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8:00 PM ET, December 14, 2010

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Michael Moore / Open Mike:
Why I'm Posting Bail Money for Julian Assange  —  Yesterday, in the Westminster Magistrates Court in London, the lawyers for WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange presented to the judge a document from me stating that I have put up $20,000 of my own money to help bail Mr. Assange out of jail.
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Matthew Weaver / News: News blog:
Julian Assange granted bail: live updates  —  • Assange granted bail to cheers from supporters  —  • He remains in custody as Sweden says it will appeal  —  • Assange criticises Visa, MasterCard and Paypal from cell  —  • Police worked case against Madeleine McCann's parents
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Photos: Here's The Manor Where Julian Assange Will Be Staying  —  So, this is where Julian Assange will be vacationing from prison.  It's Ellingham Hall in Suffolk, England, an estate owned by the independently wealthy journalist Vaughan Smith (and his parents, according to the UK title).
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Dems unveil $1.1T spending bill  —  Senate Democrats have filed a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill that would fund the government through fiscal year 2011, according to Senate GOP sources.  —  The 1,924-page bill includes funding to implement the sweeping healthcare reform bill …
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The Note:
Thune vs. Romney: First Skirmish of the Campaign for 2012 GOP Presidential Nomination?  —  ABC News' Jon Karl reports:  —  We may have just witnessed one of the first skirmishes of the campaign for 2012 Republican presidential nomination.  —  Speaking on the Senate floor …
Discussion: CNN, Ben Smith's Blog and The Page
David Rogers / The Politico:
Democrats' budget bill: $1.1 trillion; 1,900 pages
Discussion: FrumForum
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Thune: ‘Easy’ and ‘expedient’ to criticize negotiated tax deal
Discussion: The Politico
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Reid threatens to keep Congress into next year
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Wake up America
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
John Thune: Tax deal critics want higher taxes
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and National Review
The Hill:
Liberals giving up tax fight  —  A House liberal who has led the effort to stop President Obama's tax compromise with the GOP says efforts to change the package are futile.  —  Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.), who just a week ago circulated a letter signed by 54 Democrats urging opposition to the deal, now says the “die is cast.”
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
House Democrats urge longer extension of unemployment benefits
Discussion: The Politico
Ezra Klein:
The logic — and illogic — of changing the tax deal
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Amateur Hour: VA Judge Makes Elementary Error In Health Care Ruling  —  The Virginia federal district court judge who ruled yesterday that the individual mandate in the health care bill is unconstitutional is catching a lot of flack — and not just for having a financial interest in an anti-health care reform consulting firm.
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Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Hudson And Scalia, Ctd.
Ezra Klein:
Why the tax deal might fail  —  I listed some of the conservative critics of the tax deal in Wonkbook today (Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, the Tea Party Patriots, Charles Krauthammer), but Playbook shows their ranks are growing: Mitt Romney has an op-ed in USA Today saying the tax deal gives “President Obama ... reason to celebrate.
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David Weigel / Weigel:
Most Republican 2012ers Back the Tax Deal
Tyler Cowen / The American Interest:
The Inequality That Matters  —  Does growing wealth and income inequality in the United States presage the downfall of the American republic?  Will we evolve into a new Gilded Age plutocracy, irrevocably split between the competing interests of rich and poor?
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
ROGER SIMON GIVES A STRAW MAN QUITE A LASHING.... The headline on Roger Simon's latest Politico column — “Class warfare is not the ticket” — was the first hint of trouble.  As is probably clear to everyone, when the media establishment refers to “class warfare,” they're invariably complaining …
Discussion: The New Republic and Balloon Juice
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Roger Simon / The Politico:
Class warfare is not the ticket
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
Wall Street Journal:
Air Force Blocks Sites With Leaked Cables  —  The U.S. Air Force is blocking its personnel from using work computers to view the websites of the New York Times and other major publications that have posted secret material obtained by WikiLeaks, people familiar with the matter say.
Patrick Healy / ArtsBeat:
Actress Thora Birch Fired From ‘Dracula’  —  The producers of the Off Broadway revival of “Dracula” fired their star actress Thora Birch on Friday, four days before the play's first performance, the production's director and Ms. Birch said in interviews on Monday.
Discussion: Gawker, PopEater and Gothamist
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.
Abdon M. Pallasch / Chicago Sun Times:
Key questions surrounding the Rahm Emanuel residency case  —  As Rahm Emanuel prepares to testify in the residency case challenging his eligibility to run for mayor of Chicago, here are some questions and answers.  —  Q. Isn't this just a big joke?  —  A. No, this is serious business.
Discussion: Reuters, Politics Daily and The Awl
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Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Rahm Emanuel takes on all comers at residency hearing
Discussion: The Note
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Marine Commandant Suggests Presence Of Gays Would Endanger The Lives Of Straight Marines  —  Speaking to reporters this afternoon, Marine Commandant Gen. James Amos — who has opposed repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell — suggested that if Congress lifts the ban against open service and allows gays …
Zachary M. Seward / Digits:
The Top 50 Gawker Media Passwords  —  Readers of Gizmodo, Lifehacker and other Gawker Media sites may be among the savviest on the Web, but the most common password for logging into those sites is embarrassingly easy to guess: “123456.”  So is the runner-up: “password.”
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.
Persecution:
Red Cross Neglects Arrested Afghan Employee for Converting to Christianity  —  Washington, D.C. (December 14, 2010) - International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that the Red Cross in Afghanistan (ICRC) has not intervened on behalf of a long-term employee who was arrested and imprisoned because he is Christian.
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Weasel Zippers
The Huffington Post:
Obama's Judges Blocked At Historic Rate  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION? … As the first congressional session of Obama's presidency draws to a close, what began as a slow process of confirmation has ballooned into a full-blown judicial crisis.  The Senate has overseen the slowest pace …
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
Memo to the media: They're called “obstructionists”  —  That sore-loser phrase doesn't seem to get much use these days.  Yet watching Senate Republicans in the minority essentially close down the chamber, not allowing any votes to proceed until their demands are met regarding tax cuts for the very wealthy …
Discussion: Yglesias and Daily Kos
 
 
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Nin-Hai Tseng / Fortune:
Will the Fed be able to survive Ron Paul?
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Tim Graham / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Amazing: WaPo Fails to Publish Own Poll on ObamaCare's Lowest Popularity Ever
Discussion: TPMDC
William K. Rashbaum / City Room:
Espada Charged With Stealing From Nonprofit
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Wisconsin Senate looks good for Dems
Discussion: Ballot Box
Joe Sharkey / New York Times:
The Room Is Booked, Until the Hotel Says It Isn't
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CNBC:
Moody's May Cut US Rating on Tax Package
Discussion: Right Wing News
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Patrik Jonsson / Christian Science Monitor:
Census: Segregation hits 100-year lows in most American metro areas
Discussion: Hit & Run
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Carter: Biggest failure was '80 loss
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Some Tax Context.  —  As we move toward some kind of resolution …
Discussion: Yglesias
Stable Hand / The Jawa Report:
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Matt Bai / New York Times:
As Electoral Ground Shifts, Bloomberg Could Skip the Party