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11:55 PM ET, December 8, 2009

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David Espo / Associated Press:
Dems agree to drop gov't-run insurance option  —  WASHINGTON — Democratic senators say they have a tentative deal to drop a government-run insurance option from health care legislation.  No further details were immediately available.  —  But liberals and moderates have been discussing an alternative …
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Reuters:
Democrats reach deal on health plan  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Democratic negotiators said they had reached agreement on Tuesday on a compromise on a scaled-back public insurance plan in a broad healthcare overhaul and would seek cost estimates on the deal.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Senate tables Nelson's abortion amendment 54-45  —  Senators voted Tuesday afternoon to set aside a healthcare amendment that would have curbed federal support for abortion coverage.  —  Senators voted to table a measure from Sens. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Pa.) …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Snowe Says She Opposes Medicare Buy-In Idea  —  Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) says a Medicare buy-in approach will be a hard sell with her.  She told reporters this afternoon that she's not inclined to support the idea, currently being discussed by liberal and conservative Democrats seeking a compromise on the public option.
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
Public Option Grand Compromise Becomes a Grand Big Nothing  —  Well, that did not take long.  Earlier today, I wrote how closely the new “grand compromise” on the public option at least seemed to closely resemble the theoretical alternative I wrote about several months ago based on several smart ideas.
The Huffington Post:
Medicare Buy-In Proposal Could Begin In 2010  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  There is “growing enthusiasm” for a proposal that would make Medicare coverage available to more consumers as early as next year, a Democratic source with knowledge of health care negotiations tells the Huffington Post.
The Politico:
Reid: Dems reach ‘broad agreement’  —  Senate Democrats have reached a “broad agreement” on a health reform bill, Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday night — a plan that negotiators have said would create a new national health-care plan with private insurers, and a chance for older Americans to “buy in” to Medicare.
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Nelson: Failure Of My Abortion Amendment Makes It Harder For Me …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Senators Reach Tentative Public Option Deal …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Lieberman Open To Medicare Buy-In, So Long As Public Option Scrapped
Discussion: Open Left, The Hill and Wonk Room
John Whitesides / Reuters:
Senate Democrats reach compromise on health plan
David Espo / Associated Press:
AP sources: Dems reach deal to drop public option
Discussion: CBS News and Michelle Malkin
Capitol Briefing:
Senate rejects Nelson amendment on abortion
Discussion: Townhall.com
Sarah Palin / Washington Post:
Copenhagen's political science  —  With the publication of damaging e-mails from a climate research center in Britain, the radical environmental movement appears to face a tipping point.  The revelation of appalling actions by so-called climate change experts allows the American public …
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Sarah Palin: Obama, boycott Copenhagen  —  In the practice of preaching to the choir, Sarah Palin appears to have all but patented the art of saying what a few want to hear — and it's an all-new tune now.  —  Palin, who was the Republican Party's nominee for vice president …
Discussion: D.C. Now
Boston Globe:
Coakley, Brown win primaries for US Senate seat  —  Martha Coakley, a no-nonsense lawyer who has worked more than two decades in law enforcement and rose to become Massachusetts attorney general, won the Democratic primary election tonight in the race to fill the US Senate seat left vacant by the late Edward M. Kennedy.
Discussion: Daily Kos and TPMDC
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Boston Globe:
Voters a rare sight at some polling places
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Coakley coasting to easy win in Mass. Senate Dem. primary
Discussion: The Politico
Boston Herald:
Brown, Coakley to face off in final for U.S. Senate
Discussion: MyDD
Boston Globe:
Senate primary liveblog coverage
Discussion: The Hill and Swing State Project
ABCNEWS:
Massive TSA Security Breach As Agency Gives Away Its Secrets  —  Online Posting Reveals a “How To” for Terrorists to Get Through Airport Security  —  In a massive security breach, the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) inadvertently posted online its entire airport screening procedures manual …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
My friend the president  —  Over the past couple of days, Andrew Sullivan has linked to and published protests from various individuals who are quite angry that people “on the left” are being so mean to President Obama, and several of them are so upset that they have decided they are “leaving the left,” whatever that might mean.
Discussion: Indecision Forever and TalkLeft
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Suzi Gablik / Virgil Speaks:
Why I'm Not a Liberal Anymore  —  Maybe the initial illuminating moment came when I learned that Tom Hayden, the anti-Vietnam war activist, had removed the Obama bumper sticker from his car.  All I know is that I can hardly stand reading the Huffington Post these days.
John Vidal / Guardian:
Copenhagen talks in chaos after leak  —  Developing countries react furiously to leaked draft agreement that would hand more power to rich nations, sideline the UN's negotiating role and abandon the Kyoto protocol  —  The UN Copenhagen climate talks are in disarray today …
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Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
White House wants suit against Yoo dismissed  —  (12-07) 11:33 PST SAN FRANCISCO — The Obama administration has asked an appeals court to dismiss a lawsuit accusing former Bush administration attorney John Yoo of authorizing the torture of a terrorism suspect, saying federal law does …
Discussion: Raw Story, Philly.com and Law Blog
Rasmussen Reports:
Most Americans Oppose Second Stimulus and Using Bailout Funds for States  —  President Obama hopes to use money still unspent from the $787-billion economic stimulus plan to fight the nation's 10% unemployment rate, and one of the ideas on the table is to channel money to states to keep them from laying off public employees.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Looking at Huck  —  After Mike Huckabee's bad news week his poll numbers must be completely shattered, right?  —  Not so much.  Our monthly look at the 2012 Presidential race, due out Thursday, will show Huckabee's favorability at 35/35, pretty much unchanged from 36/37 on our November poll.
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Robert Reich / Robert Reich's Blog:
The President's Job's Initiative Doesn't Measure Up  —  Barack Obama is trying once again for balance.  On the one hand, he wants enough government spending to offset the timid spending of consumers and businesses.  Otherwise, the jobs and wage recession could drag on for years.
The White House:
Remarks by the President on Job Creation and Economic Growth The Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C.  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you so much, Strobe, for your extraordinary leadership here at Brookings, and thanks to all of you in attendance.  —  Almost exactly one year ago …
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Cheney: Obama ‘more radical’ than seen  —  President Barack Obama, bowing to other leaders of the world, fails to understand the concept of “American exceptionalism,” former Vice President Dick Cheney contends.  —  “There's never been a nation like the United States of America in world history …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
 
 
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