Friday, December 31, 2010

How Congress Changed Your Life in 2010

Patricia Murphy, Politics Daily
As members of the 111th Congress look back on 2010, they will see anything but a do-nothing session. From banning drop-side cribs, to freezing their own salaries for the second year in a row, to overhauling the food inspection system, to telling airlines not to charge fees for carry-on luggage, the Democratically controlled House and Senate passed bills at a feverish pace in the past year. But several developments stand out for the breadth of their impact. They may not all be popular, as evidenced by the November "shellacking" that Democrats took in the midterm elections, but the...

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2010/12/31/how_congress_changed_your_life_in_2010_248093.html

Kilroy, Mary Jo Kind, Ron King, Peter T. King, Steve Kingston, Jack

Year In Politics Reviewed

President Obama's self-described "shellacking" and Republican House leader John Boehner's emotions getting the better of him were some of the more memorable moments of the year in politics. We hear these and a sampling of others.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2010/12/31/132527814/Year-In-Politics-Reviewed?ft=1&f=1014

Paulsen, Erik Payne, Donald M. Pelosi, Nancy Pence, Mike Perlmutter, Ed

Alaska Sen. Murkowski's Victory Certified

Whether Tea Party Republican Joe Miller will continue his legal challenges isn't known yet, however.

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2010/12/30/132486429/alaska-sen-murkowskis-victory-certified?ft=1&f=1014

Lee, Barbara Lee, Christopher John Levin, Sander M. Lewis, Jerry Lewis, John

A Vintage Cocktail That Packs A Punch

Punch bowls are back, but they're not filled with sugary juice and cheap booze. Drink historian David Wondrich pays homage to the "monarch of mixed drinks" in his new book, Punch: The Delights (and Dangers) of the Flowing Bowl.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2010/12/30/132444994/a-vintage-cocktail-that-packs-a-punch?ft=1&f=1057

McMorris Rodgers, Cathy McNerney, Jerry Mack, Connie Maffei, Daniel B. Maloney, Carolyn B.

Turkey Flexes Economic, Political Muscle In Iraq

Turkey is stepping up its role in Iraq, vying with Iran as a regional power. These powerful neighbors use investments and building projects to ensure long-term influence. Northern Iraq is the staging ground for Turkey's bid, as competition heats up ahead of the U.S. withdrawal of troops.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2010/12/31/132475910/turkey-flexes-economic-political-muscle-in-iraq?ft=1&f=1004

Poe, Ted Polis, Jared Pomeroy, Earl Posey, Bill Price, David E.

A Visit To Antarctica

In his new book Fraser's Penguins, writer Fen Montaigne describes the effect climate change is having on Antarctica's penguins. Montaigne, ecologist Bill Fraser and Science Friday blogger Kayla Iacovino (currently in Antarctica) recount their experiences on the continent.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2010/12/31/132523407/A-Visit-To-Antarctica?ft=1&f=1007

Westmoreland, Lynn A. Whitfield, Ed Wilson, Charles A. Wilson, Joe Wittman, Robert J.

How To Get Around The Ban On Earmarks

As Congress vows to crack down on earmarks, the search intensifies for other ways to direct the flow of federal dollars to suit the agendas of powerful lawmakers. Some possibilities: Lawmakers may help groups lobby the executive branch for grants, or create targeted tax breaks.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2010/12/29/132442444/how-to-get-around-the-ban-on-earmarks?ft=1&f=1014

Nye, Glenn C. Oberstar, James L. Obey, David R. Olson, Pete Olver, John W.

Warning Of Genocide In Ivory Coast

The nation's new U.N. ambassador, appointed by the presidential candidate judged to have won the recent election, says supporters of incumbent Laurent Gbagbo are preparing to strike at their opponents.

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2010/12/30/132469971/warning-of-genocide-in-ivory-coast?ft=1&f=1004

Wilson, Joe Wittman, Robert J. Wolf, Frank R. Woolsey, Lynn C. Wu, David

'Tell Me' Awards Honor Year's Political Stars, Gaffes

In this week's Political Chat roundtable, host Michel Martin looks back on the year that was, in politics. She reviews the highlights of 2010 ?" in the form of political awards show ?" with Mary Kate Cary, columnist and blogger for the US News and World Report and Cynthia Tucker, columnist and blogger with the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2010/12/31/132492195/Tell-Me-Awards-Honor-Years-Political-Stars-Gaffes?ft=1&f=1003

Woolsey, Lynn C. Wu, David Yarmuth, John A. Young, C. W. Bill Young, Don

Epilepsy Strikes 1 in 26 People During Their Lives

About 12 million Americans alive today will develop epilepsy at some point in their lives. People are more prone to develop the seizure disorder as they age, with a big jump in risk after age 50.

