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9:55 AM ET, December 21, 2010


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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 …
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.
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Haley Barbour Faces an All-Too Familiar, All-Too Exhausted Accusation
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Haley Barbour's Affection for the White Supremacist Citizens' Council
Timothy Karr / The Huffington Post:
Obama FCC Caves on Net Neutrality — Tuesday Betrayal Assured  —  What's Your Reaction:  —  Late Monday, a majority of the FCC has indicated that they're going to vote with Chairman Julius Genachowski for a toothless Net Neutrality rule.  —  According to all reports, the rule …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
F.C.C. Is Set to Regulate Net Access  —  The Federal Communications Commission appears poised to pass a controversial set of rules that broadly create two classes of Internet access, one for fixed-line providers and the other for the wireless Net.  —  The proposed rules of the online road …
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
‘Net Neutrality’ Rules Set to Pass  —  WASHINGTON—The top communications regulator won support to pass contentious new rules for Internet traffic, a move likely to face legal challenges and create uncertainty about Internet regulation.  —  The Federal Communications Commission is set …
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
F.C.C. Poised to Pass Net Neutrality Order
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 …
The Hill:
For Obama, START treaty is ‘personal’
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Jason Nark /
Christie frees man in gun case  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gave the Aitken family all they wanted for Christmas Monday.  —  Christie signed a letter ordering Brian Aitken, a New Jersey man sentenced to seven years in jail for having weapons he legally purchased in Colorado …
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: The Agitator
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Chris Christie commutes gun sentence of Brian Aitken
Discussion: TigerHawk
George Monbiot / Guardian:
That snow outside 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.
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Dems prepare defense of healthcare law in face of repeal threats  —  Democrats are preparing a spirited defense of the healthcare law in the face of Republican efforts to dismantle it.  —  Statements from lawmakers, advocates and the administration reveal a multi-pronged strategy …
Mark Joyella / Mediaite:
Janet Napolitano: We're Working “24/7, 364″ To Keep The American People Safe  —  Ya gotta wonder which day America's anti-terror forces are kicking their feet up with a book and maybe a nap, instead of, you know, “keeping the American people safe?”  —  On ABC's World News tonight …
New York Times:
U.S. Military Seeks to Expand Raids in Pakistan  —  WASHINGTON — Senior American military commanders in Afghanistan are pushing for an expanded campaign of Special Operations ground raids across the border into Pakistan's tribal areas, a risky strategy reflecting the growing frustration …
David Rogers / The Politico:
Nancy Pelosi: No regrets  —  “Every minute is a new minute to me,” says Nancy Pelosi, and, with boxes packed in the hall outside, the soon-to-be-former speaker has already jumped ahead to her vision of the “humming, whirling entity” House Democrats can still be in the coming Congress.
Attorney General's Blunt Warning on Terror Attacks  —  AG Eric Holder Says ‘Terrorists Only Have to Be Successful Once’  —  Attorney General Eric Holder has an urgent message for Americans: While he is confident that the United States will continue to thwart attacks, “the terrorists only have to be successful once.”
Discussion: Reuters
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Coburn may block 9/11 bill  —  New York Democrats hoping for quick action on a bill to give health care compensation to Ground Zero workers are about to run into Tom Coburn.  —  The Oklahoma Republican and physician — known in the Senate as “Dr. No” for his penchant in blocking bills …
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Justice Dept. Is Criticized as Corruption Cases Close  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has shut down a wave of high-profile investigations of members of Congress over the past few months, drawing criticism that the government's premier anticorruption agency has lost its nerve …
Elena Moya / Guardian:
Debt crisis threatens 100 US cities  —  Overdrawn American cities could face financial collapse in 2011, defaulting on hundreds of billions of dollars of borrowings and derailing the US economic recovery.  Nor are European cities safe - Florence, Barcelona, Madrid, Venice: all are in trouble
Discussion: Raw Story, RedState and Right Wing News
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Omnibus Libertarian Reply Post  —  I'm not sure how much interest you all have in following my running debates with the libertarian world, so I'm trying to wrap a couple of these threads up here in one place.  —  A while ago, Will Wilkinson argued that the fact that people like Peter Orszag …
Olivia Alair / U.S. Department of Transportation:
Toyota Motor Corp will Pay $32.425 Million in Civil Penalties as the Result of Two Department of Transportation Investigations  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced that Toyota Motor Corporation has agreed to pay an additional $32.425 million …
Discussion: New York Times and Politics Daily
Vince Cable: I could bring down the Government  —  Vince Cable has privately threatened to “bring the Government down” if he is “pushed too far” during fractious discussions with his Conservative colleagues, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.  —  The Business Secretary also claims …
Associated Press:
RNC chair candidate proposes ballot measures  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A candidate to lead the Republican National Committee warned Monday that the GOP will hand a second term to Democratic President Barack Obama if the party doesn't elect a chairman who can harness voters' frustrations …
Dan Roem / Hotline On Call:
Obama Finds Lame Duck Ally In Murkowski  —  One of Pres. Obama's biggest supporters in the Senate in the past week is not even a member of his own party: Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).  —  Murkowski supported the president's position on the Senate's four biggest votes since last Wednesday.
Discussion: Pat Dollard and Hot Air
David Espo / Associated Press:
Quiet deal on Obama's judge nominees in the Senate  —  WASHINGTON — After a monthslong blockade, Senate Republicans have agreed to let at least 19 of President Barack Obama's non-controversial judicial nominees win confirmation in the waning days of the congressional session in exchange …
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Wall Street Journal:
WikiLeaks, Honduras and the U.S.
Discussion: Commentary and Chicago Boyz
Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
Gauging the price tag for Afghanistan's security
Discussion: The Page
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Harry Reid earns his place in history
Ricky Gervais / WSJ Blogs - WSJ:
A Holiday Message from Ricky Gervais: Why I'm An Atheist
Discussion: Vox Popoli and Pharyngula
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
F.E.C. Rejected Counsel With Its Vote on Senator
Andy Bloxham / Telegraph:
Christmas trees ‘make non-Christians feel excluded’
The Politico:
No endgame on Hill as holidays near
Discussion: Truthdig and The Hill
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The Cleveland Fed:
The Effect of Falling Home Prices on Small Business Borrowing
Myglesias / Yglesias:
My Token Moment of Outreach to the Religious Right
Ezra Klein:
Chris Christie's Pepsi problem
Discussion: AmSpecBlog, Das Krapital and CBS News
David Weigel / Weigel:
Republicans Start Teaching Members How to Obey the Constitution
Terry / CNSNews:
67 Percent of Marine Combat Forces Say Putting Homosexuals …