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3:05 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  —  Make sure you keep this list of 56 newspapers handy when looking for thorough, fair coverage of the ClimateChange scandal.  —  These are 56 newspapers that you cannot trust on the issue:  —  Today, the eco-herd of papers published …
Discussion: Vanity Fair and NewsBusters.org
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 …
Associated Press:
EPA says greenhouse gases are harmful
Discussion: Washington Monthly and RedState
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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Ed Hornick / CNN:
Born in anger, Tea Party could split in anger
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.
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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Victoria McGrane / The Politico:
Strange coalition targets Bernanke  —  There's a strange political cocktail brewing in Washington, one that mixes top conservative strategist Grover Norquist and tea party organizers at FreedomWorks with democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), progressive activists and public interest advocates.
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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: Wonk Room, Daily Kos and TalkLeft
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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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
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
ACORN review: No illegality  —  An outside review of the beleaguered community group ACORN has found “serious management challenges,” but no pattern of illegal activity.  —  The review, commissioned by ACORN in the wake of a hidden video expose that showed a few of its employees appearing …
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Tony Romm / The Hill:
ACORN: Employees caught on tape violated no laws
Discussion: The Swamp
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 and Shakesville
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Wall Street Journal:
Abortion Emerges as Bill's Top Threat
Discussion: Firedoglake
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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CNN:
Senate health care debate focuses on abortion  —  Washington (CNN) — Senate debate on a sweeping health care bill proceeds to one of the most controversial issues Monday: an amendment to tighten restrictions on federal funding for abortion.  —  The amendment by moderate Democratic …
Discussion: Truthdig
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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
Chris Hedges / Truthdig:
Liberals Are Useless  —  Liberals are a useless lot.  They talk about peace and do nothing to challenge our permanent war economy.  They claim to support the working class, and vote for candidates that glibly defend the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Discussion: Firedoglake
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Michael Calderone / The Politico:
POLITICO named to Pulitzer Board
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Race and politics in Alabama
Discussion: Eduwonk
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Obama meeting with Gore
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Freedom of Information: Open, closed
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Justice thwarts Black Panther subpoenas
Tim Grieve / The Politico:
‘War on Christmas’ cools conference?
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
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