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9:50 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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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.
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: Democracy in America
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 …
The Huffington Post:
Haley Barbour's Account Of Civil Rights Era In Mississippi Assailed By NAACP, Historians  —  What's Your Reaction: … WASHINGTON — Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) has set off a firestorm of controversy over his comments on the civil rights era in his hometown of Yazoo City …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Barbour doesn't remember Civil Rights era being ‘that bad’
Discussion: Salon and FrumForum
David Halberstam / Commentary:
Respectable Means for Unrespectable Ends
Discussion: Eschaton, Daily Kos and Balloon Juice
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
BARBOUR WELL POSITIONED TO WRAP UP THE RACIST VOTE....
Discussion: Balloon Juice, TPMDC and AOL News
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: Hullabaloo
The Politico:
No endgame on Hill as Christmas nears
Discussion: Truthdig
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Republican Sen Kyl: No plans to repeal 'Don't ask, don't tell' repeal
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 …
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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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
F.C.C. Poised to Pass Net Neutrality Order
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.
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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
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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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: The coming collapse in the state budgets
Discussion: The Right Scoop
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 …
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: Right Turn, AmSpecBlog and Das Krapital
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 …
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Mitch McConnell plans power plays against Democrats  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has a warning for Democrats seething over his shrewd political tactics: Get used to it.  —  “There's much for them to be angst-ridden about,” McConnell said with a chuckle.  “If they think it's bad now, wait 'til next year.”
The Cleveland Fed:
The Effect of Falling Home Prices on Small Business Borrowing  —  Small businesses continue to report problems obtaining the financing they need.  Because small business owners may rely heavily on the value of their homes to finance their businesses (through mortgages or home equity lines) …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Ginger Gibson / New Jersey Online:
Gov. Chris Christie commutes sentence of man convicted of having guns in N.J. illegally  —  TRENTON — Brian Aitken, who was convicted of illegally possessing two handguns that he had legally purchased in Colorado, will be spending Christmas out of prison.  —  Gov. Chris Christie commuted …
Discussion: Hot Air and Hit & Run
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney's Conservative Problem  —  Mitt Romney's been looking weaker and weaker in our 2012 Presidential polling over the last couple months and it's pretty easy to identify the reason why: he has a major problem with conservatives and there's no evidence it's getting any better.
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review
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 …
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Census data likely to bring more bad news for Democrats on Tuesday  —  Democrats are expected to get more bad news when the census data is released Tuesday.  —  Republicans netted 63 House seats in the 2010 election, and now several heavily Democratic states are projected …
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
The Culture War Ain't What It Used to Be.  —  Jonathan Bernstein makes an excellent point about the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell: … With the possible exception of John McCain, pretty much every conservative knew they were going to lose this argument eventually.
Tom Moran:
Christie sabotages medical marijuana program  —  Lisa Segal wakes up every morning locked in a fetal position, her muscles in spasm from multiple sclerosis.  —  She's 59 years old, and has tried everything.  The only medicine that relaxes those muscles and settles her nausea is marijuana.
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.
 
 
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