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10:15 PM ET, December 30, 2010


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The Constitution Is Very Important  —  Thank you for your interest in the Washington Post's Young Pundit Essay Contest.  As the leading newspaper in our nation's capital, we are always looking for budding journalistic talent to bring a fresh point of view our editorial pages …
Ezra Klein:
What the tea party wants from the Constitution  —  I'm very curious to know what the GOP — or the tea partyers they're presumably pandering to — think will happen when every piece of legislation requires “a statement from its sponsor outlining where in the Constitution Congress is empowered to enact such legislation.”
Ezra Klein:
Yes, the Constitution is binding  —  This morning, I gave a quick interview to MSNBC where I made, I thought, some fairly banal points on the GOP's plan to honor the Constitution by having it read aloud on the House floor.  Asked if it was a gimmick, I replied that it was, because, well, it is.
Discussion: Doug Ross and Mediaite
Stephen Gutowski / The Blast:
Ezra Klein: the Constitution is Impossible to Understand Because its Over 100 Years Old  —  I actually think the dumbest part of this segment is where the host calls Ezra “the Nazis had some good ideas” Klein a wonk.  I mean... good lord.  —  Make sure you watch that again to get what hes arguing here.
Larry O'Connor /
Liberal Star Blogger Ezra Klein: Constitution 'Has No Binding Power …
New York Post:
Topics  —  When PUBLIC UNION workers decide to “screw” those that are actually paying their salaries it's time for a change.  —  BOMBASTIC  —  People died.  The union officials should all be charged with manslaughter.  —  Either that.  Or the citizenry needs to take their own retaliation against the “workers”.
New York Times:
Inaction and Delays by New York as Storm Bore Down
Justin Elliott / Salon:
Mosque foes launch Bieber boycott  —  The unlikely story of how the teen pop sensation became ensnared in the “ground zero mosque” fight  —  Andy Sullivan, a construction worker and Brooklyn native, has been one of the loudest opponents of Park51, the planned mosque and community center near ground zero.
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
So much for bipartisanship — a slew of recess appointments  —  On Wednesday, Obama shed any pretense of bipartisanship in making six recess appointments.  As were his previous recess appointments, this batch included two individuals whose records are so controversial that they could not obtain confirmation …
Alex Pareene / Salon:
Judith Miller: From the Times to the nuts  —  Judith Miller used to be a superstar.  She was a major reporter at the New York Times for decades — at the DC bureau, in Cairo, in Paris, special correspondent to the Persian Gulf, embedded with a special unit in Iraq.  She had the best sources.
Colman McCarthy / Washington Post:
'Don't ask, don't tell' has been repealed.  ROTC still shouldn't be on campus.  —  Now that asking and telling has ceased to be problematic in military circles, ROTC has resurfaced as a national issue: Will universities such as Harvard, Yale and other Ivy League schools be opened …
Maxim Lott / Fox News:
Eight Botched Environmental Forecasts  —  The Statue of Liberty, depicted frozen solid in the movie “The Day After Tomorrow.”  Many weather forecasters and scientists wonder whether a coming period of “global cooling” may be on the way.  —  A new year is around the corner …
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Good Grief... Leading RNC Candidate's Law Firm Supports Obamacare - Says It's Constitutional  —  This will go over well with the conservative base...  If you thought the fact that RNC Chair candidate, Maria Cino, was an Obamacare lobbyist was outrageous wait until you hear the latest...
Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
RNC Candidate Priebus's Law Firm Says Health Reform Is Constitutional …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Paging Mr. Smith!  How The Senate May Return To The Old-School Filibuster  —  On January 5, 2011 — the first day of the 112th Congress — Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) will touch off a long debate, which he hopes will result in a majority-rules vote on a package of meaningful changes to the Senate rules.
Discussion: The Plum Line, Firedoglake and Yglesias
Becky Bohrer / Associated Press:
Murkowski certified Senate election winner  —  JUNEAU — Sen. Lisa Murkowski was officially named the winner of Alaska's U.S. Senate race Thursday, following a legal battle that lasted longer than the write-in campaign she waged to keep her job.  —  Gov. Sean Parnell and Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell …
Aaron Blake / The Fix:
Murkowski's win becomes official
Philip Haldiman / Arizona Republic:
Phoenix-area residents report snow falling across Valley  —  With plunging temperatures and lingering cloud cover, Valley residents caught a rare glimpse of what many thought were brief periods of snow flurries Thursday.  —  Sightings were reported in Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Fountain Hills …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Facebook Washington DC / Facebook:
Best of Facebook 2010: Politics & Government  —  Earlier this week, we asked fans of the Congress on Facebook, U.S. Politics on Facebook, and Government on Facebook pages to weigh in on the best use of Facebook in 2010 by members of Congress, political campaigns, and government agencies.
Discussion: The Caucus and Ballot Box
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Bachmann: ‘Snotty’ Gore Vidal Novel Turned Me Republican!  (VIDEO)  —  Gore Vidal, what have you done?  —  At a speech to Michigan Republicans on Tuesday, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) — the darling of the Tea Party right — told an amazing story about how she shed her youthful Democratic roots and became a Republican.
Discussion: Harry's Place, Wonkette and First Draft
Paul Lewis / Guardian:
Journalists deny Manning cover-up  —  Pair with access to transcript of comments by Bradley Manning deny they could help prosecution against Julian Assange  —  Two journalists with access to a secret transcript of comments by Bradley Manning, the US soldier accused of leaking confidential material …
Eric Kleefeld / TPMMuckraker:
Steve King Digs In: Congress Will Investigate ‘Reparations’ Settlement For Black Farmers  —  Rep. Steve King (R-IA) is continuing to blast the government's recent discrimination settlement with African-American farmers as “reparations” — and even predicting that the new Republican-led House will investigate it.
Krissah Thompson / Washington Post:
Miss. Gov. Haley Barbour to free sisters sentenced to life in prison for robbery  —  Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) announced late Wednesday that he will grant an early release from prison to two sisters serving unusually long sentences for armed robbery.  —  Gladys and Jamie Scott have each served 16 years of a life sentence.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
The book that defined modern campaign reporting  —  CHESTERTOWN, Md. — Before Richard Ben Cramer bought his old white farmhouse here in 1993, he called in “the best real estate guy that I know,” and then-Delaware Sen. Joe Biden and his brother Jimmy drove down from Wilmington to have a look.
The Local:
Man's penis amputated following misdiagnosis  —  Double click on a word to get a translation  —  A Swedish man was forced to have his penis amputated after waiting more than a year to learn he had cancer.  —  The man, who is in his sixties, first visited a local clinic in Blekinge …
T. Rees Shapiro / Washington Post:
Geraldine Doyle, 86, dies; one-time factory worker inspired Rosie the Riveter and ‘We Can Do It!’ poster  —  Geraldine Doyle, 86, who as a 17-year-old factory worker became the inspiration for a popular World War II recruitment poster that evoked female power and independence under the slogan …
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