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9:45 AM ET, December 29, 2010


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Jillian Rayfield / TPMMuckraker:
Latest Right-Wing Freak-Out: Obama Wants To Give Manhattan Back To Native Americans  —  The good news is that the right-wing isn't talking about President Obama being a secret Muslim right now.  The bad news is that they're now concerned that he's going to use his honorary status …
Phil Gast / CNN:
Decision on possible Billy the Kid pardon expected by end of week  —  (CNN) — The governor of New Mexico has until Friday to decide whether to pardon outlaw Billy the Kid in the killing of a sheriff.  —  As of last week, Gov. Bill Richardson had received about 400 responses …
Discussion: HULIQ
The Huffington Post:
Afghan President Hamid Karzai Longs For ‘Golden Age’ Of The Bush Years  —  What's Your Reaction: … BUFFALO, N.Y. — Longing for the early years of the Bush administration, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has been consumed by anti-U.S. conspiracy theories, convinced American officials …
Daniel Golden / Bloomberg:
Plunge of For-Profit College Stock Makes Sperling Rail at Obama  —  As a humanities professor at San Jose State University from 1961 to 1973, John Sperling pioneered remedial reading classes for Mexican Americans and courses in social problems for police officers.
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Putting the Record Straight on the Lamo-Manning Chat Logs  —  Editor's note: This is a two-part article, in which editor-in-chief Evan Hansen and senior editor Kevin Poulsen respond separately to criticisms of the site's Wikileaks coverage.  —  The Case for Privacy
Lisa Demer / Anchorage Daily News:
Judge tosses Miller lawsuit, clears way for Murkowski swearing-in  —  A federal judge today dismissed Republican Joe Miller's federal lawsuit seeking to overturn the results of the Nov. 2 election, clearing the way for U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski to be certified as the winner.
Brian Fitzpatrick / WorldNetDaily:
Biggest conservative names bidding goodbye to CPAC  —  Participation of homosexuals, financial mismanagement cited  —  Two of the nation's premier moral issues organizations, the Family Research Council and Concerned Women for America, are refusing to attend the Conservative Political Action Conference …
Jennifer Macey / ABC News:
Floods, freeze not the end of global warming: CSIRO  —  A CSIRO scientist is warning authorities not to interpret floods in eastern Australia and snowstorms over Europe and North America as signalling the end of global warming.  —  NASA research shows that 2010 is the hottest year on record.
The Huffington Post:
Wall Street Execs Whine To Politico About Their Hurt Feelings  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION? … This morning's Politico features another piece ("Obama and Wall St.: Still Venus and Mars") in a continuing series that present Wall Street people whining about all those times White House higher-ups …
Discussion: Bloomberg, Paul Krugman and Hullabaloo
Ben White / The Politico:
Obama & Wall St.: Still Venus & Mars
NY Daily News:
Chastened Bloomberg fights to save reputation after string of snow-removal snafus  —  A testy Mayor Bloomberg fended off criticism of the city's failure to clear hundreds of snow-choked streets Tuesday as an avalanche of critics attacked his reputation as a supermanager.
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Obama: No shirtless pictures  —  The White House is taking extra steps to prevent photos of a shirtless President Obama on vacation in Hawaii.  —  The president and his family are on a snorkeling trip in Hamauma Bay Nature Reserve, and traveling press are under “explicit instructions …
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
In the Rearview, a Year That Fizzled  —  It was the year that the economy started to recover and then slid back into a slump — only to offer reason for renewed hope in the final weeks.  —  When 2010 began, hiring and consumer spending were finally picking up.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
DADT DEAD-ENDERS LATCH ONTO ‘SHOWER ISSUE’.... With Congress already having passed a repeal of the “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” policy, and President Obama gladly putting his signature on the repeal legislation, I'm not sure what more conservatives hope to accomplish.  —  There was a political fight, and they lost.
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
New GOP House Rules Pave The Way For More Tax Cuts, Deficits  —  In 2007, just weeks after Republicans lost control of the House and Senate and six years after the first passel of Bush tax cuts were signed into law, Democrats made a key change to the budget rules to prevent that episode from repeating itself.
Walter Shapiro / Politics Daily:
The Worst Clichés of Politics From ‘Tax-and-Spend’ to ‘Maverick’ … According to my rough calculations, our political tongue — the language of campaigns, elections and, yes, governing — is sustained by an army of maybe 10,000 professional babblers.
Bryan Walsh / Time:
The Northeast Blizzard: One More Sign of Global Warming  —  People dig out along 72nd Street in New York City on Dec. 27, 2010, in the wake of a powerful East Coast blizzard that shut down major airports and rail lines  —  It's become as much a winter tradition as eggnog at Christmas …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Senate Approval Ratings  —  During the second half of 2010 PPP polled on approval ratings for 59 different Senators.  Here's some of the information on how they stack up:  —The average approval rating for a Senator right now is 43% approving to 40% disapproving.
Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
As gay becomes bourgeois  —  With 'don't ask, don't tell' repealed and gays seeking marriage equality, the homosexual bourgeoisie is emerging — a concept subversive to both liberals and conservatives.  —  So now openly gay soldiers get to fight and die in neocon-imperialist wars too?
Bill Dedman /
Quest for Palin e-mails may exceed her time in office  —  You can do the math.  —  Alaska state regulations require public officials to make public records available to the public within 10 days in most cases.  —  On Monday evening, Sarah Palin's former staff in the Alaska governor's …
Edward L. Glaeser / Economix:
Behind the Population Shift  —  Edward L. Glaeser is an economics professor at Harvard and the author of the forthcoming book “Triumph of the City.”  —  Last week, the Census released population figures that will reshape the House of Representatives, moving political power south and west.
Discussion: Greg's Opinion
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Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
Voters really don't like ObamaCare — still
Palestinian Media Watch:
PA daily: Israel's aim is “destruction and ruin of humanity”
Discussion: Israel Matzav
New York Times:
A Step Toward Fairness
Discussion: Firedoglake and JammieWearingFool
The Huffington Post:
Job Market Booming Overseas For Many American Companies
 Earlier Items: 
Nicolesandler / Crooks and Liars:
Help the 99ers  —  (Ed. note: We invited Nicole Sandler to blog …
Dina ElBoghdady / Washington Post:
U.S. home prices drop 1.3% from September to October
Discussion: The Page and Truthdig
Lynn Sweet:
Bill Clinton, to stump for Rahm Emanuel, warned by Danny Davis …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The New Editor
Daily Mail:
Dial-a-fatwa that bans naps, raffles and tattoos: Muslim scholars …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A PUBLISHING MYSTERY.... I don't mind admitting when I'm wrong.
Discussion: Salon and Balloon Juice