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11:05 AM ET, December 23, 2010


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Dan Friedman /
Senate's Returning Democrats Unanimously Favor Filibuster Reform  —  All except Dodd sign a letter urging Majority Leader Harry Reid to change the rules.  —  All Democratic senators returning next year have signed a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., urging him to consider action …
Ezra Klein:
Senate Democrats support filibuster reform
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Barack Obama's plan to close Gitmo ‘in shambles’  —  Nestled among a string of improbable victories President Barack Obama racked up in the lame-duck Congressional session is legislation containing the most debilitating setback to date to his plan to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay …
Peter Landers / Wall Street Journal:
Congress Bars Gitmo Transfers  —  Congress on Wednesday passed legislation that would effectively bar the transfer of Guantanamo detainees to the U.S. for trial, rejecting pleas from Obama administration officials who called the move unwise.  —  A defense authorization bill passed by the House …
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
BOMBS EXPLODE At SWISS & CHILEAN Embassies in Rome — ANOTHER SUSPECTED BOMB At Ukrainian Embassy  —  A parcel bomb exploded at the Swiss Embassy in Rome today.  A second blast was just reported at the Chilean Embassy.  —  A parcel bomb exploded today at the Swiss Embassy in Rome seriously injuring a 53 year-old employee.
Two embassies hit by blasts in Rome
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Eric Reguly / Globe and Mail:
Explosion rocks Chile embassy in Rome, second blast of day
Discussion: FrumForum
Muscle Car Roars Onto Lawn of Bush's Dallas Home  —  Driver says his gas pedal became stuck  —  Authorities have detained someone whose car apparently ran off the road and onto former President George W. Bush's lawn Wednesday night.  —  The Secret Service and Dallas police questioned …
Jennifer Epstein / Reuters:
Car crashes onto George W. Bush's lawn  —  Former President George W. Bush had an unexpected and unwanted pre-Christmas surprise Wednesday night when a car crashed on the lawn of his suburban Dallas home.  —  Though officials initially classified the incident as an “executive threat” …
Discussion: The Note and FrumForum
Christian Science Monitor:
Six big achievements of a surprisingly ‘do something’ Congress  —  The outgoing 111th Congress is among the most productive in history, in spite of its reputation for gridlock and 13 percent approval rating.  Democrats controlled the House and the Senate, and used their large majorities …
Discussion: The Agonist
New York Times:
After Bruising Session, Congress Braces for More
Discussion: Truthdig and Prairie Weather
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
111th Congress comes to a close; new session begins on Jan. 5
Chicago Sun Times:
Hearing officer: Let Rahm Emanuel run for mayor  —  Former White House chief-of-staff Rahm Emanuel early Thursday survived the pivotal first round of a residency challenge that will determine whether his name remains on the ballot for mayor of Chicago.  —  “The name of Rahm Emanuel shall appear …
Erika Niedowski / The Hill:
Official: Emanuel can be on Chicago's mayoral ballot
Discussion: The Note, CNN and Associated Press
New York Times:
Alabama Town's Failed Pension Is a Warning  —  PRICHARD, Ala. — This struggling small city on the outskirts of Mobile was warned for years that if it did nothing, its pension fund would run out of money by 2009.  Right on schedule, its fund ran dry.  —  Then Prichard did something …
North Korea ‘ready for sacred war’ with the South  —  Invited dignitaries watched the live exercises along with the South Korean president  —  North Korea is ready for a “sacred war of justice” using a nuclear deterrent, its armed forces minister has said.
Discussion: AOL News and Truthdig
Wall Street Journal:
China Seen Defusing Korea
David House / Firedoglake:
Bradley Manning Speaks About His Conditions … Sign the letter to the Commanding Officer of Bradley Manning's brig urging for Bradley's unnecessary POI order to be lifted  —  Bradley Manning, the 23-year-old Army private accused of leaking classified information to Wikileaks …
Discussion: Boing Boing and NewsReal Blog
Sean Cockerham / Anchorage Daily News:
Supreme Court rules against Miller  —  The Alaska Supreme Court today ruled against Joe Miller on all counts, a decision that leaves his challenge of Sen. Lisa Murkowski's victory on life support.  —  “There are no remaining issues raised by Miller that prevent this election from being certified …
Justin Gillis / Green:
Climate Change and ‘Balanced’ Coverage  —  In an article this week on the relentless rise of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, I outlined one of the canonical projections of climate science: if the amount of carbon dioxide doubles, the average surface temperature of the earth is likely …
Stephen C. Webster / Raw Story:
Shock: Christian Coalition founder Pat Robertson favors marijuana legalization  —  Robertson a welcome addition to drug reform circles, former narc tells Raw Story  —  Count this among the 10 things nobody ever expected to see in their lifetimes: 700 Club founder Pat Robertson …
New York Times:
Under ‘High-Tech House Arrest,’ WikiLeaks Founder Takes the Offensive  —  BUNGAY, England — When Julian Assange wakes these days, he looks out from a three-story Georgian mansion house overlooking a man-made lake.  Under a blanket of snow, the 650-acre Ellingham Hall estate …
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Lot Occupancy  —  As I've said on many occasions, I think it would be smart for Washington DC to allow taller buildings.  But this is hardly the only source of undesirably inefficient use of valuable urban space.  Another issue—this time one that I almost never hear being discussed—is the very sharp limits we have on lot occupancy.
Discussion: Eschaton
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
For Obama vacation, comfort is key  —  HONOLULU - For Ronald Reagan it was riding horses on his California ranch.  For George W. Bush it was clearing brush and biking around his Crawford, Texas, estate.  For Barack Obama, the signature image of his presidential vacationing, so far …
Amanda Marcotte / Slate:
The women accusing Julian Assange of sexual assault deserve to be taken seriously. … Like This Story … - The Most Productive Lame-Duck Session Since World War II- Why Do People Kiss Under Mistletoe?  - How Architects Can Use Video Screens Without Making Their Buildings Look …
The Politico:
GOP unveils strict House rules  —  Some of the committee rules — and at least one for the full House — address concerns that legislators don't spend enough time reading bills and members of the public have trouble accessing them.  —  “[I]t shall not be in order to consider a bill …
Discussion: Mother Jones
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Republican House Rules Makes It Harder to Increase Debt Limit, Raise Taxes
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Hawaii-bound, Obama signals his opposition to gay marriage ‘evolving’
Discussion: RedState
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In St. Paul schools, the not-so-sweet life
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