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2010/12/27/132368339/epilepsy-strikes-1-in-26-people-over-a-lifetime?ft=1&f=1007

Tsongas, Niki Turner, Michael R. Upton, Fred Van Hollen, Chris Velázquez, Nydia M.

Dubai Restaurant Offers A Taste Of North Korea

A North Korean restaurant in Dubai provides a taste of Pyongyang for those who may never get there, and hard currency for the regime. It's tiny compared with the venerable original in Pyongyang, but the noodles are a hit -- and the waitresses sing.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2010/12/31/132491605/dubai-restaurant-offers-a-taste-of-north-korea?ft=1&f=1004

Marchant, Kenny Markey, Betsy Markey, Edward J. Marshall, Jim Massa, Eric J. J.

Yoga: A Positively Un-Indian Experience

The practice of yoga, which began about 5,000 years ago in India, has become a booming industry in the U.S., with more than 15 million followers. But for commentator Sandip Roy, there is nothing distinctly Indian about his experience at�a San Francisco yoga class.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2010/12/29/132207910/yoga-a-positively-un-indian-experience?ft=1&f=1057

Gonzalez, Charles A. Goodlatte, Bob Gordon, Bart Granger, Kay Graves, Sam

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Movies You Were Too Good To See In 2010

Guest blogger Jimi Izrael says films like Machete and Get Him To The Greek may not have received A-list Hollywood buzz, but deserve to be counted among the best films of 2010.

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/tellmemore/2010/12/30/132484979/movies-you-were-too-good-to-see-in-2010?ft=1&f=1057

Petri, Thomas E. Pierluisi, Pedro R. Pingree, Chellie Pitts, Joseph R.

Rendell Goes Rogue

Margaret Carlson, Bloomberg
Dec. 30 (Bloomberg) -- Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell's romp through the media following the cancellation of the Philadelphia Eagles-Minnesota Vikings football game shows why he is often mentioned as just the person to bring the rarefied West Wing of the White House down to Earth.Having trouble connecting with real people over there in the Oval Office? Rendell's a human switchboard -- and he's available starting next month, when his term as governor ends.

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2010/12/30/rendell_goes_rogue_248061.html

Terry, Lee Thompson, Bennie G. Thompson, Glenn Thompson, Mike Thornberry, Mac

Antidote to Truthiness: Garrett Epps on Health-Care Lawsuits (The Atlantic)

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Cole, Tom Conaway, K. Michael Connolly, Gerald E. Conyers, John Jr. Cooper, Jim

The EPA Goes After Carbon

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2010/12/30/the_epa_goes_after_carbon_248067.html

Schiff, Adam B. Schmidt, Jean Schock, Aaron Schrader, Kurt Schwartz, Allyson Y.

World's Tyrannies Don't Go On Holiday

Carl Gershman, Washington Post

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2010/12/30/world039s_tyrannies_don039t_go_on_holiday_248058.html

Nunes, Devin Nye, Glenn C. Oberstar, James L. Obey, David R. Olson, Pete

Reports: Feds Probing Christine O'Donnell's Use Of Campaign Funds

The Associated Press and Wilmington's News Journal say authorities are looking at whether the Tea Party Republican spent some of the money given to her Senate campaign for personal expenses. She says she has nothing to hide.

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2010/12/29/132447327/reports-feds-probing-christine-odonnells-use-of-campaign-funds?ft=1&f=1014

Langevin, James R. Larsen, Rick Larson, John B. Latham, Tom LaTourette, Steven C.

Yoga: A Positively Un-Indian Experience

The practice of yoga, which began about 5,000 years ago in India, has become a booming industry in the U.S., with more than 15 million followers. But for commentator Sandip Roy, there is nothing distinctly Indian about his experience at�a San Francisco yoga class.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2010/12/29/132207910/yoga-a-positively-un-indian-experience?ft=1&f=1057

Reyes, Silvestre Richardson, Laura Rodriguez, Ciro D. Roe, David P. Rogers, Harold

In Israel, No Welcome Mat For African Migrants

Israeli officials have stepped up efforts to stem the flow of African asylum seekers and migrant workers into Israel. The measures include a $270 million fence along the border with Egypt, a new detention center, a crackdown on employers and repatriation of Africans already in Israel.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2010/12/30/132444091/in-israel-no-welcome-mat-for-african-migrants?ft=1&f=1004

Johnson, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Henry C. \"Hank\'\' Jr. Johnson, Sam Johnson, Timothy V. Jones, Walter B.

