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11:20 AM ET, December 21, 2010


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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 …
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 …
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 …
Meredith Attwell Baker / Washington Post:
Hands off tomorrow's Internet
Subsalior / Associated Press:
FCC Poised to Adopt Net Neutrality Rules
Discussion: Hot Air and Tech Daily Dose
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’  —  President Obama is making a final push to secure the votes for an arms treaty that stands not just as a political goal but a highly personal one.  —  The president needs nine Republican votes to win the two-thirds Senate majority to ratify …
Discussion: CNN and Prairie Weather
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.
Anthony Watts / Watts Up With That?:
Australia's white summer, Monbiot's red fury
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 …
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Coburn Will Block 9/11 First Responders Bill, Potentially Killing Its Chance Of Passage  —  Pressure has been mounting on Republicans to relax their opposition to a bill to would provide health benefits to 9/11 first responders after Senate Republicans unanimously filibustered it earlier this month …
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 …
Discussion: The Agitator
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Chris Christie commutes gun sentence of Brian Aitken
Discussion: TigerHawk
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 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
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Haley Barbour Faces an All-Too Familiar, All-Too Exhausted Accusation
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 …
Micheal Flaherty / Wall Street Journal:
On Palin's Reading List, C.S. Lewis  —  He wasn't a children's writer, as the governor's critics proclaim—not by a long shot.  —  Since Katie Couric first asked the question a couple of years back, journalists continue to pepper Sarah Palin with that classic ice-breaker: “So, what are you reading?”
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.”
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 …
M.P. /
Muslim pupil offended by the word ‘jamón’ in class in Cádiz  —  The boy's family have reported the geography teacher to the police and the courts  —  The parents of a Muslim boy who attends a secondary school in La Línea, Cádiz province, have reported their son's teacher …
Wall Street Journal:
Funding Deal Snags Health Law  —  WASHINGTON—A Senate deal to fund the federal government until early March doesn't include money to enact the health-care overhaul or stepped up regulation of Wall Street, boosting Republican efforts to curb key elements of President Barack Obama's domestic agenda.
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 …
Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
Steele: RNC Member Jim Bopp Is An ‘Idiot’ Who Opposes My Chairmanship After Losing $1 Million RNC Contract  —  Last week, RNC Chairman Michael Steele made headlines by announcing a surprise bid to run for another term as the leader of the Republican Party.  However, not only are many other candidates …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog, CNN and Wonkette
Associated Press:   RNC chair candidate proposes ballot measures
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Joe Manchin stands by skirting votes  —  Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) stands by his decision to miss voting on the repeal of “don't ask, don't tell” and the immigration reform bill, the DREAM Act - two major Democratic-backed pieces of legislation.  —  This weekend the West Virginia Democrat's office released …
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 …
Actor Injured in Fall During ‘Spider-Man’ Performance  —  An actor playing Spider-Man was injured during a performance of the Broadway musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” on Monday night.  Above, an image from a video taken by a New York Times reader.  —  Updated
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