Washington in 2011
Discussion: CNN and JammieWearingFool
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
Best, worst of YouTube politics
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
IT DEPENDS ON THE MEANING OF ‘EXTRAORDINARY’.... The head …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
James Warren / New York Times:
Surprise Representative Plans Surprises of His Own in Washington