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.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online, Commentary, msnbc.com, The Moderate Voice, The Mahablog, The Confluence, Michelle Malkin, The Politico, CNN, The Hill, Raw Story and GOP 12
Garance Franke-Ruta / The Atlantic Online: Does Admiration Matter?
Abe Greenwald / Commentary: Bush and Palin In Strong Year-End Showing
First Read / msnbc.com: Obama, Clinton remain most admired in America
Doug Powers / Michelle Malkin: Gallup's Most Admired Man & Woman for 2010
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico: Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton are most admired
Gschwarzcnn / CNN: Poll: Obama, Clinton remain No. 1
Stephen C. Webster / Raw Story: President Obama still America's ‘most admired’ man, poll finds
Christian Heinze / GOP 12: Hillary, Palin top most-admired 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.
Discussion: Commentary and Mediaite
J. E. Dyer / Commentary: RE: RE: Palin's Counterproductive Complaint
Susan Page / USA Today:
President Obama is USA's most-admired man — WASHINGTON — His party may have suffered a shellacking in November's elections, but President Obama remains the unchallenged champion on another front: For the third year in a row, he is by far the most admired man in America.
Discussion: Truthdig, The Political Carnival, Wonkette, Taegan Goddard's … and Hit & Run
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.
Discussion: Firedoglake, Yglesias, Congress Matters, Hullabaloo, The Political Carnival, Liberal Values and Taegan Goddard's …
Myglesias / Yglesias: How The GOP Will Try to Reign Obama In
David Waldman / Congress Matters: Things preserving the filibuster won't help with
Ron Chusid / Liberal Values: The GOP's Latest Plan For Congress
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 …
Discussion: Alan Colmes' Liberaland
Soraya Roberts / NY Daily News:
'Sarah Palin's Alaska' explains ‘refudiate’ …
'Sarah Palin's Alaska' explains ‘refudiate’ …
Discussion: GOP 12
Christian Heinze / GOP 12: Palin explains “refudiate”
Christopher Beam / New York Magazine:
The Trouble With Liberty — Libertarians, of both left and right, haven't been this close to power since 1776. But do we want to live in their world? — Just before Thanksgiving, in an impassioned speech on the floor of the House of Representatives, Ron Paul called for Congress to be groped.
Discussion: Hit & Run and National Review
Radley Balko / Hit & Run: More on Chris Beam's New York Treatise on Libertarianism
New York Magazine:
The Trouble With Liberty
The Trouble With Liberty
Discussion: Yglesias and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Scott Lemieux / Lawyers, Guns & Money: The Non-Mystery of Libertarianism's Marginalization
Benjamin Wallace-Wells / New York Magazine:
Peretz in Exile — For decades, Martin Peretz taught at Harvard and presided over The New Republic—a fierce, if controversial, lion among American intellectuals and Zionists. Now, having been labeled a bigot, taunted at his alma mater, and stripped of his magazine, he has found peace in a place where there is little: Israel.
Discussion: Salon, The Daily Caller, The Atlantic Online and TPMCafe
Alex Pareene / Salon: Marty Peretz has black friends
Mike Riggs / The Daily Caller: Marty Peretz reminds me of my grandmother
Garance Franke-Ruta / The Atlantic Online: Marty Peretz in Israel: New York Magazine Profiles an Editor in Exile
M.J. Rosenberg / TPMCafe: Marty Peretz Pays The Price
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.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice, Firedoglake, AlterNet, UT Documents and Emptywheel
Kathy Kattenburg / The Moderate Voice: Journalistic Malpractice — Glenn Greenwald has a must-read …
David Edwards / AlterNet: ‘Disgrace’: Wired Slammed for Withholding Chat Logs That Could …
Glenn Greenwald / UT Documents: Email to Kevin Poulsen
New York Times:
In ‘Daily Show’ Role on 9/11 Bill, Echoes of Murrow — Did the bill pledging federal funds for the health care of 9/11 responders become law in the waning hours of the 111th Congress only because a comedian took it up as a personal cause? — And does that make that comedian, Jon Stewart …
Discussion: The Week Magazine, Don Surber, The Moderate Voice, Outside the Beltway, Mediaite, Truthdig, NewsReal Blog, nancynall.com and Gawker, more at Mediagazer »
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice: Is Jon Stewart the Next Edward R. Murrow?
Doug Mataconis / Outside the Beltway: Jon Stewart As Edward R. Murrow?
Nancy / nancynall.com: Opened presents.
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker: AP Accuses NYT of Scoop-Thieving , Pulitzer-Baiting
In tough times, Barbour flies high — The Mississippi state plane, a zippy Cessna Citation with a capacity of 12, is a model favored by corporate executives and the wealthy, and its principal passenger, Gov. Haley Barbour, might easily be mistaken for one of them when he arrives …
Laura Conaway / The Maddow Blog: Haley Barbour, nowhere fast
Max Bergmann / ThinkProgress: Haley Barbour Uses State Plane As His Own Private Jet, Racking Up Massive Bill
Alex Pareene / Salon: Haley Barbour's “official state plane” abuse
Matt DeLong / Washington Post: Haley Barbour takes heat for jet trips
Libby Spencer / The Impolitic: Boss Hogg 2012 - Ha!
Zandar / No More Mister Nice Blog: WELL ABOUT THIS TIME, BOSS HOGG REALIZED HE WAS IN A HEAP OF TROUBLE
Christian Heinze / GOP 12: Barbour flies the friendly skies
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.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice, theblogprof, Ezra Klein and Yglesias
James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
THE JOBS CRISIS — The recession has been over for more than a year now, but so many people are out of work that it doesn't feel like much of a recovery. In November, the economy added just thirty-nine thousand jobs. The failure to translate G.D.P. growth into job growth has given us …
Discussion: The Impolitic, Hullabaloo, The Glittering Eye, The Gateway Pundit and Prairie Weather
Libby Spencer / The Impolitic: Recovery is spelled J.O.B.S.
