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New York Times:
Reid Says Deal Resolves the Impasse on the Public Option  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, said Tuesday night that he and a group of 10 Democratic senators had reached “a broad agreement” to resolve a dispute over a proposed government-run health insurance plan …
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Democrats Agree To Tentatively Trade Opt-Out For Trigger, Medicare Buy In, And More  —  An aide briefed on the negotiations among the gang of 10 offers up the rundown of the most important aspects of the public option compromise being sent to CBO.  —  If this trade-off carries the day, the opt out public option is gone.
David Espo / Associated Press:
Dems agree to drop gov't-run insurance option  —  WASHINGTON — Democratic senators say they have a tentative deal to drop a government-run insurance option from health care legislation.  No further details were immediately available.  —  But liberals and moderates have been discussing an alternative …
Ezra Klein:
The team of 10 reaches a deal on the public option  —  But, err, they won't tell anyone what it is.  At least not until they hear back from the Congressional Budget Office.  The most telling tidbit so far has come from Sen. Jay Rockefeller, who said, “I've got a smile on my face.  I don't smile naturally.”
The Politico:
Reid: Dems reach ‘broad agreement’  —  Senate Democrats have reached a “broad agreement” on a health reform bill, Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday night — a plan that would replace the public option in the current Senate bill with a new national insurance plan offered by private insurers …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The New Health Care Deal  —  Stroll on over to this Igor Volsky Wonk Room post for your explanation of the latest public option compromise.  Before I delve in, I think it's worth stepping back.  —  The original public option was for a “public option modeled on Medicare.”
Discussion: Open Left
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Steele fires back at Reid for ‘slavery’ analogy
Discussion: The Politico
Wall Street Journal:
Senators Strike Health Deal
Discussion: Commentary and WSJ.com
Sarah Palin / Washington Post:
Copenhagen's political science  —  With the publication of damaging e-mails from a climate research center in Britain, the radical environmental movement appears to face a tipping point.  The revelation of appalling actions by so-called climate change experts allows the American public …
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Jeremy Schulman / Media Matters for America:
Wash. Post publishes falsehood-laden Palin op-ed that is contradicted by scientists, temperature data, and ... the Post itself  —  The Washington Post's has published an op-ed by Sarah Palin in which she claims that the apparently stolen Climate Research Unite emails “reveal that leading climate ‘experts’ …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Palin's “Boycott Copenhagen” Op-Ed: Annotated  —  Once again, the Washington Post has given Sarah Palin the chance to harness herself to the political story of the hour.  The former Alaska governor has written an op-ed, published Wednesday, about the “Climate-gate” controversy at East Anglia University.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Sarah Palin: Obama, boycott Copenhagen
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and D.C. Now
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Sotomayor Draws Retort From a Fellow Justice  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court released its first four decisions in argued cases this term on Tuesday.  They were all minor, but one was notable for being Justice Sonia Sotomayor's Supreme Court debut and for prompting a testy concurrence from Justice Clarence Thomas.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Happy Hanukkah from Orrin Hatch  —  The Utah Senator's first foray into Jewish music sets an extremely high standard for holiday-related content on this blog, but I'm hopeful that it can be matched by, perhaps, some Christmas Caroling from the New York delegation.  —  Jeffrey Goldberg considers it at length in Tablet:
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Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
A Senator's Gift to the Jews, Nonreturnable
Jeffrey Goldberg / Tablet Magazine:
‘Eight Days of Hanukkah’
Discussion: Wonkette
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama's December Standing  —  For the second month in a row we find Barack Obama's national approval rating at 49%, with 47% of voters disapproving of him.  He has the support of 83% of Democrats, 46% of independents, and 11% of Republicans.  None of those numbers have really changed from our November poll.
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama at new low in Quinnipiac survey
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Exclusive: George gets ‘GMA’  —  ABC News will announce George Stephanopoulos as an anchor of “Good Morning America,” to start as soon as Monday, industry sources tell POLITICO.  The announcement is planned for Thursday.  —  Stephanopoulos, 48, joins Robin Roberts at the anchor desk of the lucrative morning show.
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Accepting Peace Prize Will Be a Test for Obama  —  WASHINGTON — He has read the Nobel speeches of Nelson Mandela, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Elie Wiesel.  He has studied the award's rich history and its extraordinary roster of winners.  —  Yet when President Obama travels …
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Art Beast / The Daily Beast:
Did Obama Snub the King?
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
EPA chief's ovation (new) in Copenhagen  —  COPENHAGEN - The Obama administration launches a high-level charm offensive today here at the international climate treaty talks, as Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson kicks off a series of daily events by Cabinet secretaries …
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Lisa Lerer / The Politico:
EPA chief: Timing is a coincidence
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Michelle Malkin:
Sarah in the Springs  —  We had frigid weather and several inches of Goreflakes on the ground here in Colorado Springs, but Sarah Palin lit up the town for a Borders signing earlier this evening that drew yet another massive crowd on her nationwide “Going Rogue” book tour.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Going Cheney on Climate  —  In 2006, Ron Suskind published “The One Percent Doctrine,” a book about the U.S. war on terrorists after 9/11.  The title was drawn from an assessment by then-Vice President Dick Cheney, who, in the face of concerns that a Pakistani scientist was offering nuclear-weapons expertise …
Belinda Luscombe / Time:
Search Engines: Why Examiner.com Tops Google Results  —  If you type the name of a celebrity — say, Angelina Jolie — into Google News, chances are somewhere in the top five results you'll get a story from Examiner.com.  This is particularly true if the celebrity is in the news that day.
Discussion: New York Times and Gawker
Fox News:
Virginia Veteran Wins Battle to Keep His Flagpole in Yard  —  RICHMOND, Va. — A 90-year-old Medal of Honor recipient can keep his 21-foot flagpole in his front yard after a homeowner's association dropped its request to remove it, a spokesman for Democratic Virginia Sen. Mark Warner said Tuesday.
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Climate Deal Likely to Bear Big Price Tag  —  WASHINGTON — If negotiators reach an accord at the climate talks in Copenhagen it will entail profound shifts in energy production, dislocations in how and where people live, sweeping changes in agriculture and forestry and the creation of complex …
Wall Street Journal:
A Transaction Tax Would Hurt All Investors  —  The unintended consequences of the ‘Let Wall Street Pay for the Restoration of Main Street Act.’  —  'Don't tax you, don't tax me, tax that fellow behind the tree.  " Those famous words were spoken more than 30 years ago by the late Louisiana …
Discussion: The Glittering Eye and TigerHawk
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Mark Penn's two firms got $6 million from stimulus for PR campaign  —  Nearly $6 million in stimulus money was paid to two firms run by Mark Penn, Hillary Clinton's pollster in 2008.  —  Federal records show that $5.97 million from the $787 billion stimulus helped preserve three jobs at Burson-Marsteller …
 
 
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Dan Abramson / The Huffington Post:
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Los Angeles Times:
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