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Republicans trying one last-ditch move to block DADT repeal before signing this morning. But signing happens anyway. Hooray.
Meanwhile, passage of START treaty now looks certain, if narrow, but Obama’s future nuclear moves now in doubt.
Yes I am again live-blogging all WikiLeaks and Assange news & views here. Couple highlights so far: US tried to force cancellation of New Zealand screening of Michael Moore’s "Fahrenheit 911," here’s a full Guardian write-up. Mother Jones with a witty Christmasy cartoon video on the "The 12 Days of WikiLeaks," from "12 treason charges" to "A (redcted) in a (redacted) tree." Plus: Bank of America readies of next big WikiLeak, setting up war room and buying up "abusive" domain names.
Waiting for Haley Barbour to say he plans to stay in D.C. this week instead of heading south, hoping for white Christmas. Meanwhile NYT editorial slams his future prospects and prez run.
Media Matters picks Palin as "Misinformer of the Year." Landslide?
Overlooked in most of the census coverage? A Hispanic voter boom.
Haaretz editorial: Israeli leaders only have selves to blame for the deterioration in Israel’s international standing.