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2:05 PM ET, December 23, 2010

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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Harry Reid devising plan to press forward with filibuster reform, aide says  —  Still more good news for filibuster reform: Harry Reid is in active discussions with his caucus about moving forward with reform in the new year, and is currently devising a plan to do just that, a senior Senate Democratic leadership aide tells me.
Discussion: Washington Monthly, Salon and TPMDC
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Dan Friedman / NationalJournal.com:
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 …
Richard E. Cohen / The Politico:
Democrats push to speed up slow Senate
Discussion: The Hill and TPMDC
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Now Might Be A Really Great Time (For Republicans) To Weaken The Filibuster
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Yglesias Award Nominee  —  An astonishingly sane stance on cannabis from Pat Robertson (yes, that one):  —  Scott Morgan remarks on this incredible cultural moment.
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
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Melissa Bell / BlogPost:
Pat Robertson: supporter of legalized pot?  —  The 700 Club, a Christian talk show program hosted by staunch conservative Pat Robertson, is not the place you'd expect to find sympathy for the marijuana-legalization movement.  But that's exactly what happened this week when Robertson started talking …
Telegraph:
‘Anarchists’ launch bomb attacks on two Rome embassies  —  Anarchists are suspected of having launched parcel bomb attacks on the Swiss and Chilean embassies in Rome.  —  The first explosion, which occurred at midday (11amGMT) seriously injured a caretaker at the Swiss embassy.
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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
BOMBS EXPLODE At SWISS & CHILEAN Embassies in Rome …
Discussion: Hot Air and Wake up America
CNN:
Two embassies hit by blasts in Rome
New York Times:
Parcel Bomb Attacks Strike at Embassies in Rome
Discussion: Truthdig and The Lede
Eric Reguly / Globe and Mail:
Explosion rocks Chile embassy in Rome, second blast of day
Discussion: Fausta's Blog and FrumForum
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 …
nbcdfw.com:
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 …
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Jennifer Epstein / Reuters:
Car crashes onto George W. Bush's lawn
Discussion: The Note and FrumForum
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Lisa Murkowski goes rogue  —  Lisa Murkowski isn't gunning down caribou on national TV like that other famous Alaskan, but the Republican lawmaker is going rogue in the Senate just weeks after staging the most stunning back-from-the-dead political win of the 2010 cycle.
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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 …
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Peter Landers / Wall Street Journal:
Congress Bars Gitmo Transfers
Ezra Klein:
Breaking the filibuster in one graph  —  If you're looking for some good historical data on the filibuster, the fine folks who keep up (the surprisingly useful) Senate.gov site have you covered.  They've tracked the number of cloture filings (when the majority begins the process of breaking a filibuster) …
The Smoking Gun:
Boy, 13, Busted For Illegal Marker Possession  —  Oklahoma City math teacher in citizen's arrest of student … A 13-year-old boy was arrested Friday for using a permanent marker while in class at his Oklahoma City middle school, a violation of an obscure city ordinance.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Moonbattery
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 …
Tom Diemer / Politics Daily:
Oprah: Sarah Palin Presidential Run ‘Does Not Scare Me’ … And now we have Oprah Winfrey's take on Sarah Palin's presidential ambitions.  —  In an interview with Parade magazine, Winfrey said America could “fall in love” with the former Alaska governor as a television personality …
Discussion: Shot in the Dark, CNN and The Politico
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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
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BBC:
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
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Wall Street Journal:
China Seen Defusing Korea
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 …
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Erika Niedowski / The Hill:
Official: Emanuel can be on Chicago's mayoral ballot
Discussion: The Note, CNN and Associated Press
Alex Muller / Pundits Blog:
FLOTUS chows at the taxpayers' trough  —  First lady Michelle Obama didn't feel like waiting around cold, boring old Washington, D.C., for her husband and Congress to wrap up their work for the year.  So she simply stuck the taxpayers with the $63,000 tab to start her Hawaiian vacation a bit early …
Linton Weeks / NPR:
TMI, Mr. President!  TMI!  —  Do you know who recently stopped smoking Marlboros?  Here are some hints: He received 12 stitches in his busted lip.  He wears a size 11 or so shoe.  And his wife says he is sometimes “too snore-y and stinky” to share the marital bed.  —  Here are some more hints.
 
 
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