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6:15 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
Michael Wilson / New York Times:
Outrage at Unplowed Streets? It's a New York Tradition
Discussion: Flopping Aces and Runnin' Scared
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.”
The Constitution Is Very Important  —  Thank you for your interest in the Washington Post's Young Pundit Essay Contest.  As the leading newspaper in our nation's capital, we are always looking for budding journalistic talent to bring a fresh point of view our editorial pages …
Stephen Gutowski / The Blast:
Ezra Klein: the Constitution is Impossible to Understand Because its Over 100 Years Old  —  I actually think the dumbest part of this segment is where the host calls Ezra “the Nazis had some good ideas” Klein a wonk.  I mean... good lord.  —  Make sure you watch that again to get what hes arguing here.
Larry O'Connor /
Liberal Star Blogger Ezra Klein: Constitution 'Has No Binding Power …
Discussion: Big Journalism, Mediaite and AmSpecBlog
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 …
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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Discussion: New York Times and Washington Post
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 …
Justin Elliott / Salon:
Mosque foes launch Bieber boycott  —  The unlikely story of how the teen pop sensation became ensnared in the “ground zero mosque” fight  —  Andy Sullivan, a construction worker and Brooklyn native, has been one of the loudest opponents of Park51, the planned mosque and community center near ground zero.
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Paging Mr. Smith!  How The Senate May Return To The Old-School Filibuster  —  On January 5, 2011 — the first day of the 112th Congress — Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) will touch off a long debate, which he hopes will result in a majority-rules vote on a package of meaningful changes to the Senate rules.
Discussion: Yglesias, The Plum Line and Firedoglake
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 …
Becky Bohrer / Associated Press:
Murkowski certified Senate election winner  —  JUNEAU — Sen. Lisa Murkowski was officially named the winner of Alaska's U.S. Senate race Thursday, following a legal battle that lasted longer than the write-in campaign she waged to keep her job.  —  Gov. Sean Parnell and Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell …
Becky Bohrer / Associated Press:
Miller to announce plans by Friday
Discussion: The Politico, The Hill and USA Today
Krissah Thompson / Washington Post:
Miss. Gov. Haley Barbour to free sisters sentenced to life in prison for robbery  —  Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) announced late Wednesday that he will grant an early release from prison to two sisters serving unusually long sentences for armed robbery.  —  Gladys and Jamie Scott have each served 16 years of a life sentence.
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Bachmann: ‘Snotty’ Gore Vidal Novel Turned Me Republican!  (VIDEO)  —  Gore Vidal, what have you done?  —  At a speech to Michigan Republicans on Tuesday, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) — the darling of the Tea Party right — told an amazing story about how she shed her youthful Democratic roots and became a Republican.
Discussion: Harry's Place, Wonkette and First Draft
The Local:
Man's penis amputated following misdiagnosis  —  Double click on a word to get a translation  —  A Swedish man was forced to have his penis amputated after waiting more than a year to learn he had cancer.  —  The man, who is in his sixties, first visited a local clinic in Blekinge …
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Is Palin-mania A Liberal Plot?  —  A Gallup poll finds that the only contemporary Republican political leader who makes the Republicans' list of “most admired people” is Sarah Palin (who is cited as “most admired woman” by 26% of Republicans — no other current politician cracks 3% among Republicans.)
Elder of Ziyon:
How to Defame Israel - NPR edition  —  When it comes down to it, all of the anti-Israel agitators, protesters and complainers use the same method for their smears.  It is easy, effective and sometimes even partially truthful.  —  The method is to simply compare Israel with their idea of perfection, and note where it falls short.
Discussion: Biased BBC
Sheera Frenkel / NPR:
In Israel, No Welcome Mat For African Migrants
Discussion: Israpundit and Israel Matzav
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
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.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Near-Record High See Religion Losing Influence in America  —  Current 70% nears all-time high of 75% recorded in 1970  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Seven in 10 Americans say religion is losing its influence on American life — one of the highest such responses in Gallup's 53-year history of asking this question …
A. G. Sulzberger / New York Times:
For Kodachrome Fans, Road Ends at Photo Lab in Kansas  —  PARSONS, Kan. — An unlikely pilgrimage is under way to Dwayne's Photo, a small family business that has through luck and persistence become the last processor in the world of Kodachrome, the first successful and still the most beloved color film.
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