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MSNBC is reporting that the President and the Senate have reached some sort of agreement, allowing for a temporary extension of the Patriot Act so that civil liberties can be ironed out over the holiday recess. Guess it’s tough to keep that game of chicken going when people are pissed at you on so many fronts at once. Especially when several of them are in your own party.

Also, the cloture vote on the ANWR issue didn’t go well for Sen. Ted Stevens. The Senate is contemplating ways to strip the ANWR provision from the defense spending bill now in order to get it passed.

At least Dick Cheney got to be the tie-breaker for the budget vote today — I’m sure he enjoyed casting that vote to cut services for the poor. Talk about your Christmas spirit!

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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