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It's hard to cast the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in anything resembling a positive light, but some Republican operatives are apparently pretty chuffed about the media coverage of the debacle, according to (continued).

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Another Democrat is leaving the fold on Capitol Hill. Sen. Evan Bayh announced Monday that he won't seek re-election this fall after 11 years in the Senate, pointing to recent partisan politicking in Congress as the main reason for his departure. "People's business is not getting done," Bayh said, making sure to point out that he's not making this move because he thinks he wouldn't win.

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This just in from the Annals of Utterly Unsurprising Polling Results: Nearly 75 percent of Americans won't be sorry to kiss 2009 goodbye, according to a year-end AP-GfK poll. But wait -- there's a silver lining to be found, in that about the same percentage of respondents are optimistic about 2010.

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What is it about chain e-mails that makes potentially reasonable people who might even be wary of believing everything they read -- at least when it comes to stories generated by media outlets -- so gullible and so willing to latch on to hyperbolic distortions and ideologically driven misinformation campaigns?

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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has made history after successfully navigating the grueling confirmation process by finally being sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts at a ceremony at the court's headquarters Saturday. However, the partisan politics that played out during the grilling phase are just a taste of things to come, according to The Christian Science Monitor's Brad Knickerbocker.The partisan politics that played out during Justice Sonia Sotomayor's grilling phase represent just a taste of things to come.

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