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9:15 AM ET, December 22, 2010


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Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Last-Ditch Move to Block Repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Fails  —  12:18 a.m. |  Updated Just hours before President Obama planned to sign on Wednesday the repeal of the military's 17-year ban on gays serving openly in the armed forces, Republicans tried one last legislative maneuver to block the change.
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Last-ditch McConnell 'don't ask' amendment blocked  —  A last-ditch effort by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to complicate the repeal of the “don't ask, don't tell” policy was blocked Tuesday night after Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) objected, Senate aides said.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Graham: GOP to blame for ‘capitulation ... of dramatic proportions’ in lame-duck  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) lashed out at fellow Republicans Tuesday for a “capitulation ... of dramatic proportions” to Democrats and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in the lame-duck Congress.
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Jim DeMint and the war on Christmas vacation  —  South Carolina GOP Sen. Jim DeMint repeated today his claim that “millions of Americans” are “outraged” that Congress would dare work on major legislation, namely New START, this close to Christmas.  He previously called it “sacrilegious.”
Discussion: Right Turn and New York Magazine
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The rise of the Petulant Party  —  The lame-duck session of Congress has introduced Americans to the three-party system of government: the Democratic Party, the Republican Party and the Petulant Party.  —  Eight founding fathers of the Petulants took the stage Tuesday morning in the Senate TV studio …
Washington Post:
Obama administration readies indefinite detention order for Guantanamo detainees  —  The Obama administration is preparing an executive order that would formalize indefinite detention without trial for some detainees at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but allow those detainees …
White House Drafts Executive Order for Indefinite Detention  —  8:15 p.m: This story has been updated with the White House's response.  —  The White House is preparing an Executive Order on indefinite detention that will provide periodic reviews of evidence against dozens of prisoners held …
Charlie Savage / New York Times:   Detainee Review Proposal Is Prepared for President
Lbentzterp / CNN:
Specter issues parting blow to Roberts, Alito  —  (CNN) - Sen. Arlen Specter, the outgoing Pennsylvania Republican-turned-Democrat, directed a parting blow Tuesday to members of the Supreme Court's conservative bloc.  —  In his final speech on the Senate floor, Specter …
Andrew Martin / New York Times:
In a Sign of Foreclosure Flaws, Suits Claim Break-Ins by Banks  —  TRUCKEE, Calif. — When Mimi Ash arrived at her mountain chalet here for a weekend ski trip, she discovered that someone had broken into the home and changed the locks.  —  When she finally got into the house, it was empty.
David Weigel / Weigel:
Introducing: Your New Congressional Apportionment!  —  It's official: Here are the states gaining and losing seats (and thus electoral votes) in 2011.  I've put states entirely controlled by Republicans in bold and states entirely controlled by Democrats in italics, although in some of these states …
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Democrats Optimistic About Census
Discussion: The Fix
New York Times:
South and West See Large Gains in Latest Census
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Food Fight Has Mike Huckabee Siding With Michelle Obama  —  HUCK YEAH  —  Huckabee Sides With Obama Over Palin  —  Though he had no comment on the calorie-count of a fried-squirrel platter, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is readily taking sides in a nasty political food war.
Discussion: Hot Air and JammieWearingFool
Meena Hartenstein / NY Daily News:
Sarah Palin mocks Michelle Obama's anti-obesity campaign on reality …
Discussion: and Das Krapital
The Blaze:
GREEN MAKE BELIEVE: VAN JONES ADMITS LEFT IS ‘PRETENDING’ NEED FOR REGULATIONS IN GREEN MOVEMENT  —  GEAUXALREADY  —  Why does he still breath free air?  —  Report Post »  —  Log in to Reply  —  CULTUREWARRIORS  —  Where is the MSM?  Why are they not interested in exposing the communist among us?
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
CIA launches task force to assess impact of U.S. cables' exposure by WikiLeaks  —  The CIA has launched a task force to assess the impact of the exposure of thousands of U.S. diplomatic cables and military files by WikiLeaks.  —  Officially, the panel is called the WikiLeaks Task Force.
