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12:00 PM 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.
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Holbrooke's death leaves major void in Obama's Afghan strategy
Discussion: Hot Air and Booman Tribune
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Richard Holbrooke Has Died
The Politico:   Richard Holbrooke's ‘towering’ ambition and achievement
Matthew Weaver / Guardian:
Julian Assange granted bail with conditions  —  • Assange granted bail to cheers from supporters  —  • Assange criticises Visa, MasterCard and Paypal from cell  —  • Police worked case against Madeleine McCann's parents  —  • Full coverage of the WikiLeaks cables
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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 …
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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Orin Kerr / The Volokh Conspiracy:
The Significant Error in Judge Hudson's Opinion  —  I've had a chance to read Judge Hudson's opinion, and it seems to me it has a fairly obvious and quite significant error.  Judge Hudson assumes that the power granted to Congress by the Necessary and Proper Clause — “To make all Laws …
Matt Bai / New York Times:
As Electoral Ground Shifts, Bloomberg Could Skip the Party  —  On Sunday, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg flatly ruled out an independent run for president in 2012.  On Monday, he appeared at the national unveiling in New York of No Labels, a group that aspires to build a grass-roots movement …
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
New nonpartisan “No Labels” group has its own “anthem” by Akon for some reason
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
‘No Labels’ rally: Bipartisan with Democratic tinge
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Ben Smith / The Politico:
‘No Labels’ short on Republicans
Discussion: Weigel, Wonkette, RedState and Salon
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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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Designer: No Labels lifted penguins of bipartisanship
Discussion: RedState
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.
Hillary Chabot / Boston Herald:
Court battle casts pall over Mitt Romney run  —  A likely U.S. Supreme Court battle over a key component of Obamacare — which was modeled on a Bay State law championed by former Gov. Mitt Romney — could plague the GOP presidential wannabe just as the 2012 White House race heats up, experts said yesterday.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and GOP 12
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Huge Senate majority votes to advance $858B tax package  —  President Obama's $858 billion tax package won a huge bipartisan majority in the Senate Monday evening, setting it up for a contentious debate in the House.  —  In a 83-15 vote, the Senate quashed a filibuster by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Va.).
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Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
House Dems tinkering with estate tax
Discussion: ThinkProgress and New York Times
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Steele stuns by running for reelection  —  Despite facing intense criticism from within his own party, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said Monday night he would mount a campaign for another two-year term atop the GOP.  —  Steele, breaking a monthlong silence about his intentions …
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The Note:
The Note: Michael Steele's In, But Can He Win?
Discussion: Real Clear Politics and CNN
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
The Nixon tapes remind us what a vile creature Henry Kissinger is.  —  Over the last few weeks, this modest little column of mine has been acquiring an almost eerie prescience and potency.  I called for the death sentence on Tariq Aziz to be commuted, and it was only a matter of days …
Ben Pershing / Washington Post:
Will a GOP-led House un-'green' the Capitol?  —  Just outside the doors of Congress, the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree glows with strands of energy-efficient LED lights.  Inside the Capitol, thousands of compact fluorescent light bulbs illuminate the final days of the session.
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
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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Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Robert Gibbs hopes for ‘adulthood’
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Vicki Needham / The Hill:
Poll: Majority back passage of tax plan
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Fed's Contrarian Has a Wary Eye on the Past
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Moody's says tax cut deal risks U.S. credit rating
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Cavuto to Chris Matthews: Cram your remarks about Chris Christie's …
Associated Press:
Justice Department Sues School for Refusing to OK Teacher's Pilgrimage to Mecca
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Robert Wright / Opinionator:
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