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2:20 PM ET, December 18, 2010


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The Politico:
DREAM Act dies in Senate  —  The weeks of rallies, hunger strikes and sit-ins and the thousands of phone calls placed to Senate offices didn't pay off for immigration activists.  —  The decade-old DREAM Act once again failed to break a filibuster in the Senate on Saturday morning …
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Senate Blocks Bill for Illegal Immigrant Students  —  The Senate on Saturday blocked a bill that would create a path to citizenship for certain illegal immigrant students who came to the United States as children, completed two years of college or military service and met other requirements including passing a criminal background check.
Andrea Nill / ThinkProgress:
As DREAM Act Fails, Graham Tells Undocumented Youth They Wasted Their Time  —  Today, the Senate failed to invoke cloture on the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act.  Fourty-one mostly Republican senators voted against a bill which would have provided young undocumented immigrants …
Discussion: The Hill and Left Coast Rebel
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Pro-immigration groups decry ‘shameful’ vote; enforcement groups vow new push  —  An anti-illegal immigration group said after Saturday's defeat of the DREAM Act in the Senate that “we look forward to moving aggressively to offense.”  —  “Now, the next Congress can start to put unemployed Americans …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
SENATE KILLS ‘DREAM ACT’.... It should have been an easy one.
Discussion: Bold Faith Type
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Advances  —  WASHINGTON — After a 17-year struggle, the Senate on Saturday cleared the way for repealing the Pentagon's ban on gay men and lesbians serving openly in the military.  —  By a bipartisan vote of 63 to 33, the Senate acted to cut off debate …
The Hill:
Senate breaks GOP filibuster, advances 'Don't ask' repeal  —  A proposal to repeal the military's “Don't ask, don't tell” policy cleared a major hurdle in Congress on Saturday when the Senate voted to end a GOP-led filibuster.  —  The Senate voted 63 to 33 to advance a stand-alone bill …
Patricia Murphy / Politics Daily:
Don't Ask Don't Tell Repeal Clears Major Senate Hurdle
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
Senate advances bill to lift military gay ban
Discussion: The Other McCain
Senate to hold final vote on 'don't ask, don't tell,' DREAM Act fails
Discussion: Jezebel and Washington Post
Amelia Hill / Guardian:
WikiLeaks: Cuba banned Sicko for depicting ‘mythical’ healthcare system  —  Authorities feared footage of gleaming hospital in Michael Moore's Oscar-nominated film would provoke a popular backlash  —  Cuba banned Michael Moore's 2007 documentary, Sicko, because it painted such a “mythically” …
Michael Moore / The Huffington Post:
¡Viva WikiLeaks!  Sicko Was Not Banned in Cuba  —  What's Your Reaction:  —  Yesterday WikiLeaks did an amazing thing and released a classified State Department cable that dealt, in part, with me and my film, Sicko.  —  It is a stunning look at the Orwellian nature of how bureaucrats …
US embassy cables: US castigates much-vaunted Cuban health system
Discussion: NO QUARTER and Hit & Run
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
DADT Breaks Filibuster  —  The Senate just voted 63-33 to break the filibuster on the DADT repeal bill.  —  Late Update: Just so we're clear.  This is not the passage of the actual DADT repeal bill.  This is the vote that allows a straight majority vote, which will likely come tomorrow.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and TPMDC
New York Times:
Newly Built Ghost Towns Haunt Banks in Spain  —  YEBES, Spain — It is a measure of Spain's giddy construction excesses that 250 row houses carpet a hill near this tiny rural village about an hour by car outside of Madrid.  —  Most of these units have never sold, and though they were finished …
Nick Davies / Guardian:
10 days in Sweden: the full allegations against Julian Assange  —  Unseen police documents provide the first complete account of the allegations against the WikiLeaks founder  —  Documents seen by the Guardian reveal for the first time the full details of the allegations of rape and sexual assault …
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Lame-duck sessions supposed to be a thing of the past, historians say  —  Here's the funny thing about this month's lame-duck session of Congress, in which frantic lawmakers have pinballed from tax cuts to “don't ask, don't tell” to a nuclear weapons treaty:  —  It's not supposed to exist.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  DREAM Act causes ugly breakup on left  —  Markos Moulitsas, the influential founder of the lefty website DailyKos, used to love Montana Democratic Sen. Jon Tester.  Starting back in December 2004, when Moulitsas first praised Tester, then a farmer-turned-state-legislator …
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
Explaining the Crisis With Dogma  —  What was that about?  —  I'm talking about that odd 13-page “report” issued on Wednesday by the four Republican members of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission.  The F.C.I.C., of course, is the 10-member, supposedly bipartisan panel that was created …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
‘MCWEASEL’ BLASTS 9/11 HEALTH BILL.... It's not enough for Senate Republicans to block a vote on the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.  Now, members like John McCain (R-Ariz.) are condemning Democratic efforts to even try to pass the bill. … Let's unpack this a bit, because I think it's important.
Richardson presents proposals to North Korea aimed at easing crisis  —  Pyongyang, North Korea (CNN) — New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson provided North Korea with a series of proposals Saturday in what he described as a “good meeting” with the country's chief nuclear negotiator …
Discussion: The Hill
US envoy Bill Richardson warns of Korea tinderbox
Discussion: FrumForum
The Huffington Post:
House Republicans Block Child Marriage Prevention Act  —  What's Your Reaction: … WASHINGTON — On Thursday, the House took up the International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act of 2010.  The bill would ensure that child marriage is recognized as a human rights violation …
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Wilfred M. McClay / Wall Street Journal:
Rebuilding Noah's Ark, Tax-Free
Discussion: Power Line and Pharyngula
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Conservatives Continue to Outnumber Moderates in 2010
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Lieberman says he would likely pursue reelection as an Independent
What The Tax Cut Extension Means for You
Discussion: Right Wing News
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Obama aims for second lame-duck victory with START treaty push
Discussion: The Politico
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Make Julian Assange irrelevant
Discussion: Salon, Prairie Weather and Firedoglake
Danna Harman / Haaretz:
Bloggers claim WikiLeaks struck deal with Israel over diplomatic cables leaks
Discussion: FrumForum
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Dan Gillmor / Salon:
Another big Web company erodes user trust
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Biden surprises birthday boy Chris Matthews
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Weasel Zippers
Molly Ball / The Politico:
John Bolton eyes 2012 presidential run
Discussion: Gawker, FrumForum and Balloon Juice
Richard E. Cohen / The Politico:
House GOP: Bills will have to cite Constitution
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Doug Ross
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
When it comes to politics, Obama's ego keeps getting in the way