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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
In Sunday-evening surprise, Senate unanimously passes food safety bill  —  The Senate unexpectedly approved food safety legislation by unanimous consent Sunday evening, rescuing a bill that floated in limbo for weeks because of a clerical error.  —  The Senate passed the Food Safety and Modernization Act on Nov. 30 by a vote of 73-25.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Firedoglake
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Scott Wong / The Politico:
Dems getting closer on START  —  Senate Democrats appear to have enough votes to overcome a Republican filibuster on the new START arms-control treaty, though it's unclear if they will have the 67 votes needed for ratification.  —  At least four Republicans have committed to supporting …
Lyndsey Layton / Washington Post:
Food-safety measure passes Senate in Sunday surprise  —  A bill that would overhaul the nation's food-safety laws for the first time since the Great Depression came roaring back to life Sunday as Senate Democrats struck a deal with Republicans that helped overcome a technical mistake …
Discussion: Shopfloor
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Democrats Scramble to Save Votes to Ratify Nuclear Pact  —  WASHINGTON — The top two Senate Republicans declared Sunday that they would vote against President Obama's nuclear treaty with Russia as the bipartisan spirit of last week's tax-cut deal devolved into a sharp battle over national security in the waning days of the session.
Jimmy So / CBS News:
Graham Announces Opposition to START Treaty
Wall Street Journal:
Senate Nears Deal on Funding Bill
Discussion: Ezra Klein, The Politico and The Page
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
New START rolls on toward final vote as McConnell and Kyl declare opposition
The Huffington Post:
Rove Suspected In Swedish-U.S. Political Prosecution of WikiLeaks  —  What's Your Reaction: … Karl Rove's help for Sweden as it assists the Obama administration's prosecution against WikiLeaks could be the latest example of the adage, “Politics makes strange bedfellows.”
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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.
Ewen MacAskill / Guardian:
Biden: Assange like ‘hi-tech terrorist’
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Proposed Amendment Would Enable States to Repeal Federal Law  —  The same people driving the lawsuits that seek to dismantle the Obama administration's health care overhaul have set their sights on an even bigger target: a constitutional amendment that would allow a vote of the states to overturn any act of Congress.
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
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.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
One Battle Won, Activists Shift Sights  —  WASHINGTON — As gay people around the country reveled on Sunday in the historic Senate vote to repeal “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” a liberal media watchdog group said it planned to announce on Monday that it was setting up a “communications war room for gay equality” …
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Weighing Costs, Companies Favor Temporary Help  —  Temporary workers are starting to look, well, not so temporary.  —  Despite a surge this year in short-term hiring, many American businesses are still skittish about making those jobs permanent, raising concerns among workers and some labor experts …
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
John / Power Line:
A Scientific Theory Is Judged By Its Predictive Power  —  “Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past.”  That is what global warming alarmists in Great Britain were telling us just ten years ago: … The Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia was, as you probably remember …
Discussion: Barcepundit
Peter King / Newsday:
What's radicalizing Muslim Americans?  —  Peter King (R-Seaford) represents New York's 3rd Congressional District.  —  Earlier this month, I was elected by the House Republican Conference to be chairman of the Homeland Security Committee.  I've made it clear that I'll focus the committee …
New York Times:
Google TV Faces Delays Amid Poor Reviews  —  Google TV has just enacted its first programming cancellation.  —  The Consumer Electronics Show next month in Las Vegas was meant to be the great coming-out party for Google's new software for televisions, which adds Web video and other computer smarts to TV sets.
Molly Ball / Reuters:
Pols hope to push back primaries  —  As 2012 nears, the political class is united with one holiday wish: Please don't make us spend New Year's Eve in Iowa like we did in 2008.  —  The leadership in both parties is listening.  In the hopes of stopping the madness of ever-earlier presidential primaries …
Matthew Campbell / TheAustralian:
Nicolas Sarkozy to target Muslim prayers  —  NICOLAS Sarkozy will take another lurch to the Right with a speech on New Year's Eve calling Muslim prayers in the street “unacceptable”.  —  After his expulsions of gypsies and a crackdown on immigrant crime, the French President will warn …
Reuters:
President Obama 2.0: Becoming ‘CEO of America’  —  Six weeks of lame-duck legislating should be more than enough to convince President Barack Obama: Two more years of this would be a drag.  —  Obama scored more legislative victories than at first looked likely following the Democrats' drubbing in the midterm elections.
Discussion: Washington Post and The Page
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
A Tough Season for Believers  —  Christmas is hard for everyone.  But it's particularly hard for people who actually believe in it.  —  In a sense, of course, there's no better time to be a Christian than the first 25 days of December.  But this is also the season when American Christians can feel most embattled.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Lee Stranahan / Big Government:
Pigford Video Blockbuster: Key ‘Black Farmers’ Lawyer Admits Clients ‘Got Away With Murder’  —  The mainstream media has treated accusations of large-scale fraud in the Pigford settlement with overt skepticism and a distinct lack of journalistic curiosity.  The press has blindly repeated …
 
 
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
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Boris Johnson / Telegraph:
The man who repeatedly beats the Met Office at its own game
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
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Discussion: American Spectator
Washington Post:
Senate panel ban on stock for appointees but not itself seen as double standard
Discussion: Sky Dancing and Raw Story
Daily Mail:
Coldest December since records began as temperatures plummet …
DailyTelegraph:
Israeli air force sonic booms ignite crocodiles' sex drives
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Rick Klein / ABCNEWS:
Obama 2.0?  —  Victories Provide Roadmap for Obama's Political Adjustment
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ABCNEWS:
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Timothy Karr / The Huffington Post:
The Little Bill That Could  —  What's Your Reaction:
Discussion: Reclaim the Media
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
GOP budget leader: 'We're heading to Greece, we're heading to Ireland'