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3:50 AM ET, December 30, 2010


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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.
David Catanese / The Politico:
O'Donnell faces federal investigation  —  A top Delaware Republican confirms to POLITICO that former Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell is under federal investigation for allegedly misusing campaign funds.  —  The Associated Press first reported Wednesday that O'Donnell …
Associated Press:
Feds probe Christine O'Donnell's campaign spending  —  BALTIMORE (AP) — Federal authorities have opened a criminal investigation of Delaware Republican Christine O'Donnell to determine if the former Senate candidate broke the law by using campaign money to pay personal expenses …
Suzi Parker / Politics Daily:   Report: Christine O'Donnell Under Federal Investigation for Campaign Spending
Dylan Stableford / The Wrap:
Fox Utterly Destroys Cable News Ratings Competition in 2010  —  The Nielsen numbers are in for 2010, and in the battle for cable news ratings supremacy, Fox News took the title for the ninth year in a row — bludgeoning the competition for another year.  —  The blowout comes on the heels …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Ryan J. Reilly / TPMMuckraker:
Megyn Kelly: Calling Aliens ‘Undocumented’ Like Calling Rape ‘Non-Consensual Sex’ (VIDEO)  —  Plenty of conservatives are pretty upset over a campaign by the Society of Professional Journalists to convince reporters to stop using the terms “illegal aliens” and “illegal immigrants” in favor of “undocumented immigrant.”
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 …
David S. Bernstein /
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 …
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 …
The Huffington Post:
The Poorhouse: Aunt Winnie, Glenn Beck, And The Politics Of The New Deal  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION? … An employee of Associated Charities, a private organization dedicated to alleviating poverty in the District of Columbia, met an old black woman carrying a basket of cinders near the dump …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Hullabaloo
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Poll: Fewer Americans hope Obama's policies succeed  —  Americans are less supportive of President Barack Obama's policies than they were a year ago, but a majority of those surveyed in a new poll still hope his policies will be successful.  —  In a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Wednesday …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Scared Monkeys
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
CNN Poll: Plurality say Obama's policies will likely fail
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama uses recess appointment to seat Justice Dept. official  —  President Obama used a recess appointment Wednesday to name James Cole as deputy attorney general.  —  The president also recess appointed five other officials, including four ambassadors.  —  Cole's nomination …
Discussion: Political Punch
Dave Cohen / Decline of the Empire:
The Afghan War, Terrorism And Media Propaganda  —  As 2010 winds down, I am reminded that there is no Imperial policy more reprehensible and shameful than the war in Afghanistan.  This war is constantly presented to Americans as an integral part of the War On Terrorism, but it is no such thing.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Judy Battista / New York Times:
Favre Is Fined $50,000 but Not Suspended  —  Brett Favre, the Minnesota Vikings quarterback whose 20-year career is likely to end after this weekend, was fined $50,000 by the National Football League Wednesday for failing to cooperate with the league's investigation into graphic photos …
Discussion: Gothamist and Bleacher Report
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 …
Steven Hoffer / AOL News:
It's Not Really Sarah Palin's Alaska Anymore, Poll Finds … Is the love affair between Sarah Palin and Alaska over?  —  The former governor of the “Last Frontier” and potential 2012 presidential candidate is pretty unpopular in the state that serves as a backdrop for her TLC reality show …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Republican campaign committee names top 2012 Senate targets  —  The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) has its eye on five key races it hopes will pave the way for the GOP to take the majority in the upper chamber in 2012.  —  NRSC Executive Director Ron Jesmer said in an interview …
Discussion: CNN
Alexander Mooney / CNN:   Top NRSC official: Several Senate Dems up in '12 in ‘serious trouble’
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Crist's Future  —  There hasn't been a lot of good news for Charlie Crist this year but as he prepares to leave office here's a little piece of it: he's actually finishing up with the best approval numbers PPP has found for him all year.  50% of voters approve of the job he's doing to 39% who disapprove.
Discussion: Riptide 2.0 and The Hill
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Nick Gillespie / Hit & Run:
The #1 Game-Changer of 2010: Wikileaks By a Landslide
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Elspeth Reeve / The Atlantic Wire:
Social Conservatives Boycotting CPAC Over Gays
Discussion: Hot Air and The Huffington Post
George Packer / News Desk:
Snow Story  —  The trouble began Sunday night.
Robert F. Worth / New York Times:
Rarity in Region, Lebanese Paper Dares to Provoke
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J. Bradford DeLong / Project Syndicate:
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
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Lynn Sweet:
Carol Moseley Braun also warns Bill Clinton to stay out of Chicago mayoral race.