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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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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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   A PLEASANT SURPRISE FOR AMERICANS WHO EAT FOOD.... By all appearances …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:   Democrats cautiously optimistic on START ratification
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
Discussion: Firedoglake, theblogprof and Eduwonk
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Gov. Christie: “The Day Of Reckoning Has Arrived”
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Commentary
The Right Scoop:
60 Minutes: Fiscal day of reckoning is here
Discussion: Hot Air
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: Raw Story and The Daily Caller
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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.
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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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
In U.S., Satisfaction Dips to 17% at Year's End
Discussion: Politics Daily and TPMDC
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?
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
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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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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Seth McLaughlin / Washington Times:
Virginian: Bar gays from National Guard
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
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 …
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 …
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: Fausta's Blog and Barcepundit
 
 
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Martin Chulov / Guardian:
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Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Charles Schumer: Democrats, Obama ‘joined at hip’
Inside Higher Ed:
Unlikely Foes  —  The Southern Poverty Law Center is among …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Grateful Dead digitized library among projects in ‘Wastebook’
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
QUOTE OF THE DAY.... The NYT's John Harwood ran a good piece last night …
Discussion: The Caucus
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Late Rep. Charlie Wilson faced death threats, scrutiny, says FBI file
Peter King / Newsday:
What's radicalizing Muslim Americans?
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
A Tough Season for Believers
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