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10:05 AM ET, December 29, 2010

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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: This Just In and HULIQ
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 …
NY Daily News:
Transit complaints about MTA, Bloomberg keep piling up in aftermath of Christmas Day blizzard  —  Bus and subway riders were stranded or delayed again Tuesday as significant parts of the transit system remained bogged down by snow and ice.  —  More than two dozen bus routes in Brooklyn …
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.
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.
Gary Bauer / Human Events:
If Christians Were Treated Like Muslims  —  Few Americans would deny that Judeo-Christian beliefs and values informed the Founding of this country and that they continue to shape much of American life today.  Nor would many of us deny that Americans who embrace Islamic values are a distinct minority here.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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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 Wired.com editor-in-chief Evan Hansen and senior editor Kevin Poulsen respond separately to criticisms of the site's Wikileaks coverage.  —  The Case for Privacy
Jason Millman / The Hill:
Key healthcare provisions take effect Jan. 1, just as GOP moves into House  —  Key parts of the new healthcare law will go into effect on Jan. 1, just before a Republican-controlled House returns to Washington.  —  The massive overhaul of healthcare approved by Congress earlier this year …
Discussion: TPMDC
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 …
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 …
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
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Ben White / The Politico:
Obama & Wall St.: Still Venus & Mars
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.
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.
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 and EconLog
CNN:
Oklahoma man says wife's death was sex fantasy accident  —  (CNN) — Arthur Sedille was up-front with police: He would often put a gun to his wife's head during fantasy sex play at their Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, home.  —  But Sedille said he didn't know the gun was loaded when he pressed …
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.
 
 
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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
Nicolesandler / Crooks and Liars:
Help the 99ers  —  (Ed. note: We invited Nicole Sandler to blog …
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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
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A PUBLISHING MYSTERY.... I don't mind admitting when I'm wrong.
Discussion: Salon and Balloon Juice