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3:25 AM ET, December 31, 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:
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.
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.”
Larry O'Connor /
Liberal Star Blogger Ezra Klein: Constitution 'Has No Binding Power …
Discussion: Mediaite, Big Journalism and AmSpecBlog
Justin Elliott / Salon:
Mosque foes launch Bieber boycott  —  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.  Founder of the 9/11 Hard Hat Pledge — under which construction workers vow not to work …
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”.
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.
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 …
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
I, I, Me, Me, My, My — for Pacifism!  —  Somehow Colman McCarthy included almost every leftist trope possible in his Washington Post op-ed opposing ROTC on campuses in the post-"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" era.  Jonah has covered the main points, but the essay should be taught in schools …
Colman McCarthy / Washington Post:
'Don't ask, don't tell' has been repealed.  ROTC still shouldn't be on campus.
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
How Harry Reid And Mitch McConnell Could Upend Filibuster Reform  —  A handful of junior Democrats, including Sens. Tom Udall (D-NM) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR), have done an impressive job building momentum for a package of modest, but meaningful, changes to the Senate's filibuster rules.
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Paging Mr. Smith!  How The Senate May Return To The Old-School Filibuster
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 …
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Dems rip proposed rule giving new power to GOP Budget chairman  —  A proposed House rule granting new powers to the GOP chairman of the Budget Committee has sparked outrage from Democrats.  —  The proposed rule would allow the Budget Committee chairman to set spending ceilings for 2011 without a vote by the full House.
Discussion: Moe Lane and Raw Story
New York Times:
Deficit Hypocrisy  —  It was not long ago that Republicans succeeded …
Discussion: TalkLeft
The Huffington Post:
Last Kodachrome Developer Stops Developing  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION? … Kodachrome film is truly dead.  —  Dwayne's Photo, a lab in Parsons, Kansas, was the last lab still processing popular film, which was created by Kodak in 1935.  Dec. 30 was the last day Dwayne's would still accept rolls …
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 …
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...
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Tricky Call for New Governors: Price of Their Inaugurals  —  MIAMI — To warm up the Florida crowds for his inauguration as governor, Rick Scott has been flying around the state this week on a seven-city “appreciation” tour.  For the main event on Tuesday, he will lead a parade featuring 26 marching bands …
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 …
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
Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
Abortion Takes Flight  —  Irish law prohibits all abortions except those necessary to save a woman's life, and as a practical matter it imposes daunting obstacles to terminating life-threatening pregnancies as well.  In a secularized Europe, Ireland is noticeably out of step.
Anthony Watts / Watts Up With That?:
NOAA on Miami Florida: Coldest December on Record  —  From the NOAA National Weather Service Office in Miami comes this year end report:  —  2010 South Florida Weather Year in Review  —  Coldest December on Record Concludes Year of Extremes  —  December 30th, 2010 …
Discussion: Capital Weather Gang and Doug Ross
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.
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Wall Street Journal:
Big Gas Find Sparks a Frenzy in Israel
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