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11:50 PM ET, December 6, 2009

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The Huffington Post:
Obama Silent On Public Option In Speech To Senators  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  As President Obama finished his speech to the Democratic caucus in the Capitol's Mansfield Room on Sunday afternoon, Joe Lieberman made his way over to Harry Reid.  —  The independent who still caucuses …
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Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Obama meets Dems without addressing divisive issues; negotiations continue  —  President Barack Obama gave Senate Democrats a “pep talk” on healthcare Sunday, telling them they stood to make history if they passed a bill expanding healthcare coverage to millions of Americans.
Discussion: The Hill
Jacob S. Hacker / The New Republic:
You Call This a Compromise?  —  As the Senate debates the health care bill put together by Majority Leader Reid, the scramble is on to come up with a new compromise regarding the public option—the public health insurance plan modeled after Medicare that will be offered within …
New York Times:   Obama Pushes Democrats on Health Care
Mike Tidwell / Washington Post:
To really save the planet, stop going green  —  As President Obama heads to Copenhagen next week for global warming talks, there's one simple step Americans back home can take to help out: Stop “going green.”  Just stop it.  No more compact fluorescent light bulbs.  No more green wedding planning.
Discussion: Althouse
Steven Hayward / No Left Turns:
Climate Scientist to Revkin: “we can no longer trust you” to carry water for us.  —  Okay folks, here comes a new e-mail from the climate community yesterday that I did not hack (I was copied on it), and it is a case study in not getting it.  Back story: Ever since Chris Horner …
Michael Scherer / Swampland:
What Barack Obama Really Thinks Of The White House Press  —  We are past, for the moment, the White House “war” on Fox, such as it was.  (Obama did an interview with Fox News' Major Garrett a few weeks back, and General Petraeus is on Fox News Sunday today, with close Obama ally Dick Durbin.)
Daily Mail:
Were Russian security services behind the leak of ‘Climategate’ emails?  —  Suspicions were growing last night that Russian security services were behind the leaking of the notorious British ‘Climategate’ emails which threaten to undermine tomorrow's Copenhagen global warming summit.
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Ben Frumin / TPM LiveWire:
Friedman Compares Afghanistan To ‘Special Needs Baby’  —  New York Times columnist, three-time Pulitzer winner and bestselling author Thomas Friedman compared Afghanistan to “a special needs baby” on CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS today. … The author of “The World Is Flat” has a reputation for confused metaphors, but still...
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN
Andrew Gilligan / Telegraph:
Copenhagen climate summit: 1,200 limos, 140 private planes and caviar wedges  —  Copenhagen is preparing for the climate change summit that will produce as much carbon dioxide as a town the size of Middlesbrough.  —  On a normal day, Majken Friss Jorgensen, managing director …
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Romney: Pawlenty wrong on plan  —  Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said Sunday that Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has his facts wrong in criticizing the health care plan Romney instituted in his state.  —  Pawlenty has repeatedly pointed to the Massachusetts plan of his potential rival …
Discussion: The Page
Marc Sheppard / American Thinker:
Understanding Climategate's Hidden Decline  —  Close followers of the Climategate controversy know that much of the mêlée surrounds an e-mail in which Climate Research Unit (CRU) chief Phil Jones wrote about using “Mike's Nature Trick” (MNT) to “hide the decline.”
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
May It All Come True  —  President Obama certainly showed leadership mettle in going against his own party's base and ordering a troop surge into Afghanistan.  He is going to have to be even more tough-minded, though, to make sure his policy is properly executed.  —  I've already explained why I oppose this escalation.
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Associated Press:   Gates Expects 2-4 Years of Big Afghan Role for U.S.
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Jones: Afghan war 2011 deadline a ‘slope,’ not a ‘cliff’
Discussion: The Politico and FP Passport
The Huffington Post:
Palin's Father: She Left Hawaii Because Asians Made Her Uncomfortable  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Did Sarah Palin leave Hawaii because there were too many Asians?  In the New Yorker review of “Going Rogue,” Sam Tanenhaus writes that Palin's father suggested as much to the reporters who wrote “Sarah From Alaska.”
Robert H. Frank / New York Times:
How to Run Up a Deficit, Without Fear  —  FEW subjects rival the federal budget deficit in its power to provoke muddled thinking.  —  It's a pity, because there are really only three basic truths that policy makers need to know about deficits: First, it's actually good to run them during deep economic downturns.
Discussion: The Confluence and TigerHawk
 
 
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Amotz Asa-El / Jerusalem Post:
Middle Israel: Obama's naivete will result in isolationism
Discussion: Power Line and Israel Matzav
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Frank Rich / New York Times:
Obama's Logic Is No Match for Afghanistan
Discussion: The New Republic