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2:40 PM ET, December 21, 2010

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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 …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Gov. Barbour explains civil rights remarks
Discussion: The Politico, Sky Dancing and INSTAPUTZ
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.
Glynnis MacNicol / The Wire:
Shep Smith Names Every Single Republican Who Refused To Come …
Discussion: iOwnTheWorld.com and TPMDC
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Coburn To Block 9/11 Responders Bill
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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Patrick O'Connor / Wall Street Journal:
GOP-Leaning States Gain in Census
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
Shane D'Aprile / The Hill:
Census data offers Republicans the chance to solidify hold on House
Jim O'Sullivan / NationalJournal.com:
In New Maps, ‘An Embarrassment of Riches’ for GOP
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
msnbc.com:
Population growth slowest since 1940, census shows
Discussion: Daily Kos and National Review
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
The Politico:
FCC approves Net neutrality rules  —  The Federal Communications Commission adopted new rules that will govern how Internet providers treat Web traffic and services, a move that sets the stage for a heated political battle on Capitol Hill come January.  —  Led by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski …
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
F.C.C. Is Set to Regulate Net Access
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 …
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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: Swampland and FrumForum
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Ezra Klein:
Who does the census help?
Discussion: Slate and Guardian
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.”
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Sarah Kliff / The Politico:
HHS reg: Magic number is 10 percent  —  Health insurers will be required to justify double-digit premium increases under a proposed health reform rule the Obama administration released Tuesday.  —  Beginning in 2011, Health and Human Services will require insurers to publicly disclose any rate increases higher than 10 percent.
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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Robert Pear / New York Times:
U.S. Proposes Rules on Raising Insurance Premiums
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 …
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Arms Treaty Appears to Have Votes to Pass Senate
Discussion: Opinionator and TPMCafe
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.
David Rogers / The Politico:
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
The RNC food fight everyone saw coming  —  Jonathan Martin wrote months ago that Republican leaders feared that dumping Michael Steele would lead to a racially charged food fight, and, well, here we go, as former Steele aide and current rival Gentry Collins looks to shake up the race and pick …
Discussion: CNN, ThinkProgress and Wonkette
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.
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
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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A SENATOR SCORNED.... Quick quiz — only one Republican senator has sided with Democrats on DADT repeal, the tax deal, New START cloture, and the DREAM Act in the lame-duck session.  —  The obvious guesses would likely be Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), Susan Collins (R-Maine), or Scott Brown (R-Mass.).
Discussion: Hotline On Call and Pat Dollard
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 …
Discussion: The Politico and Law Blog
Daily Mail:
U.S. buffets and salad bars ‘threatened with poison attacks’ by Al Qaeda group behind ‘ink cartridge’ bomb plot  —  Al Qaeda terrorists planned to poison food at multiple US hotels and restaurants over a single weekend, it has been revealed this morning.  —  The ‘credible’ plot involved slipping …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
 
 
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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
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Peter Lattman / DealBook:
Cuomo Sues Ernst & Young Over Lehman
Discussion: New York Magazine
Rich Lowry / National Review:
Collapse  —  Republican opposition to New START is collapsing.
Robert Winnett / Telegraph:
Vince Cable: I have declared war on Rupert Murdoch
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Marine Corps commandant has to go
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Kraushaar / Hotline On Call:
Bump On The Chris Christie Bandwagon
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Ezra Klein
Micheal Flaherty / Wall Street Journal:
On Palin's Reading List, C.S. Lewis
Ethirajan Anbarasan / BBC:
Bangladeshi ‘stepson affair’ woman dies after caning
Discussion: AOL News and Jihad Watch
Jason Nark / Philly.com:
Christie frees man in gun case