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2:35 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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Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Obama administration will formally declare danger of carbon emissions  —  The Obama administration will formally declare Monday that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions pose a danger to the public's health and welfare, a move that lays the groundwork for an economy-wide carbon cap …
Guardian:
'Fourteen days to seal history's judgment on this generation'  —  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
Wall Street Journal:
Business Fumes Over EPA Rule  —  Carbon-Dioxide Emissions to Face Curbs  —  Officials gather in Copenhagen this week for an international climate summit, but business leaders are focusing even more on Washington, where the Obama administration is expected as early as Monday to formally declare carbon dioxide a dangerous pollutant.
Michelle Malkin:
56 Chicken Little newspapers on climate change
Discussion: Vanity Fair and NewsBusters.org
John M. Broder / Green Inc.:
E.P.A. Sets Carbon Crackdown
Discussion: MyDD and The New Republic
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.
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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.
Ezra Klein:
Exclusive: Medicare buy-in attracting interest in the public option negotiations  —  Sources who have been briefed on the negotiations say that Medicare buy-in is attracting the most interest.  Expanding Medicaid is running into more problems, though there's some appeal because …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Checkmate: How Joe Lieberman Turned The Public Option Fight On Its Head
David M. Herszenhorn / Prescriptions:
Ad Jabs at Lieberman Over ‘Public Option’
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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 …
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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 …
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.
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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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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: Accuracy in Media and Betsy's Page
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Thomas H. Maugh II / Los Angeles Times:
Pearl Harbor mini-submarine mystery solved?  —  Researchers think they have found the remains of a Japanese mini-submarine that probably fired on U.S. battleships on Dec. 7, 1941.  —  Japanese warplanes hit, from left, the USS West Virginia, USS Tennessee and USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor.
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Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Lt. John William Finn: Pearl Harbor's Last Hero, 68 Years Later
Discussion: Star Bulletin and BLACKFIVE
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 …
Discussion: GOP 12
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 …
Sarah Palin / To The Point News Syndicated:
SARAH AT THE GRIDIRON  —  [The Gridiron Club, founded in 1865, is the oldest and most prestigious journalist organization in Washington DC.  The annual Gridiron Dinner is attended by the media elite, at which the president is traditionally the speaker.  This year, President Zero …
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Nelson files his abortion amendment  —  Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson and Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch today filed their amendment to tighten restrictions on federal funding for abortion.  The amendment is likely to be debated on the floor tomorrow.  Most observers expect it to fail …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
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 …
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.”
 
 
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Tony Romm / The Hill:
ACORN: Employees caught on tape violated no laws
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Reuters:
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Chris Hedges / Truthdig:
Liberals Are Useless
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Chicago Man Charged in Mumbai Massacre **Bumped**
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POLITICO named to Pulitzer Board
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Race and politics in Alabama
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Obama meeting with Gore
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Freedom of Information: Open, closed
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Washington Times:
Justice thwarts Black Panther subpoenas
Tim Grieve / The Politico:
‘War on Christmas’ cools conference?
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
No Firm Plans for a U.S. Exit in Afghanistan