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11:25 AM ET, December 15, 2010


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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
DeMint will force readings of START Treaty and omnibus bill  —  Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) will force readings of both a nuclear arms treaty and $1.1 trillion spending bill that could eat up hours of the remaining lame-duck Congress.  —  DeMint will invoke a senatorial privilege to ask …
Wall Street Journal:
Harry Reid's Holiday Jam  —  What the Senate wants to pass while you're not paying attention.  —  In the famous formulation often attributed to George Washington, the U.S. Senate is the saucer designed to cool the drink before it becomes law.  In Majority Leader Harry Reid's rush to beat …
Discussion: Right Turn and Betsy's Page
Manu Raju / The Politico:
DeMint threatens to force a reading of omnibus bill
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The BLT
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Dems unveil $1.1T spending bill
Fox News:
Revolt: Republicans Angry About Omnibus Spending Bill Decry ‘Total Mess’
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.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Poll finds voters not impressed with Republicans' House takeover that hasn't happened yet  —  Premature Emasculation  —  With Republicans still 20 days away from taking control of one chamber of Congress, the House of Representatives, the Washington Post could no longer resist delivering …
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 …
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.
Richard Stengel / Time:
Person of the Year 2010  —  For connecting more than half a billion people and mapping the social relations among them; for creating a new system of exchanging information; and for changing how we all live our lives, Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is TIME's 2010 Person of the Year.  —  Only Connect
Laura T. Coffey /
Mark Zuckerberg is Time's 2010 Person of the Year
Discussion: Politics Daily and Right Pundits
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Time's POTY: Facebook founder?
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 …
Keach Hagey / The Politico:   Fox editor urged climate skepticism
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: Ben Smith's Blog, Hot Air and FrumForum
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 …
Sam Youngman / Ballot Box:
The left's frustration with President Obama will hamper his fundraising
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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.
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
House Democrats consider amendments to estate tax  —  As the Senate prepared Tuesday to push through a sweeping tax package negotiated by the White House and congressional Republicans, House leaders were looking to amend the measure to satisfy the concerns of angry liberals without unraveling the deal altogether.
Russell Berman / The Hill:
For House Democrats, fight over tax cuts is now about saving face
Discussion: USA Today and TPMDC
Chris Van Hollen / Washington Post:
First, fix the estate tax giveaway
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The inhumane conditions of Bradley Manning's detention  —  Bradley Manning, the 22-year-old U.S. Army Private accused of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks, has never been convicted of that crime, nor of any other crime.  Despite that, he has been detained at the U.S. Marine brig in Quantico …
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 …
National Review:
Anybody but Steele  —  Say what you will about him — Michael Steele plays by nobody else's rules.  He shocked the political world on Monday night by announcing he'd run for reelection as chairman of the Republican National Committee.  We admire his pluck, but not his judgment.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and USA Today
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
GOP donors: We'll leave if Steele stays
Discussion: FrumForum and The Gateway Pundit
Brad Phillips / Mr. Media Training:
2012 Election Preview: The Final Rankings  —  Editor's Note: This morning, we issued a press release on the national wires that ranks the 18 most likely 2012 Republican contenders - and President Obama - on their communications skills.  Below, you'll find the full text of that release.
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
The Preposterousness of the Commerce Clause  —  Julian Sanchez comments on people calling Hudson's interpretation of the commerce clause “preposterous”: … Obviously, I agree with Julian.  I have been reading a lot of well-meaning liberals who are befuddled by the notion that conservatives …
Discussion: Viking Pundit
Radley Balko / The Agitator:
An Honest Question for Lefties
Discussion: Bottom-up
Christian Heinze / Ballot Box:
In shift, Sarah Palin stresses electability as a reason to run for president  —  Over the past month, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) has quietly altered her case for the presidency in a savvy shift of rhetoric.  —  The lofty goal?  Turning the main reason a Republican might oppose her into the primary reason for voting for her.
Discussion: Classical Values
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
Donna Leinwand / USA Today:
Kids write Santa this year for basic needs instead of toys  —  Santa Claus and his elves are seeing more heartbreaking letters this year as children cite their parents' economic troubles in their wish lists.  —  U.S. Postal Service workers who handle letters addressed to Santa at the North Pole …
Discussion: FrumForum
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.
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Deficit-Talk  —  Atrios: “I really can't comprehend that with 9.6% unemployment politicians keep talking about the deficit as if it's the big problem.”  —  Of course he's right.  The deficit is a problem only in the sense that the short-term deficit is currently too small.
Discussion: Ezra Klein
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 …
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Yuval Levin / National Review:
The Democrats' Capstone  —  The proposed Senate omnibus bill makes …
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How We Can Honor Richard Holbrooke's Memory
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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Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Breaking News on EFF Victory: Appeals Court Holds that Email …