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6:25 AM ET, December 8, 2009

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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 …
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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.
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.
Atrios / Eschaton:   Negotiating  —  Since all the dirty hippies decided …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Yes We Should  —  From a personal perspective, this would be a godsend:
Discussion: Corrente
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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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
GOP senators rebuke Reid's slavery remarks  —  Three Republican senators on Monday condemned Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) comments that Republicans who oppose healthcare reform are akin to the opponents of abolition and women's suffrage.  —  “Folks tend to crack under pressure …
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
GOP erupts over Reid slavery, segregation remarks
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.
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
EPA declares air a danger to human health
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Obama administration will formally declare danger of carbon emissions
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?
Discussion: Hot Air
Bryan Walsh / Time:
The Stolen E-Mails: Has ‘Climategate’ Been Overblown?  —  The controversy over e-mails stolen from global warming researchers at the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at Britain's University of East Anglia has become so divisive that there is even disagreement over what to call it.
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’ …
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.
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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Michael Volpe / Big Government:
The Recycled ACORN Whitewash: Wade Rathke Responds
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Boxer's message to men who support abortion riders: How would you like it if we singled out Viagara?  —  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.
Tim Pugmire / Minnesota Public Radio:
Bachmann wants a Palin book  —  Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann says she's not yet ready to back a 2012 presidential candidate.  —  Bachmann briefly talked politics with reporters this morning following a GOP State Capitol rally in support of a proposed constitutional amendment to cap state spending.
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Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Bachmann: I Hope Palin Signs Her Book For Me
Paul Krugman:
Unhelpful Hansen  —  James Hansen is a great climate scientist.  He was the first to warn about the climate crisis; I take what he says about coal, in particular, very seriously.  —  Unfortunately, while I defer to him on all matters climate, today's op-ed article suggests …
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 …
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
Bill Bush / dispatchpolitics.com:
Columbus schools tapped stimulus for room rentals  —  Columbus City Schools have more than 120 buildings designed for teaching.  —  But in a three-day effort to teach its teachers, the district is renting banquet halls, high-end hotels and conference centers — using almost $145,000 in federal grant dollars.
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Hit & Run
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.
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 and The Page
New York Times:
Pakistan Told to Ratchet Up Fight Against the Taliban  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is turning up the pressure on Pakistan to fight the Taliban inside its borders, warning that if it does not act more aggressively the United States will use considerably more force on the Pakistani side …
Discussion: MyDD, Balkinization and Swampland
 
 
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David Segal / New York Times:
Debt Raters Avoid Overhaul After Crisis
Discussion: naked capitalism
Asiaone:
Climate-gate global warming doubts ‘silly’: White House
Discussion: DeSmogBlog
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Politico Elected To Pulitzer Prize Board
Discussion: First Draft, Wonkette and The Politico
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Gregg: TARP is not a ‘piggy bank’ for Congress
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Page
Silla Brush / The Hill:
House Democrats eye ‘cramdown’ measure for regulatory reform bill
Mike Huckabee / Washington Post:
Why I commuted Maurice Clemmons's sentence
 Earlier Items: 
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Thune: Coburn amendment to put POTUS, Congress into healthcare ‘purgatory’
Discussion: Washington Monthly and GOP 12
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Checkmate: How Joe Lieberman Turned The Public Option Fight On Its Head
Chris Hedges / Truthdig:
Liberals Are Useless
Discussion: The Reaction and Firedoglake