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10:20 PM ET, December 21, 2010

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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 …
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New York Times:
Power in Congress to Tilt South and West  —  WASHINGTON — The Census Bureau rearranged the country's political map on Tuesday, giving more Congressional seats to the South and the West, and taking away from the Northeast and the Midwest, in largely anticipated changes that will have far reaching implications …
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Democrats Optimistic About Census
Discussion: The Fix
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Reapportionment costs Obama 6, leaves path
Discussion: Swampland and FrumForum
Ezra Klein:
Who does the census help?
Discussion: The Hill and Wake up America
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.
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Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:   Jim DeMint and the war on Christmas vacation
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 …
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Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  Snarlin' Arlen snarls his way through one final angry speech  —  This morning I was starting to feel a bit sad about Arlen Specter's departure from the Senate.  While I rooted heartily for his defeat in 2004 and 2010, I consider him to be stubbornly independent …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Conservative bloggers agree: Haley Barbour is toast  —  I noted here yesterday that the real problem with Haley Barbour's comments about the Citizens Councils is that they show an unwillingness to avoid urinating on the third rail of race.  Today several conservative bloggers came …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Barbour clarifies: Citizens councils ‘indefensible’  —  Haley Barbour responds to a day of criticism of his statements on race with an explanation of the comment that has drawn the most fire:  —  When asked why my hometown in Mississippi did not suffer the same racial violence when I was a young man …
Brett / Majority In Mississippi:
Barbour's Speech From Philadelphia In 2004
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
FCC passes first net neutrality rules  —  update: 3:23 p.m. with statement of support from President Obama, plans for Congressional hearings from House Republicans.  —  The Federal Communications Commission voted Tuesday to approve its first ever Internet access regulation …
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Sara Jerome / The Hill:
FCC commissioners ratify net neutrality, fulfilling Obama pledge
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Fox News' Shep Smith Shames Coburn For Blocking 9/11 Bill: ‘This Is The Senator’ Blocking ‘Necessary Funding’  —  It appears even loyal Fox News has turned on Senate Republicans for their obstruction of the 9/11 first responders bill.  Fox & Friends demanded the bill be passed …
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Manu Raju / The Politico:
Coburn may block 9/11 bill
Jillian Rayfield / TPM LiveWire:
Shep Smith Names Every GOPer Who Wouldn't Talk 9/11 Bill With Him
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 …
Discussion: Moe Lane and New York Magazine
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ProPublica:
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 …
Discussion: Political Punch and ATTACKERMAN
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?
BBC:
Transcript: The Assange interview  —  The founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, has been holed up in a mansion in East Anglia since he was released from prison last week.  —  He is under strict bail conditions while he fights extradition to Sweden where he is wanted for questioning about claims of sexual assault.
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Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
WikiLeaks' Assange fires back at The Guardian to competitor
Discussion: Gawker, The Wire, Tim Blair and Feministing
Cassy Fiano / The Greenroom:
Hysterics Over DADT Repeal Are An Insult To The Military  —  Originally posted at David Horowitz's Newsreal:  —  There have been a lot of different responses to the news that Don't Ask Don't Tell has been repealed.  President Obama is planning to sign the bill this week.
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Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Marine Corps commandant has to go
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 …
Sara A. Carter / Washington Examiner:
Afghan sex practices concern U.S., British forces  —  A document released by WikiLeaks described efforts by high-ranking Afghan officials to quash reports of police officers and other Afghans arrested for “purchasing a service from a child.”  —  The leaked diplomatic cable quoted former Minister …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHITE HOUSE EXTENDS WELL-DESERVED PRAISE TO JON STEWART.... It's too soon to say for sure whether Republican obstructionism will kill the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.  The supermajority appears to be coming together, and Senate Democrats are keeping the pressure on …
Larry David / New York Times:
Thanks for the Tax Cut!  —  THERE is a God!  It passed!  The Bush tax cuts have been extended two years for the upper bracketeers, of which I am a proud member, thank you very much.  I'm the last person in the world I'd want to be beside, but I am beside myself!  This is a life changer, I tell you.
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Why Apple Removed a WikiLeaks App From Its Store  —  Apple on Tuesday confirmed that it had removed from its online store an iPhone and iPad app that let users view the content on the WikiLeaks site and follow the WikiLeaks Twitter account.  —  Trudy Muller, an Apple spokeswoman …
Daily Mail:
Harry Potter actress was beaten and branded a prostitute by her brother after dating man ‘who was not a Muslim’  —  A Harry Potter actress fled her home after her father and brother threatened to kill her for going out with a Hindu man, a court heard yesterday.
 
 
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Daily Mail:
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