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10:35 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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Mike Allen / The Politico:
STEELE STUNS, RUNS: ‘The job is fun’ — ROMNEY SPLITS WITH HOUSE GOP, BLASTS TAX DEAL — Michael Moore offers servers to WikiLeaks — Remembering Richard Holbrooke — Grace Gallo b'day  —  Good Tuesday morning.  EXCLUSIVE: This morning, Rep. Eric Cantor will announce the senior staff …
Discussion: Ezra Klein
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 …
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: Shakesville, Pat Dollard and AmSpecBlog
The Politico:
Richard Holbrooke's ‘towering’ ambition and achievement
Discussion: CNN and FrumForum
Hillary Rodham Clinton / US Department of State:
Passing of Richard Holbrooke
Discussion: TPMDC and SWJ Blog
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Richard Holbrooke Has Died
Joe Sterling / CNN:
Holbrooke dies days after aorta tear
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.
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Kevin Sack / New York Times:
Years of Wrangling Lie Ahead for Health Law  —  By contradicting two prior opinions, Monday's court ruling in Virginia against the Obama health care law highlighted both the novelty of the constitutional issues and the difficulty of forging consensus among judges who bring differences in experience …
Orin Kerr / The Volokh Conspiracy:
The Significant Error in Judge Hudson's Opinion
Ezra Klein:
Is the Hudson ruling good news for health reform?
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Designer: No Labels lifted penguins of bipartisanship  —  Gothamist reports that No Labels wonderful, kooky logo was taken from a New York graphic designer who knew nothing of the group.  —  The designer, Thomas Porostocky, tells the site:  —  I'm still a little stunned at the blatant plagiarism. …
Discussion: TPMDC, The Gateway Pundit and Moe Lane
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
‘No Labels’ short on Republicans
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
No Labels: No Specifics, No Coherence, No Point.
Discussion: Nice Deb and The Sundries Shack
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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Mike In / Michael Moore:
WITNESS STATEMENT OF MICHAEL MOORE  —  WITNESS STATEMENT  —  (CJ Act 1967, s.9 MC Act 1980, ss.5A(3)(a) and 5B;  —  Criminal Procedure Rules 2010, Rule 27)  —  This statement (consisting of 2 pages each signed by me) is true to the best of my knowledge and belief and I make it knowing that …
Discussion: Foreign Policy and Weasel Zippers
Washington Post:
Tax-cut package clears procedural hurdle in Senate  —  Republicans and Democrats joined forces in the Senate on Monday to deliver the most significant bipartisan vote since President Obama took office, advancing a plan to extend tax cuts for virtually every American and to boost the economic recovery.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Top Dems confident of final passage on tax deal this week  —  The White House and the second-ranking House Democrat expressed confidence on Monday night that the House would pass a tax-cut package, likely by the end of this week.  —  House members who'd previously opposed the deal are likely …
Discussion: CNN
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.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The unpredictable Michael Steele  —  1. Michael Steele's announcement Monday that he will seek a second term as chairman of the Republican National Committee stunned the political world and left strategists scrambling to assess the impact he could have on the contest.
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Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Hoyer expected to file 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal bill Tuesday  —  House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Pa.) are expected to introduce standalone “don't ask, don't tell” repeal legislation on Tuesday, three sources actively involved in repeal discussions told POLITICO Monday.
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Janet Hook / Wall Street Journal:
Tax-Cut Bill Draws Wide Support in Senate
Kat Stoeffel / New York Observer:
No Labels and Other Ripped Off Designs  —  Brooklyn-based artist Thomas Porostocky's friends and fans have been tipping off NY media that his art has been used without permission by the bi-partisan political group No Labels.  —  Porostocky designed star-spangled giraffes …
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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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Jon Cohen / Washington Post:
Poll finds broad bipartisan support for tax package
Steve Peoples / Roll Call:
Linda McMahon Plans Meeting With NRSC  —  In case there was any doubt, Linda McMahon's political career may not be over.  —  The former wrestling executive turned Connecticut GOP Senate candidate has scheduled a personal meeting with National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn (Texas) on Capitol Hill.
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
 
 
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Associated Press:
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Robert Wright / Opinionator:
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Rick Casey / Houston Chronicle:
The symbol of Parker's problems
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Elisabeth Roudinesco / Worldmeets.us:
Who Rules Us?  Hackers, the Global Press and Our Leadership - in that Order
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Jeff Stein / SpyTalk:
WikiLeaks's Assange gains influential defenders
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