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3:40 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
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
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.
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.”
Larry O'Connor /
Liberal Star Blogger Ezra Klein: 'Constitution Has No Binding Power …
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.
The White House:
President Obama Announces Recess Appointments to Key Administration Posts
David Browne / PARADE Magazine:
Joe Scarborough: ‘I May Feel the Need to Run for Office Again’ … Sign up for our free online newsletter!
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Morning Joe to run again?  —  Former Florida Rep. Joe Scarborough says he would consider running for office again but, for the time being, thinks he's better off right where he is.  —  “We have more influence doing the show,” said Scarborough, who hosts MSNBC's “Morning Joe” and is a columnist for POLITICO.
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 …
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.)
Matt Bai / New York Times:   For G.O.P., End of the Preordained Candidate
The Clarion-Ledger:
(2 of 3)  —  The governor's decision does not preclude them from pardons down the road, Lumumba said.  —  In September, hundreds of people protested at the state Capitol in support of their release, while the NAACP, the Freedom Riders and others have petitioned Barbour.
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
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
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.
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
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 …
Jim Jansen / Pew Internet:
65% of internet users have paid for online content  —  Nearly two-thirds of internet users - 65% - have paid to download or access some kind of online content from the internet, ranging from music to games to news articles to adult material.  Music, software, and apps are the most popular content …
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 …
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?
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
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Deficit Hypocrisy  —  It was not long ago that Republicans succeeded …
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Near-Record High See Religion Losing Influence in America
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Byron Tau / Ben Smith's Blog:
Rattner to pay $10 million in Cuomo case
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Ruth Simon / Wall Street Journal:
Banks Open Loan Spigot
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Tim Graham / blogs:
Katie Couric: ‘Maybe We Need a Muslim Version of The Cosby Show’
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Nick Davies / The Huffington Post:
The Julian Assange Investigation — Let's Clear the Air of Misinformation
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 Earlier Items: 
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A MISGUIDED SENSE OF VICTIMHOOD, CONT'D.... Maybe it's the season …
Keach Hagey / The Politico:
Tucker Carlson: Michael Vick ‘should have been executed’