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5:25 AM, Dec 1, 2009 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
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Ain't no party like a holiday Tea Party, 'cause a holiday Tea Party don't stop.

Democracy Corps: "The survey found that voters now say, by a three-point margin (45% to 42%), that Republicans would do a better job on the economy than Democrats. That's a change from the 16-point lead Democrats had in May on the question of managing the economy, and marks the first time since 2002 that Republicans have had a lead on the issue."

Obama rhetoric flashback from March 2009:
"So I want the American people to understand that we have a clear and focused goal: to disrupt, dismantle and defeat al Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and to prevent their return to either country in the future. That's the goal that must be achieved. That is a cause that could not be more just. And to the terrorists who oppose us, my message is the same: We will defeat you."

California is making almost every other state government look good.

Family Guy spoofs Chris Matthews: "My forehead, my rules."

"I think 'Hide the decline' is a pretty hard phrase to 'interpret' in any benign way, and a pretty easy way for anyone to get up to speed with what what's going on. It's already a song, and a T-shirt."

ClimateGate: Following the money

Another one bites the dust: "I've always said, if there's a state that would never pass a smoking ban, it's Virginia."

Dana Milbank takes this important moment, a year into Barack "You guys make a great photo-op" Obama's presidency, to bash Bush and Sarah Palin for making the military into political props.

Clive Crook: "Intellectual corruption" and "statistical incompetence" is what trillions of dollars in potential public policy are relying on.

It's come to this: Obama ruins Christmas. "ABC announced today that it too will carry the speech. Originally scheduled programs, including "A Charlie Brown Christmas," will now air next Tuesday at 8pmET."

Good news: Paul Krugman will be at the jobs summit!

Center for American Progress wants a timeline from Obama.