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1:00 AM ET, December 7, 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 …
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
New York Times:   Push for Deal on Public Health Plan
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 …
Climategate: was Russian secret service behind email hacking plot?  —  There was growing speculation on Sunday that hackers working for the Russian secret service were responsible for the theft of controversial emails in the ‘Climategate’ scandal.  —  Thousands of emails …
Discussion: EU Referendum
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.”
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.)
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...
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
U.S. Forecasts Smaller Loss From Bailout of Banks  —  WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department expects to recover all but $42 billion of the $370 billion it has lent to ailing companies since the financial crisis began last year, with the portion lent to banks actually showing a slight profit, according to a new Treasury report.
ZIP / Weasel Zippers:
Charles Johnson Shocked, SHOCKED to Learn There are Actually People Who Don't Believe in Man-Made Global Warming.....  Note the Lizard King's first sentence: “A few years ago, I used to doubt that there really were climate change denialists”  —  Ummmm, Chuck, you were one of them....  From March 4, 2007:
Michael Hirsh / Newsweek:
Why is Barney Frank So Effing Mad?  —  The powerful Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee is doing his best to rein in Wall Street.  You got a problem with that?  —  Steven Crowley / The New York Times-Redux  —  From the magazine issue dated Dec 14, 2009
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
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 …
Christopher Booker / Telegraph:
Climategate reveals ‘the most influential tree in the world’  —  Leaked emails from the Climatic Research Unit show how the world's weightiest climate data has been distorted, says Christopher Booker  —  Coming to light in recent days has been one of the most extraordinary scientific detective stories …
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 …
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.
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
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Tom Zeller Jr / New York Times:
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Discussion: the talking dog and Beat the Press
Amotz Asa-El / Jerusalem Post:
Middle Israel: Obama's naivete will result in isolationism
Discussion: Power Line and Israel Matzav
Frank Rich / New York Times:
Obama's Logic Is No Match for Afghanistan
Discussion: The New Republic