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11:40 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 …
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.
Clark Hoyt / New York Times:
Stolen E-Mail, Stoking the Climate Debate  —  AS world leaders prepare to meet tomorrow in Copenhagen to address global warming, skeptics are pointing to e-mail hacked from a computer server at a British university as evidence that the conference may be much ado about nothing.
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...
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.”
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 …
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:
Negotiators at Climate Talks Face Deep Set of Fault Lines
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
Eric A. Stern / New York Times:
Yes, Miky, There Are Rabbis in Montana
Frank Rich / New York Times:
Obama's Logic Is No Match for Afghanistan
Discussion: The New Republic