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12:55 PM ET, December 20, 2010


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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 …
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.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:   Democrats cautiously optimistic on START ratification
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   A PLEASANT SURPRISE FOR AMERICANS WHO EAT FOOD.... By all appearances …
Brent Baker / 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 …
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
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) …
David Hatch / Tech Daily Dose:
EXCLUSIVE: FCC Dems Narrowing Net Neutrality Gaps
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
In U.S., Satisfaction Dips to 17% at Year's End
Discussion: Politics Daily and TPMDC
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.
Myglesias / Yglesias:
The “Repeal Amendment”  —  Kate Zernicke reports on a quixotic …
Discussion: The New Republic
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?
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: The Agonist
Hannah Brenton / Ballot Box:
Bachmann kicks up fundraising storm and Senate speculation
Discussion: The Fix, The Daily Caller and Wonkette
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 …
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.
Discussion: Eduwonk
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Gov. Christie: “The Day Of Reckoning Has Arrived”
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Commentary
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 …
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
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 …
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
A Tough Season for Believers  —  Christmas is hard for everyone.  But it's particularly hard for people who actually believe in it.  —  In a sense, of course, there's no better time to be a Christian than the first 25 days of December.  But this is also the season when American Christians can feel most embattled.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The New Republic
Inside Higher Ed:
Unlikely Foes  —  The Southern Poverty Law Center is among the premier civil rights organizations in the United States, known for taking on hate groups and defending the powerless.  A group of leading genocide scholars this month sent the center a stinging letter, obtained by Inside Higher Ed …
Discussion: The Other McCain and The Hill
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.
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 …
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: Yglesias and Mediaite
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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Discussion: The New Republic and Felix Salmon
Martin Chulov / Guardian:
Qur'an etched in Saddam's blood
Discussion: Mediaite, Gawker and New York Magazine
Gordon Rayner / Telegraph:
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Discussion: AOL News
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Charles Schumer: Democrats, Obama ‘joined at hip’
Nicolle Wallace slamming Palin's intelligence
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Grateful Dead digitized library among projects in ‘Wastebook’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and National Review
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
QUOTE OF THE DAY.... The NYT's John Harwood ran a good piece last night …
Discussion: The Caucus
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Late Rep. Charlie Wilson faced death threats, scrutiny, says FBI file
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
The U.S.S. Prius  —  As I was saying, the thing I love …
Discussion: American Spectator
President Obama 2.0: Becoming ‘CEO of America’
Discussion: Fox Nation and The Page