Iran Squelches News On Woman Sentenced To Death

An Iranian woman sentenced to death awaits her fate, as an international outcry gains force. Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani originally was sentenced to death by stoning for adultery. Renee Montagne talks about it with Journalist Azadeh Moaveni, a contributing writer for Time magazine.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2010/12/30/132464820/Iran-Squelches-News-On-Woman-Sentenced-To-Death?ft=1&f=1004

Lee, Barbara Lee, Christopher John Levin, Sander M. Lewis, Jerry Lewis, John

Iran Spat Pits President Against Supreme Leader

A political fissure is threatening possible open conflict between Iran's two top officials. Recent actions by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad appear to be part of a wider plan to enhance the powers of his own presidency, at the expense of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2010/12/30/132451735/iran-spat-pits-president-against-supreme-leader?ft=1&f=1004

Rothman, Steven R. Roybal-Allard, Lucille Royce, Edward R. Ruppersberger, C. A. Dutch Rush, Bobby L.

Obama's Next Hurdle: Funding His Plans

President Obama has been experiencing a string of victories in recent weeks, but he could still have major battles ahead. Many of the measures he has passed need funding, and in the next Congress, getting it could be difficult.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2010/12/25/132267550/obamas-next-hurdle-funding-his-plans?ft=1&f=1057

McCollum, Betty McCotter, Thaddeus G. McDermott, Jim McGovern, James P. McHenry, Patrick T.

'Create Dangerously': The Heart And Healing Of Haiti

In her recent collection of essays, Haitian-American author Edwidge Danticat takes readers beyond the rubble, on a journey of history, culture and healing.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2010/12/28/129880022/-create-dangerously-the-heart-and-healing-of-haiti?ft=1&f=1057

Delahunt, Bill DeLauro, Rosa L. Dent, Charles W. Deutch, Theodore E. Diaz-Balart, Lincoln

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Eggnog: Spike And Let It Sit, For Safety

A perennial holiday dilemma: Will alcohol kill bacteria like salmonella in homemade eggnog? Microbiologists Vincent Fischetti and Raymond Schuch, from The Rockefeller University, ran an experiment in the lab to see whether salmonella can survive in a vat of spiked eggnog.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2010/12/24/132311766/Eggnog-Spike-And-Let-It-Sit-For-Safety?ft=1&f=1007

Edwards, Chet Edwards, Donna F. Ehlers, Vernon J. Ellison, Keith Ellsworth, Brad

Key Health Care Provisions Go Into Effect January 1

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2010/12/29/key_health_care_provisions_go_into_effect_january_1_248028.html

Lynch, Stephen F. McCarthy, Carolyn McCarthy, Kevin McCaul, Michael T. McClintock, Tom

Christine O'Donnell's Campaign Spending Probed

Federal authorities have opened a criminal investigation to determine if the former Republican Senate candidate from Delaware broke the law by using campaign money to pay personal expenses, according to a person with knowledge of the investigation.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2010/12/29/132446766/feds-probe-christine-odonnells-campaign-spending?ft=1&f=1014

Brown, Corrine Brown, Henry E. Jr. Brown-Waite, Ginny Buchanan, Vern Burgess, Michael C.

Algorithms Take Control of Wall Street

Salmon and Stokes, Wired
Last spring, Dow Jones launched a new service called Lexicon, which sends real-time financial news to professional investors. This in itself is not surprising. The company behind The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires made its name by publishing the kind of news that moves the stock market. But many of the professional investors subscribing to Lexicon aren’t human—they’re algorithms, the lines of code that govern an increasing amount of global trading activity—and they don’t read news the way humans do.

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2010/12/29/algorithms_take_control_of_wall_street_248027.html

Duncan, John J. Jr. Edwards, Chet Edwards, Donna F. Ehlers, Vernon J. Ellison, Keith

Tallying America's Tweeters--The Feathered Ones

Every year, volunteers throughout the Americas grab their notepads and binoculars to take an inventory of local birds for the National Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count. Greg Butcher, Audubon's director of bird conservation, talks about this year's tallies and species to look for.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2010/12/24/132311758/Tallying-Americas-Tweeters?ft=1&f=1007

Carnahan, Russ Carney, Christopher P. Carson, André Carter, John R. Cassidy, Bill

U.S. Commander: No Way To Seal Afghan Border

Army Col. Viet Luong said�U.S. troops�can't�stop all Taliban fighters from slipping in from Pakistan, so they are focusing on defending vulnerable towns and fighting insurgents on Afghan soil.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2010/12/28/132417991/u-s-commander-no-way-to-seal-afghan-border?ft=1&f=1004

Braley, Bruce L. Bright, Bobby Broun, Paul C. Brown, Corrine Brown, Henry E. Jr.

The Root: Succession Fever Brings Deja Vu

In just over two weeks an event will be held in Florida celebrating the state's decision to secede from the country in 1861. Andrew J. Skerritt of The Root argues that the rise of movements honoring the secession efforts of the past is a dangerous development for the United States.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2010/12/23/132279620/the-root-succession-fever-brings-deja-vu?ft=1&f=1057

Massa, Eric J. J. Matheson, Jim Matsui, Doris O. Meek, Kendrick B. Meeks, Gregory W.

