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8:50 PM ET, December 11, 2009

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The Huffington Post:
Pharma Deal Shuts Down Senate Health Care Debate  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  The White House, aided by Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), is working hard to crush an amendment being pushed by Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) to allow for the reimportation of pharmaceutical drugs from Canada, Senate sources tell the Huffington Post.
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Harry Reid Slips Lifetime Limit into Senate Bill  —  When President Obama gave his speech on health care on September 10, he promised that there would be no limit on lifetime benefits under the health care bill: … Harry Reid didn't agree evidently.  Reid, who is solely responsible …
Ezra Klein:
Senate bill allows insurers to establish annual limits
Discussion: Firedoglake, Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
Health care loophole would allow coverage limits
Discussion: Swampland, Beach Peanuts, SEIU and MyDD
Ezra Klein:
First, stop doing harm  —  “I can't see it,” Olympia Snowe said after considering the Medicare buy-in proposal for a day or two.  “I am talking to a lot of my providers this afternoon and I know they are mighty unhappy.”  —  “My providers.”  Think about that for a second.
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J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Independent healthcare cost analysis becomes political football
Discussion: The Politico
New York Times:
High Premiums in Senate Democrats' Health Plan
Mike Flynn / Big Government:
UN Security Stops Journalist's Questions About ClimateGate  —  A Stanford Professor has used United Nation security officers to silence a journalist asking him “inconvenient questions” during a press briefing at the climate change conference in Copenhagen.  —  Professor Stephen Schneider's …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Ungovernable America  —  The smarter elements in Washington DC are starting to pick up on the fact that it's not tactical errors on the part of the president that make it hard to get things done, it's the fact that the country has become ungovernable.  For example, here's Steven Pearlstein on minority leader Mitch McConnell:
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Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
One problem with Republicans: They've got the wrong Mitch
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Sign a Letter to Susan B. Komen Foundation: Donations Shouldn't Go To Hadassah Lieberman  —  The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation Headquarters  —  The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and Susan G. Komen for the Cure are driving forces in funding breast cancer research.
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
BREAKING: New Cost Estimate on Senate Bill  —  The Office of the Actuary for Medicare has issued its long-awaited cost estimate for the Senate's health care reform bill.  I've only had a few hours to digest it and talk with outside experts.  * But these seem to be the main points:
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Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
US health care tab to keep growing under overhaul
Discussion: Reuters and Associated Press
CBS News:
Sources: Drone Killed Top Qaeda Operative  —  Saleh al-Somali Was in Charge of External Operations for Group; Considered One of a half Dozen top Qaeda Operatives  —  (CBS) Sources tell CBS News the Al Qaeda operative believed killed in a drone strike in Pakistan this week is Saleh al-Somali …
Discussion: Hot Air, Gawker and Weasel Zippers
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ABCNEWS:
Al Qaeda Planner Believed Dead in Drone Strike
Discussion: Weekly Standard and NO QUARTER
Tiger Woods:
Tiger Woods taking hiatus from golf  —  I am deeply aware of the disappointment and hurt that my infidelity has caused to so many people, most of all my wife and children.  I want to say again to everyone that I am profoundly sorry and that I ask forgiveness.
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Colorado Senate Race  —  2010 Colorado Senate: Norton Runs Best Against Democrats  —  The election is nearly a year away, but right now former Lieutenant Governor Jane Norton appears to be the Republican with the best shot of beating either of the potential Democratic candidates in Colorado's race for the U.S. Senate.
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Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Nevada Senate Race
Publius / Big Government:
Exclusive** Leaked Justice Department Memo: Terrorists To Be Moved to Camp Gitmo Illinois  —  The Land of Lincoln may still be licking its wounds-and certain real estate transactions-over Chicago's losing the Olympics to Rio, but the Obama Administration has delivered up a small consolation prize …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
House Passes Far-Reaching Bill Tightening Financial Rules  —  WASHINGTON — The House on Friday approved a Democratic plan to significantly tighten federal regulation of Wall Street and the financial sector, advancing a far-reaching Congressional response to the financial crisis still reverberating through the economy.
