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3:00 PM ET, January 3, 2011


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Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Darrell Issa reveals list of investigations  —  Rep. Darrell Issa is aiming to launch investigations on everything from WikiLeaks to Fannie Mae to corruption in Afghanistan in the first few months of what promises to be a high-profile chairmanship of the top oversight committee in Congress.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
DeMint wants ‘big showdown’ with Dems over debt ceiling  —  Republicans should prepare for a “showdown” with President Obama and congressional Democrats over raising the debt ceiling, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) said Monday.  —  DeMint, a de-facto leader of Senate conservatives and many Tea Party senators …
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Lindsey Graham Joins the Loonies  —  The U.S. appears to be the only country in the developed world that forbids its government from accumulating debt without authorizing legislation.  And that's led to some scary moments, including one that the economist Henry Aaron shared with me recently.
Michelle Malkin:
Snort: Now the Dems are worried about wasteful “witch hunts”  —  After decades of indulgent public floggings and ideological fishing expeditions led by chief congressional inquisitor Henry Waxman (see here here here here for starters), Democrats are suddenly worried about abuse of investigative powers.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Cummings wants agreement between Issa and White House  —  The Democrat set to face off against Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) on the House Oversight panel suggested brokering an agreement between Issa and the Obama administration on the public release of sensitive information to congressional investigators.
Discussion: The Politico
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Issa says Obama administration is ‘one of most corrupt’
The Politico:
Majority of RNC against Michael Steele  —  Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele faces an all-but-impossible path to reelection this month, as a majority of the RNC's 168 members indicate that they will not support the controversial chairman for another term.
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Austerity is first order for Boehner's installation as House speaker  —  Nancy Pelosi brought camera crews and dignitaries into her childhood Baltimore neighborhood where a street was being renamed in her honor, while John Boehner is bringing his 11 siblings from working-class Ohio to Washington for a private reunion.
New York Times:
G.O.P. Newcomers Set Out to Undo Obama Victories
David Cole / New York Times:
Chewing Gum for Terrorists  —  DID former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Tom Ridge, a former homeland security secretary, and Frances Townsend, a former national security adviser, all commit a federal crime last month in Paris when they spoke in support …
Emptywheel:   More New York Republicans Providing Material Support to Terrorists
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Unborn Paradox  —  The American entertainment industry has never been comfortable with the act of abortion.  Film or television characters might consider the procedure, but even on the most libertine programs (a “Mad Men,” a “Sex and the City"), they're more likely to have a change of heart than actually go through with it.
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
He Entered Congress Swinging, and Exits That Way  —  ORLANDO, Fla. — He has zero faith in the incoming speaker of the House, John A. Boehner, whom he calls a “tool of special interest.”  —  He derides the Tea Party's successes as “bought and paid for by the enormously rich and the selfish.”
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Deep Hole Economics  —  If there's one piece of economic wisdom I hope people will grasp this year, it's this: Even though we may finally have stopped digging, we're still near the bottom of a very deep hole.  —  Why do I need to point this out?  Because I've noticed many people overreacting to recent good economic news.
Christian Science Monitor:
European nations begin seizing private pensions  —  Hungary, Poland, and three other nations take over citizens' pension money to make up government budget shortfalls.  —  People's retirement savings are a convenient source of revenue for governments that don't want to reduce spending or make privatizations.
Mossad behind Egypt church blast  —  The explosion at a church in the Egyptian city of Alexandria, which left 21 people killed and another 80 Muslims and Christians wounded, raises one question: Who was behind the blast?  —  Although, at first glance, the finger is pointed at extremist Wahabi …
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
John P Wheeler III  —  I was stunned to learn tonight that my long-time friend Jack Wheeler has been murdered in Delaware.  He was last seen getting off an Amtrak train from Washington at the Wilmington, DE, station this past Tuesday night; then, as a gruesome and cryptic local story recounts …
Discussion: Fox News and The Gateway Pundit
(2 of 2)  —  The Marinis home is under construction at the entrance …
Discussion: Mediaite
Vanity Fair:
The Febraury 2011 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll  —  Americans are numerically at a loss after a trillion.  To balance the budget, most of them would choose to tax the rich.  And as far as memories go, they'd prefer to keep them.  (All of them.)  —  Numbers games this month: What comes after a trillion?
