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10:20 AM ET, December 15, 2010

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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
DeMint will force readings of START treaty and omnibus bill  —  Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) will force readings of both a nuclear arms treaty and $1.1 trillion spending bill that could eat up hours of the remaining lame-duck Congress.  —  DeMint will invoke a senatorial privilege to ask …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Dems unveil $1.1T spending bill
Yuval Levin / National Review:
The Democrats' Capstone  —  The proposed Senate omnibus bill makes …
Discussion: Cold Fury
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Congress' Job Approval Rating Worst in Gallup History  —  Thirteen percent approve of the way Congress is handling its job  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans' assessment of Congress has hit a new low, with 13% saying they approve of the way Congress is handling its job.
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Washington Post:
Post-ABC Poll: Public not yet sold on GOP  —  Republicans made major gains in the November elections, but they have yet to win the hearts and minds of the American people, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.  —  The midterm elections - where Republicans gained 63 seats …
Federal Eye:
Most back repealing 'don't ask, don't tell,' poll says
The Politico:
Obama plans 2011 staff makeover  —  President Barack Obama has delayed the most significant staff shuffle of his presidency until after New Year's — but the changes may be more sweeping than anticipated and could include the hiring of high-profile Democrats defeated in the midterms.
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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 …
Sam Youngman / Ballot Box:
The left's frustration with President Obama will hamper his fundraising  —  President Obama's stark move to the middle will cost him.  As in cash, and lots of it.  —  Democrats in Washington think President Obama is hurting his mighty fundraising prowess by repeatedly ticking off the people …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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Sewell Chan / New York Times:
G.O.P. Panelists Dissent on Cause of Crisis  —  WASHINGTON — The Republican members of the commission appointed by Congress to investigate the causes of the financial crisis plan to release on Wednesday a document that assigns government housing policies substantial blame for the origins of the 2008 financial crisis.
Lev Grossman / Time:
Mark Zuckerberg  —  On the afternoon of Nov. 16, 2010, Mark Zuckerberg was leading a meeting in the Aquarium, one of Facebook's conference rooms, so named because it's in the middle of a huge work space and has glass walls on three sides so everybody can see in.
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Richard Stengel / Time:
Person of the Year 2010  —  For connecting more than half a billion people and mapping the social relations among them; for creating a new system of exchanging information; and for changing how we all live our lives, Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is TIME's 2010 Person of the Year.  —  Only Connect
Ben Dimiero / Media Matters for America:
FOXLEAKS: Fox boss ordered staff to cast doubt on climate science  —  In the midst of global climate change talks last December, a top Fox News official sent an email questioning the “veracity of climate change data” and ordering the network's journalists to “refrain from asserting that the planet has warmed …
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Keach Hagey / The Politico:   Fox boss urged climate skepticism
David Cay Johnston / Nieman Reports:
It's Scary Out There in Reporting Land  —  ‘Beats are fundamental to journalism, but our foundation is crumbling.’  —  To understand how badly we're doing the most basic work of journalism in covering the law enforcement beat, try sitting in a barbershop.  When I was getting my last haircut …
National Review:
Anybody but Steele  —  Say what you will about him — Michael Steele plays by nobody else's rules.  He shocked the political world on Monday night by announcing he'd run for reelection as chairman of the Republican National Committee.  We admire his pluck, but not his judgment.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and USA Today
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
GOP donors: We'll leave if Steele stays
Discussion: FrumForum and The Gateway Pundit
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
Air Force Blocks Sites That Posted Secret Cables  —  WASHINGTON — The Air Force is barring its personnel from using work computers to view the Web sites of The New York Times and more than 25 other news organizations and blogs that have posted secret cables obtained by WikiLeaks, Air Force officials said Tuesday.
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Fox News:
Air Force Blocks Access to News Sites That Posted Wikileaks Documents
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
Joshua Zumbrun / Bloomberg:
Fed Signals Stronger Economy Won't Slow $600 Billion Stimulus  —  Federal Reserve policy makers indicated that signs of economic strength won't deter them from pumping money into the financial system so long as unemployment remains elevated.  —  The Federal Open Market Committee said yesterday …
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Christian Heinze / Ballot Box:
In shift, Sarah Palin stresses electability as a reason to run for president  —  Over the past month, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) has quietly altered her case for the presidency in a savvy shift of rhetoric.  —  The lofty goal?  Turning the main reason a Republican might oppose her into the primary reason for voting for her.
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
House Democrats consider amendments to estate tax  —  As the Senate prepared Tuesday to push through a sweeping tax package negotiated by the White House and congressional Republicans, House leaders were looking to amend the measure to satisfy the concerns of angry liberals without unraveling the deal altogether.
Martin Indyk / The New Republic:
How We Can Honor Richard Holbrooke's Memory  —  As Richard Holbrooke's friends and colleagues gathered in the entrance to George Washington Hospital last night to console each other and begin the vigil for his soul, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton came down from saying goodbye to her friend and adviser.
Discussion: Shakesville
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Intelligence Reports Offer Dim Views of Afghan War  —  WASHINGTON — As President Obama prepares to release a review of American strategy in Afghanistan that will claim progress in the nine-year-old war there, two new classified intelligence reports offer a more negative assessment …
Theodore H. Frank / Washington Examiner:
Manhattan Moment: Courts shouldn't ignore due process to create class actions  —  Wal-Mart v. Dukes, a case claiming job discrimination against at least 1.5 million women, reached the Supreme Court last week after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco agreed, in a 6-5 vote …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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 …
MNN:
Is oil and gas production causing earthquakes in Arkansas?  —  Guy, Ark., has been hit with hundreds of earthquakes in the last few months, leaving many trying to figure out what is causing all the shaking.  —  Something is shaking under Guy, Ark., and no one is quite sure what's going on.
Walter Shapiro / Politics Daily:
Will Liberals Challenge Obama Amid the Snows of New Hampshire? … Liberal Democrats are, by nature and history, a perpetually disappointed voting bloc.  They are either consigned to wail in the political wilderness (the Bush years and the Reagan years) or else the fruits of victory quickly sour …
Discussion: American Power
Ryan Ellis / Americans for Tax Reform RSS:
ATR Supports Tax Hike Prevention Bill, Encourages Votes in Support  —  Americans for Tax Reform is supporting the tax hike prevention legislation on the floor of the House and Senate this week.  While not ideal legislation, it accomplishes the primary objective: namely, prevent tax hikes on anyone earning income.
Neil King Jr / Wall Street Journal:
Tax Deal Is Shaping 2012 GOP Campaign  —  WASHINGTON—The tax deal now before Congress has kicked off the first real debate of the 2012 Republican presidential campaign, with several prospective candidates heralding the package as a victory for taxpayers and others criticizing it as a costly stimulus bill in disguise.
Discussion: The Page
 
 
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Electronic Frontier Foundation:
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Ed O'Keefe / Federal Eye:
Obama taps Jon Bon Jovi for new advisory board
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Tim Graham / NewsBusters.org blogs:
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