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8:45 AM ET, December 8, 2009

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New York Times:
Liberal Senators Press for Expansion of Medicare  —  WASHINGTON — In return for concessions on their proposal for a new government-run health insurance plan, liberal Democratic senators pushed Monday for expansion of Medicare and Medicaid and more stringent federal regulation of the insurance industry.
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Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Public option deal takes shape  —  A potential deal took shape Monday that could eliminate the public option from the Senate health reform bill, as Democrats weighed big expansions of both Medicare and Medicaid in a bid to break an impasse over the government insurance plan.
MyFox Twin Cities:
Man Chucks Tomatoes at Sarah Palin at MOA  —  The man misses and hits an officer instead  —  BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (FOX 9) - A man was arrested for throwing tomatoes at Sarah Palin during her book signing on Monday at the Mall of America.  —  Jeremy Olson, 33, allegedly threw two tomatoes …
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Stanley Fish / Opinionator:
Sarah Palin Is Coming to Town
Discussion: Whiskey Fire
Michelle Malkin:
Shhh!  Don't confuse Reid with history while he's playing the race card!  —  It was the GOP that fought slavery and the Democrat Party that battled to preserve it.  —  It's the Democrat Party, not the GOP, that boasts an ex-Klansman among its senior leaders.
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Bryan Walsh / Time:
The Truth Behind the Leaked Climate-Change E-Mails  —  Icebergs float out of the Jacobshavn Fjord into the Jacobshavn bay near Ilulissat, Greenland  —  The controversy over e-mails stolen from global-warming researchers at the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at Britain's University of East Anglia …
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George Monbiot / Guardian:
The climate denial industry is out to dupe the public.  And it's working  —  Think environmentalists are stooges?  You're the unwitting recruit of a hugely powerful oil lobby - I've got the proof  —  Read the case notes for this article here  —  When you survey the trail of wreckage left …
Asiaone:
Climate-gate global warming doubts ‘silly’: White House
Discussion: DeSmogBlog
yosemite.epa.gov:
EPA: Greenhouse Gases Threaten Public Health and the Environment  —  Science overwhelmingly shows greenhouse gas concentrations at unprecedented levels due to human activity  —  WASHINGTON - After a thorough examination of the scientific evidence and careful consideration of public comments …
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Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Obama administration will formally declare danger of carbon emissions
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
EPA declares air a danger to human health
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Fox News:
Ahmadinejad Reportedly Claims U.S. is Blocking Return of Mankind's Savior  —  Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claims the United States is attempting to thwart the return of mankind's savior, according to reports from Al Arabiya, a television news station based in Dubai.
CNN:
CNN Poll: Palin's popularity on the rise  —  Washington (CNN) - Sarah Palin has erased her drop in the polls that followed her resignation as Alaska governor, according to new national survey.  —  But when it comes to opinions of Palin, a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Monday suggests …
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CNN:
CNN Poll: Skepticism on global warming heating up?  —  Washington (CNN) - A rise in skepticism among Americans over global warming is mostly due to changes among Republicans, according to new national poll.  —  The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey, released Monday …
Discussion: The Politico and Hot Air
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Gates: 'We're in this thing to win'  —  In a surprise visit to Afghanistan, he aims to reassure troops, Karzai  —  KABUL — Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived in this war-torn country Tuesday morning on an unannounced visit, prepared to offer U.S. troops a message from Washington …
Discussion: The Hill, Jules Crittenden and The Page
Lucian Kim / Bloomberg:
Hitler's Remains Were Destroyed on KGB Orders, Interfax Reports  —  Dec. 7 (Bloomberg) — Adolf Hitler's remains were burned and dumped into an East German river by Soviet agents 25 years after the end of World War II, Interfax reported, citing Vasily Khristoforov, the Federal Security Service's chief archivist.
The Note:
Santorum: ‘Absolutely Taking a Look’ at Running in '12; Palin Will ‘Have to Do Some Explaining if She Runs’  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports:  —  Former Sen. Rick Santorum has some more political travel on tap this week, with a trip scheduled for South Carolina to follow recent visits to Iowa …
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Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Santorum ‘absolutely’ …
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Boxer's message to men who support abortion riders: How would you like it if we singled out Viagra?  —  Today, the Senate began debate on Sen. Ben Nelson's (D-NE) amendment to prohibit federal funds from being used for abortions or for plans that include abortion services.
Michael Volpe / Big Government:
The Recycled ACORN Whitewash: Wade Rathke Responds  —  The internal report issued by former Massachusetts Attorney General is out.  Clearly, here's what the headline will be. … This was immediately mocked by conservatives in the media. … In fact, everyone is getting into word games here.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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David Segal / New York Times:
Debt Raters Avoid Overhaul After Crisis  —  When the financial crisis began, few players on Wall Street looked more ripe for reform than the Big Three credit rating agencies.  —  It wasn't just that Moody's Investors Service, Standard & Poor's and Fitch Ratings, played a crucial role …
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Primary likely to serve as de facto special election for Kennedy's seat  —  Massachusetts voters will pick a Democratic nominee for the race to replace the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) on Tuesday, and that candidate is expected to have little trouble in next month's special election.
Discussion: Scorecard's Blog and The Politico
Charles Duhigg / New York Times:
Millions in U.S. Drink Dirty Water, Records Show  —  More than 20 percent of the nation's water treatment systems have violated key provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act over the last five years, according to a New York Times analysis of federal data.  —  That law requires communities to deliver safe tap water to local residents.
Discussion: Don Surber
David Brooks / New York Times:
An Innovation Agenda  —  The economy seems to be stabilizing, and this has prompted a shift in the public mood.  Raw fear has given way to anxiety that the recovery will be feeble and drab.  Companies are hoarding cash.  Banks aren't lending to small businesses.  Private research spending is drifting downward.
Discussion: Beat the Press
CNN:
President Obama to propose $200 billion for jobs creation  —  Washington (CNN) - President Obama will propose using $200 billion from the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) to support creating jobs, White House officials confirmed Monda  —  The president, in an economic speech …
 
 
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CBS News:
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Columbus schools tapped stimulus for room rentals
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Politico Elected To Pulitzer Prize Board
Discussion: First Draft, Wonkette and The Politico
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Gregg: TARP is not a ‘piggy bank’ for Congress
Discussion: The Politico, Firedoglake and The Page
Silla Brush / The Hill:
House Democrats eye ‘cramdown’ measure for regulatory reform bill
Tim Pugmire / Minnesota Public Radio:
Bachmann wants a Palin book