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5:45 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.
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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Now Might Be A Really Great Time (For Republicans) To Weaken The Filibuster
Richard E. Cohen / The Politico:
Democrats push to speed up slow Senate
Discussion: The Hill and TPMDC
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 …
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Pat Robertson Questions Prison for Pot Convictions  —  Updated Chalk this one up as a real head-scratcher.  —  Pat Robertson, the televangelist who once ran for president, said on his show “The 700 Club” that he thought marijuana should be legalized.  —  Yep, the Christian conservative preacher …
Discussion: Raw Story
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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: theblogprof and Moonbattery
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) …
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
2012 hopefuls to skip Hispanic forum  —  It was billed, in part, as a forum for the 2012 Republican presidential field to speak directly to Hispanics - a replica of the vaunted Conservative Political Action Conference, but tailored to the fastest-growing slice of the electorate.
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.
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 …
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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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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.
Alan Reynolds / Wall Street Journal:
Taxes and the Top Percentile Myth  —  A 2008 OECD study of leading economies found that ‘taxation is most progressively distributed in the United States.’ More so than Sweden or France.  —  When President Obama announced a two-year stay of execution for taxpayers on Dec. 7 …
Peter Wehner / Commentary:
“A Rough Version of Mr. Bush's Dream May Yet Come True”  —  In its editorial today, “A Good Year in Iraq,” the Washington Post writes this: … The editorial goes on to point out that (a) the election was judged free and fair, a very rare event in the Middle East; (b) measures …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
PolitiFiction  —  True ‘lies’ about ObamaCare.  —  So the watchdog news outfit called PolitiFact has decided that its “lie of the year” is the phrase “a government takeover of health care.”  Ordinarily, lies need verbs and we'd leave the media criticism to others, but the White House …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Don Surber
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 …
Discussion: CNN
Asianews.it:
Christmas in Bethlehem: the cross banished from souvenirs  —  For fear of Islamic fundamentalism, textile workshops in Hebron and Jerusalem, produce and sell T-shirts and other items depicting the Church of the Nativity without the cross.  Discrimination and economic crisis are forcing Christians …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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
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
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 …
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Dave Camp's plan: Taxes made simple  —  Many parents have heard FICA Screams.  Indignant children, holding in trembling hands their first paychecks, demand to know what FICA is and why it is feasting on their pay.  —  FICA (the Federal Insurance Contributions Act tax) is government compassion …
Amanda Carey / The Daily Caller:
Planned Parenthood plans to expand abortion services nationwide  —  Abortion may soon be more readily available than ever before, thanks to a new requirement from Planned Parenthood that more of its centers nationwide offer the service.  At least one local chapter so far has decided to withdraw from the network rather than comply.
Discussion: LifeNews.com and Weasel Zippers
Tom Diemer / Politics Daily:
WikiLeaks' Julian Assange Fires Back at ‘Idiot’ Critics … From his house arrest in a British mansion, beleaguered WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is firing away at his critics, including the unlikely trio of Vice President Joe Biden, Sarah Palin and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
 
 
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Alex Pareene / Salon:
Don't kid yourself: The Senate's still broken
Discussion: Weigel, TPMDC and Washington Monthly
Ben Smith / The Politico:
McMillan warns Obama
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Gender at the RNC  —  Indiana GOP Committeeman James Bopp …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and CNN
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Blue Dog ‘disappointed’ controversial genocide resolution didn't come to floor
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Don't Fret, Don't Whine  —  Advance copy from the January 3 - January 10, 2011 issue.
Discussion: Commentary
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
Did the No Labels folks read Arlen Specter's speech?
Discussion: Hot Air and Pajamas Media
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
‘Active financing’ exemption for some businesses to cost taxpayers $9 billion
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Governor Mitt Romney's Family Christmas Card 2010
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Wonkette
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Sharpton For Censoring Rush: 'Imagine The Arrogance Of Allowing People …
Discussion: Fox Nation
Ewen MacAskill / Guardian:
UN looking into Manning treatment
Shushannah Walshe / The Daily Beast:
John McCain's Lasting Anger
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Lot Occupancy
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