Sugarloaf Skier: 'I Could Feel Myself Falling' As Chairlift Cable Gave Way

The stories are emerging of what it was like yesterday to be on�the Spillway East chairlift at Sugarloaf Mountain resort�in Maine when the cable derailed. At least 8 people were injured and about 150 had to be helped down.

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2010/12/29/132435768/sugarloaf-skier-i-could-feel-myself-falling-as-chairlift-cable-gave-way?ft=1&f=1003

Tiberi, Patrick J. Tierney, John F. Titus, Dina Tonko, Paul Towns, Edolphus

In Saramago's 'Blindness,' A Vision Of Human Nature

Jose Saramago tells the grim�tale of a�city devastated by an epidemic of blindness.�Myla Goldberg says�Saramago vividly illustrates�disaster's potential to bring out both the best and the worst in people.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2010/12/28/132292587/in-saramagos-blindness-a-vision-of-human-nature?ft=1&f=1057

Carter, John R. Cassidy, Bill Castle, Michael N. Castor, Kathy Chaffetz, Jason

How a Tiny Beetle Could Decimate Yellowstone

Thanks to global warming, the mountain pine beetle is spreading faster than ever - and leaving a trail of dead trees in its wake.� Here's how a single beetle can destroy life for everything from woodpeckers to grizzly bears.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2010/12/26/132348210/how-a-tiny-beetle-could-decimate-yellowstone?ft=1&f=1007

Biggert, Judy Bilbray, Brian P. Bilirakis, Gus M. Bishop, Rob Bishop, Sanford D. Jr.

'Create Dangerously': The Heart And Healing Of Haiti

In her recent collection of essays, Hatian-American author Edwidge Danticat takes readers beyond the rubble, on a journey of history, culture and healing.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2010/12/28/129880022/-create-dangerously-the-heart-and-healing-of-haiti?ft=1&f=1057

Waxman, Henry A. Weiner, Anthony D. Welch, Peter Westmoreland, Lynn A. Whitfield, Ed

A Politically Correct Christmas? Who Cares!

Sick of wondering whether or not to wish someone a "Merry Christmas?" Iranian-born commentator Firoozeh Dumas doesn't worry about it. She argues that too much political correctness can stifle real conversations. Wishing her a Merry Christmas is fine with her, as long as it comes with a plate of homemade cookies.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2010/12/23/132289924/a-politically-correct-christmas-who-cares?ft=1&f=1057

Tierney, John F. Titus, Dina Tonko, Paul Towns, Edolphus Tsongas, Niki

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Trouble with Passing Bad Laws

Noemie Emery, Weekly Standard
Hot Topics: To forward this article to a friend, please fill out the form below:* Required Fields* Required FieldsGet alerts when there is a new article that might interest you.Photo Credit: Gary LockeOnce upon a time, there was success and there was failure, and one could usually tell the difference between them"�"�"""�the first had a thousand fathers and the second was an orphan"�"�"""�but those days are over: The Democrats of 2010 have come up with a new variant, catastrophic success. That's what happens when you...

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2010/12/28/the_trouble_with_passing_bad_laws_247993.html

Rogers, Mike Rohrabacher, Dana Rooney, Thomas J. Roskam, Peter J. Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana

Top 10 Political Moments of... 2011

David Corn, Politics Daily

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2010/12/28/top_10_political_moments_of_2011_247994.html

Sullivan, John Sutton, Betty Tanner, John S. Taylor, Gene Teague, Harry

A Holiday Wish For The Mentally Ill

Too often, those who suffer from serious mental illness end up in the penal system instead of receiving treatment. Writer Michael Judge has this remembrance of his brother, whose schizophrenia led to suicide.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2010/12/23/132288485/a-holiday-wish-for-the-mentally-ill?ft=1&f=1057

Rangel, Charles B. Rehberg, Denny Reichert, David G. Reyes, Silvestre Richardson, Laura

Eggnog: Spike And Let It Sit, For Safety

A perennial holiday dilemma: Will alcohol kill bacteria like salmonella in homemade eggnog? Microbiologists Vincent Fischetti and Raymond Schuch, from The Rockefeller University, ran an experiment in the lab to see whether salmonella can survive in a vat of spiked eggnog.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2010/12/24/132311766/Eggnog-Spike-And-Let-It-Sit-For-Safety?ft=1&f=1007

Posey, Bill Price, David E. Price, Tom Putnam, Adam H. Quigley, Mike

111th Congress Ended on High Note

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2010/12/28/111th_congress_ended_on_high_note_247981.html

Braley, Bruce L. Bright, Bobby Broun, Paul C. Brown, Corrine Brown, Henry E. Jr.

