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7:05 PM ET, December 18, 2010


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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 …
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.
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Senate votes to repeal 'don't ask, don't tell'  —  The Senate voted 65 to 31 Saturday to repeal the “don't ask, don't tell” law, beginning the process of ending a 17-year ban on gays serving openly in the military and reversing decades of official military policy.
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Eight Republicans back 'Don't ask' repeal  —  Eight Republicans bucked their party in backing the repeal of the “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” policy, potentially risking a backlash from the conservative base while giving the historic vote a stronger bipartisan finish than many expected.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and The Hill
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Senate Repeals Don't Ask, Don't Tell  —  With just a signature from President Obama, a ban on openly gay servicemembers will no longer be the law of the land.  —  By a vote of 65 to 31 this afternoon, the Senate voted to repeal the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy.
Discussion: Examiner, Daily Kos, Lean Left and Gawker
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
DADT Breaks Filibuster
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and TPMDC
USA Today:
Senate passes 'don't ask,' sends repeal to Obama
Patricia Murphy / Politics Daily:
'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal Passes Senate, But Change Will Take Time
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
Senate advances bill to lift military gay ban
Discussion: GayPatriot and The Other McCain
Senate to hold final vote on 'don't ask, don't tell,' DREAM Act fails
Discussion: Washington Post and Jezebel
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 …
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: Left Coast Rebel
Shankar Vedantam / Washington Post:
Defeat of immigration measure reveals failed White House strategy, advocates say
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
DREAM Act cloture fails, 55-41
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
SENATE KILLS ‘DREAM ACT’.... It should have been an easy one.
Discussion: Bold Faith Type
Patricia Murphy / Politics Daily:   Immigration End Game: DREAM Act Defeated in the Senate
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:   Pro-immigration groups decry ‘shameful’ vote; enforcement groups vow new push
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Manchin's whereabouts  —  Today's minor mystery was the location of newly-minted West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, who missed key votes on the DREAM Act and the repeal of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell.”  (He says he would have voted “no” on both.)  —  The Gazette reports:
Discussion: The Huffington Post and TPMDC
Alison Knezevich / Squawk Box:
Manchin skips votes on DADT, DREAM Act  —  Today is a big day in the U.S. Senate, and Sen. Joe Manchin isn't there.  —  Manchin missed key votes today on the repeal of “don't ask, don't tell” — which advanced and is headed for a final vote this afternoon — and the DREAM Act …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
START treaty survives threat from McCain amendment on missile defense  —  The Senate voted 37 to 59 on Saturday to reject an amendment to the preamble of the New START nuclear treaty that Democrats say would have gutted it.  —  The amendment sponsored by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) …
Discussion: National Review
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Treaty Proceeds as Language Remains Intact
Discussion: The Hill
The White House:
Weekly Address: START is About the Safety and Security of America …
Discussion: Politics Daily
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Whose Party Is It?  —  The far left is foaming at the mouth.  —  The near-apoplectic level of agita within the liberal screeching class over President Obama's tax-cut compromise has exposed a seismic crack in the Democratic monolith — outspoken liberal Democrats on one side and barely audible moderate Democrats on the other.
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Conservatives Continue to Outnumber Moderates in 2010
Army Court-Martial Defense Specialist / The Law Office …:
A Typical Day for PFC Bradley Manning  —  PFC Manning is currently being held in maximum custody.  Since arriving at the Quantico Confinement Facility in July of 2010, he has been held under Prevention of Injury (POI) watch.  —  His cell is approximately six feet wide and twelve feet in length.
Discussion: Salon and Balloon Juice
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Obama's Long Game: 65 - 31  —  Do gay activists, including myself, want to doubt it now?  Of course, it's my job to push, to criticize, to explain, to shame, to encourage.  But I did so precisely to advance what has happened today, and am glad that it was a small part of the climate that made it happen.
Discussion: Above the Law
Paul Krugman:
Springtime for Hypocrites  —  It has been a great week on the hypocrisy front.  A couple of high points:  —  The hypocrisy of the apparatchiks: Joe Nocera amplifies some of the points I made in my column.  The determination of the Republicans on the crisis commission to lay the blame …
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WikiLeaks cables detail Fidel Castro's doomed love for Obama
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  DREAM Act causes ugly breakup on left
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
‘MCWEASEL’ BLASTS 9/11 HEALTH BILL.... It's not enough …
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Make Julian Assange irrelevant
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