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Tonight on my radio program, Elizabeth Letchworth of GradeGov, our Capitol Hill insider, will explain the Senate’s vote yesterday to keep a controversial provision that lets the military detain terrorism suspects on U.S. soil and hold them indefinitely without trial. The White House occupant promises to veto the measure.

The bill, part of the massive National Defense Authorization Act, was also opposed by civil libertarians on the left and right. But 16 Democrats and an independent joined with Republicans to defeat an amendment by Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) that would have killed the provision, voting it down with 61 against, and 37 for it.

Why should we be concerned? Is this constitutional? Does this violate our right to due process?

We’ll talk about that.

And we’ll discuss what the Senate and House plan to do with themselves and to each other between now and the Christmas break: Hang some balls on the Christmas – whoops — Seasonal Tree, no doubt. Get in a coupla’ rounds of golf if the weather holds, down some cocktails at the chi-chi- bars on Capitol Hill, maybe do a little insider trading, violate the Constitution some more, plan their holiday trip to exotic locales on our dime (Merry Chistmas!) and conjure up more menace. You know, business as usual.

So come on over at 9p ET… we’ll have some hot cider and punched-up eggnog for ya. Leave the dog home.