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1:10 PM ET, December 21, 2010

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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 …
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Jillian Rayfield / TPM LiveWire:
Shep Smith Names Every GOPer Who Wouldn't Talk 9/11 Bill With Him  —  Fox News' Shep Smith is continuing to hammer Republican senators who wouldn't pass the 9/11 first responders bill, this time calling out by name those who wouldn't appear on his show to discuss the issue.
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Coburn To Block 9/11 Responders Bill
Discussion: The Hill
Glynnis MacNicol / The Wire:
Shep Smith Names Every Single Republican Who Refused To Come …
Discussion: iOwnTheWorld.com and TPMDC
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 Taylor Marsh
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP senators concede arms treaty will secure enough votes to pass
Peter Baker / The Caucus:
More Support for Arms Control Treaty
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Patrick O'Connor / Washington Wire:
Sen. Alexander to Support START
Discussion: National Review, Swampland and Gawker
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 …
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
F.C.C. Is Set to Regulate Net Access
Washington Examiner:
Obama's mystery proposal to regulate the Internet
Discussion: protein wisdom
Meredith Attwell Baker / Washington Post:
Hands off tomorrow's Internet
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  —  Australia swaps summer for Christmas snow  —  Snow and ice covering buildings and cars on December 19, 2010 at Mount Hotham,Victoria, as snow fell in Australia.  The usual hot and summery December weather was replaced in parts by icy gusts sweeping …
Shane D'Aprile / The Hill:
Census data offers Republicans the chance to solidify hold on House  —  New data released Tuesday by the Census Bureau shows sizable shifts in population from Democratic-leaning states in the Industrial Midwest to Republican-leaning states in the Sun Belt.  —  That translates …
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New York Times:
Census Data Show 308 Million People and a Regional Shift  —  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 …
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 …
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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The Huffington Post:
Haley Barbour's Account Of Civil Rights Era In Mississippi Assailed …
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.
Jason Nark / Philly.com:
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 …
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Ginger Gibson / New Jersey Online:
Gov. Chris Christie commutes sentence of man convicted of having guns …
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.
Discussion: Mediaite, PopEater and NPR Blogs
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Reapportionment costs Obama 6, leaves path  —  Tom Bonier, one of the Democratic Party's leading redistricting wizards, e-mails:  —  With seats shifting mostly from the Northeast and Midwest into the South and West, if you apply the new apportionment to the 2008 results, Obama loses 6 electoral votes.
Discussion: Ezra Klein and FrumForum
Robert Pear / New York Times:
U.S. Proposes Rules on Raising Insurance Premiums  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said on Tuesday that it would require health insurance companies to disclose and justify any increases of 10 percent or more in the premiums they charge next year.  —  State or federal officials …
Discussion: Marginal Revolution
Aljazeera:
Iraq approves new government  —  Parliament unanimously approves Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and his new government, ending nine months of deadlock.  —  Iraqi lawmakers have unanimously approved a new government to be headed by Nouri al-Maliki, the incumbent prime minister.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
ArtsBeat:
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
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.
ABCNEWS:
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.”
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?”
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 …
 
 
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Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Marine Corps commandant has to go
CNN:
Harvard, Yale open up to ROTC plans after 'don't ask, don't tell' vote
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
The RNC food fight everyone saw coming
Discussion: ThinkProgress, CNN and Wonkette
Josh Kraushaar / Hotline On Call:
Bump On The Chris Christie Bandwagon
Discussion: Ezra Klein and The Atlantic Online
Ben Pershing / Washington Post:
Warner, Chambliss aim for deficit plan in 2011
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David Catanese / The Politico:
Tester draws ire of liberals
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Ethirajan Anbarasan / BBC:
Bangladeshi ‘stepson affair’ woman dies after caning
Discussion: AOL News and Jihad Watch
David Espo / Associated Press:
Quiet deal on Obama's judge nominees in the Senate
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Dems prepare defense of healthcare law in face of repeal threats
David Rogers / The Politico:
Nancy Pelosi: No regrets
Discussion: The Note and Fox Nation
Elena Moya / Guardian:
Debt crisis threatens 100 US cities
Discussion: Raw Story, RedState and Right Wing News
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