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9:50 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 …
Discussion: Shopfloor and Pat Dollard
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A PLEASANT SURPRISE FOR AMERICANS WHO EAT FOOD.... By all appearances, a sweeping overhaul of the nation's food-safety system, approved by both chambers with bipartisan support, was dead just 24 hours ago.  It's why last night's unexpected breakthrough was an early Christmas present for Americans who eat food.
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.
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 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
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
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
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 …
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 …
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” …
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
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 …
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 …
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Paterson's Exit Presents Worry With Each Step  —  He worries about how he will make a living.  He wonders whether people will value him once he is out of office.  —  But when he thinks about the future, David A. Paterson, the legally blind governor of New York, is most unsettled by something more elementary: how to cross the street.
CNN:
Bloomberg to urge ‘Christmas miracle’ of 9/11 health bill passage in Senate  —  (CNN) — New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will stand alongside fire and police officials Monday to urge Senate passage of a health care bill benefiting 9/11 rescue workers.  —  The bill has been in legislative …
Discussion: Politics Daily and The Hill
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
 
 
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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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