I could go on and on, but instead…

• Looks like Michael Copps will go along with Julius Genachowski’s net neutrality rules tomorrow. We’ll see just what he got out of the exchange. His statement does not make me hopeful:

“But I believe we have been able to make the current iteration better than what was originally circulated. If vigilantly and vigorously implemented by the Commission — and if upheld by the courts — it could represent an important milestone in the ongoing struggle to safeguard the awesome opportunity-creating power of the open Internet,” Copps said in a statement. “While I cannot vote wholeheartedly to approve the item, I will not block it by voting against it. I instead plan to concur so that we may move forward.”

More “doing nothing is not an option” thinking. Sounds like he got rolled.

• The 10 judges who have been confirmed by the Senate in recent days is part of a larger deal, where 19 judges will inevitably get confirmed, but four, including rising legal star Goodwin Liu, won’t even get a vote.

• We now have the full allegations against Julian Assange, and they consist of more than just a broken condom. I’m going to have to agree with the #mooreandme folks at this point. You can believe that Assange’s Wikileaks is providing a public service and also want the legal process to play out, and allegations about the CIA’s involvement in the Swedish charges are to this point unproven. However, I am wary of the Swedish charges as a steppingstone to extradition to the US.

• It’s kind of amazing how little data we keep on foreclosures and mortgages. Only in this crisis are we finding out how big the problem is. It’s starting to yield some surprising results, and you can’t even really have a lot of confidence about them.

• I pretty strenuously object to TARP and the Fannie/Freddie bailout being called “stimulus”, and for including it in a snapshot of government emergency actions without also including the work of the Federal Reserve.

• Everyone knows that Haley Barbour is lying about Yazoo City, Mississippi. There’s no need to pretend about this.

• An insider tick-tock of the don’t ask don’t tell repeal shows how ticked off the President was by efforts from the activist community to hold him accountable. It also shows how crucial the activist groups were to getting it done.

• On the flip side, the immigration strategy to get the DREAM Act passed just didn’t work, mainly because it took so long for activists and political leaders, IMO, to know what they were seeking. DREAM was tied up with a fruitless comprehensive bill for far too long.

• The CIA station chief in Islamabad had his cover blown and had to return to the US after threats of murder charges over a drone attack. You’d think this would be bigger news.

• 60 Minutes really blew this story on state budget crises, and instead of a serious piece made it a love letter to Chris Christie. AFSCME was not amused.

• So Bank of America can tell me where I can send my money? I love how actual curtails on individual liberties don’t rile the people who shout the loudest about individual liberty.

• Joseph Smith, the Obama Administration’s pick to run the FHFA (the overseer of Fannie and Freddie), actually seems like a decent choice, but his confirmation is dead in the water and a victim to political wrangling over the future of the GSEs.

• Joe Manchin could stay at that Christmas party all year round for all I care. What an abdication of leadership. And speaking of which, John McCain. His true colors really are showing now.

• Ron Wyden had successful prostate cancer surgery and is expected to be released from the hospital tomorrow. Get well soon!

• Just learning about the Belarus elections. Sounded like they rounded up the opposition last night, including one candidate who they beat, sent to the hospital, and then pulled from his hospital bed. The President’s statement calls for the immediate release of political prisoners.

• Joe Biden keeps saying that the troop cuts in July 2011 will be legitimate and real, but I really don’t buy it.

• Adam Serwer wrestles with the individual mandate.

• Another story on the growing surveillance state watching you and your communications virtually everywhere.

• One Wikileak claimed that Cuba banned Michael Moore’s “Sicko,” which happens to be completely untrue. The subtext of the Wikileaks cables need to be taken into account as much as the text.

• Ernst & Young could be the first of the major financial crisis accounting scandals. Matt Taibbi has more.

Equality Matters is the latest from Media Matters, ferreting out anti-gay bias in the media.

• Dana Rohrabacher is completely crazy and hangs out with people who are crazier than he is. And he’s one of the elder statesmen in the Republican caucus, at this point.

• Finally, that scientific integrity memo comes from the White House. Scientists aren’t fully cheered by it.

A holiday message from Ricky Gervais.

David Dayen

David Dayen

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