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9:05 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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Reapportionment costs Obama 6, leaves path
Discussion: Swampland and FrumForum
Philip Klein / AmSpecBlog:
Census Announces List of States' Congressional Seat Gains/Losses
Discussion: RedState
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Democrats Optimistic About Census
Discussion: The Fix
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
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
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Haley Barbour: How he hurt himself (and how he can come back)
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: NY Daily News and Slate
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
White House praises Jon Stewart for plugging bill to help 9/11 responders
Discussion: The Politico and The Plum Line
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: ATTACKERMAN and Political Punch
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Washington Post:
The Obama administration is preparing an executive order …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
WikiLeaks' Assange fires back at The Guardian to competitor  —  WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange slammed the New York Times in October for the paper's critical front-page profile of him.  —  That's presumably one of the reasons that the Times — which received hundreds of thousands …
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George Monbiot / Guardian:
That snow is what global warming looks like  —  Unusually cold winters may make you think scientists have got it all wrong.  But the data reveal a chilling truth  —  There were two silent calls, followed by a message left on my voicemail.  She had a soft, gentle voice and a mid-Wales accent.
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Anthony Watts / Watts Up With That?:
Australia's white summer, Monbiot's red fury
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Marine Corps commandant has to go  —  I am a fan of the old World War II movies, the ones where the platoon was composed of typical Americans, Hollywood-style.  There was a guy named Farmer and one called Preacher and another called Brooklyn (who was killed shortly after receiving a salami from home) …
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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.
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 …
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.
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?
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 …
 
 
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