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1:50 AM ET, December 17, 2011

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Joe Romm / ThinkProgress:
GOP Threaten to Harm the Economy If Obama Won't Embrace Tar Sands Pipeline  —  GOP Threaten to Kill Tax Relief and Unemployment Extension Over Keystone XL Pipeline, Which Won't Improve Energy Independence or Create Many Permanent Jobs … By Kate Gordon and Daniel J. Weiss in a CAP repost
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Guy Benson / Townhall.com:
Victory II: Democrats Cave on Keystone in Payroll Tax Cut Deal  —  Round one of this fight went to Obama.  Round two, to the GOP.  Round three?  A TKO decision for Republicans.  A senior GOP source tells me that Democrats have agreed to a two-month extension of the temporary payroll tax cuts …
Darren Samuelsohn / The Politico:
Greens call out Keystone XL deal  —  Senate Democrats accepted a provision Friday forcing a decision in two months on the Keystone XL oil pipeline as part of the must-pass payroll tax cut package, leaving the White House on the brink of a meltdown with environmental groups.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dem Keystone support creates tougher fight for Reid, Obama  —  Republicans want to jam Senate Majority Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on the Keystone oil sands pipeline and the Democratic leader will have a tough time resisting given support within his caucus for the project.
Reid J. Epstein / The Politico:
Nikki Haley's Mitt Romney endorsement catches flak  —  GREENVILLE, S.C. - Nikki Haley's attempt to boost Mitt Romney is threatening her own support here at home.  —  Romney's campaign is using the South Carolina governor's endorsement to build his acceptance among the tea party base that's never …
Discussion: Reuters
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Rush Limbaugh:
Nikki Haley Endorsement: Tea Party Attempts to Replace GOP Establishment  —  RUSH: I can't tell you the number of e-mails I got from people just as disappointed as they can be that Nikki Haley has endorsed Romney.  Now, the reason people are disappointed is because she's a Tea Party governor.
Discussion: The Politico and Hot Air
Kevinliptak / CNN:   S.C. governor rallies crowd for Romney
Sara Murray / Washington Wire:
Romney Clarifies Remarks on Medicaid
Discussion: MyFox Philadelphia
David Frum / FrumForum:
Christopher Hitchens, 1949-2011  —  A friend of theirs once took Christopher Hitchens and his wife Carol Blue to dinner at Palm Beach's Everglades Club, notorious for its exclusion of Jews.  —  “You will behave, won't you?”  Carol anxiously asked Christopher on the way into the club.  No dice.
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Nick Gillespie / Reason:
Christopher Hitchens, RIP
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Agitator
Peter Hitchens / Daily Mail:
In Memoriam, my courageous brother Christopher, 1949-2011  —  How odd it is to hear of your own brother's death on an early morning radio bulletin.  How odd it is for a private loss to be a public event.  —  I wouldn't normally dream of writing about such a thing here, and I doubt if many people would expect me to.
Richard W. Stevenson / The Caucus:
Group Clears Path for a Third-Party Ticket  —  To those who bemoan the lack of better choices in presidential elections, third-party fantasies come easily at this stage in a campaign.  End hyper-partisanship and Washington dysfunction: Vote Bloomberg-Petraeus in 2012!
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Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
It is finally being recognized that the eurozone made a major policy breakthrough … Here is the story, and you will recall my earlier post here.  Karl Smith asks how this fits in with the treatment of collateral, and here is also a more skeptical take on the arbitrage.
Nathan Koppel / Washington Wire:
Rick Perry, Pensioner  —  He may not act like a retiree, but GOP presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry has collected monthly retirement benefits for much of the year.  The governor elected in January to start receiving a state employee retirement annuity of $7,698 a month …
Discussion: Hot Air and MyFox Philadelphia
Ahmed Rehab / The Huffington Post:
Let's Face it: It's the Radical Right, not Islam, that is the Greatest Threat to the American Way  —  Imagine if a major American advertiser were to pull its ads off of Jersey Shore because they received objections that the show while portraying a group of Italian-Americans, made the glaring error of excluding Mafiosi.
Discussion: New York Times and Weasel Zippers
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission:
