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5:45 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 …
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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.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate GOP leaders take heat over earmarks  —  Senate Republican leaders are taking heat for millions of dollars worth of earmarks they requested in a $1.1 trillion spending package on deck for passage this month.  —  GOP Policy Committee Chairman John Thune (S.D.) and National Republican …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and The Gateway Pundit
Rachel Slajda / TPMDC:
Reid Responds To Kyl: 'I Don't Need To Hear Sanctimonious Lectures …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Myglesias / Yglesias:
The Christmas Session  —  Jon Kyl, rather preposterously …
Discussion: Indecision Forever
Humberto Sanchez / NationalJournal.com:
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 …
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Al Gore / Al's Journal:
Fox News Manipulates Climate Coverage  —  Today, Media Matters posted an alarming email sent by Bill Sammon, the Washington, DC, managing editor at Fox News.  Sammon sent the email to Fox News producers on December 8, 2009 - just as the Climate Conference in Copenhagen was beginning …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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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 theprogressivemind.info and MediaMatters.org.
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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.
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.
Discussion: The Hill and National Review
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Jamie Dupree / Jamie Dupree Washington Insider:
Those Pesky GOP Earmarks
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.
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Associated Press:
Senate moves ahead on arms treaty
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Hot Air
Bloomberg:
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.
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
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 …
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.
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Why Are Bankers So Rich?  —  Tyler Cowen has a big piece about income inequality in The American Interest that's well worth reading.  However, it's not really about the growth of inequality.  It's about Wall Street.  In particular, it's about this question: why do financial professionals make so damn much money?
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.
 
 
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Malcolm Moore / Telegraph:
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Manny Fernandez / New York Times:
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MinnPost:
With Steele in, Norm Coleman says he will not run for RNC chairman
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Here Are Your Senate Porkers
The Huffington Post:
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Tara Bahrampour / Washington Post:
Muslims criticize handling of Israelis' stay at D.C. hotel
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New York Times:
Dozens Die in Suicide Bombing in Iran
Discussion: Wonk Room
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Brown could be in trouble
Donna Leinwand / USA Today:
Kids write Santa this year for basic needs instead of toys
Christian Heinze / Ballot Box:
In shift, Sarah Palin stresses electability as a reason to run for president