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10:40 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 …
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
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.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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.
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Myglesias / Yglesias:
The “Repeal Amendment”  —  Kate Zernicke reports on a quixotic …
Discussion: The New Republic
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” …
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Richard Socarides / Equality Matters:
Why Equality Matters
Discussion: AMERICAblog Gay
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?
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
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 …
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
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
QUOTE OF THE DAY.... The NYT's John Harwood ran a good piece last night, providing some context to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's successes of the last two years, and the low-key Nevadan's ability to survive, preserve, and secure a place in history.  —  Towards the end of the piece, Reid looked ahead.
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John Harwood / The Caucus:   With Major Bills Passed, Reid Takes a Victory Lap
Agence France Presse:
12 arrested in anti-terror swoop  —  LONDON — Police on Monday arrested 12 men on suspicion of plotting an act of terrorism, swooping in major pre-dawn raids across the country.  —  The dozen, aged between 17 and 28, were detained “on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation …
Discussion: BBC and The Gateway Pundit
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Guardian:
Dozen arrested in anti-terror raids
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 …
Rachel Slajda / TPMMuckraker:
House GOP Crushes Bill That Would Protect Against Child Marriage  —  On Thursday night, hours before passing the tax cut compromise, House Republicans thwarted a bill that aimed to protect girls around the world from being coerced into child marriage.  They opposed it because, they claimed, it might fund abortions.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 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 …
 
 
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Joseph Weber / Washington Times:
Biden: Obama tax deal ‘morally troubling’
Discussion: This ain't Hell …
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
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Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
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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
Matthew Campbell / TheAustralian:
Nicolas Sarkozy to target Muslim prayers
Reuters:
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A Tough Season for Believers
Discussion: The New Republic and Balloon Juice
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Health-care overhaul's individual mandate makes all the difference