SEC CHARGES FORMER FANNIE MAE AND FREDDIE MAC EXECUTIVES WITH SECURITIES FRAUD  —  Companies Agree to Cooperate in SEC Actions  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  2011-267  —  Washington, D.C., Dec. 16, 2011 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged six former top executives …
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DealBook:
S.E.C. Accuses Fannie and Freddie Ex-Chiefs of Deception
Discussion: Vox Verax
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama looks safe in New Mexico  —  Barack Obama is considerably less popular in New Mexico now than he was in 2008.  He won 57% of the vote there, but now has an approval rating under 50% in the state at 49/46.  Those represent the poorest numbers we've found for him in New Mexico all year …
Soni Sangha / New York Times:
Underground Pre-K Groups, Often Illegal, Abound in New York  —  IT WAS 6 P.M. on a Friday in early June, and my children's dinnertime coincided with the moment the New York City Department of Education posted acceptance letters online for 4-year-olds seeking prekindergarten spots in public school.
Nicholas Ballasy / The Daily Caller:
Dem congressman: We 'didn't know what the hell was going on' when we passed Obama stimulus [VIDEO]  —  California Democratic Congressman Mike Honda, a member of the Budget and Appropriations Committees, told The Daily Caller that Democrats in Congress passed the $825 billion Recovery Act because they …
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Newt And The Health Care Mandate  —  As of this writing Newt Gingrich is opposed to the ObamaCare individual health insurance mandate.  However, the Times tells us that this is a recent conversion:  —  More broadly, he has indicated his agreement with the most controversial aspect …
CBS News:
Cantor promises swift action on STOCK Act  —  Obama: My support for Israel “unshakable”  —  Who had strongest showing in Iowa debate?
Discussion: The Politico
Andrew C. Revkin / Dot Earth:
Canada's Approach to Inconvenient Art  —  Franke James is a Canadian artist with deep concerns about her country's outsize contribution to resource waste and the building accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.  Check her scrolling artwork titled “Fat Cat Canada's Giant Litter Box” for an example.
Discussion: DeSmogBlog
Maxim Lott / Fox News:
Climategate Bombshell: Did U.S. Gov't Help Hide Climate Data?  —  Are your tax dollars helping hide global warming data from the public?  Internal emails leaked as part of “Climategate 2.0” indicate the answer may be “Yes.”  —  The original Climategate emails — correspondence stolen …
Discussion: Biased BBC
Josh Lederman / The Hill:
Obama makes impassioned plea for support from Jewish audience  —  NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — President Obama made an impassioned plea for continued support from American Jews on Friday, listing off his accomplishments on social issues and touting his record in support of Israel's security.
Discussion: The Politico
 
 
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Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
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Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
US turns over Hezbollah prisoner to Iraqi government
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Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
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Aubrey Whelan / Washington Examiner:
Capital Land  —  Congressman on hunger strike to show solidarity with Occupy
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
In U.S., Many More Dreading Than Anticipating 2012 Campaign
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Pelosi: GOP House leads ‘do-nothing’ Congress
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Detroit Free Press:
Howell mom sues over son getting suspended after debate about gays in school
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Jamie Weinstein / The Daily Caller:
VICE sheds light on N. Korean labor camps inside Russia in new video
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James Kirkup / Telegraph:
French leaders declare a war of words on Britain
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Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
Ben Sherwood and Joanna Coles take minority stakes in The Daily Beast; Sherwood will be CEO and publisher, and Coles will be chief creative and content officer

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Russia's Ministry of Justice labels BBC Russian correspondent Ilya Barabanov and science reporter Asya Kazantseva as “foreign agents”; both now live abroad

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