Dennis Cauchon / USA Today:
For feds, more get 6-figure salaries  —  The number of federal workers earning six-figure salaries has exploded during the recession, according to a USA TODAY analysis of federal salary data.  —  Federal employees making salaries of $100,000 or more jumped from 14% to 19% of civil servants during …
The State:
Jenny Sanford: ‘I am now filing for divorce’  —  S.C. First Lady Jenny Sanford issued a statement this morning saying that she is filing for divorce from embattled Gov. Mark Sanford, who disclosed this summer that he had had an extramarital affair with a woman from Argentina.  —  Jenny Sanford's statement says:
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The new socialism  —  In the 1970s and early '80s, having seized control of the U.N. apparatus (by power of numbers), Third World countries decided to cash in.  OPEC was pulling off the greatest wealth transfer from rich to poor in history.  Why not them?  So in grand U.N. declarations …
Washington Times:
A gun case or Pandora's box?  —  Ruling could trigger the unhinging of American culture  —  Many have heard about the historic gun rights case going to the Supreme Court.  Fewer have heard that this is also a major case for businesses and family values.  It could lead to anything from court-ordered Obamacare to same-sex marriage.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Tea partyers petition Dem lawmaker to move office to make protests easier  —  A Christian civil liberties organization on Thursday asked centrist Rep. Tom Perriello (D-Va.) to move his district office to a location more favorable to protesters.  —  The Rutherford Institute …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Sarah Palin's Copenhagen-Bashing Op-Ed One Of Most Read WaPo Opinion Pieces Of The Year  —  Here's a dispiriting postscript to the massive flap over The Washington Post's decision to publish an Op ed by Sarah Palin on climate change, a piece that has been widely criticized as riddled with falsehoods.
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
The Errors of Matt Taibbi.  —  Matt Taibbi has done it again — written a nightmare of a story for Rolling Stone on Obama's economic sell-out of his campaign.  The piece is a factual mess, a conspiracy theorist's dream, doesn't even indict Obama for his real failures (which I'll discuss …
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Judge stops ACORN funding ban  —  A federal judge today issued an injunction preventing the implementation of a congressional ban on funding for ACORN.  —  Judge Nina Gershon concluded that the ban amounted to a “bill of attainder” that unfairly singled out ACORN.
Discussion: The Politico and Michelle Malkin
Ezra Klein:
Spanking and the 2008 election … More here.The most interesting part of the study is that this is apparently a new divide in American politics.
CBS News:
Physics Group Splinters Over Global Warming Review  —  Posted by Declan McCullagh As the science scandal known as ClimateGate grows, the largest U.S. physicists' association is finding itself roiled by internal dissent and allegations of conflict of interest over a forthcoming review of its position statement on man-made global warming.
Discussion: Andrew Bolt and AmSpecBlog
Rachel L. Swarns / New York Times:
Washington Fuss Over White House Hanukkah Party  —  WASHINGTON — At the first Hanukkah party in the Obama White House, a Jewish student choir will sing in sweet harmony, the two young children of a soldier deployed in Iraq will light a 19th-century silver menorah from Prague and President Obama and his wife …
Matt Negrin / The Politico:
Clinton whips Iran on sites … No comments yet.  Be the first!
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Asked How He Knows The Earth Is Cooling, Michael Steele Says 'I Don't!'  —  Earlier this year, Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele ridiculed the notion that the Earth is warming, arguing instead that the world is actually “cooling,” citing the supposed examples of Iceland and Greenland:
Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
Pro-Israel Lobby Group's Iran Petition Features Lots of Questionable Names  —  Earlier today, the Israel Project — a pro-Israel organization that endorses tough measures against Iran's nuclear program — sent out a release announcing substantial support for placing sanctions on Iran.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and ATTACKERMAN
The Politico:
Baucus gave girlfriend $14K raise  —  Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, gave a nearly $14,000 pay raise to a female staffer in 2008, at the time he was becoming romantically involved with her, and later that year took her on a taxpayer-funded trip …
 
 
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Jonah Goldberg / The Corner on National Review Online:
The Ugly Beast Returns — By: Jonah Goldberg
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The Note:
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Chris Johnson / DC Agenda:
U.S. Senate to markup DP bill
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Laurel Rosenhall / Sacramento Bee:
UCD students split on drama teacher's ‘bomb’ remark
Richard Borreca / Star Bulletin:
Abercrombie to resign from Congress to run for governor
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Health Care Street Heat Targets Senator Schumer, Demanding Medicare for All
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Larry Peterson / Savannah Morning News:
Regina Thomas launches second campaign for Congress
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Matt Welch / Hit & Run:
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Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Sen. Durbin says he's ‘in the dark’ on possible healthcare reform compromise
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Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
DOJ rejects Jack Johnson pardon
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