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4:15 PM ET, December 14, 2010

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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.
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Ezra Klein:
Why the tax deal might fail  —  I listed some of the conservative critics of the tax deal in Wonkbook today (Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, the Tea Party Patriots, Charles Krauthammer), but Playbook shows their ranks are growing: Mitt Romney has an op-ed in USA Today saying the tax deal gives “President Obama ... reason to celebrate.
Matthew Weaver / News: News blog:
Julian Assange granted bail: live updates  —  • Assange granted bail to cheers from supporters  —  • He remains in custody as Sweden says it will appeal  —  • Assange criticises Visa, MasterCard and Paypal from cell  —  • Police worked case against Madeleine McCann's parents
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 …
New York Times:
Release on Bail of WikiLeaks Founder Is Delayed by Appeal  —  LONDON — After a week in detention facing possible extradition, Julian Assange, the founder of the WikiLeaks antisecrecy group, was ordered released on $310,000 bail by a court on Tuesday as he challenges a Swedish prosecutor's demand …
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 …
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Photos: Here's The Manor Where Julian Assange Will Be Staying
Mike Allen / The Politico:
STEELE STUNS, RUNS: ‘The job is fun’ …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Amateur Hour: VA Judge Makes Elementary Error In Health Care Ruling  —  The Virginia federal district court judge who ruled yesterday that the individual mandate in the health care bill is unconstitutional is catching a lot of flack — and not just for having a financial interest in an anti-health care reform consulting firm.
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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.
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Hudson And Scalia, Ctd.  —  Like me, Jason Mazzone believes that Justice Antonin Scalia was Judge Henry E. Hudson's intended audience in his ruling striking down the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act: … My personal belief is that Republicans hate the law and want to see it gone …
Jonathan H. Adler / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Further Thoughts on the Virginia Health Care Ruling and the Necessary …
Kevin Sack / New York Times:
Years of Wrangling Lie Ahead for Health Care Law
The Hill:
Liberals giving up tax fight  —  A House liberal who has led the effort to stop President Obama's tax compromise with the GOP says efforts to change the package are futile.  —  Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.), who just a week ago circulated a letter signed by 54 Democrats urging opposition to the deal, now says the “die is cast.”
Discussion: Guardian and National Review
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Huge Senate majority votes to advance $858B tax package
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid, Senate Dems plan to move START arms treaty as soon as Wednesday
Discussion: FrumForum
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
Senate Looks at After-Christmas Votes
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Simmi Aujla / The Politico:
Steny Hoyer: Estate tax a ‘great concern’
Discussion: Ezra Klein, The Hill and FrumForum
The Politico:
New 'don't ask' House vote building
Discussion: CNN and USA Today
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Cubachi:
The “radical centrists” of No Labels
Ben Smith / The Politico:
‘No Labels’ short on Republicans
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.
Tim Cavanaugh / Hit & Run:
“Erin Brockovich” Town Shows No Cancer Cluster  —  Hinkley, California, the town made famous in the Oscar-winning Julia Roberts movie Erin Brockovich, does not show any evidence of an increased rate of cancers.  —  Pacific Gas and Electric, which released a toxic plume of hexavalent chromium 6 …
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Scarborough blasts MSNBC's bias: They always will say ‘a George W. Bush-appointee,’ ‘a Reagan appointee’  —  “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough doesn't let much slip by him - well not today, at least.  —  On his December 14 program, Scarborough pointed out the bias at his network, MSNBC, and even offered a particular example.
The Huffington Post:
Obama's Judges Blocked At Historic Rate  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION? … As the first congressional session of Obama's presidency draws to a close, what began as a slow process of confirmation has ballooned into a full-blown judicial crisis.  The Senate has overseen the slowest pace …
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
Memo to the media: They're called “obstructionists”  —  That sore-loser phrase doesn't seem to get much use these days.  Yet watching Senate Republicans in the minority essentially close down the chamber, not allowing any votes to proceed until their demands are met regarding tax cuts for the very wealthy …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Corker assembling bloc to demand reforms ahead of debt ceiling vote  —  Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said Tuesday he's hoping to assemble a bloc of senators who will demand tax and spending reforms before agreeing to vote to raise the U.S. debt ceiling next year.
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Some Tax Context.  —  As we move toward some kind of resolution of the tax debate, I thought it might be worthwhile to put some things in context, particularly the question of the top marginal tax rate.  That's the one conservatives are so desperate to keep low, and part of the reason liberals …
Discussion: Yglesias
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 …
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 …
 
 
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