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6:40 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 …
Fox News:
Revolt: Republicans Angry About Omnibus Spending Bill Decry ‘Total Mess’  —  Republicans poring over a 1,924-page overarching spending bill proposed by Democrats to cover the rest of the fiscal year are threatening to grind the legislation to a halt, citing massive earmark spending, which …
Discussion: Washington Post and Hot Air
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Reid threatens to keep Congress into next year  —  New spending bill totals $575.13 million per page  —  Forget about going quietly into the night.  —  Senate Democrats on Tuesday unveiled a broad agenda for an end-of-session sprint that, in other years, could be a whole year's worth of activity …
Scott Wong / The Politico:
Omnibus includes $8B in earmarks  —  Three hundred fifty thousand dollars for cool-season legume research in Idaho, North Dakota and Washington.  A half million dollars for road roundabouts in Mississippi.  And $1 million for arthropod damage in Nevada.  —  They're just a few …
Discussion: Sky Dancing, Daily Kos and FrumForum
The Note:
Thune vs. Romney: First Skirmish of the Campaign for 2012 GOP Presidential Nomination?  —  ABC News' Jon Karl reports:  —  We may have just witnessed one of the first skirmishes of the campaign for 2012 Republican presidential nomination.  —  Speaking on the Senate floor …
Discussion: CNN and The Page
David Rogers / The Politico:
Democrats' budget bill: $1.1 trillion; 1,900 pages
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.
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
Ed O'Keefe / Federal Eye:
Obama taps Jon Bon Jovi for new advisory board
Discussion: Firedoglake and Weasel Zippers
The White House:
President Obama Announces Members of the White House Council for Community Solutions
Discussion: Politics Daily
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.”
The Politico:
Tax deal stumbles toward final vote
Discussion: Hot Air and Flopping Aces
Mark Penn / The Politico:
Poll analysis: Public and D.C. elites agree: Prosecute Assange  —  One thing that's emerged from these six months of polling is just how far removed our nation's capital typically is from the rest of the country.  This month alone, POLITICO's “Power and the People” poll shows D.C. is divided …
Assange spends another night in jail
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.
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Breaking News on EFF Victory: Appeals Court Holds that Email Privacy Protected by Fourth Amendment  —  In a landmark decision issued today in the criminal appeal of U.S. v. Warshak, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the government must have a search warrant before it can secretly seize …
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Warrant Needed to Get Your E-Mail, Appeals Court Says
Discussion: Raw Story
Electronic Frontier Foundation:   Privacy: Stored Communications Act
Miller appeals to Alaska's Supreme Court  —  U.S. Senate hopeful Joe Miller appealed to the Alaska Supreme Court after a lower court ruled against his challenge of write-in candidate Sen. Lisa Murkowski.  —  Superior Court Judge William Carey last week ruled Miller, a Tea Party-supported Republican …
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:   U.S. to Appeal Health Ruling
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
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Marine Commandant Suggests Presence Of Gays Would Endanger The Lives Of Straight Marines  —  Speaking to reporters this afternoon, Marine Commandant Gen. James Amos — who has opposed repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell — suggested that if Congress lifts the ban against open service and allows gays …
Kevin Baron / Stars & Stripes:
Marine commandant concluded DADT repeal may risk lives
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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
ROGER SIMON GIVES A STRAW MAN QUITE A LASHING.... The headline on Roger Simon's latest Politico column — “Class warfare is not the ticket” — was the first hint of trouble.  As is probably clear to everyone, when the media establishment refers to “class warfare,” they're invariably complaining …
Discussion: The New Republic and Balloon Juice
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Class warfare is not the ticket
Discussion: Firedoglake
Tim Graham / blogs:
Amazing: WaPo Fails to Publish Own Poll on ObamaCare's Lowest Popularity Ever  —  A new ABC-Washington Post poll found ObamaCare sunk to its lowest popularity yet: 52 percent opposed, and only 43 percent in favor.  ABC mentioned the poll without fanfare at the end of a Jake Tapper report …
Discussion: Behind the Numbers and TPMDC
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 …
The Huffington Post:
Holbrooke's Last Words On Afghanistan Clarified As Being Part Of A Humorous Exchange By Obama Administration  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION? … WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Tuesday that the reported last words of veteran diplomat Richard Holbrooke, its point person on Afghanistan …
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.
Discussion: naked capitalism
Autumn Sandeen / Pam's House Blend:
Dan Choi Hospitalized; A Discussion About Our Community's Multi-Faceted Sacrifices  —  NOTE FROM PAM: Today brought news to our inbox that Autumn and I wanted to share with Blend readers in what we feel is an appropriate context.  We learned that Dan Choi, who sacrificed his privacy …
Discussion: Gawker
Patrick Healy / ArtsBeat:
Actress Thora Birch Fired From ‘Dracula’  —  The producers of the Off Broadway revival of “Dracula” fired their star actress Thora Birch on Friday, four days before the play's first performance, the production's director and Ms. Birch said in interviews on Monday.
Discussion: Gawker, PopEater and Gothamist
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