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6:10 PM ET, December 29, 2010

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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 …
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Kevin Sack / New York Times:
Terrain Shifts in Challenges to the Health Care Law  —  The legal challenge to the Obama health care act has invigorated a dispute as old as the Constitution about the framers' most nettlesome grant of power, which gives Congress treacherously broad authority to pass laws “necessary and proper” …
WRAL-TV:
Lunchbox mix-up leads to charges for Sanford teen  —  SANFORD, N.C. — An athletic and academic standout in Lee County said a lunchbox mix-up has cut short her senior year of high school and might hurt her college opportunities.  —  Ashley Smithwick, 17, of Sanford, was suspended …
Associated Press:
Feds investigate Christine O'Donnell spending  —  BALTIMORE — A person with knowledge of the investigation says federal authorities have opened a criminal probe of Delaware Republican Christine O'Donnell to determine if the former Senate candidate broke the law by using campaign money to pay personal expenses.
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Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
AP: Feds Investigating Christine O'Donnell  —  O'Donnell Spokesman Unaware of Criminal Probe, Confident Financial Charges Resolved  —  Defeated Tea Party candidate Christine O'Donnell, who ran for vice president Joe Biden's former Senate seat, is reportedly under federal investigation …
Discussion: The Politico
Associated Press:
Feds probe Christine O'Donnell's campaign spending
Glenn Davis / Mediaite:
Tucker Carlson: “I Think Personally [Michael Vick] Should Have Been Executed”  —  Tucker Carlson again filled in for Sean Hannity on Hannity tonight, and couldn't resist, as others already had, delving into the issue of President Obama praising Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie …
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Michael David Smith / ProFootballTalk:
Tucker Carlson: Michael Vick should have been executed  —  In the two days since Peter King first reported on Football Night in America that President Obama had applauded the Eagles for giving Michael Vick a second chance, the story has moved from the sports world into cable news …
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]
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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.
Charlotte Hays / National Review:
Mother Nature vs. Nanny  —  The blizzard is definitely a force for conservatism, and not only because it has had the global-warming crowd scrambling for explanations.  The blizzard reveals something basic: Liberals in government want to tell us what to eat, counsel us about how and when to die …
Discussion: Power Line and Firedoglake
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Patrick Doyle / Rolling Stone:
Exclusive: Merle Haggard on His Kennedy Center Honor, Meeting Obama and Oprah and More  —  The singer, who received a lifetime achievement award, takes us behind the scenes of Tuesday's broadcast  —  Merle Haggard is no stranger to the White House: He was a guest of both Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan …
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Top NRSC official: Several Senate Dems up in '12 in ‘serious trouble’  —  Washington (CNN) - The number two man at the National Republican Senatorial Committee says he thinks several Democratic senators facing re-elections in 2012 are in “serious trouble.”  —  But NRSC Executive Director Rob Jesmer …
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Republican campaign committee names top 2012 Senate targets
Discussion: CNN
David Freedlander / New York Observer:
Soon To-Be Ex-Congressman John Hall Warns Against Creeping Fascism  —  In a wide-ranging interview before he prepares to leave the House of Representatives, Hudson Valley Congressman John Hall warned that the nation could quickly descend into Fascism if more is not done to curb the influence of corporate money in politics.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Response to Wired's accusations  —  (updated below)  —  As noted above, the principal tactic of Wired.com Editor-in-Chief Evan Hansen and Senior Editor Kevin Poulsen in responding to my criticisms is to hurl a variety of accusations at me as a means of distracting attention from the issue that matters.
David S. Bernstein / thephoenix.com:
The Road to 2012: The New New Hampshire  —  Mitt Romney and the rest of the GOP field are about to find a whole new set of players standing between them and first-in-the-nation primary victory  —  For Mitt Romney and other likely presidential contenders, 2011 will be a busy year of campaigning …
Discussion: Talking Politics
The Business Insider:
GARY SHILLING: And Now House Prices Will Now Drop Another 20%  —  In October, Gary Shilling of A. Gary Shilling & Co., predicted that house prices would fall another 20%.  —  In the two months since, house prices have resumed their decline.  Below, Gary outlines why he thinks the recent drops are just the beginning.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE AYN RAND DISCIPLE LEADING THE HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE.... In my circle of friends growing up, I can think of quite a few folks who, between the ages of 16 and 22, briefly fell under the spell of Ayn Rand.  Someone loaned them a copy of Atlas Shrugged; they were convinced it was brilliant …
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla and Sky Dancing
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Kucinich worries his district will be eliminated  —  (CNN) - The state of Ohio will lose two congressional seats thanks to the latest U.S. Census figures, and liberal stalwart Dennis Kucinich is worried his seat is on the chopping block.  —  In an e-mail to supporters Wednesday …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and TPMDC
Ezra Klein:
Monetary policy in fiction  —  “It's too bad, ” writes Matthew Yglesias, that “'You Shall Know Our Velocity' isn't a novel about monetary policy.”  —  That got me wondering about whether there are any novels about monetary policy.  Some believe ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ is an allegory …
David Weigel / Weigel:
House Republicans Could End Lame Duck Sessions  —  Little-noticed over the holiday week: Rep. Lynn Jenkins tweeting this promise. … Jenkins linked to a story by David Farenthold explaining that the 20th amendment was supposed to end lame duck sessions by truncating the life of expired Congresses …
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?
Discussion: The Glittering Eye and Corrente
Alan Zibel / Wall Street Journal:
GOP Shifts on Fannie, Freddie Overhaul  —  Republicans Say Quickly Privatizing Mortgage Giants Would Squeeze Access to Home Loans and Depress Sales, Prices  —  Earlier this year, leading House Republicans proposed to privatize mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac or place them in receivership starting in two years.
Richard Mauer / Anchorage Daily News:
14th official state delay keeps Palin e-mail requests in limbo  —  HUGE VOLUME: State now projects May 31 as compliance goal.  —  rmauer@adn.com  —  The governor has come and gone, another has assumed the office and then has been elected in his own right, and activist Andree McLeod …
Discussion: USA Today, CNN and Wonkette
CNBC:
US Foreclosures Jump in Third Quarter: Regulators  —  U.S. home foreclosures jumped in the third quarter and banks' efforts to keep borrowers in their homes dropped as the housing market continues to struggle, U.S. bank regulators said on Wednesday.  —  The regulators said one reason …
Discussion: TalkLeft, The Confluence and Eschaton
Cathy Young / Boston Globe:
No Labels, but still sworn enemies  —  JUST IN time for the holidays, a new movement has arrived seeking to promote goodwill toward men (and women) across the political spectrum and to counter the nastiness and polarization that pervade our public discourse.
Discussion: National Review
 
 
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Some Va. history texts filled with errors, review finds
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Greg Jaffe / Washington Post:
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
CONSERVATIVES FEAR GAY COOTIES AT CPAC.... In February …
Lynn Sweet:
Carol Moseley Braun also warns Bill Clinton to stay out of Chicago mayoral race.
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Long-term unemployment measure extended to five years
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 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Obama's budget proposal will be delayed a bit
Discussion: Firedoglake, Yglesias and TPMDC
Felicia Sonmez / The Fix:
Scott Brown to kick off book tour during President's Day recess
Los Angeles Times:
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Barry Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
Impossible Foreclosure: Never Late on a Payment
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Consumerist
Daniel Golden / Bloomberg:
Plunge of For-Profit College Stock Makes Sperling Rail at Obama