Today, on the Ed Morrissey Show (3 pm ET), Amanda Carpenter returns to discuss the RNC chair race, and why people have been strangely silent about Mike Duncan. We’ll also brainstorm how Barack Obama plans on “banning” earmarks, and perhaps talk about how Norm Coleman lost his chance to prevail in the recount.

In the second half, King Banaian joins us to talk about the economic plan announced by Barack Obama today, as well as my post on the hypocrisy of raiding Social Security to provide the refundables that Obama promised during the campaign.

We’re also holding a fundraising drive for Twin Cities Marriage Encounter. I’ll be posting PayPal buttons for one-time and automatic monthly donations to this non-profit, which tries to build stronger communities by strengthening marriages, on my show posts until the end of the year. We now have a matching challenge!. If we can raise $1500 by January 15th, an anonymous Hot Air reader will match those funds himself. Donations are tax deductible! Please note The Ed Morrissey Show or Hot Air on the memo line so that we can keep track for the match challenge:

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