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10:55 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.
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.
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.
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Senators Reach Tentative Public Option Deal—Withhold Details As They Await CBO Score  —  Ten Democratic Senators emerged tonight from a long series of meetings having reached a tentative agreement on a public option compromise.  None would comment on the actual provisions in the deal …
Suzy Khimm / The New Republic:
Rockefeller: Medicaid Expansion Is Out  —  While some have celebrated the newest public option compromise as a solution to the political deadlock on Capitol Hill, Senate leaders have already begun watering down some of the strongest elements of the new plan, which is combines a Medicare buy-in …
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
Public Option Grand Compromise Becomes a Grand Big Nothing
Washington Post:
Lieberman assailed for role in health-care debate
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Will Health Care Reform All Come Down To Ben Nelson?
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
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 …
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.) …
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Capitol Briefing:   Senate rejects Nelson amendment on abortion
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Nelson: Failure Of My Abortion Amendment Makes It Harder For Me …
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 …
Boston Globe:
Voters a rare sight at some polling places  —  With the clock ticking down towards the close of the polls at 8 p.m., some communities reported low voter turnout in the special primary elections for US Senate.  —  People breezed past community centers, gymnasiums, town halls …
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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
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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
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.
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.
New York Times:
Obama Offers Help for Small Businesses  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama presented a series of initiatives on Tuesday aimed at turning around the nation's beleaguered job market, paying particular attention to increasing the hiring of small businesses by opening lines of credit and offering tax breaks …
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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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