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2:50 PM ET, December 28, 2010


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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
TRENDING: CNN 2012 Poll: Obama and Palin going in different directions?  —  Washington (CNN) - As the start of the next presidential campaign nears, a new national poll suggests that President Barack Obama's tax-cut compromise with congressional Republicans did not hurt his standing among Democrats …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
For Palin there's no place like a bad way  —  It's a well known fact that Sarah Palin is the most unpopular major political figure in the thing that may be less well known is that one of the states where voters have the dimmest view of her is her own home state of Alaska.
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Palin takes hit from the right for picking food fight with Michelle Obama  —  Sarah Palin has come under fire from the right for her attacks on the first lady's anti-obesity campaign.  —  The conservative opinion page of The Wall Street Journal, which frequently criticizes the White House …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney sinks in Florida
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Optimism for Obama Should Come With Caution
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Poll shows growing Dem support for second Obama term
Discussion: Weigel
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
MAYBE CHRISTIE CAN SEND A POSTCARD.... Following up on an item from yesterday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and his lieutenant governor were told Sunday about the blizzard barreling down on the Garden State.  Soon after, they left town at the same time, with Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (R) …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
N.J. Gov. Christie, vacationing during snowstorm, pushes back on criticism
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The merger of journalists and government officials  —  The video of the CNN debate I did last night about WikiLeaks with former Bush Homeland Security Adviser (and CNN contributor) Fran Townsend and CNN anchor Jessica Yellin is posted below.  The way it proceeded was quite instructive …
Rasmussen Reports:
Just 21% Want FCC to Regulate Internet, Most Fear Regulation Would Promote Political Agenda  —  American voters believe free market competition will protect Internet users more than government regulation and fear that regulation will be used to push a political agenda.
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
Obama weighs in on Michael Vick, and other cultural issues  —  HONOLULU - President Obama doesn't seem to shy away from the divisive social and cultural topics that Americans are debating in their living rooms, gyms and workplaces.  —  He has spoken out about the responsibility of fathers …
Obama and Income Inequality: No New Brazils!  —  We're going to be hearing a lot about income inequality over the next few years.  It may be an abstract concept, but it gets hits like Sarah Palin and attracts grant money like Cory Booker.  Tim Noah's series on the subject was (rightly) so popular he got a book contract out of it.
Jana Winter / Fox News:
Indiana Grandmother, a Muslim Convert, Being Investigated for Possible Terror Link  —  Kathie Smith brandishes a gun in video starring her and her husband, Salahudin Ibn Jafar, that is being investigated by terrorism task force.  —  A 46-year-old Indiana grandmother is under investigation …
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Weasel Zippers
Sam Dagher / Wall Street Journal:
Iraq Wants the U.S. Out  —  Prime Minister, in Interview, Says Troops Must Leave Next Year as Planned  —  BAGHDAD—Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki ruled out the presence of any U.S. troops in Iraq after the end of 2011, saying his new government and the country's security forces were capable …
Ron Nixon / New York Times:
Lawmakers Finance Pet Projects Without Earmarks  —  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.
Accounting Today:
GAO Sees Problems in Government's Financial Management  —  Like what you see?  Click here to sign up for Accounting Today's daily newsletter to get the latest news and behind the scenes commentary you won't find anywhere else.  —  “Even though significant progress has been made since …
Lee Ferran / ABCNEWS:
National Film Registry Adds 25 Films  —  National Film Registry Chooses 25 Films for 2010 Additions  —  It's official.  When, in hundreds of years, the future of humanity scours the U.S. Library of Congress for clues as to how primitively we lived back in the early 21st century …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and AmSpecBlog
John Tierney / New York Times:
Economic Optimism?  Yes, I'll Take That Bet  —  Five years ago, Matthew R. Simmons and I bet $5,000.  It was a wager about the future of energy supplies — a Malthusian pessimist versus a Cornucopian optimist — and now the day of reckoning is nigh: Jan. 1, 2011.
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
Health plans for high-risk patients attracting fewer, costing more than expected  —  An early feature of the new health-care law that allows people who are already sick to get insurance to cover their medical costs isn't attracting as many customers as expected.
Carolyn Kellogg / Jacket Copy:
Denis Dutton dies; author, philosopher, brother to L.A. booksellers  —  Denis Dutton, the author, academic and philosopher who saw the Web as a place where intelligent ideas could flourish, has died in New Zealand at the age of 66, according to New Zealand news sources.
Discussion: Hit & Run, National Review and EconLog
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Social Security reform is the answer to Obama's problems - and the nation's  —  The main achievements of the lame-duck session of Congress were reminders of what might have been.  President Obama gave something to get something.  To secure a second stimulus, he accepted Republican economic methods.
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Tests of ‘Roe’ more frequent since justices upheld late-term abortion ban in '07  —  LINCOLN, NEB. - Mike Flood, the 35-year-old speaker of Nebraska's legislature, had a problem: He wanted to stop the state's well-known abortion provider from offering late-term abortions.
Discussion: Law Blog, Althouse and Prairie Weather
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
Concision and the Public Intellectual  —  A friend of mine sent me the video below as an expansion on our conversation around cable news.  It's a discussion from the 1980s about why Noam Chomsky had never been on Nightline.  I dislike many of the sweeping generalizations which Chomsky makes at the end.
Mark Mellinger / WANE-TV:
Daniels says debt could wreck America  —  Also explains “truce” comment … Mark Mellinger: “Many have said you [would] have a lot going against you if you were running for president.  And some obstacles you just can't help.  One is that you're short.”  —  Mitch Daniels: “I don't dispute it.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Christopher R. Albon / The Atlantic Online:
How WikiLeaks Just Set Back Democracy in Zimbabwe  —  Last year, early on Christmas Eve morning, representatives from the U.S., United Kingdom, Netherlands, and the European Union arrived for a meeting with Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai.  Appointed prime minister earlier …
Daily Mail:
Top Gear stars cause religious row after dressing up in burkas on Boxing Day special  —  Jeremy Clarkson and his Top Gear co-stars have sparked religious outrage after dressing up in burkas on the Boxing Day special.  —  Clarkson and Richard Hammond decided to dress in niqabs …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
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Jason Burke / Guardian:
India issues nationwide terror alert
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
States Jockey, Again, to Vote First in 2012
Discussion: Politics Daily
Peter Lattman / DealBook:
Stock Trading in Private Companies Draws S.E.C. Scrutiny
Laurie Segall /
Ex-Shell president sees $5 gas in 2012
Discussion: Doug Ross, Donklephant and Raw Story
KenInNy / DownWithTyranny!:
Republicans in Their Own Words …
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Napolitano: Clapper's ignorance of U.K. arrests a PR failure
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Bill Roggio / 1 The Long War Journal:
US Predators strike again in North Waziristan
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Bob Herbert / New York Times:
The Data and the Reality  —  I keep hearing from the data zealots …
Discussion: Shakesville
Agence France Presse:
London is home to Hamas hub, says Israel
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
John O'Connor / The State:
Greene returns to politics
Discussion: Wonkette and Outside the Beltway
Neil King Jr / Washington Wire:
Tea Party Organizer Jumps Into Va. Senate Race
Discussion: Ballot Box
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
GOP Turns To K Street Veterans To Help Unravel Health Care Law