Javier Manjarres / The Shark Tank:
Is Charlie Crist a potential VP Pick...for Obama?  —  In spite of assertions made to the contrary by Vice President Joe Biden, speculation continues to swirl around the possibility that President Obama will replace Biden on the 2012 Presidential ticket for someone with less of a propensity …
NY Daily News:
Garbage pile saves Vangelis (Angelo) Kapatos, 26, who tried to commit suicide in midtown  —  A suicidal man plummeted nine stories and survived in midtown Sunday when he landed on a mountain of trash that had piled up since last week's blizzard, officials said.
Discussion: New York Times, Gothamist and AOL News
Evan Halper / PolitiCal:
Schwarzenegger commutes prison sentence of Fabian Nuñez's son [Updated]  —  In his final night before leaving office, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger commuted the prison sentence of the son of former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez who had pleaded guilty to taking part in the slaying of a college student.
Jed Babbin / American Spectator:
Let's Ban Ivy League ROTC  —  Like the poor, those who hate the military will always be with us.  In days of the Vietnam War, a lot of them chose to protest rather than learn, forcing the closure of classes so that they could use their colleges as stages to protest the war and the draft that threatened their comfortable existence.
Discussion: Cold Fury
Female Navy Flier: Videos Taken Out of Context  —  Raunchy Videos Made Aboard the USS Enterprise Could Cost Commander His Job  —  A series of raunchy videos created and distributed aboard an aircraft carrier have been taken out of context, a former female Navy pilot said today.
Discussion: AOL News, TPMMuckraker and
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
Facing Threat From WikiLeaks, Bank Plays Defense  —  By the time the conference call ended, it was nearly midnight at Bank of America's headquarters in Charlotte, N.C., but the bank's counterespionage work was only just beginning.  —  A day earlier, on Nov. 29, the director of WikiLeaks …
New York Times:
Reform and the Filibuster  —  The new Senate will face one of its most momentous decisions in its opening hours on Wednesday: a vote on whether to change its rules to prohibit the widespread abuse of the filibuster.  Americans are fed up with Washington gridlock.  The Senate should seize the opportunity.
Jason Millman / The Hill:
Poll: Nearly half of voters don't believe key healthcare promise by Obama  —  Nearly half of voters with health insurance do not believe President Obama's promise that they will be able to keep it under the new healthcare reform law, according to a poll released Monday.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Prairie Weather
Maureen Hayden / Tribune-Star:
Gov's future a hot topic of conversation  —  INDIANAPOLIS — Over the course of a few short days last week, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels was described by national political writers as wonkish, boring and short.  —  He was also called an “economic conservative who can appeal to the middle ground” …
Discussion: CNN, Ballot Box and GOP 12
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Majority of Americans Say 2011 Will Be Better Than 2010
Discussion: CNSNews and Top of the Ticket
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
David Derbyshire / Daily Mail:
Eco-bulb cost to treble: Makers cash in as the ban on old-style bulbs kicks in
New York Post:
Botching the basics  —  It was Fiorello La Guardia …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Andy Kessler / Wall Street Journal:
How Videogames Are Changing the Economy
Discussion: Classical Values
Zbigniew Brzezinski / New York Times:
How to Stay Friends With China
Discussion: Right Turn and The Huffington Post
Gary Anderson / Washington Times:
Should we help Israel strike Iran?
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Israel Matzav
 Earlier Items: 
Arne Duncan / Washington Post:
School reform's next test
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Russian Duma to link missile defense to START limitations
Peter J. Wallison / Wall Street Journal:
Moving Beyond Fannie and Freddie
Discussion: EconLog
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Inclusionary Zoning  —  On the requests thread, Erik M wrote:
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