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7:00 AM, Dec 11, 2009 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
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Angelina Jolie skeptical of Obama's engagement on Darfur: "There will be pressure on the United States and its partners to bring stability to Sudan, even at the expense of criminal accountability. Regardless of the rationale, the end would be the same: victims left without justice while perpetrators walk away."

Heart-ache: Only 50 percent of voters prefer Obama to Bush.

Videos: The week in Iran student protests.

CBO on tort reform:
"CBO had previously estimated that enacting a common package of tort reform proposals would reduce federal deficits by $4 billion from 2010 to 2019, but CBO now estimates that those proposals would reduce federal deficits by about $54 billion during that period."

Classic Obama administration move: Lift debt ceiling by $1.8 trillion, and form a deficit reduction task force.

Good news: Senate has moved from one piece of giant, expensive legislation no one's read to...another piece of giant, expensive legislation no one's read.

"The raid on the Western treasuries is on again, but today with a new rationale to fit current ideological fashion. With socialism dead, the gigantic heist is now proposed as a sacred service of the newest religion: environmentalism."

Obama's EPA threat's real consequences:
"The Obama administration now owns this political hot potato," says one industry source. "If I'm [Nebraska Senator] Ben Nelson or [North Dakota Senator] Kent Conrad, why would I ever want to take it back?"