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6:05 PM ET, November 21, 2009

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The Politico:
Lincoln on board, 60 in hand  —  Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) said she'd deliver the deciding vote to push forward with a sweeping health reform plan in the Senate Saturday, ending days of speculation over whether President Barack Obama's signature priority would proceed to the floor or suffer a debilitating blow.
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Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Reid reaches 60 as Sen. Lincoln pledges vote to begin healthcare bill 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.
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 …
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 …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Reid Slams Broder As A Retiree Who ‘Writes A Column Once In A While’  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid may have just endeared himself to liberal bloggers across the land.  This morning, he took some heat from Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who cited a Washington Post column to attack health care reform:
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
It Sounds Like Reid Is Planning To Sell Out The Public Option
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:   McConnell: Dems have health bill votes, but GOP won't give up
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Sen. Reid: Opposition to health procedural vote is ‘Orwellian’
Discussion: The Hill
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Crapo: Read the Senate health bill yourself
Discussion: The Swamp and The Politico
Douglas Holtz-Eakin / Wall Street Journal:
The Coming Deficit Disaster
Discussion: Commentary and Hot Air
CNN:   Senate Democrats assured of 60 votes to debate health bill
Dan Pfeiffer / White House.gov Blog Feed:
Speaking of Page Numbers...
Discussion: Politics Daily and TPMDC
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Senate Debates Historic Health Care Bill
Discussion: Mediaite, The Politico and The Hill
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
A Milestone In the Health Care Journey
Discussion: Liberal Values and MoJo Blog Posts
John / Power Line:
The Alarmists Do “Science”: A Case Study  —  A fascinating, hot-off-the-presses story emerges from the emails that were hacked yesterday from the University of East Anglia's Hadley Climatic Research Centre.  It is one of many exchanges that shed light on the priority that the global warming alarmists give …
Discussion: Andrew Bolt and American Thinker
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John / Power Line:
When In Doubt, Delete  —  One of the hacked East Anglia emails that has gotten considerable play on the web indicates that several alarmist scientists deleted emails that were subject to a Freedom of Information Act request rather than produce them.  That's true; here is the context.
Examiner:
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.
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!
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Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:   Sarah Palin Slams Weak Obama “Going Around the World Bowing” (Video)
James Delingpole / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
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:
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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 …
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
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.
TigerHawk:
Bratty greedy college students, again, and subsidies for higher education  —  Glenn Reynolds links to this bit from Anthony Dick at the Corner about University of California students protesting cuts in subsidies.  The spectacle of generally left-wing students demanding that more wealth …
Discussion: Riehl World View
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Dan Pfeiffer / White House.gov Blog Feed:
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
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S.A. Miller / Washington Times:
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Kbh / KeithHennessey.com:
Reid bill: 16M uninsured U.S. citizens pay a penalty tax. 8M …
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KDVR:
Anti-Obama billboard stirs controversy
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
Semi-liveblog Of The Debate To Allow Debate To Begin In The Senate
Discussion: The Gavel
David Beamer / Wall Street Journal:
Eric Holder's Baffling KSM Decision
Del Quentin Wilber / Washington Post:
Ex-U.S. official and wife admit 30 years of spying for Cuba
Discussion: Althouse