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1:15 PM ET, December 7, 2009

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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
An Affordable Truth  —  Maybe I'm naïve, but I'm feeling optimistic about the climate talks starting in Copenhagen on Monday.  President Obama now plans to address the conference on its last day, which suggests that the White House expects real progress.
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Guardian:
'14 days to seal history's verdict'  —  This editorial calling for action from world leaders on climate change is published today by 56 newspapers around the world in 20 languages  —  Copenhagen climate change summit - opening day liveblog  —  Today 56 newspapers in 45 countries …
New York Times:
In Face of Skeptics, Experts Affirm Climate Peril  —  Just two years ago, a United Nations panel that synthesizes the work of hundreds of climatologists around the world called the evidence for global warming “unequivocal.”  —  But as representatives of about 200 nations converge in Copenhagen …
The Independent:
Home > News > World > Europe  —  The news that a leaked set of emails appeared to show senior climate scientists had manipulated data was shocking enough.  Now the story has become more remarkable still.  —  The computer hack, said a senior member of the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change …
Lisa Lerer / The Politico:
U.N. leaders: Clock has ticked to zero
Discussion: The Swamp
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
NPR reporter pressured over Fox role  —  Executives at National Public Radio recently asked the network's top political correspondent, Mara Liasson, to reconsider her regular appearances on Fox News because of what they perceived as the network's political bias, two sources familiar with the effort said.
Rasmussen Reports:
Tea Party Tops GOP on Three-Way Generic Ballot  —  Running under the Tea Party brand may be better in congressional races than being a Republican.  —  In a three-way Generic Ballot test, the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds Democrats attracting 36% of the vote.
Jackie Calmes / Boston Globe:
US may recover most TARP loans  —  WASHINGTON - The Treasury Department expects to recover all but $42 billion of the $370 billion it loaned to ailing companies during the financial crisis last year, with the portion loaned to banks showing a slight profit, according to a Treasury report.
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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.
Ezra Klein:
The not-a-public-option compromise, and beyond  —  There's a lot left to be decided in health-care reform, or at least there should be.  The subsidies could use some help, and the Medicare Commission should be strengthened.  The House and Senate need to figure out their revenue measures …
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
In Polls, Much Opposition to Health Care Plan Is From Left  —  Don't know why I didn't catch this earlier, but it strikes me as fairly important.  —  Ipsos/McClatchy put out a health care poll two weeks ago.  The topline results were nothing special: 34 percent favored …
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Ezra Klein:
Two-thirds of Americans don't understand the public option
Discussion: TalkLeft and Matthew Yglesias
Wall Street Journal:
Girlfriends and Double Standards  —  Before Max Baucus there was Paul Wolfowitz.  Will the ethical uproar be the same?  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Here's a poser: Suppose a public official is accused of recommending his girlfriend for a promotion, though he was the one who first flagged …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
No Firm Plans for a U.S. Exit in Afghanistan  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration sent a forceful public message Sunday that American military forces could remain in Afghanistan for a long time, seeking to blunt criticism that President Obama had sent the wrong signal in his war-strategy speech …
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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.”
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Race and politics in Alabama  —  Artur Davis's quest to become the first black Governor of Alabama has brought out — because of the state, because of the way state politics work — a different racial dynamic than even the presidential contest.  And the latest episode is a column by Joe Reed …
Discussion: Eduwonk
Sebastian Rotella / Los Angeles Times:
U.S. sees homegrown Muslim extremism as rising threat  —  This may have been the most dangerous year since 9/11, anti-terrorism experts say.  —  Reporting from Washington - The Obama administration, grappling with a spate of recent Islamic terrorism cases on U.S. soil …
Discussion: YID With LID and Commentary
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court to take up corruption law  —  ‘Honest services’ called too vague; prosecutors call provision vital  —  The Supreme Court this week will consider whether to apply the brakes to what critics have called a vague and limitless law that has proved essential to federal prosecutors …
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Obama meeting with Gore  —  President Obama will meet with Al Gore in the Oval Office this afternoon, the White House announced.  —  The two will likely discuss climate change and the president's upcoming trip to the international climate change conference in Copenhagen.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
WBRZ-TV:
SUBURBAN AND STATE  —  Dardenne ponders Vitter vulnerability  —  Secretary of State Jay Dardenne said he is considering conducting a poll to measure Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter's vulnerability among Louisiana GOP voters.  —  “I've had a lot of people suggest that I do that.
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
Secret Service counts 91 breaches  —  2003 report has been used as training tool  —  Long before a pair of gate-crashers penetrated a White House state dinner, the Secret Service had detailed for its internal use a lengthy list of security breaches dating to the Carter administration …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and The Page
 
 
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Michael Calderone / The Politico:
POLITICO named to Pulitzer Board
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Sarah Palin / To The Point News Syndicated:
SARAH AT THE GRIDIRON  —  [The Gridiron Club, founded in 1865 …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Atlas Shrugs
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Freedom of Information: Open, closed
Discussion: D.C. Now
Washington Times:
Justice thwarts Black Panther subpoenas
Brendan Farrington / MiamiHerald.com:
Analysis: With election near, Gov. Crist changes
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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