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9:40 AM ET, December 14, 2010

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Rajiv Chandrasekaran / Washington Post:
Richard Holbrooke dies: Veteran U.S. diplomat brokered Dayton peace accords  —  Longtime U.S. diplomat Richard C. Holbrooke, whose relentless prodding and deft maneuvering yielded the 1995 Dayton peace accords that ended the war in Bosnia - a success he hoped to repeat as President Obama's chief envoy …
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Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Strong American Voice in Diplomacy and Crisis  —  Richard C. Holbrooke, the Obama administration's special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan since 2009 and a diplomatic troubleshooter who worked for every Democratic president since the late 1960s and oversaw the negotiations that ended …
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Richard Holbrooke Has Died  —  ABC News has learned that Richard Holbrooke, the US Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, has died.  —  On Friday, Holbrooke was rushed to the hospital with a torn aorta.  He went through more than 20 hours of surgery.
ABCNEWS:
Family members said his last words before he headed into surgery were: “You've got to stop this war in Afghanistan,” according to the Washington Post.  —  President Obama was at a dinner in the East Room of the White House when the news came, said a senior administration official.
Discussion: Pat Dollard and AmSpecBlog
Joe Sterling / CNN:
Holbrooke dies days after aorta tear  —  (CNN) — Richard C. Holbrooke, the high-octane diplomat who spearheaded the end of the Bosnian war and most recently served as the Obama administration's point man in the volatile Afghan-Pakistani war zone, has died, officials said.
Hillary Rodham Clinton / US Department of State:
Passing of Richard Holbrooke
Discussion: TPMDC and SWJ Blog
msnbc.com:
U.S. diplomat Holbrooke dies after tearing aorta
Discussion: Alan Colmes' Liberaland and Gawker
Kevin Sack / New York Times:
Judge Voids Key Element of Obama Health Care Law  —  A federal district judge in Virginia ruled on Monday that the keystone provision in the Obama health care law is unconstitutional, becoming the first court in the country to invalidate any part of the sprawling act and ensuring that appellate courts …
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Ezra Klein:
Is the Hudson ruling good news for health reform?  —  District Court Judge Henry E. Hudson, a George W. Bush appointee, has, as expected, ruled the individual mandate unconstitutional.  So why are health reformers so unexpectedly pleased?  —  There are two reasons, but first, let's put this into context.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
CHEERING A VICTORY OVER THEIR OWN IDEA.... Many on the right are, not surprisingly, delighted with today's federal district court ruling on the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate.  That's to be expected — they're hoping to gut the law.  The two previous legal defeats notwithstanding …
Washington Post:
Health reform will survive its legal fight  —  In March, New Hampshire preschool teacher Gail O'Brien, who was unable to obtain health insurance through her employer, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of lymphoma.  Her subsequent applications for health insurance were rejected because of her condition.
New York Times:
Law Will Proceed, Administration Says
Discussion: Maggie's Farm
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Huge Senate majority votes to advance $858B tax package  —  President Obama's $858 billion tax package won a huge bipartisan majority in the Senate Monday evening, setting it up for a contentious debate in the House.  —  In a 83-15 vote, the Senate quashed a filibuster by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Va.).
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David M. Herszenhorn / The Caucus:
Senate Advances Tax Cut Package
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Senate votes for tax cut deal. What's route through House?
Janet Hook / Wall Street Journal:
Tax-Cut Bill Draws Wide Support in Senate
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate expected to advance $858B tax, benefits package
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
New nonpartisan “No Labels” group has its own “anthem” by Akon for some reason  —  No joke.  That's what they're calling it — the “No Labels Anthem,” presumably to be played whenever Mike Bloomberg walks into a room or “Morning Joe” goes to commercial or, I guess, as mood-setting music …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Designer: No Labels lifted penguins of bipartisanship
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Moe Lane
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
No Labels: No Specifics, No Coherence, No Point.
Discussion: Nice Deb and The Sundries Shack
John Del Signore / Gothamist:
Did No Labels Rip Off Design From More Party Animals?
CNN:
TRENDING: Steele admits stumbles, announces re-election bid  —  Washington (CNN) - Michael Steele broke a weeks-long silence Monday night and announced that he will seek a second term as chairman of the Republican National Committee.  —  Steele revealed his intentions in a lengthy private conference call …
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Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Tax Cut Deal Wildly Popular  —  ABC News and the Washington Post have the first poll out about public reaction to the Obama tax cut deal.  ABC created a colorful chart of the results, so I'll link to them:  —  Support for the overall package was extremely high: 68% among Democrats and Independents and 75% among Republicans.
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James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
Atheist Ads on Buses Rattle Fort Worth  —  FORT WORTH — Stand on a corner in this city and you might get a case of theological whiplash.  —  A public bus rolls by with an atheist message on its side: “Millions of people are good without God.”  Seconds later, a van follows bearing a riposte: “I still love you.
Discussion: Vox Popoli and Joe. My. God.
Barry Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
Brain Oddities: Spelling is Irrelevant to Comprehension  —  In trying to make sense of the world around us, our brains have evolved to do some very odd things.  The more we learn about our cognitive processes, the more it seems we have inherited a very weird wetware set, filled with bizarre and misleading foibles.
Tim McGinnis / Carolina Live:
Governor Mark Sanford talks about future  —  Governor Mark Sanford will be out of job next month.  He's served as South Carolina's head of state since 2003.  —  NewsChannel 15's Tim McGinnis interviewed Sanford on Monday.  Sanford spoke about his tenure, including the effect the admission …
Becky Bohrer / Associated Press:
Miller appeals ruling on write-in vote count  —  Republican Joe Miller is taking his challenge to Alaska's U.S. Senate race to the state Supreme Court.  —  Miller filed his appeal Monday, three days after a lower court ruled against his lawsuit challenging how the state counted write-in ballots for his rival, Sen. Lisa Murkowski.
Clout St:
Emanuel bid for mayor challenged at residency hearing  —  Posted by Jeff Coen and Kristen Mack at 5 a.m.  —  Rahm Emanuel has battled the toughest politicians in Washington but today he comes face to face with a new challenge — more than 20 Chicagoans or their attorneys seeking to knock him off the ballot for mayor.
Discussion: USA Today and Washington Wire
 
 
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Matthew Weaver / Guardian:
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Elisabeth Roudinesco / Worldmeets.us:
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Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Jeff Stein / SpyTalk:
WikiLeaks's Assange gains influential defenders
Igor Volsky / Wonk Room:
Gibbs Won't Call On Senate To Stay In Session For DADT Repeal
Discussion: Federal Eye, Salon and Joe. My. God.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Axelrod admits some parts of tax compromise ‘odious’ …
Fareed Zakaria / Washington Post:
Procrastination economics  —  This is the wrong time to raise taxes, say the politicians.
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Greg Hengler / Townhall.com:
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Discussion: NewsBusters.org blogs and Hot Air
Lynn Sweet:
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Discussion: National Review
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More Talk of Severe Budget Cuts to Follow Tax Deal
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Minnesota Republican Numbers
Discussion: Power Line and GOP 12