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11:40 AM ET, December 29, 2010


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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 …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Firedoglake
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Honing our plan for Afghanistan
Discussion: Rising Hegemon
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 and Weasel Zippers
Floyd Abrams / Wall Street Journal:
Why WikiLeaks Is Unlike the Pentagon Papers  —  Everyone knows that Daniel Ellsberg leaked top-secret government documents about the Vietnam War.  How many remember the ones he kept secret, or why?  —  In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg decided to make available to the New York Times …
Kevin Sack / New York Times:
Terrain Shifts in Challenges to the Health Care Law
Discussion: Law Blog and The Volokh Conspiracy
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 …
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
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.
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
CNN Poll: Plurality say Obama's policies will likely fail  —  Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama enters the new year with a growing number of Americans pessimistic about his policies and a growing number rooting for him to fail, according to a new national poll.  —  Full poll results [pdf]
Discussion: Mediaite
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 …
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
A truce in culture wars as voters focus on economy  —  Back in June, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, whom many think would be an attractive 2012 presidential candidate, was quoted by Andrew Ferguson in the Weekly Standard for saying the next president “would have to call a truce on the so-called social issues.”
Discussion: GayPatriot
Jessica Yellin's response to last night's Assange discussion  —  Last night's discussion about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's book deal and his philosophy triggered an online debate and prompted a blog post by one of the guests.  Some thoughts:  —  1) Glenn Greewald suggests that I am among those …
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.
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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
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
NY Daily News:
Death of newborn baby among several blizzard tragedies as city is accused of ‘dropping the ball’  —  A blizzard baby delivered inside the lobby of a snowbound Brooklyn building died after an emergency call of a woman in labor brought no help for nine excruciating hours.
Discussion: New York Times and National Review
Barry Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
Impossible Foreclosure: Never Late on a Payment  —  The excuses given for rampant, systemic, illegal foreclosure activity by banks is the overwhelming volume the local offices have to deal with.  —  In housing disaster regions like South Florida or Vegas, that nonsense excuse at least has a basis in fact.
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 …
The Politico:
Courting begins in 2012 early states  —  “We've never spoken, but she left me a nice message, and I believe she's done more for the Republican Party than anyone since Ronald Reagan,” he said.  —  South Carolina's Lindsey Graham, the Republican senator, has often found himself at odds …
Discussion: Wonkette and Conservatives4Palin
George Washington / naked capitalism:
Guest Post: Underneath the Happy Talk, Is This As Bad as the Great Depression?  —  The following experts have - at some point during the last 2 years - said that the economic crisis could be worse than the Great Depression: … How could that possibly be, when the stock market has largely recovered?
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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Robert D. Hershey Jr / New York Times:
Alfred E. Kahn Dies at 93; Prime Mover of Airline Deregulation
Discussion: Shakesville and AOL News
Edward L. Glaeser / Economix:
Behind the Population Shift
Discussion: Greg's Opinion and EconLog
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Senate Approval Ratings
Palestinian Media Watch:
PA daily: Israel's aim is “destruction and ruin of humanity”
Discussion: Israel Matzav
 Earlier Items: 
Nicolesandler / Crooks and Liars:
Help the 99ers  —  (Ed. note: We invited Nicole Sandler to blog …
The Huffington Post:
Wall Street Execs Whine To Politico About Their Hurt Feelings
Discussion: Bloomberg, Paul Krugman and Hullabaloo
Brian Fitzpatrick / WorldNetDaily:
Biggest conservative names bidding goodbye to CPAC