Legal Questions Linger After 'Don't Ask' Repeal

Lawyers who represent discharged and current gay and lesbian troops are preparing several challenges. Some service members discharged under "don't ask, don't tell" are seeking retirement benefits and severance pay.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2010/12/27/132366702/legal-questions-linger-after-dont-ask-repeal?ft=1&f=1014

Clay, Wm. Lacy Cleaver, Emanuel Clyburn, James E. Coble, Howard Coffman, Mike

The Year In Health Care Policy: A Topsy-Turvy Ride

From its dramatic passage to efforts to repeal it or have it declared unconstitutional, the most sweeping change to federal health law in more than 40 years roiled the nation's politics in 2010. It promises to continue to do so into 2011.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2010/12/27/132262508/the-year-in-health-care-policy-a-topsy-turvy-ride?ft=1&f=1014

Schock, Aaron Schrader, Kurt Schwartz, Allyson Y. Scott, David Scott, Robert C. \"Bobby\'\'

'Alarming' Increase In Line-Of-Duty Deaths Of Police Officers This Year

After a two-year decline, there was a nearly 40 percent increase in deaths among U.S. law enforcement officers in 2010. A group that tracks the numbers says budget-cutting by governments may be partly responsible.

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2010/12/28/132403554/alarming-increase-in-line-of-duty-deaths-of-police-officers-this-year?ft=1&f=1003

Walz, Timothy J. Wamp, Zach Wasserman Schultz, Debbie Waters, Maxine Watson, Diane E.

Assange To Use Money From Book Deal To Pay Lawyers, Keep WikiLeaks Going

He has to write a book, Julian Assange�says, to keep his operation running and to pay the lawyers who are trying to keep him from being extradited from the U.K. to Sweden for questioning about alleged sex crimes.

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2010/12/27/132361658/assange-to-use-money-from-book-deal-to-pay-lawyers-keep-wikileaks-going?ft=1&f=1004

Barrett, J. Gresham Barrow, John Bartlett, Roscoe G. Barton, Joe Bean, Melissa L.

Why Do I Like Christmas?

Six-year-old Lucia Betts wrote a song about how she feels about Christmas. Have a listen.

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2010/12/25/132288028/why-do-i-like-christmas?ft=1&f=1057

Jackson, Jesse L. Jr. Jackson Lee, Sheila Jenkins, Lynn Johnson, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Henry C. \"Hank\'\' Jr.

The Root: Succession Fever Brings Deja Vu

In just over two weeks an event will be held in Florida celebrating the state's decision to secede from the country in 1861. Andrew J. Skerritt of The Root argues that the rise of movements honoring the secession efforts of the past is a dangerous development for the United States.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2010/12/23/132279620/the-root-succession-fever-brings-deja-vu?ft=1&f=1057

Lewis, John Linder, John Lipinski, Daniel LoBiondo, Frank A. Loebsack, David

VIDEO: 25 Years Of One Family's Christmas Tradition

Dad recorded every year as the kids came down the stairs on Christmas morning. Now the family's tradition is condensed into one much-watched video.

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2010/12/27/132369328/video-25-years-of-one-familys-christmas-tradition?ft=1&f=1003

Moran, James P. Moran, Jerry Murphy, Christopher S. Murphy, Patrick J. Murphy, Scott

Monday, December 27, 2010

Don't Spare the Boomers

Robert Samuelson, Newsweek
WASHINGTON -- I received my Medicare card the other day, recognizing my 65th birthday and making me part of one of America's biggest problems. By this, I mean the burden that the massive baby-boom generation will impose on its children and the nation's future. There has been much brave talk recently, from Republicans and Democrats alike, about reducing budget deficits and controlling government spending. The trouble is that hardly anyone admits that accomplishing these goals must include making significant cuts in Social Security and Medicare benefits for baby boomers. If we...

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2010/12/27/dont_spare_the_boomers_108355.html

Giffords, Gabrielle Gingrey, Phil Gohmert, Louie Gonzalez, Charles A. Goodlatte, Bob

'Shop Talk': NBA Christmas Showdown For Heat, Lakers

The Barbershop guys discuss the economy, the NBA's Christmas Day matchup between the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers, and what Santa will leave for them. Host Michel Martin speaks with Jimi Izrael, a freelance writer and author; Arsalan Iftikhar, a civil rights attorney and editor; Pablo Torre, a reporter for Sports Illustrated; and Lester Spence, assistant professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2010/12/24/132259226/Shop-Talk-NBA-Christmas-Showdown-For-Heat-Lakers?ft=1&f=1057

Bartlett, Roscoe G. Barton, Joe Bean, Melissa L. Becerra, Xavier Berkley, Shelley

Why Do I Like Christmas?

Six-year-old Lucia Betts wrote a song about how she feels about Christmas. Have a listen.

