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8:20 PM ET, December 19, 2010

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David Leppard / TheAustralian:
Lawyers cry foul over leak of Julian Assange sex-case papers  —  LAWYERS for Julian Assange have expressed anger about an alleged smear campaign against the Australian WikiLeaks founder.  —  Incriminating police files were published in the British newspaper that has used him as its source for hundreds of leaked US embassy cables.
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The Huffington Post:
Rove Suspected In Swedish-U.S. Political Prosecution of WikiLeaks
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Ewen MacAskill / Guardian:
Biden: Assange like ‘hi-tech terrorist’
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Reid cites Gaga's ‘meat dress,’ Lindsay Lohan's rehab in START treaty push  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is pulling out the pop culture references as he tries to push ratification of the New START nuclear arms treaty through the Senate.  —  Reid is attacking GOP claims …
Discussion: Hot Air, Advocate and Michelle Malkin
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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
McConnell says he ‘cannot support’ nuclear arms treaty  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky voiced opposition Sunday to the New START - a nuclear arms treaty with Russia - saying that members of his party need more time to consider the legislation.
The Hill:   Republicans dig in their heels on nuclear treaty as Democrats push for vote
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHY MUST HE BE SUCH AN ANGRY OLD MAN.... Most good stories have heroes, and when it comes to the story of repealing “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” the list of heroes is wonderfully long.  —  And then there are the villains. … Watching McCain rail endlessly yesterday was a genuinely painful experience.
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Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
McCain's New START amendment goes down, Risch amendment up next  —  Supporters of the New Start treaty staved off an attempt by Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and John Barrasso (R-WY) to attach a “treaty killing” amendment on the Senate floor Saturday afternoon.  Next up is an amendment by Sen. James Risch …
Devan Sipher / New York Times:
Carol Anne Riddell and John Partilla  —  WHAT happens when love comes at the wrong time?  —  Carol Anne Riddell and John Partilla met in 2006 in a pre-kindergarten classroom.  They both had children attending the same Upper West Side school.  They also both had spouses.
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
New population count may complicate Obama 2012 bid  —  WASHINGTON - The 2010 census report coming out Tuesday will include a boatload of good political news for Republicans and grim data for Democrats hoping to re-elect President Barack Obama and rebound from last month's devastating elections.
Sky News:
US Tourist Dead Stabbed To Death In Israel  —  Sarah Gordon, Sky News Online  —  An American tourist has been found dead near Jerusalem after she and a British-born Israeli friend were attacked and stabbed while hiking in a forest.  —  A large-scale hunt by police and military was launched …
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Gili Cohen / Haaretz:
Body of U.S. tourist found near Jerusalem; police suspect terror attack
New York Post:
Saudi king may want to move Ground Zero mosque to St. Vincent's site  —  A Manhattan lawyer with ties to the Saudi royal family is sounding out officials and community leaders about a plan to move the controversial Ground Zero mosque to the West Village.  —  Attorney Dudley Gaffin …
Timothy Karr / The Huffington Post:
The Little Bill That Could  —  What's Your Reaction:  —  Little noticed but extremely important to progressives, on Saturday afternoon Congress also passed the Local Community Radio Act.  —  This legislation opens up radio spectrum to hundreds, if not thousands, of local independent radio stations (also known as LPFM).
Rick Klein / ABCNEWS:
‘World News’ Political Insights: President Obama Builds Foundation From Wreckage  —  Victories Provide Roadmap for Obama's Political Adjustment  —  Nothing motivates members of the majority party quite like knowing they'll be in the minority soon.  —  Out of the wreckage of a disastrous election …
Frank Rich / New York Times:
The Bipartisanship Racket  —  JEEZ, can't we all just get along?  Can't we be civilized?  Can't we reach across the aisle, find common ground and get things done?  Can't we have a new Morning in America as clubby and chipper as MSNBC's daily gabfest, “Morning Joe”?
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Health-care overhaul's individual mandate makes all the difference  —  Unless someone can drop into Anthony Kennedy's dreamspace and, “Inception"-style, either figure out what he thinks of the individual mandate or simply tell him what to think of the individual mandate …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Swampland
Michael Kinsley / New York Times:
Bush on Bush  —  They call themselves, smugly, “41” and “43,” meaning the 41st and 43rd presidents of the United States.  You're supposed to prefer the father, all graciousness and handwritten little notes, over the son, who — even in memoirs written at age 64 after two terms as president — seems callow.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
9/11 HEALTH BILL NOT QUITE DEAD.... Two weeks ago, a unanimous Senate GOP caucus blocked a debate on the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which would pay health care costs for 9/11 rescue workers, sickened after exposure to the toxic smoke and debris.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and The Impolitic
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ABCNEWS:   Democrats Confident that 9/11 Health Bill Will Pass
 
 
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Politics in Iraq Casts Doubt on a U.S. Presence After 2011
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Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
GOP budget leader: 'We're heading to Greece, we're heading to Ireland'
Mark Lilla / The New Republic:
Reading Strauss in Beijing
John Johnson / Newser:
Sicko Was Not Banned in Cuba
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Ernesto Londono / Washington Post:
Gay troops cautiously optimistic following 'don't ask' repeal
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Julia Preston / New York Times:
Immigration Vote Leaves Obama's Policy in Disarray
Associated Press:
Gays see repeal as a civil rights milestone
George F. Will / Washington Post:
The political fantasyland of the ‘No Labels’ movement
Andrew Ferguson / Weekly Standard:
The Boy from Yazoo City
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Ivies moving toward restoring ROTC