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12:40 PM ET, December 21, 2010


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Manu Raju / The Politico:
Coburn may block 9/11 bill  —  New York Democrats hoping for quick action on a bill to give health care compensation to Ground Zero workers are about to run into Tom Coburn.  —  The Oklahoma Republican and physician — known in the Senate as “Dr. No” for his penchant in blocking bills …
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Coburn Will Block 9/11 First Responders Bill, Potentially Killing Its Chance Of Passage  —  Pressure has been mounting on Republicans to relax their opposition to a bill to would provide health benefits to 9/11 first responders after Senate Republicans unanimously filibustered it earlier this month …
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Coburn To Block 9/11 Responders Bill  —  Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn will not allow a proposal that would cover health-care costs for Ground Zero workers to go through the Senate before Christmas, a Coburn aide told Washington Wire this morning.  —  Several Republican senators …
Discussion: The Hill
Jillian Rayfield / TPM LiveWire:
Shep Smith Names Every GOPer Who Wouldn't Talk 9/11 Bill With Him
Discussion: George's Bottom Line
Glynnis MacNicol / The Wire:
Shep Smith Names Every Single Republican Who Refused To Come …
Discussion: and TPMDC
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP senators concede arms treaty will secure enough votes to pass  —  Republican senators say privately they expect the Senate to ratify the New START treaty this week, which would hand President Obama his third major victory of the lame-duck session.  —  GOP senators — including those who plan …
The Hill:
For Obama, START treaty is ‘personal’  —  President Obama is making a final push to secure the votes for an arms treaty that stands not just as a political goal but a highly personal one.  —  The president needs nine Republican votes to win the two-thirds Senate majority to ratify …
Discussion: CNN and Taylor Marsh
Peter Baker / The Caucus:
More Support for Arms Control Treaty
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Patrick O'Connor / Washington Wire:
Sen. Alexander to Support START
Discussion: National Review, Swampland and Gawker
Timothy Karr / The Huffington Post:
Obama FCC Caves on Net Neutrality — Tuesday Betrayal Assured  —  What's Your Reaction:  —  Late Monday, a majority of the FCC has indicated that they're going to vote with Chairman Julius Genachowski for a toothless Net Neutrality rule.  —  According to all reports, the rule …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
F.C.C. Is Set to Regulate Net Access
Washington Examiner:
Obama's mystery proposal to regulate the Internet
Discussion: protein wisdom
George Monbiot / Guardian:
That snow is what global warming looks like  —  Unusually cold winters may make you think scientists have got it all wrong.  But the data reveal a chilling truth  —  There were two silent calls, followed by a message left on my voicemail.  She had a soft, gentle voice and a mid-Wales accent.
Anthony Watts / Watts Up With That?:
Australia's white summer, Monbiot's red fury  —  Australia swaps summer for Christmas snow  —  Snow and ice covering buildings and cars on December 19, 2010 at Mount Hotham,Victoria, as snow fell in Australia.  The usual hot and summery December weather was replaced in parts by icy gusts sweeping …
Jason Nark /
Christie frees man in gun case  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gave the Aitken family all they wanted for Christmas Monday.  —  Christie signed a letter ordering Brian Aitken, a New Jersey man sentenced to seven years in jail for having weapons he legally purchased in Colorado …
Ginger Gibson / New Jersey Online:
Gov. Chris Christie commutes sentence of man convicted of having guns …
Discussion: The Agitator
Josh Kraushaar / Hotline On Call:
Bump On The Chris Christie Bandwagon
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Ezra Klein
New York Times:
U.S. Military Seeks to Expand Raids in Pakistan  —  WASHINGTON — Senior American military commanders in Afghanistan are pushing for an expanded campaign of Special Operations ground raids across the border into Pakistan's tribal areas, a risky strategy reflecting the growing frustration …
Daily Mail:
Harry Potter actress was beaten and branded a prostitute by her brother after dating man ‘who was not a Muslim’  —  A Harry Potter actress fled her home after her father and brother threatened to kill her for going out with a Hindu man, a court heard yesterday.
Actor Injured in Fall During ‘Spider-Man’ Performance  —  An actor playing Spider-Man was injured during a performance of the Broadway musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” on Monday night.  Above, an image from a video taken by a New York Times reader.  —  Updated
Jared Hunt / Charleston Daily Mail:
Union leader sharply critical of Manchin  —  CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A key state union official who supported Joe Manchin for Senate had some harsh words for his absence from key votes over the weekend.  —  Manchin cited a family obligation as the reason why he missed votes on the repeal of the military's …
Discussion: The Hill
Robert Pear / New York Times:
U.S. Proposes Rules on Raising Insurance Premiums  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said on Tuesday that it would require health insurance companies to disclose and justify any increases of 10 percent or more in the premiums they charge next year.  —  State or federal officials …
Discussion: Marginal Revolution
Wall Street Journal:
Funding Deal Snags Health Law  —  WASHINGTON—A Senate deal to fund the federal government until early March doesn't include money to enact the health-care overhaul or stepped up regulation of Wall Street, boosting Republican efforts to curb key elements of President Barack Obama's domestic agenda.
Holder's Warning: Domestic Terror Threat  —  AG Eric Holder Says ‘Terrorists Only Have to Be Successful Once’  —  Attorney General Eric Holder has an urgent message for Americans: While he is confident that the United States will continue to thwart attacks, “the terrorists only have to be successful once.”
Micheal Flaherty / Wall Street Journal:
On Palin's Reading List, C.S. Lewis  —  He wasn't a children's writer, as the governor's critics proclaim—not by a long shot.  —  Since Katie Couric first asked the question a couple of years back, journalists continue to pepper Sarah Palin with that classic ice-breaker: “So, what are you reading?”
Mark Joyella / Mediaite:
Janet Napolitano: We're Working “24/7, 364″ To Keep The American People Safe  —  Ya gotta wonder which day America's anti-terror forces are kicking their feet up with a book and maybe a nap, instead of, you know, “keeping the American people safe?”  —  On ABC's World News tonight …
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Dems prepare defense of healthcare law in face of repeal threats  —  Democrats are preparing a spirited defense of the healthcare law in the face of Republican efforts to dismantle it.  —  Statements from lawmakers, advocates and the administration reveal a multi-pronged strategy …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
The RNC food fight everyone saw coming
Discussion: ThinkProgress, CNN and Wonkette
Larry David / New York Times:
Thanks for the Tax Cut!
Discussion: Mediaite and NPR Blogs
Ben Pershing / Washington Post:
Warner, Chambliss aim for deficit plan in 2011
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Can vigilant creditors limit excess bank risk-taking?
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and EconLog
Armen Keteyian / CBS News:
Latest Terror Threat in US Aimed to Poison Food
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Apple Removes WikiLeaks App From App Store
David Catanese / The Politico:
Tester draws ire of liberals
Discussion: FrumForum and Crooks and Liars
 Earlier Items: 
Ethirajan Anbarasan / BBC:
Bangladeshi ‘stepson affair’ woman dies after caning
Discussion: AOL News and Jihad Watch
David Rogers / The Politico:
Nancy Pelosi: No regrets
Discussion: The Note and Fox Nation
Elena Moya / Guardian:
Debt crisis threatens 100 US cities
Discussion: Raw Story, RedState and Right Wing News
Ricky Gervais / WSJ Blogs - WSJ:
A Holiday Message from Ricky Gervais: Why I'm An Atheist
Vince Cable: I could bring down the Government
The Huffington Post:
Haley Barbour's Account Of Civil Rights Era In Mississippi Assailed …