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9:45 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 …
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Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Reid threatens to keep Congress into next year
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
Washington Post:
Senate spending bill contains thousands of earmarks
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 and Scared Monkeys
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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.
Discussion: FrumForum
Ed O'Keefe / Federal Eye:
Obama taps Jon Bon Jovi for new advisory board
Discussion: Firedoglake and Weasel Zippers
Sam Youngman / Ballot Box:
The left's frustration with President Obama will hamper his fundraising
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
The White House:
President Obama Announces Members of the White House Council for Community Solutions
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Politics Daily
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.
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Washington Post:
Post-ABC Poll: Public not yet sold on GOP  —  Republicans made major gains in the November elections, but they have yet to win the hearts and minds of the American people, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.  —  The midterm elections - where Republicans gained 63 seats …
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.
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Fox News:
Air Force Blocks Access to News Sites That Posted Wikileaks Documents
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
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.
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Reuters:
Financial Crisis Panel In Turmoil As Republicans Defect; Plan To Blame Government For Crisis  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION? … The four Republicans appointed to the commission investigating the root causes of the financial crisis plan to bypass the bipartisan panel and release their own report Wednesday …
Discussion: Guardian and Emptywheel
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.
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Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
House Democrats consider amendments to estate tax
Discussion: FrumForum, The Page and msnbc.com
The Hill:
Liberals giving up tax fight
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. to Appeal Health Ruling  —  Move Advances Constitutional Struggle Likely to Reach Supreme Court by 2012  —  The Justice Department said it would appeal a decision invalidating a core provision of the federal health-care overhaul, the next skirmish in a constitutional struggle likely …
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UPI:
Miller appeals to Alaska's Supreme Court
Martin Indyk / The New Republic:
How We Can Honor Richard Holbrooke's Memory  —  As Richard Holbrooke's friends and colleagues gathered in the entrance to George Washington Hospital last night to console each other and begin the vigil for his soul, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton came down from saying goodbye to her friend and adviser.
Discussion: Shakesville
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Lev Grossman / Time:
Mark Zuckerberg  —  On the afternoon of Nov. 16, 2010, Mark Zuckerberg was leading a meeting in the Aquarium, one of Facebook's conference rooms, so named because it's in the middle of a huge work space and has glass walls on three sides so everybody can see in.
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
Ben Dimiero / Media Matters for America:
FOXLEAKS: Fox boss ordered staff to cast doubt on climate science  —  In the midst of global climate change talks last December, a top Fox News official sent an email questioning the “veracity of climate change data” and ordering the network's journalists to “refrain from asserting that the planet has warmed …
Discussion: The Politico and TPMMuckraker
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 …
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Intelligence Reports Offer Dim Views of Afghan War  —  WASHINGTON — As President Obama prepares to release a review of American strategy in Afghanistan that will claim progress in the nine-year-old war there, two new classified intelligence reports offer a more negative assessment …
Discussion: FrumForum and The Washington Note
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 Philly.com
Theodore H. Frank / Washington Examiner:
Manhattan Moment: Courts shouldn't ignore due process to create class actions  —  Wal-Mart v. Dukes, a case claiming job discrimination against at least 1.5 million women, reached the Supreme Court last week after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco agreed, in a 6-5 vote …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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 …
 
 
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Christian Heinze / Ballot Box:
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Walter Shapiro / Politics Daily:
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Neil King Jr / Wall Street Journal:
Tax Deal Is Shaping 2012 GOP Campaign
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Mark Penn / The Politico:
Poll analysis: Public and D.C. elites agree: Prosecute Assange
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Breaking News on EFF Victory: Appeals Court Holds that Email …
 Earlier Items: 
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Caroline B. Glick / Jerusalem Post:
Our World: The feminist deception
Discussion: NewsReal Blog and The Jawa Report
Tim Graham / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Amazing: WaPo Fails to Publish Own Poll on ObamaCare's Lowest Popularity Ever
Patrick Healy / ArtsBeat:
Actress Thora Birch Fired From ‘Dracula’
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