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12:20 AM ET, December 29, 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.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Poll shows growing Dem support for second Obama term
Discussion: Weigel
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 …
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 …
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, Hullabaloo and Paul Krugman
Ben White / The Politico:
Obama and Wall St.: Still Venus and Mars
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
N.J. Gov. Christie, vacationing during snowstorm, pushes back on criticism  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's office is pushing back against complaints that both he and the lieutenant governor were vacationing during a blizzard that blanketed the state with snow.
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.
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?
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Nicolesandler / Crooks and Liars:
Help the 99ers  —  (Ed. note: We invited Nicole Sandler to blog here to announce her new site, designed to help 99ers find support and work.)  —  Last week, while guest hosting The Randi Rhodes Show and discussing the unexpected but wonderful progress made in the lame duck session of Congress …
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.
New York Times:
A Step Toward Fairness  —  This country continues to pay a high price in both security and reputation for the Bush administration's many violations of international law at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.  After more than a year of review, the Obama administration is preparing an executive order intended …
Discussion: Firedoglake and JammieWearingFool
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
GOP Senator-Elect Calls For Filibuster Reform On Judicial Nominees  —  In 2005, when President Bush was nominating judges, GOP senators almost universally denounced filibusters of judicial nominees as unconstitutional.  Four years later, when a Democratic president moved into the White House …
Lynn Sweet:
Bill Clinton, to stump for Rahm Emanuel, warned by Danny Davis: Stay out of Chicago mayor race  —  Chicago mayoral hopeful Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) shot a warning on Tuesday morning to former President Bill Clinton, coming to Chicago to stump for rival Rahm Emanuel: Stay out.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The New Editor
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A PUBLISHING MYSTERY.... I don't mind admitting when I'm wrong.  Last year, for example, I predicted that George W. Bush's post-presidency memoir would be a flop.  Just the opposite is true — “Decision Points” has sat atop the Times Best Sellers list for the last six weeks, and yesterday …
Discussion: Salon and Balloon Juice
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: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
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.
Daily Mail:
Dial-a-fatwa that bans naps, raffles and tattoos: Muslim scholars issue 350,000 decrees in 2010  —  Taking an afternoon nap, the monotonous drone of vuvuzelas that irritated almost all football fans during the World Cup is OK, and it doesn't matter how much noise a donkey makes, it musn't be touched.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Wall Street Journal:
How Congress Can Stop the EPA's Power Grab  —  Courts have yet to decide if the agency's proposed controls on carbon emissions are even legal.  —  On Jan. 2, the Environmental Protection Agency will officially begin regulating the emission of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.
The Huffington Post:
Job Market Booming Overseas For Many American Companies  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION? … Corporate profits are up.  Stock prices are up.  So why isn't anyone hiring?  —  Actually, many American companies are - just maybe not in your town.  They're hiring overseas, where sales are surging and the pipeline of orders is fat.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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.
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