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2:45 AM ET, December 5, 2009

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Jim Tankersley / The Swamp:
Obama delays Copenhagen, raises stakes  —  by Jim Tankersley and updated 4:50 pm EST  —  President Barack Obama will push back his visit to the international climate change treaty negotiations in Copenhagen from the first week of the conference to its final scheduled day, a senior White House official said this afternoon.
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Dan / Riehl World View:
Obama Changes Copenhagen Plans, Invites Huge Failure, Again  —  How many times have we seen this strategy explode in Obama's face only one year into his term?  He did the very same thing with the Olympics to disastrous effect. … Obama continues to think this is all about him, somehow.
Discussion: The Politico
BBC:   UN body enters climate e-mail row
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Palin Puts The Trig Question Back On The Table  —  Sarah Palin has now made two very clear public statements in the last day about the legitimacy of questions about the maternity of her son Trig.  Here's the first, transcribed from the interview above: … And here's the second, a later Facebook attempt to walk back some of this:
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Reuters:
Palin Gets Another Ethics Complaint (Read Her Staff's Emails)  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Yet another ethics complaint has been filed against former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, this time on the grounds that both she and her staff used official state facilities and resources for “partisan political purposes.”
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Palin, anti-abortion star
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Bree Palin
Sahil Kapur / Raw Story:
Exclusive: Beck's movie bombs in New York, Boston — and Washington, D.C.  —  In New York, Beck sold 17 tickets.  In Boston, another 17.  And in Washington, D.C., the hotbed of political activism, his tearful film drew only 30, Raw Story has found.  —  Glenn Beck's new movie The Christmas Sweater …
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Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Beck's ‘Christmas Sweater’ flops in major cities, just 17 tickets sold in New York and Boston.  —  Last night, Fox News host Glenn Beck premiered his new live show based on his book The Christmas Sweater, which was simulcast to hundreds of movie theaters across the country.
Joseph Childers / Ephemera Etcetera:   Glenn Beck's ‘Christmas Sweater’: A Viewer's Guide
The Huffington Post:
Aetna Forcing 600,000-Plus To Lose Coverage In Effort To Raise Profits  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Health insurance giant Aetna is planning to force up to 650,000 clients to drop their coverage next year as it seeks to raise additional revenue to meet profit expectations.
Spiegel Online:
Prostitutes Offer Free Climate Summit Sex  —  Copenhagen Mayor Ritt Bjerregaard sent postcards to city hotels warning summit guests not to patronize Danish sex workers during the upcoming conference.  Now, the prostitutes have struck back, offering free sex to anyone who produces one of the warnings.
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Watts Up With That?:   Gropenhagen: Prostitutes Offer Free Climate Summit Sex
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
McCain's madder than he's ever been  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) says he's “madder than he's ever been.”  —  And that's saying something.  —  Don Imus and the Arizona Republican were talking Friday morning about the February stimulus vote when McCain, who kept his famous temper at bay during the '08 campaign, went Howard Beale.
Andrew Ramonas / Main Justice:
Baucus Girlfriend Withdrew as U.S. Attorney Candidate  —  A Department of Justice official who is in a relationship with Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) withdrew as a finalist for Montana U.S. Attorney to live with the senator in Washington, a Baucus spokesperson confirmed to Main Justice today.
Discussion: Glenn Thrush's Blog
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Associated Press:
Baucus Nominated Girlfriend for Post, Aide Says  —  HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A spokesman for U.S. Sen. Max Baucus says the Montana Democrat was in a romantic relationship with the woman he nominated for U.S. attorney.  —  Spokesman Ty Matsdorf says Baucus and his former state office director Melodee Hanes began …
Discussion: MyDD
Laura Blumenfeld / Washington Post:
The $700 billion man  —  NEVADA COUNTY, CALIF. — He wears no coat though it's freezing, shines no light though it's near midnight, carries no shotgun though he's tramping on the pine-needled tracks of black bears.  —  He wants to be lost in these woods.  —  “Come on, you bums,” …
Discussion: The Awl
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
White House Pleased By Unemployment Dip  —  Not long ago, an American unemployment rate of 10 percent would have been disturbing news at the White House.  But on Friday, it was seen as an early Christmas gift of sorts, a bright spot in a challenging spell for President Obama.
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
NV-Sen: Dear Harry, Kicking Your Ass is Going to be Fun  —  Harry Reid has raised a small fortune for his reelection campaign, and it's not working: … I've been talking to a lot of people in Arkansas recently, and they all say that Blanche Lincoln traded her vote on health care for her chairmanship of the Ag Committee.
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Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Senate to vote on health amendments over weekend
Discussion: The Hill, Open Congress and The Page
Stephen Koff / Plain Dealer:
Sen. Sherrod Brown joins Republicans in demanding that Congress go on ‘public option,’ too  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Whenever Democrats talk about their proposed federally backed insurance plan, or public option, in the ongoing health-care debate, critics pipe up.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
Gregg's Health Care Solution: 'If You Work For The Government, You'll Have The Same Health Care I Have'  —  In recent days, Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) has been circulating a memo among his Republican colleagues, outlining the various tactics that the GOP can use to kill the health care legislation in the Senate.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Shakesville
Ezra Klein:
Can Congress cut Medicare costs?  —  Jim Horney is the director of federal fiscal policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.  Before that, he worked on the Senate Budget Committee, and before that, he served as chief of the Projections Unit in the Budget Analysis Division of the Congressional Budget Office.
Discussion: cbpp.org and Matthew Yglesias
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CNN:
CNN Poll: Obama approval under 50 percent  —  Washington (CNN) - Support for President Barack Obama's Afghanistan policy is fairly high, but that hasn't stopped his approval rating from dropping below 50 percent for the first time in a CNN poll.  —  According to a CNN/Opinion Research …
David Saltonstall / NY Daily News:
Going for gold: Rudy Giuliani takes job as security consultant for Rio 2016 Olympic Games  —  Further proof that Rudy Giuliani is less than focused on running for office has emerged in an unlikely spot - Rio de Janeiro.  —  Brazilian officials, joined by Giuliani in sunny Rio …
Discussion: msnbc.com
Adam Nagourney / The Caucus:
Palin, Frank to Speak at Gridiron Dinner  —  This might not make the Sarah Palin Twitter feed.  —  The former Alaska governor and one-time vice presidential candidate has been traveling the country in recent weeks, promoting her book and disparaging Democrats, the Washington establishment and the media elite.
Discussion: Boston Globe
Robert T. Garrett / Dallas Morning News:
Houston Mayor Bill White to run for Texas governor  —  rtgarrett@dallasnews.com  —  HOUSTON - Houston Mayor Bill White, vowing to fix Texas' public schools and clean its polluted air, announced today that he'll seek the Democratic nomination for governor.  —  With a high profile …
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Apple Strikes Deal to Buy the Music Start-Up Lala  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In the most recent sign that Apple is looking at alternative ways for people to store and play their digital music, the company has agreed to buy Lala, a four-year-old start-up based in Palo Alto, Calif., a person with knowledge of the deal said Friday.
Paul Krugman:
Good news is bad news  —  Today's unemployment report was good news.  But in a real sense good news is bad news, because this month's not-too-bad number deflates the sense of urgency.  —  The fact remains that realistic projections show unemployment staying disastrously high for many years.
CNN:
107 slave laborers freed in Mexico City  —  Mexico City, Mexico (CNN) — Mexican authorities have freed 107 indigenous people who officials say were being held as slave laborers in a Mexico City factory disguised as a drug rehabilitation center.  —  Twenty-three suspects were arrested in Thursday's raid …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Shakesville
 
 
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