The Senate honored Bill of Rights Day by rolling back constitutional rights, passing the Defense bill; Obama declines to veto as threatened.We open with Steppenwolf's "Monster" song from 1970, which is quite appropriate.
--Nuclear Regulatory Commission infighting--Sen. Boxer calls it "character assassination"
--Boxer also pushing tax holiday for foreign profits of US firms
--Morgan Stanley, other job creators announce layoffs
--Panetta cheerleads troops in Afghanistan
--Pakistan plans to tax US supplies trucked to Afghanistan
--TIME names "the protester" Person of the Year
--Nixon library fires archivist who told the truth about Watergate; music by Chicago DJ John Records Landecker