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10:00 PM ET, December 16, 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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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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dem Keystone support creates tougher fight for Reid, Obama
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Pelosi: GOP House leads ‘do-nothing’ Congress
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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
William Grimes / New York Times:
Christopher Hitchens, 1949-2011: Christopher Hitchens Is Dead at 62 — Obituary
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: CNN, Rush Limbaugh and Reuters
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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 …
Sara Murray / Washington Wire:
Romney Clarifies Remarks on Medicaid
Discussion: MyFox Philadelphia
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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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
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!
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
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
U.S. Transfers Last Prisoner to Iraqi Custody
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
Yolanda Jones / The Commercial Appeal:
Southaven Mayor Greg Davis' expense receipts prompt frank revelation  —  Purchase at store for gay men leads to mayor's admission  —  Southaven Mayor Greg Davis addresses the media last month following a meeting with the state auditor.  —  Receipts from embattled Southaven Mayor Greg Davis reveal …
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
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.
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: Weasel Zippers
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
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 …
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
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 …
 
 
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Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
Bonds gets one month house arrest for obstruction
Aubrey Whelan / Washington Examiner:
Capital Land  —  Congressman on hunger strike to show solidarity with Occupy
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Newsmax to reschedule GOP debate after Trump drops out
Discussion: CNN
Brookings Institute:
Controlling Medicare Costs: Is Premium Support The Answer?
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Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Ethics panel extends Waters investigation
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In U.S., Many More Dreading Than Anticipating 2012 Campaign
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Detroit Free Press:
Howell mom sues over son getting suspended after debate about gays in school
Matt Brooks / Washington Post:
Mike McQueary: I saw Sandusky molesting boy
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
Discussion: Finance
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Romney accuses Obama of deliberately harming America for political reasons
Discussion: Washington Monthly
James V. Grimaldi / Washington Post:
FBI considered a sting aimed at Newt Gingrich in 1997
 

 
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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

Laurence Peter / BBC:
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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