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6:15 PM 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 …
Manu Raju / The Politico:
DeMint calls votes before Christmas ‘sacrilegious’  —  Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) called Democrats' push to force through an arms control treaty and an omnibus spending bill right before Christmas “sacrilegious,” and warned he'd draw the process out to wage his objections.
Rachel Slajda / TPMDC:
Reid Responds To Kyl: 'I Don't Need To Hear Sanctimonious Lectures' About Meaning Of X-Mas (VIDEO)  —  After Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) accused Majority Leader Harry Reid of grinchery for suggesting that the Senate work the week after Christmas, Reid blamed Kyl's party for the delay that may push votes past the holiday.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate GOP leaders take heat over earmarks
Discussion: ABCNEWS and The Gateway Pundit
Humberto Sanchez /
Senate Omnibus Bill Laden With Earmarks
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
START Passage Looks Dead for 2010
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
McCain cools to ratifying New START this year
Discussion: Washington Post, The Foundry and TPMDC
The Politico:
Jim DeMint backs down on demand to read START
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 …
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 …
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.
Federal Eye:
Most back repealing 'don't ask, don't tell,' poll says  —  Nearly eight in 10 Americans favor allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.  —  The results signal continued widespread public support for ending the military's 17-year ban …
Washington Post:
Post-ABC Poll: Public not yet sold on GOP
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The inhumane conditions of Bradley Manning's detention  —  (updated below)  —  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 …
Jonathon M. Seidl / The Blaze:
FL SCHOOL BOARD SHOOTER POSTED SUICIDE NOTE RAILING AGAINST THE RICH, LINKING TO MEDIA MATTERS  —  Clay Duke, the man who opened fire on a Florida school board Tuesday, posted a “last testament” on Facebook decrying the wealthy and linking to a slew of progressive sites including and
Nick Gillespie / Hit & Run:
This is What a School-Board-Meeting-Shooter's Facebook Page Looks Like
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Attention GOP Porkers: Hatch Had His Earmark Requests Stripped From Spending Bill  —  Republican Senators whose earmark requests pepper the much-maligned omnibus spending bill are having a really hard time explaining how they went from requesting earmarks earlier this year to decrying the legislation... because of all the earmarks.
Guy Benson /
Video: Obama Slams Earmarks in 2009 Omnibus Bill, Demands Change
Discussion:, Right Turn and Hot Air
Jamie Dupree / Jamie Dupree Washington Insider:
Those Pesky GOP Earmarks
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.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Twitter Raises $200 Million at $3.7 Billion Valuation; Adds McCue and Rosenblatt to Board  —  Twitter has completed its latest round of funding-$200 million at a $3.7 billion valuation-with Kleiner Perkins as the lead investor, according to sources familiar with the situation.
Goldman Execs to Get $111 Million in 2007, 2009 Bonuses  —  Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Chief Executive Officer Lloyd C. Blankfein and his top deputies will collect about $111.3 million in stock next month in a delayed payoff from last year and their record-setting 2007 bonuses.
With Steele in, Norm Coleman says he will not run for RNC chairman  —  Norm Coleman: “I've said if Steele was running, I wouldn't run against him.”  —  WASHINGTON — Norm Coleman will not run for chairman of the Republican National Committee, the former Republican senator confirmed to MinnPost today …
Discussion: CNN, The Note, The Politico and Ballot Box
David M. Drucker / Roll Call:   Coleman Won't Run but Not Endorsing Steele, Either
Stacyx /
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's QDDR Town Hall  —  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's QDDR Town ..., posted with vodpod  —  The transcript:  —  UNDER SECRETARY KENNEDY: Good morning, everyone.  Before beginning this Secretary of State town hall meeting on the QDDR …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Associated Press:
Iraq: Al Qaeda Planning Holiday Attacks in West  —  Iraqi Authorities Say Two Captured Insurgents Admit to Planned Suicide Attacks in U.S., Europe during Christmas Season  —  (AP) Iraqi authorities have obtained confessions from captured insurgents who claim al Qaeda is planning suicide attacks …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Weasel Zippers
Carrie Budoff Brown / Reuters:
Tax-cut plan clears Senate easily  —  The Senate voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to advance President Barack Obama's tax package to the House, where the $858 billion bill is expected to receive a final vote Thursday.  —  The Senate vote was 81-19, with 13 Democrats, five Republicans and independent Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) voting no.
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
WSJ/NBC Poll: Obama in Lead for 2012  —  President Barack Obama, should he choose to run for re-election, enters the 2012 presidential cycle in relatively good shape, especially considering the string of bad news that has buffeted his presidency.  —  According to the WSJ/NBC News poll out later today …
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: Suburban Guerrilla
Matt Negrin / The Politico:
Justice Dept. sues BP over oil leak  —  “We intend to hold them fully accountable for their violations of the law,” says Attorney General Eric Holder.  —  AP Photo  —  The Justice Department sued BP, Transocean and three other companies involved in the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday …
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
The 40 Best Conservative Blogs For 2010 (Version 4.0)
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Richard Florida / The Atlantic Online:
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Foreign Policy:
Strategic engagement with Iran
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Malcolm Moore / Telegraph:
China launches ‘Red Twitter’
Discussion: Mashable!, BlogPost and AOL News
Manny Fernandez / New York Times:
No to New York? There Must Be Some Mistake
Discussion: The Awl
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Here Are Your Senate Porkers
Tara Bahrampour / Washington Post:
Muslims criticize handling of Israelis' stay at D.C. hotel
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Weasel Zippers
 Earlier Items: 
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Brown could be in trouble
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
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Christian Heinze / Ballot Box:
In shift, Sarah Palin stresses electability as a reason to run for president