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6:15 PM ET, December 16, 2011

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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 …
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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 …
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.
Christopher Buckley / News Desk:
Postscript: Christopher Hitchens, 1949-2011  —  We were friends for more than thirty years, which is a long time but, now that he is gone, seems not nearly long enough.  I was rather nervous when I first met him, one night in London in 1977, along with his great friend Martin Amis.
Nick Gillespie / Reason:
Christopher Hitchens, RIP
Discussion: The Agitator and Hit & Run
Benjamin Schwarz / The Atlantic Online:
Christopher Hitchens, 1949-2011  —  I met Christopher (never Chris) in 1997.
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
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 …
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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
Discussion: Hot Air and RedState
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
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.
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Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
Leftie Populism Still Looks Like A Loser
Discussion: Don Surber
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Prioritize Economy Over Reducing Wealth Gap
Discussion: Power Line and 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 …
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Darren Samuelsohn / The Politico:
GOP wins light bulb fight
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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Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Dems call on Rep. West to apologize for Joseph Goebbels comparison
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
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 …
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.”
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.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Romney accuses Obama of deliberately harming America for political reasons  —  I'm not sure why this isn't getting more attention.  After the debate spin last night, Mitt Romney made an accusation during an interview with Fox News I haven't seen him make before: He accused the President …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
 
 
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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:
Howell mom sues over son getting suspended after debate about gays in school
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James Kirkup / Telegraph:
French leaders declare a war of words on Britain
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