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6:35 PM ET, December 20, 2010

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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.
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
The watermelon thing  —  Race is a hard issue for older conservative politicians from the Deep South seeking national office.  The roots of Southern Republicanism are in the segregationist split from the Democratic Party, and so there's no presumption of innocence, and no second chance, as Trent Lott learned.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Barbour Spokesman: Mississippi Gov. Is Not Racist  —  I just spoke with Dan Turner, the official spokesman for Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS), who responded in strong terms to criticism of Barbour's recent praise for the segregationist Citizens Council groups of the Civil Rights era.
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Barbour Praises Civil Rights-Era White Supremacist Citizens Councils  —  Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS), a potential Republican presidential candidate, has an interesting perspective on the tumults of the civil rights era that swept through his Deep South state.  —  As Barbour recalls …
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Yazoo City Citizens' Council Was a White Supremacist Organization  —  As we saw below, the Citizens' Council movement that Haley Barbour credits with keeping the peace in 1960s Mississippi was a white supremacist organization.  That's true of Citizens' Councils in general, and Citizens' Councils in Mississippi in particular.
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: Salon, The Daily Caller and FrumForum
David Halberstam / Commentary:
Respectable Means for Unrespectable Ends
Discussion: Eschaton, Daily Kos and Balloon Juice
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP senators concede arms treaty will secure enough votes to pass  —  Republican senators say privately they expect the Senate to ratify the New START treaty this week, which would hand President Obama his third major victory of the lame-duck session.  —  GOP senators — including those who plan …
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The Huffington Post:
Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Opponents Taking Revenge On Russian Arms Treaty
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Hullabaloo
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Russia Warns Senate Not to Amend Arms Control Treaty
Discussion: THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
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.”
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Ezra Klein:
Chris Christie's Pepsi problem  —  In 1975, Pepsi unleashed “the Pepsi Challenge,” a blind taste test where subjects threw back an ounce of each beverage and reported back on their favorite.  Their favorite was Pepsi.  —  You already know what happened next: Coca-Cola developed a more Pepsi-like product called “New Coke.”
Discussion: AmSpecBlog, Right Turn and Das Krapital
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) …
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Al Franken / The Huffington Post:
The Most Important Free Speech Issue of Our Time
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Poll: Obama rebounding  —  President Barack Obama may be staging a comeback in the eyes of the American people, a new poll suggests.  —  In a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Monday, 48 percent of Americans say they approve of how Obama is handling his job, while 48 percent disapprove.
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air, Swampland and Taylor Marsh
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Fhardingj / CNN:
CNN Poll: Three-quarters approve of new tax cut law
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
The Tax Deal in Florida and Ohio
Discussion: Clusterstock
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 …
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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New York Times:
At Long Last, Military Honor
Seth McLaughlin / Washington Times:
Virginian: Bar gays from National Guard
Myglesias / Yglesias:
My Token Moment of Outreach to the Religious Right  —  Ross Douthat: … I don't spend a lot of time agreeing with the Christian right about things, but the whining about the secularization of Christmas is a point I sympathize with.  If Christmas were more properly religious …
Discussion: Eschaton
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Ross Douthat / New York Times:
A Tough Season for Believers
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 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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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: ABCNEWS and Outside the Beltway
David Weigel / Weigel:
Republicans Start Teaching Members How to Obey the Constitution  —  Earlier today, some Hill staffers attended the first of four staggered meetings on how to write a new clause into legislation that explains why, exactly, the legislation is constitutional.  This was a big Tea Party demand …
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: Cubachi, The Fix and Ballot Box
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Kasie Hunt / The Politico:   Pence announcement looms in January
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 …
Terry / CNSNews:
67 Percent of Marine Combat Forces Say Putting Homosexuals in Their Units Will Hurt Their Effectiveness in the Field, Says DOD Report  —  (CNSNews.com) - 66.5 percent of U.S. Marine combat forces surveyed by a special Defense Department working group said that putting homosexuals in their units …
 
 
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