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9:30 PM ET, December 16, 2011

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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.
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William Grimes / New York Times:
Christopher Hitchens, 1949-2011: Christopher Hitchens Is Dead at 62 — Obituary  —  Christopher Hitchens, a slashing polemicist in the tradition of Thomas Paine and George Orwell who trained his sights on targets as various as Henry Kissinger, the British monarchy and Mother Teresa …
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.
Nick Gillespie / Reason:
Christopher Hitchens, RIP
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Agitator
Christopher Buckley / News Desk:
Postscript: Christopher Hitchens, 1949-2011
Juli Weiner / Vanity Fair:
In Memoriam: Christopher Hitchens, 1949-2011
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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Brian Beutler / tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPMDC  —  McConnell Demands Keystone XL In Any Payroll Tax Agreement  —  It's gut check time for Congressional Democrats on the payroll tax cut bill.  —  Regarding that legislation, Don Stewart, a spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell emails me with the following statement …
The Politico:
Senate punts: Two-month deal on payroll  —  Senate leaders struck a tentative deal Friday night to extend the payroll tax holiday and jobless benefits through the end of February, electing to punt tough economic decisions into the new year.  —  If it wins approval from rank-and-file lawmakers …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dem Keystone support creates tougher fight for Reid, Obama
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A.Killough / CNN:
Haley explains her decision to back Romney, not Gingrich  —  Sioux City, Iowa (CNN) - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said her decision to endorse Mitt Romney in the Republican presidential race became clear two weeks ago.  —  At the end of November, Haley ducked out of a Republican Governors …
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Sara Murray / Washington Wire:
Romney Clarifies Remarks on Medicaid
Discussion: MyFox Philadelphia
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. Sues 6 Former Top Fannie and Freddie Executives
Discussion: Vox Verax
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!
Discussion: Balkinization and Hullabaloo
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
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Rep. Allen West: 'If Joseph Goebbels Was Around, He'd Be Very Proud Of The Democrat Party'  —  Arguably the most inflammatory member in Congress, GOP Rep. Allen West (FL) outdid himself yesterday by comparing the Democratic Party to the Nazi party.  Bristling at a new poll revealing …
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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
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
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Congress overturns incandescent light bulb ban  —  Congressional negotiators struck a deal Thursday that overturns the new rules that were to have banned sales of traditional incandescent light bulbs beginning next year.  —  That agreement is tucked inside the massive 1,200-page spending bill …
Kevin Zieber / Media Matters for America:
Cartoon Regularly Featured On Big Journalism Connected To Nazi-Era Magazine  —  In at least three instances, Andrew Breitbart's Big Journalism website has used an image connected to a Nazi-era German magazine noted for anti-Semitic cartoons and pro-Hitler leanings.
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 …
Mark Tapscott / Campaign 2012:
Congressmen can't say ‘Merry Christmas’ in mail  —  Looks like the PC police have threatened members of the House of Representatives against wishing constituents a “Merry Christmas,” if they want to do so in a mailing paid for with tax dollars.  —  Members who submit official mailings …
Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
Bonds gets one month house arrest for obstruction  —  (12-16) 15:32 PST SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge sentenced an impassive Barry Bonds to 30 days of house arrest today for obstructing justice during an investigation of steroids in sports, saying the slugger's grand jury testimony was evasive …
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
US turns over Hezbollah prisoner to Iraqi government  —  The U.S. handed over a Hezbollah prisoner suspected of being involved in the deaths of five U.S. soldiers to the Iraqi government Friday, as U.S. troops prepare to leave the country, the White House said.
Discussion: The Politico
Matt Brooks / Washington Post:
Mike McQueary: I saw Sandusky molesting boy  —  View Photo Gallery: Jerry Sandusky has waived his right to a preliminary hearing in his sex abuse case.  The scandal has led to the firings of coach Joe Paterno and university president Graham Spanier and perjury charges …
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.
Detroit Free Press:
Howell mom sues over son getting suspended after debate about gays in school  —  A Howell mother has sued her school district and a teacher for booting her son out of class last year because her son's religious beliefs prevented him from accepting homosexuality.
 
 
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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
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Brookings Institute:
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Ethics panel extends Waters investigation
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French leaders declare a war of words on Britain
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