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3:15 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 …
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 …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Haley Barbour: How he hurt himself (and how he can come back)
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 …
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
Glynnis MacNicol / The Wire:
Shep Smith Names Every Single Republican Who Refused To Come …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Hoyer still ‘hopeful’ House can pass 9/11 first-responders health bill this week
Discussion: The Politico
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
FCC passes first net neutrality rules  —  The Federal Communications Commission voted Tuesday to approve its first ever Internet access regulation, which ensures unimpeded access to any legal Web content for home Internet users.  —  The same provisions do not apply as strongly to cellphone users …
Discussion: Blue Wave News and The Page
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 …
Fox News:
FCC Approves Plan to Regulate Internet  —  WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday approved a plan to regulate the Internet despite warnings that it could strangle industry investment and damage an economy that is still struggling to recover.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Meredith Attwell Baker / Washington Post:
Hands off tomorrow's Internet
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
F.C.C. Is Set to Regulate Net Access
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 …
Fox News:
Eight States in South, West to Gain House Seats Based on 2010 Census Results  —  Republican-leaning states all across the South and West will gain congressional seats based on the results of the 2010 Census, according to population counts released Tuesday, a shift that will likely result …
Patrick O'Connor / Wall Street Journal:
GOP-Leaning States Gain in Census
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
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
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 …
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
Ezra Klein:
Who does the census help?
Discussion: Slate and Guardian
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.
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
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 …
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.
Jim O'Sullivan /
In New Maps, ‘An Embarrassment of Riches’ for GOP  —  Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, is an example of how too much success in redistricting can backfire.  —  On paper, Tuesday's announcement of congressional reapportionment numbers by the U.S. Census Bureau should be an early Christmas present for Republicans.
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
Shane D'Aprile / The Hill:
Census data offers Republicans the chance to solidify hold on House
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 …
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
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
President Obama tells Hispanic caucus he won't give up on immigration bill
Discussion: The Politico
Lbentzterp / CNN:
Specter issues parting blow to Roberts, Alito
Discussion: The Politico and Law Blog
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A SENATOR SCORNED.... Quick quiz — only one Republican senator …
Discussion: Hotline On Call and Pat Dollard
Rich Lowry / National Review:
Collapse  —  Republican opposition to New START is collapsing.
Robert Winnett / Telegraph:
Vince Cable: I have declared war on Rupert Murdoch
Daily Mail:
U.S. buffets and salad bars 'threatened with poison attacks …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Harvard, Yale open up to ROTC plans after 'don't ask, don't tell' vote
Discussion: Moe Lane and FrumForum
 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:
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Christie frees man in gun case