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10:15 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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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
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Richard Holbrooke Has Died
Hillary Rodham Clinton / US Department of State:
Passing of Richard Holbrooke
Discussion: TPMDC and SWJ Blog
The Politico:
Richard Holbrooke's ‘towering’ ambition and achievement
Discussion: CNN and FrumForum
Joe Sterling / CNN:
Holbrooke dies days after aorta tear
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 …
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Kevin Sack / New York Times:
Judge Voids Key Element of Obama Health Care Law
Ezra Klein:
Is the Hudson ruling good news for health reform?
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Amazing  —  A year ago, no one took seriously the idea …
New York Times:   Law Will Proceed, Administration Says
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  —  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: The Gateway Pundit and Moe Lane
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
No Labels: No Specifics, No Coherence, No Point.
Discussion: Nice Deb and The Sundries Shack
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
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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.
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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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.).
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
More Talk of Severe Budget Cuts to Follow Tax Deal
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.
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.
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
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 …
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 …
CNN:
TRENDING: Steele admits stumbles, announces re-election bid  —  Washington (CNN) - Michael Steele broke a weeks-long silence Monday night and announced that he will seek a second term as chairman of the Republican National Committee.  —  Steele revealed his intentions in a lengthy private conference call …
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Barry Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
Brain Oddities: Spelling is Irrelevant to Comprehension  —  In trying to make sense of the world around us, our brains have evolved to do some very odd things.  The more we learn about our cognitive processes, the more it seems we have inherited a very weird wetware set, filled with bizarre and misleading foibles.
 
 
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Cavuto to Chris Matthews: Cram your remarks about Chris Christie's …
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Associated Press:
Justice Department Sues School for Refusing to OK Teacher's Pilgrimage to Mecca
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Robert Wright / Opinionator:
A U.N. Plan for Israel
Clout St:
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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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 Earlier Items: 
Igor Volsky / Wonk Room:
Gibbs Won't Call On Senate To Stay In Session For DADT Repeal
Discussion: Federal Eye, Salon and Joe. My. God.
Cameron Joseph / NationalJournal.com:
The Interview: Transcript of Mike Huckabee's Conversation With NJ
Kyle / Right Wing Watch:
Scalia To Teach Bachmann's Inaugural Class On The Constitution
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Pam's House Blend
Greg Hengler / Townhall.com:
View Ladies Mock “Weeper Of The House” Boehner
Discussion: NewsBusters.org blogs and Hot Air
The Atlantic Online:
The Unknown Blogger Who Changed WikiLeaks Coverage