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1:45 PM ET, December 30, 2010


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New York Post:
Topics  —  When PUBLIC UNION workers decide to “screw” those that are actually paying their salaries it's time for a change.  —  BOMBASTIC  —  People died.  The union officials should all be charged with manslaughter.  —  Either that.  Or the citizenry needs to take their own retaliation against the “workers”.
New York Times:
Inaction and Delays by New York as Storm Bore Down  —  At 3:58 a.m. on Christmas Day, the National Weather Service upgraded its alert about the snow headed to New York City, issuing a winter storm watch.  By 3:55 p.m., it had declared a formal blizzard warning, a rare degree of alarm.
New York Post:
Sanitation Department's slow snow cleanup was a budget protest  —  These garbage men really stink.  —  Selfish Sanitation Department bosses from the snow-slammed outer boroughs ordered their drivers to snarl the blizzard cleanup to protest budget cuts — a disastrous move that turned streets …
J.P. Freire / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  New York City streets unplowed …
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Gothamist
Michael Wilson / New York Times:
Outrage at Unplowed Streets? It's a New York Tradition
Discussion: Flopping Aces and Runnin' Scared
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Rep. King: Obama recess appointment at Justice Dept. ‘absolutely shocking’  —  Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), the incoming chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, has angrily denounced President Obama's recess appointment of James Cole as deputy attorney general.
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
So much for bipartisanship — a slew of recess appointments  —  On Wednesday, Obama shed any pretense of bipartisanship in making six recess appointments.  As were his previous recess appointments, this batch included two individuals whose records are so controversial that they could not obtain confirmation …
The White House:
President Obama Announces Recess Appointments to Key Administration Posts
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama uses recess appointment to seat Justice Dept. official
Colman McCarthy / Washington Post:
'Don't ask, don't tell' has been repealed.  ROTC still shouldn't be on campus.  —  Now that asking and telling has ceased to be problematic in military circles, ROTC has resurfaced as a national issue: Will universities such as Harvard, Yale and other Ivy League schools be opened …
Malia Zimmerman / Hawaii Reporter:
Obama's Million Dollar Hawaiian Vacation: Costs to Taxpayers Detailed  —  BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - Nestled in three luxury beachfront homes just outside a local favorite surf spot on the pristine turquoise waters of Kailua Bay, President Barack Obama and his family and friends are enjoying a seemingly quiet Christmas vacation.
Mark Tapscott / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  President and family on multi-million …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
T. Rees Shapiro / Washington Post:
Geraldine Doyle, 86, dies; one-time factory worker inspired Rosie the Riveter and ‘We Can Do It!’ poster  —  Geraldine Doyle, 86, who as a 17-year-old factory worker became the inspiration for a popular World War II recruitment poster that evoked female power and independence under the slogan …
O'Donnell Claims Political Witch Hunt  —  Former Tea Party Senate Candidate Denies She Used Campaign Funds for Personal Use  —  Former Tea Party Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell defended herself today against a report that the federal government was investigating her for misuse of campaign funds …
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
O'Donnell scoffs at reports of investigation
World's largest listing of newspapers on the web  —  If we reach an agreement tomorrow, praise be to God.  But if there is no agreement, we will withdraw our negotiating team and the talks will then be held in Darfur.  —  Omar Hassan Al Bashir Sudan President  —  MOST READ ARTICLES
Discussion: FP Passport and The Wire
Assange Alerts His Hostages
Discussion: Raw Story
David Browne / PARADE Magazine:
Joe Scarborough: ‘I May Feel the Need to Run for Office Again’ … Sign up for our free online newsletter!
Matt Bai / New York Times:
For G.O.P., End of the Preordained Candidate  —  WASHINGTON — A year ago, Republicans here were shut out of governing but could console themselves with having retained their hold on the party apparatus.  This week, they will celebrate the new year having come roaring back to regain the House …
David Weigel / Weigel:
Palin's Donation Strategy and Romney's: The Tea Party Surge versus the 2012 Surge
Discussion: Right Wing News and Hot Air
Ezra Klein:
What the tea party wants from the Constitution  —  I'm very curious to know what the GOP — or the tea partyers they're presumably pandering to — think will happen when every piece of legislation requires “a statement from its sponsor outlining where in the Constitution Congress is empowered to enact such legislation.”
Discussion: Confederate Yankee
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Liberals should accept defeat and get back to their goals  —  Was 2010 American liberalism's Waterloo?  How are we to square the achievement of so many goals that have long been on progressive wish lists with the resounding defeat suffered by supporters of these measures in November?
Keach Hagey / The Politico:
Tucker Carlson: Michael Vick ‘should have been executed’  —  Tucker Carlson, filling in for Sean Hannity on Fox News last night, picked up the issue of President Barack Obama's call to Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, during which the president thanked Lurie for giving Michael Vick a second chance.
Cal Thomas /
Cal Thomas She Told Us So  —  Sarah Palin deserves an apology.  When she said that the new health-care law would lead to “death panels” deciding who gets life-saving treatment and who does not, she was roundly denounced and ridiculed.  —  Now we learn, courtesy of one of the ridiculers — The New York Times — that she was right.
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
PewResearchCenter Interactive  —  Pew Research News IQ Quiz  —  What's Your Political News IQ?  —  To test your knowledge of prominent people and major events in the news, we invite you to take our short 12-question quiz.  Then see how you did in comparison with 1,001 randomly sampled adults asked …
Secular Coalition for America:
Atheists Excluded from Mayoral Prayer Service (Press Release)  —  Atheists Excluded from Mayor-Elect Gray's Inauguration  —  Washington, D.C.) - Atheists, agnostics, humanists, and other nontheistic Washington, D.C. residents will have no representation at Mayor-Elect Vincent Gray's …
Nick Davies / The Huffington Post:
The Julian Assange Investigation — Let's Clear the Air of Misinformation  —  What's Your Reaction:  —  Bianca Jagger last week launched a fierce attack on the Guardian for carrying my story about the evidence collected by Swedish police who have been investigating the claims of sexual assault …
Discussion: American Power
Sheera Frenkel / NPR:
In Israel, No Welcome Mat For African Migrants … Dozens of African migrants cross into southern Israel through the border with Egypt last week.  Construction has begun on a $270 million, 87-mile fence along the porous border.  It's one of four measures proposed to try to stem the flow of African migrants into Israel.
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: Open Left, Firedoglake and Hullabaloo
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Becky Bohrer / Associated Press:
Miller to announce plans by Friday
Discussion: USA Today and The Hill
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Veterans of recent wars confront grim employment landscape
Krissah Thompson / Washington Post:
Miss. Gov. Haley Barbour to free sisters sentenced to life in prison for robbery
Discussion: Politics Daily, Ballot Box and AOL News
Wall Street Journal:
‘Death Panels’ Come Back to Life
Discussion: protein wisdom
Christian Gysin / Daily Mail:
Muslim fanatic jailed for preaching race hate now accused of swindling benefits
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A MISGUIDED SENSE OF VICTIMHOOD, CONT'D.... Maybe it's the season …
 Earlier Items: 
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama approval rating steady at 47 percent
Discussion: Gallup and The Page
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Washington Post:
Two new rules will give Constitution a starring role in GOP-controlled House
Discussion: Mercury Rising
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
GOP pals could be 2012 rivals
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Fox Utterly Destroys Cable News Ratings Competition in 2010