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10:05 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.
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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 …
The Note:
Back from the Dead: Food Safety Bill Passes Senate in Unexpected Last-Minute Move
Discussion: The Caucus, The Politico, FrumForum and CNN
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
Huma Khan / ABCNEWS:
Tea Party Discontent Bubbles to the Surface  —  Discontent Boiling Over Tax Cuts Bill and House GOP Committee Leadership Positions  —  The new Congress hasn't been seated yet but signs of a rift are already beginning to emerge between Republican leaders and Tea Party groups …
Discussion: The Agonist
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Newsweek:
Who Killed DREAM? The Tea Party Did
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.
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 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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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 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 …
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 and BlogPost
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 …
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” …
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
Brent Baker / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Nina Totenberg: ‘I Was At - Forgive the Expression - a Christmas Party...’  —  “I was at - forgive the expression - a Christmas party,” NPR reporter Nina Totenberg interjected on Inside Washington in the weekend's oddest cautionary separation from a common description for a common event …
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.
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
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 …
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, Reuters and The Hill
 
 
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Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
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Peter Wallsten / Washington Post:
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David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
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Ross Douthat / New York Times:
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Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Health-care overhaul's individual mandate makes all the difference