Discussion: Mediaite, Guardian and The Page
Steve Wozniak / The Atlantic Online:
Steve Wozniak to the FCC: Keep the Internet Free  —  To whom it may concern:  —  I have always loved humor and laughter.  As a young engineer I got an impulse to start a Dial-a-Joke in the San Jose/San Francisco area.  I was aware of such humor services in other countries, such as Australia.
David Lawder / Reuters:
Government liabilities rose $2 trillion in FY 2010: Treasury  —  (Reuters) - The U.S. government fell deeper into the red in fiscal 2010 with net liabilities swelling more than $2 trillion as commitments on government debt and federal benefits rose, a U.S. Treasury report showed on Tuesday.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Fhardingj / CNN:
CNN Exclusive: Despite voting against its creation, Boehner will keep independent ethics panel  —  Washington (CNN)- Although he opposed its creation, incoming House Speaker John Boehner will keep an outside ethics watchdog- the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) - intact when the GOP takes control …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Obama's Overall Job Approval Steady at 46%  —  Dip in support from liberal Democrats offset by boost from moderate/liberal Republicans  —  PRINCETON, NJ — President Barack Obama's approval rating held steady in the mid-40s during the week ending Dec. 19, his 100th week in office and the week …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Bryan Fischer /
Obama wants to give America back to the Indians  —  President Obama likes the “U.N. Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples.”  He says it can “help reaffirm the principles that should guide our future.”  —  The State Department added helpfully that although the declaration is not legally binding …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
U.S. Director of National Intelligence on London terror arrests: Er, what terror arrests?  —  If you thought the gaffes in Diane Sawyer's interview with our counterterror brain trust couldn't get worse than “364 days a year,” skip ahead to 3:35 and brace yourself.
WVMetroNews Headline News:
Manchin Admits Mistake and Apologizes  —  Senator Manchin Apologizes For Skipping Votes  —  U.S. Senator Joe Manchin apologized to his constituents Tuesday for missing two key votes over the weekend.  —  Manchin has caught heat from friends and foes alike for failing to be on the Senate floor Saturday …
The Huffington Post:
Rep. Holt: Sen. McCain Objected To My Military Suicide Prevention Bill  —  What's Your Reaction: … WASHINGTON — In 2008, a young sergeant named Coleman S. Bean took his life.  After completing his first tour of duty in Iraq, he had come home and been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Lee Stranahan / Big Government:
Pigford: How to Get $50k from the Government for ‘Attempting to Farm’  —  The Pigford scandal is big enough that there's no reason to overstate the case or get the facts wrong.  Understanding what actually happened should be sufficient to make anyone deeply troubled.
Matt Richtel / Bits:
E-Mail's Big Demographic Split  —  In an article in Tuesday's Times, I wrote about the changing status of e-mail.  Once it was cool to merely have an e-mail account (or several), but many young people now think of it as old school, and much prefer the zip of texting, instant messaging and social networks.
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EU Press Room:
State aid: Commission temporarily clears support for Anglo Irish …
Discussion: DealBook and naked capitalism
Dean Baker / Guardian:
Obama's tax deal: read the small print | Dean Baker
Discussion: Economist's View and CEPR
Brian / Freedom's Lighthouse:
“Flash Mob” Sings the “Hallelujah Chorus” at the Orlando International Airport
Ezra Klein:
Senate votes to defund health-care reform and financial regulation
Discussion: The Dangerous Servant
SPECIAL JANUARY PREVIEW: The Democrats and Health Care
Discussion: Power Line
Jeff Dunetz / YID With LID:
DHS Inspector General Reports MILLIONS Allowed to Enter Through …
David Axelrod  —  Obama's top strategist is moving back to Chicago to prepare for 2012.
Discussion: The Hill
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Mark Thoma / The Fiscal Times:
A Smarter Bailout Could Have Shortened the Recession
Michael Lind / Salon:
Does anyone in America believe in the rule of law?
The Huffington Post:
40 Percent Of Americans Still Believe In Creationism
Cassy Fiano / The Greenroom:
Hysterics Over DADT Repeal Are An Insult To The Military
Sara A. Carter / Washington Examiner:
Afghan sex practices concern U.S., British forces