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12:55 AM ET, December 22, 2010

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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  —  South Carolina GOP Sen. Jim DeMint repeated today his claim that “millions of Americans” are “outraged” that Congress would dare work on major legislation, namely New START, this close to Christmas.  He previously called it “sacrilegious.”
Discussion: New York Magazine and Blogcritics
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:
South and West See Large Gains in Latest Census  —  WASHINGTON — The Census Bureau rearranged the country's political map on Tuesday, giving more Congressional seats to the South and the West at the expense of the Northeast and the Midwest — changes that will have far-reaching implications for elections over the next decade.
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Democrats Optimistic About Census  —  The conventional political wisdom is that the results of the 2010 census, announced Tuesday, are a big win for Republicans, who are largely dominant in the states where population increased.  —  But Democratic officials in Washington are cautiously optimistic …
Discussion: The Fix
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Reapportionment costs Obama 6, leaves path
Discussion: Swampland and FrumForum
Ezra Klein:
Who does the census help?
Discussion: The Hill and Wake up America
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 …
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 …
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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 …
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
Barbour Mistakes Black for White
Brett / Majority In Mississippi:
Barbour's Speech From Philadelphia In 2004
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 …
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Washington Post:
Obama administration readies indefinite detention order for Guantanamo detainees  —  The Obama administration is preparing an executive order that would formalize indefinite detention without trial for some detainees at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but allow those detainees …
Discussion: Moe Lane, Lawfare and New York Magazine
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
FCC: We didn't impose stricter net neutrality regulations on wireless because Android is open  —  Rest assured that we're working on a full analysis of the FCC's major net neutrality decision today, but the Commission hasn't actually released the full text of the order yet …
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Sara Jerome / The Hill:
FCC commissioners ratify net neutrality, fulfilling Obama pledge
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?
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Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Last-Ditch Move to Block Repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Fails  —  12:18 a.m. |  Updated Just hours before President Obama planned to sign on Wednesday the repeal of the military's 17-year ban on gays serving openly in the armed forces, Republicans tried one last legislative maneuver to block the change.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Daily Kos
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.
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Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
WikiLeaks' Assange fires back at The Guardian to competitor
Cassy Fiano / The Greenroom:
Hysterics Over DADT Repeal Are An Insult To The Military  —  Originally posted at David Horowitz's Newsreal:  —  There have been a lot of different responses to the news that Don't Ask Don't Tell has been repealed.  President Obama is planning to sign the bill this week.
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Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Marine Corps commandant has to go
Jeff Dunetz / YID With LID:
DHS Inspector General Reports MILLIONS Allowed to Enter Through US Border Crossings Without Proper ID  —  Yesterday Department of Homeland Security Secretary said that her department was working hard to protect American Citizens 24 hours/day, 7/days a week, 364 days a/year (yes she said 364).
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Daily Mail:
U.S. buffets and salad bars 'threatened with poison attacks …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Scared Monkeys
Bryan Fischer / afa.net:
Obama wants to give America back to the Indians  —  President Obama likes the “U.N. Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples.”  He says it can “help reaffirm the principles that should guide our future.”  —  The State Department added helpfully that although the declaration is not legally binding …
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 …
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 …
Andrew Martin / New York Times:
In a Sign of Foreclosure Flaws, Suits Claim Break-Ins by Banks  —  TRUCKEE, Calif. — When Mimi Ash arrived at her mountain chalet here for a weekend ski trip, she discovered that someone had broken into the home and changed the locks.  —  When she finally got into the house, it was empty.
Discussion: Calculated Risk
The Huffington Post:
Rep. Holt: Sen. McCain Objected To My Military Suicide Prevention Bill  —  What's Your Reaction: … WASHINGTON — In 2008, a young sergeant named Coleman S. Bean took his life.  After completing his first tour of duty in Iraq, he had come home and been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
 
 
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
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