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3:35 PM ET, November 21, 2009


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David S. Broder / Washington Post:
David Broder: Fears of health-reform cost are justifiable  —  It's simply not true that America is ambivalent about everything when it comes to the Obama health plan.  —  The day after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) gave its qualified blessing to the version of health reform produced …
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Reid reaches 60 as Sen. Lincoln pledges vote to begin debate  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has secured the vital 60th vote he needs to advance healthcare reform legislation with the announcement by Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) that she will vote with her party Saturday evening.
The Politico:
Landrieu a ‘yes,’ all eyes on Lincoln  —  It's down to one.  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's hopes of starting debate on health reform got a boost Saturday when Democrats announced that Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) will vote to start the debate.  —  The news first broke …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Crapo: Read the Senate health bill yourself  —  On the day of the Senate's first vote on healthcare reform legislation, Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) used the GOP's weekly address to urge people to read the 2,074-page bill before forming an opinion.  —  “Read the bill” has become a Republican rallying cry throughout the healthcare debate.
Discussion: The Swamp
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Sen. Reid: Opposition to health procedural vote is ‘Orwellian’  —  Opponents of today's motion to proceed on healthcare legislation who are pressuring others to vote no are practicing “Orwellian” tactics, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said today.
Discussion: The Hill
Chris Frates / The Politico:
What to watch for in today's debate  —  Two Saturdays ago, Pelosi passed health reform on a squeaker of a House vote.  Today, Reid can't spare a single Democrat as the Senate decides whether to start debate.  If not, President Barack Obama's reform hopes suffer immeasurable harm.
New York Times:
Democrats Press Ahead on Debate Before Health Vote  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats made a forceful case on Saturday for legislation to revamp the nation's health care system, condemning the practices of insurers and decrying the plight of the uninsured in a parade of floor speeches aimed …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Reid Slams Broder As A Retiree Who ‘Writes A Column Once In A While’
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Ed Hornick / CNN:
Senate Dems assured of 60 votes to debate health bill
Douglas Holtz-Eakin / Wall Street Journal:
The Coming Deficit Disaster
Discussion: Hot Air
James Delingpole /
Climategate: how the MSM reported the greatest scandal in modern science  —  Here's what the Times has had to say on the subject: … (Yep - definitely an improvement on their earlier, non-existent coverage; but not exactly pointing up the scandalousness of this scandal).  —  And the Independent:
Bishop Hill:
Climate cuttings 33  —  Welcome Instapundit readers!  Hope this is useful for you.  If you are interested in more on global warming material, check out Caspar and the Jesus Paper and The Yamal Implosion, or check out the forthcoming book.  —  General reaction seems to be that the CRUgate emails …
Andrew C. Revkin / New York Times:
Hacked E-Mails Fuel Climate Change Skeptics
Fox News:
‘Factor’ Debut, Part 2: Sarah Palin Discusses Obama, Iran, Afghanistan  —  This is a RUSH transcript from “The O'Reilly Factor,” November 20, 2009.  This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.  —  Watch “The O'Reilly Factor” weeknights at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET!
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Palinophobes Hate First, Ask Questions Later
Bella DePaulo / The Huffington Post:
Sarah Palin and Her Lies (And Her Fans Who Attack Her Critics)
Discussion: American Power and
Daily Mail:
It's Barbie in a burkha: World-famous doll gets a makeover to go under the hammer for 50th anniversary  —  One of the world's most famous children's toys, Barbie, has been given a makeover - wearing a burkha.  —  Wearing the traditional Islamic dress, the iconic doll is going undercover …
James Fallows:
Manufactured failure #2: the press, Obama, Asia  —  It's not just me.  Two colleagues with different perspectives — from each other's, and sometimes from my own — marvel at how badly the mainstream American press distorted the picture of what happened during Barack Obama's just-ended tour of Asia.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Michelle Goldberg Gets It  —  The lies of Sarah Palin are different from any other politicians'.  They are different because they assert things that are demonstrably, empirically untrue; and they are different because once they have been deonstrated to the entire world that they are untrue …
Discussion: Althouse
Who leaked the Hadley CRU files and why  —  The anonymous tipster, whom many people initially assumed had “hacked” into the computers at the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia (repeatedly called the “Hadley CRU,” by mistake), might in fact be a CRU insider who released the files for his own reasons.
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Eric Holder's Baffling KSM Decision
Curtis S. Dubay / Heritage Foundation:
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Discussion: Althouse
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Obama talks jobs, not healthcare, from Asia
Discussion: The Swamp and QandO
Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Taliban chief hides in Pakistan
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