Dave Schuler / The Glittering Eye: Cycles and Structures
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Liberals fear failure on spending bill may come back to haunt Obama — Left-leaning think tanks already disappointed with President Obama's tax-cut compromise fear its political and economic benefits will be wiped out by budget cuts in the next Congress. — They argue Obama …
Discussion: TalkLeft, Firedoglake and Prairie Weather
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft: The Norquist Strategy Part 2: The Trailer
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 …
Discussion: SportsGrid, Wonkette, The Gateway Pundit, Alan Colmes' Liberaland and Michelle Malkin
Glenn Davis / SportsGrid: Michael Vick Has Another Supporter: President Obama
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit: Obama Calls Eagles' Owner & Applauds Team for Giving Vick Second Chance
Division Wrought by New Tea Partiers — Rep. Mike Castle, R-Del., who was taken out in his primary by Tea Party favorite Christine O'Donnell, expresed alarm at the division the movement had caused within his own party. — “The Tea Party movement really is quite a bit different …
Discussion: The Hill and National Review
Jordan Fabian / The Hill: Outgoing House Dem implies Chinese aided her electoral defeat
Brad Johnson / ThinkProgress:
New Science Committee Chair Ralph Hall Praises ‘Tremendous’ BP Spill — Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX) plans to pursue an aggressive pro-oil agenda as the incoming chair of the House Science and Technology Committee. In an interview with the Dallas Morning News this month, the …
Brad Johnson / Wonk Room: New Science Chair Ralph Hall Praises ‘Tremendous’ …
Vladimir / RedState: NYT on the Deepwater Horizon Disaster
Jack Loftus / Gizmodo: Exhaustive Investigation Details Final Moments of the Doomed Deepwater Horizon
Barbara Morrill / Daily Kos: Republican congressman calls BP oil spill ‘tremendous’
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
CNN Poll: Controversial health care provision unpopular — Washington (CNN) - As a crucial component of the nation's new health care law requiring all Americans to buy insurance faces an uncertain fate in federal courts, a new national poll indicates that a majority of Americans oppose …
Discussion: Firedoglake and AmSpecBlog
Blue Texan / Firedoglake: CNN Poll: Independents Still Hate the Mandate
Philip Klein / AmSpecBlog: Poll: Americans Have Contradictory Views on Health Care
Hotline On Call:
Updating The RNC Chairman's Race Whip Count — More than one-third of Republican National Committee members have declared their support for one of the six contenders seeking the chairmanship, and with just over two weeks to go the race remains wide open. — The big movers over the weekend …
Discussion: Washington Wire
Patrick O'Connor / Washington Wire: RNC Field Still Up in the Air
Joan Biskupic / USA Today:
Sotomayor protests court's refusal of appeals — WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has set herself apart from colleagues with her fervent statements protesting the majority's refusal to take some appeals, particularly involving prisoners. — Each month, the justices spurn hundreds …
Discussion: Law Blog and Shakesville
Nathan Koppel / Law Blog: Sonia Sotomayor: The Outspoken One
Melissa McEwan / Shakesville: Sotomayor:Awesome:: Water:Wet — I am passing on this article …
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: Sky Dancing, Democracy in America, Prairie Weather, Daily Kos and Mother Jones
DemFromCT / Daily Kos: Abbreviated Pundit Round-up
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones: The World's Real Oil Problem
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
ROBIN ASHTON GETS JUSTICE AT JUSTICE.... Looking back, it's still almost hard to believe what went on in Bush's Justice Department. Monica Goodling, a young graduate of a radical TV preacher's college, made the transition from being an opposition researcher for the Republican National Committee …
Discussion: Liberty Street and Zandar Versus The Stupid
Charles Riley / CNNMoney.com:
Slashing $100 billion: What's first to go? — NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Incoming House Speaker John Boehner has made it very clear: When he takes control of the House, slashing the federal budget by $100 billion will be priority number one. — The stakes are high.
Discussion: No More Mister Nice Blog
SC's governor mum on plans, affair as tenure ends — BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) — Things are looking up for Gov. Mark Sanford as he prepares to leave office on his own terms more than a year after the international affair that derailed his once-promising political career. — He will be replaced by his chosen successor.
Discussion: The Politico
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico: Sanford: No plans for Appalachia
Warner Todd Huston / Big Hollywood:
Meet the New Batman: An Algerian Muslim Who Saves France from Nazis and Communists — Reality isn't always very fun. Because of that many people turn to comic books for a little escapism. But there's escapism and PC indoctrination. Sadly, it appears that DC Comics' Batman is angling for the latter and not the former.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Jawa Report
D-Lo / Weasel Zippers: Holy PC Crap, Batman!
Stable Hand / The Jawa Report: Meet the New Batman, Insha'allah
Neil King Jr / Wall Street Journal:
Fiscal, Military Hawk Builds GOP Stature — Republican Conservatives View Indiana's Pence as Frontline Candidate for 2012 for His Potential to Unite Party Wings — Mike Pence (R., Ind.) says he is seriously weighing a run for the White House, but many signs point to him running for Indiana governor in 2012.
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
A Return to Normalcy — Over the past three years, American politics has been dominated by a liberal fantasy and a conservative freakout. — The fantasy was the idea that Barack Obama, a one-term senator with an appealing biography and a silver tongue, would turn out to be Franklin Delano Roosevelt …
Discussion: Right Turn
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn: Things the chattering class got wrong