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11:20 AM ET, December 19, 2010


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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
John McCain at his fieriest before 'don't ask, don't tell' vote  —  If John McCain gets any more hostile toward his Senate colleagues, they might consider having him go through the metal detector before he enters the Capitol.  —  Saturday's debate on the repeal of the “don't-ask-don't-tell” …
Manu Raju / The Politico:
John McCain's new role: GOP agitator  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is getting under the skin of Democrats these days - and he seems to be relishing it.  —  After Democrats scrapped a massive $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill on Thursday, McCain gloated about its defeat — and Democrats fumed.
Discussion: CNN, Theo Spark and Pat Dollard
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 …
Joe Klein / Swampland:
Two Dreams, One Dead  —  The Senate today passed the repeal of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” which is a good thing.  It did not pass the “Dream Act,” which is a cold, cold abomination.  There is a relationship between the two.  Repealing “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” will allow homosexuals …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
DADT repeal wins!
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
START treaty survives threat from McCain amendment on missile defense
Discussion: Blue Wave News and National Review
Democrats Confident that 9/11 Health Bill Will Pass  —  One More Republican Vote Needed to Pass Bill for Responders and Victims  —  The first responders still suffering health effects more than nine years after the Sept. 11 terror attacks could get a “Christmas miracle” this year, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said today.
Jason Redmond / Associated Press:
Republicans block youth immigration bill
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Gays in the Military, ROTC back on Campus?  —  Now that the lame duck Democratic Congress has repealed Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT), the new Congress will have to see to it that the Obama administration manages the implementation of repeal responsibly, and that the concerns of military leaders and troops are taken seriously.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Ivies moving toward restoring ROTC  —  Some top universities moved quickly Saturday to respond to the vote repealing the ban on gays in the military, and those who don't restore their ROTC programs in the wake of the vote are likely to face immediate pressure on the issue.
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 …
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.
Discussion: blogs
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
A Gay Commander in Chief: Ready or Not?  —  Jimmy Carter is putting the out in outspokenness.  —  In an interview with, the former president was asked, “Is the country ready for a gay president?”  —  Even as John McCain and other ossified Republicans were staging last-minute maneuvers …
Discussion: and Prairie Weather
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Joe Manchin absent for two major Senate votes  —  When the Senate took two of its most highly anticipated votes of the lame-duck session on Saturday, West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin was nowhere to be found.  —  Manchin, who was sworn into office last month after winning …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Offer Receptive Ear to Business Interests  —  WASHINGTON — Almost 40 years ago, a Virginia lawyer named Lewis F. Powell Jr. warned that the nation's free enterprise system was under attack.  He urged the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to assemble “a highly competent staff of lawyers” …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and PointOfLaw Forum
USA Today:
Senate passes 'don't ask,' sends repeal to Obama  —  In a historic move, the Senate on Saturday passed a bill to repeal the “don't ask, don't tell” policy that clears the way for gay people to serve openly in the military.  —  The legislation now goes to President Obama, who will sign it into law.
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Julia Preston / New York Times:
Immigration Vote Leaves Obama's Policy in Disarray
Discussion: Right Wing News
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
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Lt. Dan Choi / The Huffington Post:
Congress Repeals DADT
Chris Geidner / Poliglot:
White House Won't Commit to Halting DADT Discharges — a Move Urged By Reid, Levin
Discussion: Firedoglake and Pam's House Blend
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