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Hello and happy Lame Duck session of Congress Monday. It’s an odd time in DC – those defeated in the election among those on hand for one final session of 2010 while the midterm victors who will be freshmen in the Congressional Class of 2011 are also here for orientation and other meetings. The biggest short-term question is whether the session will deal only with relatively non controversial issues, or delve into more dicey debates like the DREAM Act and DADT. Don’t hold your breath. Also in flux: whether the White House and the GOP can negotiate a deal on how to extend the Bush tax cuts. A busy and important week here, and as it ends the 2010 congressional session it will also provide a mood test of sorts heading into the new year. On to the bullet points, which touch on some of this dynamic. Erick has been sounding his alarm about the TSA for some time, and that is certainly a trending topic today. His Nos. 2 and 3 are part of the post-election feeling out process. Mario’s No. 1 reminds us the true immigration policy tests are not in Washington, DC. And when both Mario and Erick are turning the spotlight on the GOP’s internal debate over earmarks, you know it is a debate worth following. Enjoy the day. –John King
RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:
- Left and right unite. Everybody hates the TSA. Maybe Congress can accomplish something on common ground during the lame duck session.
- Mr. Obama's Asian trip wasn't very successful, but might be more successful than negotiating with Congressional Republicans.
-Mike Lee of Utah is requesting an open vote on earmarks in the Senate. Will the Senate GOP go along? A few are scared.
Talk Show Host and Online Editor of MyLatinoNews.com Mario Solis-Marich:
-Let's Stay Together: California's Santa Clara County attempts to rid its local relationship with federal immigration enforcement but Napolitano says they are stuck like glue in what will soon become Obama's next national Latino headache.
-I Will Survive: Nancy Pelosi puts a leadership team together before Boehner does as infighting takes an early toll on the GOP House.
-It's Not Right But It's Ok: Old right wing pundit speak – "Legislative ear marks are dangerous pork!", new right wing pundit-speak – "The founding fathers loved earmarks!"