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2010/12/25/132288028/why-do-i-like-christmas?ft=1&f=1057

Boozman, John Bordallo, Madeleine Z. Boren, Dan Boswell, Leonard L. Boucher, Rick

Strapped Cities Hit Non-Profits With Fees

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2010/12/27/strapped_cities_hit_non-profits_with_fees_247923.html

Johnson, Sam Johnson, Timothy V. Jones, Walter B. Jordan, Jim Kagen, Steve

Obama Still 'Most Admired' Man, Gallup Says; Hillary Clinton Again Top Woman

The Gallup/USA Today "most-admired" list shows that 22 percent chose Obama. At No. 2: former President George W. Bush, who was the choice of 5 percent. Hillary Clinton has been most-admired woman nine straight years.

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2010/12/27/132364588/obama-still-most-admired-man-gallup-says-hillary-clinton-again-top-woman?ft=1&f=1003

Israel, Steve Issa, Darrell E. Jackson, Jesse L. Jr. Jackson Lee, Sheila Jenkins, Lynn

David Miliband may be offered US ambassador post (Guardian)

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Davis, Susan A. DeFazio, Peter A. DeGette, Diana Delahunt, Bill DeLauro, Rosa L.

The New Republic: Three Cheers For The Lame Duck

The November elections worried many Obama supporters who were concerned that the president would not be able to work with the new Congress. But John B. Judis of The New Republic argues that after this impressive lame duck session it seems the next session might provide some compromises after all.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2010/12/23/132279423/the-new-republic-three-cheers-for-the-lame-duck?ft=1&f=1057

Berman, Howard L. Berry, Marion Biggert, Judy Bilbray, Brian P. Bilirakis, Gus M.

Media Picks Up Latest White House Spin: Obama?s Humble? Just Like Reagan (Michellemalkin.com)

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Inglis, Bob Inslee, Jay Israel, Steve Issa, Darrell E. Jackson, Jesse L. Jr.

Small Beetles Massacre The Rockies' Whitebark Pines

What were lush forests only a few years ago are now eerie stands of red and gray snags. Warmer temperatures have allowed voracious mountain pine beetles to thrive -- and ravage the Northern Rockies' whitebark forests. And that threatens other organisms in the ecosystem, too.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2010/12/26/126107761/small-beetles-massacre-the-rockies-whitebark-pines?ft=1&f=1003

Camp, Dave Campbell, John Cantor, Eric Cao, Anh \"Joseph\'\' Capito, Shelley Moore

The Year In Health Care Policy: A Topsy-Turvy Ride

From its dramatic passage to efforts to repeal it or have it declared unconstitutional, the most sweeping change to federal health law in more than 40 years roiled the nation's politics in 2010. It promises to continue to do so into 2011.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2010/12/27/132262508/the-year-in-health-care-policy-a-topsy-turvy-ride?ft=1&f=1003

Barton, Joe Bean, Melissa L. Becerra, Xavier Berkley, Shelley Berman, Howard L.

Why Do I Like Christmas?

Six-year-old Lucia Betts wrote a song about how she feels about Christmas. Have a listen.

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2010/12/25/132288028/why-do-i-like-christmas?ft=1&f=1057

Pence, Mike Perlmutter, Ed Perriello, Thomas S. P. Peters, Gary C. Peterson, Collin C.

Weekend link dump for December 26 (Offthekuff.com)

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Johnson, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Henry C. \"Hank\'\' Jr. Johnson, Sam Johnson, Timothy V. Jones, Walter B.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Windy City HQ (TIME)

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Posey, Bill Price, David E. Price, Tom Putnam, Adam H. Quigley, Mike

One Student's Christmas Lesson

Don Michaels hated school so much he got migraine headaches. But a visit from a teacher one year helped cure his headaches and make school less painful.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2010/12/24/132260323/one-students-christmas-lesson?ft=1&f=1057

Murphy, Christopher S. Murphy, Patrick J. Murphy, Scott Murphy, Tim Myrick, Sue Wilkins

Searching For The Origins of Creativity

From Darwin's theory of evolution to the invention of YouTube, what factors play a role in innovation? Is there such a thing as an idea whose time has come? Steven Johnson, author of Where Good Ideas Come From, talks about great conceptual advances and how to foster creativity.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2010/12/24/132311762/Searching-For-The-Origins-of-Creativity?ft=1&f=1007

McIntyre, Mike McKeon, Howard P. \"Buck\'\' McMahon, Michael E. McMorris Rodgers, Cathy McNerney, Jerry

Three Books To Quell Your Quarter-Life Crisis

As recent college grads, everything seems possible ... but nothing feels certain. Hannah Levintova recommends three works that will help pull you out of your twentysomething rut.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2010/12/23/132214529/three-books-to-quell-your-quarter-life-crisis?ft=1&f=1057

Moore, Gwen Moran, James P. Moran, Jerry Murphy, Christopher S. Murphy, Patrick J.

