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9:35 AM ET, December 20, 2010

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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
In Sunday-evening surprise, Senate passes food safety legislation  —  The Senate unexpectedly approved food safety legislation by voice vote 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: Hot Air, Weasel Zippers and Firedoglake
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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 …
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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:   ‘Secret session’ on START to launch Senate's Christmas push
Wall Street Journal:
Senate Nears Deal on Funding Bill
Discussion: Ezra Klein, The Politico and The Page
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.
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.
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Jimmy So / CBS News:
Graham Announces Opposition to START Treaty
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
New START rolls on toward final vote as McConnell and Kyl declare opposition
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: Yglesias and Chicago Boyz
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 …
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
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
TRENDING: Palin disses Michelle Obama over ‘dessert’  —  (CNN) - Sarah Palin is again taking aim at Michelle Obama over her anti-obesity campaign, taking the opportunity in Sunday's “Sarah Palin's Alaska” to land a diss against the first lady's efforts to improve nutrition.
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” …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
When Zombies Win  —  When historians look back at 2008-10, what will puzzle them most, I believe, is the strange triumph of failed ideas.  Free-market fundamentalists have been wrong about everything — yet they now dominate the political scene more thoroughly than ever.  —  How did that happen?
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
Washington Post:
Nine years after the terrorist attacks of 2001, the United States is assembling a vast domestic intelligence apparatus to collect information about Americans, using the FBI, local police, state homeland security offices and military criminal investigators.  —  The system, by far the largest …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
The U.S.S. Prius  —  As I was saying, the thing I love most about America is that there's always somebody here who doesn't get the word — and they go out and do the right thing or invent the new thing, no matter what's going on politically or economically.  And what could save America's energy future …
Discussion: American Spectator
Wall Street Journal:
Auditors Face Fraud Charge  —  New York Set to Allege Ernst & Young Stood By as Lehman Cooked Its Books  —  New York prosecutors are poised to file civil fraud charges against Ernst & Young for its alleged role in the collapse of Lehman Brothers, saying the Big Four accounting firm stood …
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Late Rep. Charlie Wilson faced death threats, scrutiny, says FBI file  —  The late Rep. Charlie Wilson (D-Texas) fell under frequent FBI scrutiny, according to 458 pages of FBI documents released to The Hill under the Freedom of Information Act.  —  According to his FBI file, Wilson …
Discussion: USA Today
Peter Wallsten / Washington Post:
Obama reaches out to liberal groups to shore up Democratic base after tax deal  —  In the wake of President Obama's tax-cut deal with Republicans, the White House is moving quickly to mend its strained relationship with the Democratic base, reassuring liberal groups, black leaders …
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.
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.
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.
 
 
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Nick Gillespie / Hit & Run:
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David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
For gay rights, is repeal of 'don't ask' military ban the end or the beginning?
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Molly Ball / Reuters:
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Ross Douthat / New York Times:
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Daily Mail:
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Rick Klein / ABCNEWS:
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