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3:20 PM ET, December 7, 2009

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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 …
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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.
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.
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 …
Michelle Malkin:
56 Chicken Little newspapers on climate change
Discussion: Vanity Fair and NewsBusters.org
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.
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
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IdeaScale / The Huffington Post:
Senate Dems May Open Up Medicare To Pacify Progressives  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Senate Democrats are discussing the idea of expanding Medicare by lowering the age at which the elderly could enter the government-run insurance program, Democratic sources on the Hill tell the Huffington Post.
CNN:
Senate health care debate focuses on abortion
Discussion: Truthdig
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Checkmate: How Joe Lieberman Turned The Public Option Fight On Its Head  —  After Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) threw down the gauntlet on the public option, political observers and liberal critics had no shortage of theories.  Lieberman was rebelling against the liberal base.  Lieberman harbors animosity about 2006.
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David M. Herszenhorn / Prescriptions:
Ad Jabs at Lieberman Over ‘Public Option’
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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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Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
Chairman Ben S. Bernanke  —  At the Economic Club of Washington D.C., Washington D.C.  —  Frequently Asked Questions  —  It is a pleasure to speak once again before the Economic Club of Washington.  Having faced the most serious financial crisis and the worst recession since the Great Depression …
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Luca Di Leo / Wall Street Journal:
Bernanke Cautions on Recovery
Discussion: The Page
Tony Romm / The Hill:
ACORN: Employees caught on tape violated no laws  —  An internal investigation of a series of videos depicting ACORN workers assisting a costumed pimp and prostitute concluded Monday that those employees “did not engage in any illegal activity.”  —  While the report, prepared …
Discussion: The Swamp
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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 …
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
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 …
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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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 …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
After Brief Uptick, Obama Approval Slips to 47%  —  New low follows slight increase after announcement of Afghanistan policy  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Barack Obama's presidential job approval rating is 47% in the latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking update, a new low for his administration to date.
 
 
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Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
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