Snow Storm Bears Down On Mid-Atlantic, Northeast

Many Easterners were feeling boxed in Sunday as a powerful winter storm lay a snow blanket from the South to the Northeast, turning roads slick, canceling hundreds of flights and putting a chill in retailers' day-after-Christmas sales. Up to 20 inches of snow were expected in some areas, including Philadelphia and Boston.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2010/12/26/132341337/atlantic-region-readies-for-snowstorm-travel-delays?ft=1&f=1003

Moore, Gwen Moran, James P. Moran, Jerry Murphy, Christopher S. Murphy, Patrick J.

'Shop Talk': NBA Christmas Showdown For Heat, Lakers

The Barbershop guys discuss the economy, the NBA's Christmas Day matchup between the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers, and what Santa will leave for them. Host Michel Martin speaks with Jimi Izrael, a freelance writer and author; Arsalan Iftikhar, a civil rights attorney and editor; Pablo Torre, a reporter for Sports Illustrated; and Lester Spence, assistant professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2010/12/24/132259226/Shop-Talk-NBA-Christmas-Showdown-For-Heat-Lakers?ft=1&f=1057

Fudge, Marcia L. Gallegly, Elton Garamendi, John Garrett, Scott Gerlach, Jim

Gov. Bill Richardson's Take On North Korea

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson recently traveled to North Korea in an attempt to defuse tensions in the region after last month's deadly artillery attack by the North on a South Korean island. Host Steve Inskeep talks to Richardson, who now wants President Obama's administration to consider formal talks at an anxious time.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2010/12/24/132304329/Gov-Bill-Richardsons-Take-On-North-Korea?ft=1&f=1014

Kucinich, Dennis J. Lamborn, Doug Lance, Leonard Langevin, James R. Larsen, Rick

The Big (Military) Taboo

Nicholas Kristof, New York Times
We face wrenching budget cutting in the years ahead, but there’s one huge area of government spending that Democrats and Republicans alike have so far treated as sacrosanct. Nicholas D. Kristof Nicholas Kristof addresses reader feedback and posts short takes from his travels. It’s the military/security world, and it’s time to bust that taboo. A few facts: • The United States spends nearly as much on military power as every other country in the world combined, according to the Stockholm International Peace...

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2010/12/26/the_big_military_taboo_247865.html

Clarke, Yvette D. Clay, Wm. Lacy Cleaver, Emanuel Clyburn, James E. Coble, Howard

Obama To Restore Wilderness Rules For Public Lands

Under a Bush-era policy, undeveloped acres of land could not be recommended for wilderness protection by the Bureau of Land Management,�opening�millions of acres in the Rocky Mountain region to potential commercial development. That policy "frankly never should have happened and was wrong in the first place,'' Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2010/12/23/132294366/obama-to-restore-wilderness-rules-for-public-lands?ft=1&f=1014

Poe, Ted Polis, Jared Pomeroy, Earl Posey, Bill Price, David E.

Female Suicide Bomber Kills 45 In Pakistan

The woman dressed in a burqa set off the explosives in a crowd, wounding about 100, many critically. Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. Meanwhile, army helicopter gunships and artillery killed dozens of Islamic militants in neighboring tribal regions near the Afghan border, officials said.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2010/12/25/132324930/suicide-bomber-kills-43-at-aid-center-in-pakistan?ft=1&f=1004

Ellsworth, Brad Emerson, Jo Ann Engel, Eliot L. Eshoo, Anna G. Etheridge, Bob

A Holiday Wish For The Mentally Ill

Too often, those who suffer from serious mental illness end up in the penal system instead of receiving treatment. Writer Michael Judge has this remembrance of his brother, whose schizophrenia led to suicide.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2010/12/23/132288485/a-holiday-wish-for-the-mentally-ill?ft=1&f=1057

Burgess, Michael C. Burton, Dan Butterfield, G. K. Buyer, Steve Calvert, Ken

Watch Again: Helping Teachers Improve Via Video

The Gates Foundation is spending millions of dollars to answer a very difficult question: What makes a great teacher great? The program records video of teachers, which is then scientifically analyzed. Some teachers appreciate the method, while others want individualized, personalized feedback.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2010/12/26/132313779/watch-again-helping-teachers-improve-via-video?ft=1&f=1003

Thornberry, Mac Tiahrt, Todd Tiberi, Patrick J. Tierney, John F. Titus, Dina

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Belarus President Re-Elected, Others Cry Fraud

The authoritarian leader was declared the winner of an election condemned by international monitors and his challengers, as police rounded up carol-singing protesters near the prison where most of the challengers are held. The Central Election Commission said Friday that President Alexander Lukashenko won 79.6 percent of Sunday's vote.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2010/12/24/132316821/belarus-president-re-elected-others-cry-fraud?ft=1&f=1004

Culberson, John Abney Cummings, Elijah E. Dahlkemper, Kathleen A. Davis, Artur Davis, Danny K.

