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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Stories to Watch: 12/15/10

Not much to report around here. Sunny, cold. In northern winter, when you look outside and see there's not a cloud in the sky, you swear. That means it's freakin' cold as all get out. Now here's the news...

Best sentence of the day: "But upon further review, the worker told police that delivering mail while completely naked probably wasn't a good idea."

Still doubt he's a loon? Sen. Jim DeMint calls a pre-Christmas vote on START and the Reid Omnibus "sacrilegious." He doesn't want these rushed through before the holiday and neither, apparently, does the baby Jesus. So Jim demands that the START bill and the omnibus be read aloud in their entirety, because I guess that's in the Bible or something. Finally, DeMint realizes this is all stupid and backs off -- at least on the START treaty. No word on what The Lord and Savior thinks of the Reid Omnibus.

Here's a surprise: Fox News ordered employees to spin climate science stories. Guess which way they wanted that spin to go? Here's a hint: Al Gore is unhappy.

The GOP is refusing to back the findings of financial panel put together to look into the causes of the financial meltdown. Paul Krugman's already calling bullshit on them. See, they don't want to mention "Wall Street" or "deregulation" or "shadow banking." On this issue -- as on many others -- Republicans are going fullblown Orwell.

The Senate passes the Obama-GOP tax deal -- with a lot of headroom.

Justice Department is suing BP. Meanwhile, the House passes a stand-alone version of DADT repeal.

Finally, Mitt Romney says the individual mandate in healthcare reform is unconstitutional. The problem: Massachusetts' "Romneycare" has an individual mandate and Mittens apparently thought that was a great idea back then. Flip and flop.

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