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11:35 AM ET, December 17, 2009

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Andy Stern / SEIU:
Letter from President Andy Stern to SEIU members: Where do we go from here?  —  A little over a year ago, you stood up and showed a nation that Yes, We Can.  You knocked on doors, picked up phones, wrote your friends and family and neighbors and helped ring in a resounding victory.
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Igor / Think Progress:
Sen. Sanders: 'As of this point, I'm not voting for the bill.'  —  Moments ago, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) announced that he is prepared to vote against the Senate health care bill in light of the recent decision to strip the public option and the Medicare buy-in provision from the legislation.
Howard Dean / Washington Post:
Health-care bill wouldn't bring real reform  —  If I were a senator, I would not vote for the current health-care bill.  Any measure that expands private insurers' monopoly over health care and transfers millions of taxpayer dollars to private corporations is not real health-care reform.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Axelrod: Left ‘insane’ to sink bill  —  Trying to stave off a sudden fusillade from the left, White House senior adviser David Axelrod said Thursday that Howard Dean's criticisms of health-care reform are “predicated on a bunch of erroneous conclusions” and that for progressives to torpedo the legislation …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Huffington Post
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
SEIU: Unions, Congress, Obama Must Fight to Make Health Reform Better …
The Huffington Post:
SEIU Urges Changes In Senate Health Care Bill, Calls Out Obama
blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
Climategate goes SERIAL: now the Russians confirm that UK climate scientists manipulated data to exaggerate global warming  —  Climategate just got much, much bigger.  And all thanks to the Russians who, with perfect timing, dropped this bombshell just as the world's leaders are gathering …
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Christopher C. Horner / Big Government:
ClimateGate Just Got Much, Much Bigger  —  Over at ICECAP.us Meteorologist Joe D'Aleo has posted an item on a “Russian Bombshell” highly relevant to the ClimateGate scandal.  The Russian media first posted the story and now some Brits are loving it.  —  The long and the short …
RIA Novosti:
What the Russian papers say  —  MOSCOW, December 16 (RIA Novosti) Russia trading in diplomatic recognition / U.S. uses NATO as a tool to integrate Russia into its project for a new world order - expert / New round of struggle to end Cold War / Russia affected by Climategate /
Guardian:
Miliband warns of Copenhagen ‘farce’
Anthony Watts / Watts Up With That?:   Russian IEA claims CRU tampered with climate data - cherrypicked warmest stations
Steve McIntyre / Climate Audit:
IEA: Hadley Center “probably tampered with Russian climate data”
Discussion: Andrew Bolt
Wall Street Journal:
Insurgents Hack U.S. Drones  —  $26 Software Is Used to Breach Key Weapons in Iraq; Iranian Backing Suspected  —  WASHINGTON — Militants in Iraq have used $26 off-the-shelf software to intercept live video feeds from U.S. Predator drones, potentially providing them with information they need …
Peter Wallsten / Wall Street Journal:
Democrat Blues Grow Deeper in New Poll  —  For First Time, Voters Split Over Who They Want in Control After 2010 Elections, and Obama's Approval Rating Falls Below 50%  —  President Obama makes a statement on health care after meeting with Senators on Tuesday.
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E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Democrats can't blame Bush for their troubles  —  Here's what Democrats need to ponder: Can they prosper in the absence of George W. Bush?  —  His presidency was a tonic for Democrats and led to a blossoming of political creativity on the center-left not seen since the 1930s.
Matthew Dowd / Washington Post:
Success on health reform holds risks for Democrats
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Sanders says ‘as of this point’ he won't vote for healthcare bill
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
20 Questions, 20 Responses  —  I'm happy that this debate seems to be evolving into something a little more civilized on all sides.  This is my response to Markos Moulitsas (DK) at Daily Kos and Jon Walker (JW) at FireDogLake who were kind enough to respond to the 20 questions I posed earlier.
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Health Care: The Elevator Pitch
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
Answering Nate Silver's 20 Questions on Killing the Senate Bill
Discussion: The Hill
TMZ.com:
Sarah Palin's McCain Cover Up  —  For the first time ever, Sarah Palin used her head to make a searing political comment — a frontal attack on Sen. John McCain.  —  The failed Vice Presidential nominee took time off from shilling her book to vacation with her son Trig …
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Palin supports McCain ‘100 percent’  —  Declaring that she “was honored and proud to run with him,” former Alaska governor Sarah Palin pushed back hard Wednesday against a report that she had disrespected Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) by blacking out his name on a sun visor she wore on vacation.
Ariel Leve / Times of London:
Dramatic American intervention brings climate deal closer  —  Ben Webster and Philippe Naughton in Copenhagen  —  The United States today pledged support for a $100 billion annual climate protection fund in a move that could clinch a global deal just as the Copenhagen summit appeared to be heading for failure.
Discussion: protein wisdom
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Andrew Bolt:
Putting our economy in the hands of Chavez fans  —  These maniacs in Copenhagen are voting on your future: … UPDATE  —  And at the end of this first clip, Chavez rouses the rabble with more anti-Americanism, too: … UPDATE 2  —  And a mass-murderer at Copenhagen lectures us about our crimes:
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Keith Olbermann / Daily Kos:
Special Comment: Not Health, Not Care, Not Reform  —  There could not be a finer line between the words compromise and compromised and tonight, with the greatest possible reluctance, I believe I have to go on the air and state my opinion that the Senate bill in its current form has clearly crossed …
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Keith Olbermann / msnbc.com:
Ruined Senate bill unsupportable
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Private Provision of Public Services  —  Ed Kilgore has a very interesting item essentially pleading for people to take the ideological disagreements inside the left-of-center camp more seriously.  He points out that one of the most controversial elements of “third way” …
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Ed Kilgore / Democratic Strategist:
Left-Right Convergence?  —  The latest intra-progressive dustup …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Emptywheel
Scott Stanzel / The Politico:
Who's your person of the year?  (Time's is Ben Bernanke)  —  12:30 ET-Brookings livechat: “Holiday Cheer and Recovery” with Karen Dynan  —  Pres., Stanzel Communications, former Dpty.  WH Press Secretary :  —  Straw Man should be the person of the year.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
New York Times:
Intelligence Improperly Collected on U.S. Citizens  —  WASHINGTON — In February, a Department of Homeland Security intelligence official wrote a “threat assessment” for the police in Wisconsin about a demonstration involving local pro- and anti-abortion rights groups.
Tom Coburn / Wall Street Journal:
The Health Bill Is Scary  —  Government guidelines would likely have forbidden the test I used to discover Sheila's cancer.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  I recently suggested that seniors will die sooner if Congress actually implements the Medicare cuts in the health-care bill put forward by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
 
 
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Sorry, Senator Kerry
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