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3:00 PM ET, December 20, 2010

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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 …
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 …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Republican Sen Kyl: No plans to repeal 'Don't ask, don't tell' repeal
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A PLEASANT SURPRISE FOR AMERICANS WHO EAT FOOD.... By all appearances …
Discussion: Weigel
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:   Democrats cautiously optimistic on START ratification
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
QUOTE OF THE DAY.... The NYT's John Harwood ran a good piece last night …
Discussion: The Caucus and The Impolitic
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Haley Barbour's Affection for the White Supremacist Citizens' Council  —  Andrew Ferguson's profile of Haley Barbour reveals that the guy is dangerously ignorant about the history of race in his state: … Fortunately, it's actually possible to look at the archives of the Citizens Council newspaper published right in Mississippi.
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Barbour doesn't remember Civil Rights era being ‘that bad’  —  Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says he doesn't remember the Civil Rights era being “that bad,” citing his attendance at a Martin Luther King Jr. rally nearly 50 years ago.  —  “I just don't remember it as being that bad,” Barbour …
Discussion: TPMDC, Raw Story and The Daily Caller
David Halberstam / Commentary:
Respectable Means for Unrespectable Ends
Discussion: Daily Kos
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Yazoo City Citizens' Council Was a White Supremacist Organization
Discussion: Weigel and Hullabaloo
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 …
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Jamison Foser / Media Matters for America:
60 Minutes' one-sided, GOP-friendly report on state budgets  —  Did Chris Cristie's speechwriters script this CBS report on state budget deficits?  It certainly reads that way.  —  In 2,600 words about state deficits, you won't find the phrase “tax cuts.”
Discussion: Daily Kos
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CBS News:
State Budgets: The Day of Reckoning  —  Steve Kroft Reports On The Growing Financial Woes States Are Facing  —  (CBS) By now, just about everyone in the country is aware of the federal deficit problem, but you should know that there is another financial crisis looming involving state and local governments.
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Gov. Christie: “The Day Of Reckoning Has Arrived”
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Commentary
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?
WISH-TV:
Skillman won't launch gubernatorial bid in 2012  —  INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Indiana Lieutenant.  Governor Becky Skillman announced Monday that she will not run for Governor in 2012.  —  “With much disappointment, I am announcing today that I will not be a candidate for Governor in 2012.
Discussion: Ballot Box
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Kasie Hunt / The Politico:   Pence announcement looms in January
Aaron Blake / The Fix:
Pence for governor? Indiana Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman bows out
Discussion: Cubachi
Al Franken / The Huffington Post:
The Most Important Free Speech Issue of Our Time  —  What's Your Reaction:  —  This Tuesday is an important day in the fight to save the Internet.  —  As a source of innovation, an engine of our economy, and a forum for our political discourse, the Internet can only work if it's a truly level playing field.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Mahablog
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Robert M. McDowell / Wall Street Journal:
The FCC's Threat to Internet Freedom  —  ‘Net neutrality’ sounds nice, but the Web is working fine now.  The new rules will inhibit investment, deter innovation and create a billable-hours bonanza for lawyers.  —  Tomorrow morning the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) …
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
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
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: Left Coast Rebel and The Agonist
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Hannah Brenton / Ballot Box:
Bachmann kicks up fundraising storm and Senate speculation
Anita Kumar / Virginia Politics Blog:
Marshall seeks to ban gays from Virginia National Guard  —  Following this weekend's vote by the Senate to allow gays to openly serve in the military, Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince WIlliam) said he is drafting a bill for the 2011 legislative session that would ban them from serving in the Virginia National Guard.
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The Atlantic Online:
Preparing for Mass Evacuation From Korea  —  As the Korean peninsula enters what U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates calls “a difficult and potentially dangerous time,” the long-dormant Korean conflict is rumbling back into the public consciousness.  Government officials from the U.S. …
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Fhardingj / CNN:
CNN Poll: Three-quarters approve of new tax cut law  —  Washington (CNN) - Most Americans like the new tax cut law that President Barack Obama signed into law on Friday, according to a new national poll.  —  And a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday also indicates …
Discussion: The Politico
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
Top Spine Surgeons Reap Royalties, Medicare Bounty
Discussion: The New Republic and Felix Salmon
Inside Higher Ed:
Unlikely Foes  —  The Southern Poverty Law Center is among …
Discussion: The Other McCain and The Hill
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Grateful Dead digitized library among projects in ‘Wastebook’
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Late Rep. Charlie Wilson faced death threats, scrutiny, says FBI file
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Peter King / Newsday:
What's radicalizing Muslim Americans?
John / Power Line:
A Scientific Theory Is Judged By Its Predictive Power
Discussion: Fausta's Blog and Barcepundit
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
A Tough Season for Believers
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The New Republic