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9:55 AM ET, December 27, 2010

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Anchorage Daily News:
Miller says he'll keep fighting for Senate seat  —  CHALLENGE: But GOP candidate won't oppose Murkowksi certification.  —  Anchorage Daily News / adn.com  —  Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller announced late Sunday that he would continue his challenge in federal court of the write …
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Associated Press:
Miller Won't Block Murkowski Senate Certification  —  JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Republican Joe Miller said he won't stand in the way of incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski being certified the winner of Alaska's U.S. Senate race, but he vowed to continue his legal fight over the state's handling of the vote count.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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: Prairie Weather and Mother Jones
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.
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
The Economy in 2011  —  After the passage of the tax cut deal, many economic forecasters raised their projections for 2011.  Recent economic indicators, including a reduction in weekly initial unemployment claims, an increase in industrial production, factory orders and consumer sentiment …
Michael Rapoport / Wall Street Journal:
Bailed-Out Banks Slip Toward Failure  —  Number of Shaky Lenders Rises to 98 as Bad Loans Pile Up; Smaller Institutions Hit Hardest  —  Nearly 100 U.S. banks that got bailout funds from the federal government show signs they are in jeopardy of failing.  —  The total, based on an analysis …
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 …
Washington Post:
Surveying the field of RNC race: Priebus out front, but it's anyone's guess  —  Uncertainty reigns in the race for the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee despite the election being less than a month away.  —  Conversations with a number of strategists close to the RNC …
Discussion: The Page
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: Harry's Place, Tim Blair and Jay Currie
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
The Big (Military) Taboo  —  We face wrenching budget cutting in the years ahead, but there's one huge area of government spending that Democrats and Republicans alike have so far treated as sacrosanct.  —  It's the military/security world, and it's time to bust that taboo.  A few facts:
Discussion: Crooked Timber and Commentary
Don Surber:
NYT: “Bundle Up, It's Global Warming”  —  Manhattan seems to be filled with foolish people who bitterly cling to their pagan religion.  —  From the New York Times: “Bundle Up, It's Global Warming.”  —  The headline is attached to a bizarre article by Judah Cohen.
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Judah Cohen / New York Times:
Bundle Up, It's Global Warming
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: Prairie Weather
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 …
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BREITBART.COM:
US to step up security at hotels and malls
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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The Blaze:
BROKAW: 'WE'LL SEE' IF OBAMA CAN LEARN ON THE JOB — HE DIDN'T HAVE HARD POLITICAL EXPERIENCE AS A GOV LIKE REAGAN DID  —  CATB  —  LOL .. all we heard was how Palin wasn't qualified .. she is much more qualified than “their” Obama!  —  Report Post »  —  Log in to Reply  —  TXPILOT
 
 
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obamas attend church on vacation
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Many Russians here aligning with Republicans
Washington Post:
Lawmakers seek cash during key votes
Deanna Martin / JournalGazette.net:
Daniels: Presidential hopefuls must address debt
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