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7:50 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 …
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: Washington Post and Hot Air
Scott Wong / The Politico:
Omnibus includes $8B in earmarks  —  Three hundred fifty thousand dollars for cool-season legume research in Idaho, North Dakota and Washington.  A half million dollars for road roundabouts in Mississippi.  And $1 million for arthropod damage in Nevada.  —  They're just a few …
Discussion: Sky Dancing, Daily Kos and FrumForum
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 …
The Note:
Thune vs. Romney: First Skirmish of the Campaign for 2012 GOP …
Discussion: CNN and The Page
David Rogers / The Politico:
Democrats' budget bill: $1.1 trillion; 1,900 pages
David M. Herszenhorn / The Caucus:
Dreaming of a Post-Christmas Congress
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 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.
Ed O'Keefe / Federal Eye:
Obama taps Jon Bon Jovi for new advisory board
Discussion: Firedoglake and Weasel Zippers
The White House:
President Obama Announces Members of the White House Council for Community Solutions
Discussion: Politics Daily
The Politico:
Tax deal stumbles toward final vote  —  With the tax-cut deal poised for Senate passage Wednesday at noon, House Republicans trying to tamp down discontent in their ranks from fiscal conservatives are issuing a simple message: This isn't the bill we would've written, but it's good enough.
Discussion: Hot Air and Flopping Aces
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.
Mark Penn / The Politico:
Poll analysis: Public and D.C. elites agree: Prosecute Assange  —  One thing that's emerged from these six months of polling is just how far removed our nation's capital typically is from the rest of the country.  This month alone, POLITICO's “Power and the People” poll shows D.C. is divided …
Miller appeals to Alaska's Supreme Court  —  U.S. Senate hopeful Joe Miller appealed to the Alaska Supreme Court after a lower court ruled against his challenge of write-in candidate Sen. Lisa Murkowski.  —  Superior Court Judge William Carey last week ruled Miller, a Tea Party-supported Republican …
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:   U.S. to Appeal Health Ruling
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: FrumForum and The Gateway Pundit
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Breaking News on EFF Victory: Appeals Court Holds that Email Privacy Protected by Fourth Amendment  —  In a landmark decision issued today in the criminal appeal of U.S. v. Warshak, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the government must have a search warrant before it can secretly seize …
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Warrant Needed to Get Your E-Mail, Appeals Court Says
Kevin Baron / Stars & Stripes:
Marine commandant concluded DADT repeal may risk lives  —  ARLINGTON, Va. — The nation's top Marine Corps officer said he could not endorse a change in the “don't ask, don't tell” law that could cause distractions or endanger the lives of Marines in combat.
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in November confirms that the economic recovery is continuing, though at a rate that has been insufficient to bring down unemployment.  Household spending is increasing at a moderate pace …
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.
Discussion: The Hill, Top of the Ticket and CNN
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.
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 …
Discussion: Poynter and
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 and TPMDC
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 …
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 …
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
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
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Neil King Jr / Wall Street Journal:
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