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11:10 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 …
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.
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.
The Politico:
Jim DeMint backs down on demand to read START  —  South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint backed off his demand Wednesday to force a full reading of the New START treaty, a move that may ease a legislative logjam amid a flurry of activity in the waning days of the congressional session.
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 …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama tells lawmakers not passing tax deal could end presidency, Dem says  —  In urging lawmakers to vote for his tax deal, President Obama is using one of his go-to lines from the healthcare debate, according to a Democratic lawmaker.  —  Obama is telling members of Congress that failure …
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
House approves 'Don't ask' repeal, 250-175  —  The House on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed legislation to repeal the ban on openly gay people serving in the military.  —  Lawmakers approved a standalone repeal bill by a vote of 250-175.  Openly gay Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) gaveled the vote closed.
Discussion: The Note, ABCNEWS and Reuters
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Michael Moore's Comments on Julian Assange Rape Allegations Spark Outrage  —  Filmmaker Michael Moore is in hot water over comments he made during Tuesday night's Countdown with Keith Olbermann.  In discussing rape allegations against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, Moore appeared to dismiss …
Discussion: Theo Spark, Pat Dollard and Commentary
Sady / Tiger Beatdown:
MooreandMe: On Progressives, Rape Apologism, and the Little Guy
Mark Murray /
Poll: Obama down but not out  —  NBC/WSJ survey shows president leading in 2012 match-ups  —  Below:  —  Deputy Political Director  —  After his party's midterm losses and with the unemployment rate still hovering around 10 percent, President Barack Obama might be down.
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:   WSJ/NBC Poll: Obama in Lead for 2012
Richard Florida / The Atlantic Online:
America's Most Walkable Cities  —  The great economic reset we are in the midst of extends even to Americans' choices of places to live.  The popularity of sprawling auto-dependent suburbs is waning.  A majority of Americans—six in 10—say they would prefer to live in walkable neighborhoods, in both cities and suburbs, if they could.
Discussion: Fausta's Blog and Gothamist
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
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate GOP leaders take heat over earmarks
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 …
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.
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Napolitano to Arizona in wake of Border Patrol agent's killing  —  Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is headed to Arizona on Thursday following a gun battle that killed a Border Patrol agent near the U.S.-Mexico border.  —  Agent Brian Terry was shot late Tuesday night on the U.S. side …
Arizona Republic:
5th suspect sought after border agent killed in shootout
Discussion: USA Today, AOL News and Michelle Malkin
The Huffington Post:
The Pentagon Gives Itself an E for Effort on the Failing Afghanistan War  —  What's Your Reaction: … Released on the eve of the December strategy review, the Pentagon's latest “Report on Progress Toward Security and Stability in Afghanistan (.pdf)” shows that the insurgents' momentum has not been broken …
Discussion: Firedoglake
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
The 40 Best Conservative Blogs For 2010 (Version 4.0)  —  It's time for me to rank my favorite blogs for the 4th quarter of 2010.  —  Do keep in mind that as the quarter has progressed, some blogs have, of course, moved up and others have dropped, based on how often I visit them …
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
Hotline On Call:
Updating Hotline's RNC Chairman's Race Whip Count  —  Republican National Committee members now have a total of six candidates from which to choose as they contemplate their next chairman.  And, slowly, the 168 members of the committee are making their decisions public.
With Steele in, Norm Coleman says he will not run for RNC chairman
Discussion: CNN, The Note, The Politico and Ballot Box
Dylan Ratigan / The Huffington Post:
Get America Working: We Need a Movement to Solve a Crisis  —  What's Your Reaction:  —  It's time, America.  Americans need work.  Americans need jobs.  And right now, our government's main job must be to help create these jobs.  The unemployment rate has lingered 9 percent for 19 straight months …
Discussion: Firedoglake and naked capitalism
Simmi Aujla / The Politico:
Tea Party leader slams John Boehner for Michele Bachmann snub  —  A leader of the Tea Party Patriots questioned the judgment of House GOP leadership Wednesday for passing over Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) for a spot on the Ways and Means Committee.  —  The conflict is evidence …
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
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 …
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.
Mark Potok / Hatewatch:
SPLC Responds to Attack by FRC, Conservative Republicans  —  This morning, 22 members of Congress and a large number of other conservatives signed on to a public statement attacking the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) for listing several anti-gay religious right organizations as hate groups.
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Chris Edwards / Cato @ Liberty:
U.S. Corporate Tax Rate the Highest
Tim Webb / Guardian:
BP suffered blowout on Azerbaijan gas platform, WikiLeaks cables reveal
Discussion: Raw Story and Hullabaloo
Vikram Dodd / Guardian:
Julian Assange bail decision made by UK authorities, not Sweden
Discussion: TalkLeft, AOL News and Raw Story
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Ethics panel extending probe of three lawmakers into the next Congress
Discussion: The Politico
David M. Herszenhorn / The Caucus:
Senate Democrats Try New Route to Repealing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
Stacyx /
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's QDDR Town Hall *updated*
Discussion: The Washington Note
 Earlier Items: 
Goldman Execs to Get $111 Million in 2007, 2009 Bonuses
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Brown could be in trouble
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Why Are Bankers So Rich?  —  Tyler Cowen has a big piece …
Donna Leinwand / USA Today:
Kids write Santa this year for basic needs instead of toys
Discussion: Yglesias, BlogPost and Left Coast Rebel
Federal Eye:
Most back repealing 'don't ask, don't tell,' poll says