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8:10 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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Juli Weiner / Vanity Fair:
In Memoriam: Christopher Hitchens, 1949-2011  —  Christopher Hitchens—the incomparable critic, masterful rhetorician, fiery wit, and fearless bon vivant—died today at the age of 62.  Hitchens was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in the spring of 2010, just after the publication of his memoir …
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 …
Nick Gillespie / Reason:
Christopher Hitchens, RIP
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Agitator
Christopher Buckley / News Desk:
Postscript: Christopher Hitchens, 1949-2011
Benjamin Schwarz / The Atlantic Online:
Christopher Hitchens, 1949-2011  —  I met Christopher (never Chris) in 1997.
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
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 …
Jake Shermanand Manu Raju / The Politico:
Keystone Pipeline may end up in payroll deal  —  Congressional negotiators are seriously considering including the Keystone XL oil pipeline as part of a package that would extend a payroll tax holiday for a full year, several people familiar with talks said Friday.
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
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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
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
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 …
Steven Jiang / CNN:
‘Batman’ star Bale punched, stopped from visiting blind Chinese activist  —  DONGSHIGU VILLAGE, China (CNN) — As Christian Bale approached an impromptu checkpoint leading to this tiny village in eastern China, four men blocking the narrow path started marching toward him in menacing unison.
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 …
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
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
Lymari Morales / Gallup:
Fewer Americans See U.S. Divided Into “Haves,” “Have Nots”  —  The majority would put themselves in the “haves” category if they had to choose  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans are now less likely to see U.S. society as divided into the “haves” and “have nots” than they were in 2008, returning to their views prior to that point.
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 …
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Stop Online Piracy Act Vote Delayed  —  Rep. Jason Chaffetz.  Photo J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press  —  (This post was updated at 2:55 p.m. EST to reflect new hearing date set for Wednesday.)  —  The House Judiciary Committee considering whether to send the Stop Online Piracy Act …
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.
Politifact.com Truth-O-Meter rulings from National:
Michele Bachmann: “After the debate that we had last week, PolitiFact came out and said that everything I said was true."  —  “After the debate that we had last week, PolitiFact came out and said that everything I said was true.”  —  DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz “denied unemployment went up under Obama.”
 
 
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Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
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Aubrey Whelan / Washington Examiner:
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
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Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Ethics panel extends Waters investigation
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
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Michael O'Brien / msnbc.com:
GOP candidates for Congress bullish on Gingrich at top of ticket
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Detroit Free Press:
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Matt Brooks / Washington Post:
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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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Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
Leftie Populism Still Looks Like A Loser
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Mark Tapscott / Campaign 2012:
Congressmen can't say ‘Merry Christmas’ in mail
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