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12:00 AM ET, December 15, 2010


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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 …
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 and The Page
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Reid threatens to keep Congress into next year  —  New spending bill totals $575.13 million per page  —  Forget about going quietly into the night.  —  Senate Democrats on Tuesday unveiled a broad agenda for an end-of-session sprint that, in other years, could be a whole year's worth of activity …
Fox News:
Revolt: Republicans Angry About Omnibus Spending Bill Decry ‘Total Mess’  —  Republicans poring over a 1,924-page overarching spending bill proposed by Democrats to cover the rest of the fiscal year are threatening to grind the legislation to a halt, citing massive earmark spending, which …
Discussion: RedState and Hot Air
David Rogers / The Politico:
Democrats' budget bill: $1.1 trillion; 1,900 pages  —  Defying the political odds, Senate Democrats rolled out a year-end, governmentwide spending bill Tuesday that cuts more than $26 billion from President Barack Obama's 2011 requests even as it holds firm to thousands of the appropriations earmarks …
Scott Wong / The Politico:
Omnibus includes $8B in earmarks
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.”
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
House Democrats urge longer extension of unemployment benefits
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Harry Reid must vow to hold vote on DADT repeal
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).
Michael Moore / Open Mike:
Why I'm Posting Bail Money for Julian Assange
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
WHITE HOUSE APPOINTS JON BON JOVI  —  Actor.  Poet.  Musician.  Performer.  Rocker Jon Bon Jovi can now add one more title to his impressive resume: White House appointee.  —  On Tuesday, President Barack Obama signed an executive order establishing the White House Council for Community Solutions …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
The White House:
President Obama Announces Members of the White House Council for Community Solutions
Discussion: Politics Daily
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
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Class warfare is not the ticket
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 …
Kevin Baron / Stars & Stripes:
Marine commandant concluded DADT repeal may risk lives
Tim Graham / blogs:
Amazing: WaPo Fails to Publish Own Poll on ObamaCare's Lowest Popularity Ever  —  A new ABC-Washington Post poll found ObamaCare sunk to its lowest popularity yet: 52 percent opposed, and only 43 percent in favor.  ABC mentioned the poll without fanfare at the end of a Jake Tapper report …
Discussion: Behind the Numbers
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.
David Weigel / Weigel:
Most Republican 2012ers Back the Tax Deal
Ezra Klein:
The logic — and illogic — of changing 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?
The Huffington Post:
Holbrooke's Last Words On Afghanistan Clarified As Being Part Of A Humorous Exchange By Obama Administration  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION? … WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Tuesday that the reported last words of veteran diplomat Richard Holbrooke, its point person on Afghanistan …
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
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.
Caroline B. Glick / Jerusalem Post:
Our World: The feminist deception  —  Nowhere is fraud at heart of feminist movement more apparent than in silence of inhumane treatment of women who live under Islamic law.  —  Talkbacks (38) - Opinion  — Facebook  — Twitter  —  Making the rounds on YouTube these days is a film …
Discussion: NewsReal Blog and The Jawa Report
Autumn Sandeen / Pam's House Blend:
Dan Choi Hospitalized; A Discussion About Our Community's Multi-Faceted Sacrifices  —  NOTE FROM PAM: Today brought news to our inbox that Autumn and I wanted to share with Blend readers in what we feel is an appropriate context.  We learned that Dan Choi, who sacrificed his privacy …
Discussion: Gawker and Joe. My. God.
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.
David Brooks / New York Times:
Ben Franklin's Nation  —  After you read this column, go to YouTube and search “Hans Rosling and 200 countries.”  You'll see a Swedish professor describe the growth of global wealth and well-being over the past 200 years.  —  He presents an animated time-lapse chart.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
GOP donors: We'll leave if Steele stays  —  Some of the Republican Party's most prominent donors reacted Tuesday with shock — and then fury — to Michael Steele's decision to seek re-election, bluntly warning that they would not raise money for the party if the controversial chairman wins another term.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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 …
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.”
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Carter: Biggest failure was '80 loss  —  Former President Jimmy Carter says his biggest failure during his term in the White House was that he didn't get to spend another four years there.  —  “I guess my biggest failure was not getting reelected,” he said in an interview with Big Think, referring to the 1980 presidential election.
Michael C. Moynihan / Reason:
Assange's Extremist Employees  —  Why is WikiLeaks employing a well-known Holocaust denier and his disgraced son?  —  Last week, I wrote that the widely-linked article positing that the CIA was behind a Swedish woman's accusation of rape against Julian Assange was authored by a Russian-born …
Josh White / Washington Post:
Shuttle driver is charged in hit-and-run crash near Dulles  —  The driver of a speeding SuperShuttle van left a trail of damaged vehicles as he fled at least six hit-and-run crashes along Interstate 66 and the Dulles Access Road on Monday morning, police said.
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
To Conquer Wind Power, China Writes the Rules  —  TIANJIN, China — Judging by the din at its factory here one recent day, the Spanish company Gamesa might seem to be a thriving player in the Chinese wind energy industry it helped create.  —  But Gamesa has learned the hard way …
Discussion: The Peking Duck
William K. Rashbaum / New York Times:
Missing Appliances Puzzle Sanitation Officials  —  Over the last several months, , 22,741 New Yorkers contacted the city's Department of Sanitation and arranged for the pickup of refrigerators, air-conditioners and freezers.  In more than 11,000 instances, the machines vanished …
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Yves Smith / naked capitalism:
More on the HAMP Train Wreck in Latest Congressional Oversight Panel Report
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Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Privacy: Stored Communications Act
David Willey / BBC:
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Lbentzterp / CNN:
CNN, WMUR and Union Leader to produce the first New Hampshire GOP debate
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Nin-Hai Tseng / Fortune:
Will the Fed be able to survive Ron Paul?
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Red Cross Neglects Arrested Afghan Employee for Converting to Christianity
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Wisconsin Senate looks good for Dems
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 Earlier Items: 
Joe Sharkey / New York Times:
The Room Is Booked, Until the Hotel Says It Isn't
Discussion: Gothamist and AOL News
Moody's May Cut US Rating on Tax Package
Discussion: Right Wing News
Patrik Jonsson / Christian Science Monitor:
Census: Segregation hits 100-year lows in most American metro areas
Discussion: Hit & Run
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
Memo to the media: They're called “obstructionists”
Discussion: Yglesias and Daily Kos
Washington Post:
Health reform will survive its legal fight