Obama Hails 'Turbo-Charged' Lame-Duck Session

Before heading to Hawaii for the holidays, President Obama signed a law to allow gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military, and won ratification of the new START Treaty. The president's last planned news conference of the year was delivered with a victorious tone.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2010/12/23/132276783/Obama-Hails-Turbo-Charged-Lame-Duck-Session?ft=1&f=1014

Young, Don Ackerman, Gary L. Aderholt, Robert B. Adler, John H. Akin, W. Todd

Modern Japan Hopes Ancient Abacus Aids Academics

Japan once prided itself on world-class academic achievement. Now, schools there are under fire for easing standards. Among the reforms being considered, some schools are finding a new use for a tool from the days of the samurai: the abacus.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2010/12/24/131882231/modern-japan-hopes-ancient-abacus-aids-academics?ft=1&f=1004

Bachus, Spencer Baird, Brian Baldwin, Tammy Barrett, J. Gresham Barrow, John

Health Care and the Limits of Govt

Thomas McClanahan, Minneapolis S-T
The recent court decision striking down the linchpin provision of the health care bill is a reminder that what's at stake is larger than the future of Obamacare. If this law passes constitutional muster, the question is whether the federal government can be constrained by any limits at all.At issue is the personal mandate, the part of the law that says everyone must buy health insurance or pay a penalty. The implications were aptly captured by U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson, ruling in Virginia vs. Sebelius -- one of several lawsuits challenging Obamacare.

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2010/12/24/health_care_and_the_limits_of_govt_247852.html

Berkley, Shelley Berman, Howard L. Berry, Marion Biggert, Judy Bilbray, Brian P.

The Obamas Christmas Greeting (ABC News)

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McClintock, Tom McCollum, Betty McCotter, Thaddeus G. McDermott, Jim McGovern, James P.

Housekeeping note (Washingtonmonthly.com)

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Fortenberry, Jeff Foster, Bill Foxx, Virginia Frank, Barney Franks, Trent

A Market Pulses At Paris' Gastronomic Heart

For nine centuries, Paris' Rungis food market -- the largest in the world -- has brought food to Parisians from the countryside and now from the whole world. The sprawling market offers high-quality items that are freshly harvested, plucked, shot or slaughtered -- often the same day.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2010/12/25/132291033/a-market-pulses-at-paris-gastronomic-heart?ft=1&f=1004

Andrews, Robert E. Arcuri, Michael A. Austria, Steve Baca, Joe Bachmann, Michele

Belarus President Re-Elected, Others Cry Fraud

The authoritarian leader was declared the winner of an election condemned by international monitors and his challengers, as police rounded up carol-singing protesters near the prison where most of the challengers are held. The Central Election Commission said Friday that President Alexander Lukashenko won 79.6 percent of Sunday's vote.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2010/12/24/132316821/belarus-president-re-elected-others-cry-fraud?ft=1&f=1004

Frank, Barney Franks, Trent Frelinghuysen, Rodney P. Fudge, Marcia L. Gallegly, Elton

He Spoke A Few Words, Then Went To His Work

"Why do you do it?" I asked. He puffed on a candy cane he had where his pipe used to be. "I guess so every child will know they're so special and loved that a total stranger knows it," he said. "They don't have to pass a test. They don't have to win a contest. They get a gift just for the way they make us feel when we look down at them when they're sleeping. Or even squalling."

Source: http://www.npr.org/2010/12/25/132314312/he-spoke-a-few-words-then-went-to-his-work?ft=1&f=1057

Graves, Sam Graves, Tom Grayson, Alan Green, Al Green, Gene

GOP House's New Rules Include Substance, Style

New House rules should increase transparency and efficiency, the House's new GOP leaders say. Lawmakers will be forced to vote specifically to raise the debt limit, for example, and will need to offer constitutional justification for legislation.

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2010/12/23/132282118/gop-houses-new-rules-include-substance-style?ft=1&f=1014

Doyle, Michael F. Dreier, David Driehaus, Steve Duncan, John J. Jr. Edwards, Chet

FCC Rule-Making Invites a Skeptical Review

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2010/12/24/fcc_rule-making_invites_a_skeptical_review_247856.html

Smith, Adrian Smith, Christopher H. Smith, Lamar Snyder, Vic Souder, Mark E.

A Holiday Wish For The Mentally Ill

Too often, those who suffer from serious mental illness end up in the penal system instead of receiving treatment. Writer Michael Judge has this remembrance of his brother, whose schizophrenia led to suicide.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2010/12/23/132288485/a-holiday-wish-for-the-mentally-ill?ft=1&f=1057

Ortiz, Solomon P. Owens, William L. Pallone, Frank Jr. Pascrell, Bill Jr. Pastor, Ed