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6:10 PM ET, December 8, 2009

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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.
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Washington Post:
Lieberman assailed for role in health-care debate  —  Mischaracterization of public option alleged  —  Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (Conn.) has once again inserted himself into the middle of an inflamed partisan debate, raising questions about his motives, his ego and his fickle allegiance …
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Public option deal takes shape
The Huffington Post:
Medicare Buy-In Proposal Could Begin In 2010
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Hot Air
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Lieberman Open To Medicare Buy-In, So Long As Public Option Scrapped
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:   Reid doubles down on slavery analogy
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
House Liberals Skeptical Of Senate Proposals, Vow Not To Swallow Senate Compromise
Discussion: TalkLeft and AMERICAblog News
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Will Health Care Reform All Come Down To Ben Nelson?
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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 …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Morning Fix: Voters are voting in Massachusetts!  —  1. It's zero hour in the Massachusetts Senate special election race to replace the late Ted Kennedy.  The action is all on the Democratic side but thanks to state Attorney General Martha Coakley's name identification and financial advantages …
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Shocker polls: That Sarah Palin-Barack Obama gap melts to 1 point  —  Lordy, Lordy, Lordy, look what the pollsters just brought in.  —  A pair of new surveys revealing that President Obama is still declining and has hit a new low in job approval among Americans just 56 weeks after they elected him with a decided margin.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Palin: Huck made ‘horrible decision’  —  Sarah Palin says former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee made a “horrible decision” nine years ago in granting clemency to a man suspected of killing four police officers two weeks ago in Washington state.  —  “It was a bad decision obviously …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
And the media fawns all over Sarah Palin...
Discussion: US News
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 …
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.
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
My friend the president  —  Over the past couple of days …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Indecision Forever
Stanley Fish / Opinionator:
Sarah Palin Is Coming to Town  —  When I walked into the Strand Bookstore in Manhattan last week, I headed straight for the bright young thing who wore an “Ask Me” button, and asked her to point me to the section of the store where I might find Sarah Palin's memoir, “Going Rogue: An American Life.”
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MyFox Twin Cities:
Man Chucks Tomatoes at Sarah Palin at MOA
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
President Obama told me to stop ‘demeaning’ him, says Rep. Conyers  —  President Barack Obama recently called Rep. John Conyers Jr. to express his frustrations with the Judiciary Committee chairman's criticism.  —  In an interview with The Hill, Conyers said his opinions of Obama's policies …
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Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:   After Dig at GOP, Obama Invites Bipartisan Group to White House
Political Punch:
White House Has No Comment on Conyers Dishing on Presidential Phone Call
Discussion: Hot Air and Don Surber
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Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Fox fudges poll numbers to claim 120 percent of the public believes scientists falsify global warming data.  —  Last week, Fox and Friends showed a Rasmussen poll graphic revealing that a whopping 120 percent of the American public believes scientists may be falsifying research to support their own theories on global warming:
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Watts Up With That?:
The Smoking Gun At Darwin Zero  —  by Willis Eschenbach  —  People keep saying “Yes, the Climategate scientists behaved badly.  But that doesn't mean the data is bad.  That doesn't mean the earth is not warming.”  —  Darwin Airport - by Dominic Perrin via Panoramio  —  Let me start with the second objection first.
New York Times:
No Slowdown of Global Warming, Agency Says  —  COPENHAGEN — Despite recent fluctuations in global temperature year to year, which fueled claims of global cooling, a sustained global warming trend shows no signs of ending, according to new analysis by the World Meteorological Organization made public on Tuesday.
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David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
It's natural to behave irrationally
Discussion: Pajamas Media and NewsBusters.org
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 …
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 …
Clive Crook:
“Science” responds to Climategate  —  The response of the climate-science establishment to Climategate has been disappointing if predictable.  The guild mentality has come to the fore.  Campaigns are under way to defend the integrity of science from a scurrilous smear campaign.
Discussion: EU Referendum
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Sen. Nelson introduces war bonds bill to finance military in Iraq and Afghanistan  —  The United States would begin financing its military engagements in Iraq and Afghanistan with war bonds under new legislation introduced Tuesday.  —  Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) unveiled the …
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.
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.) …
Reuters:
U.S. nurses unions merge, back healthcare overhaul  —  PHOENIX (Reuters) - Three nurses unions merged on Monday to form the largest-ever labor organization for U.S. medical professionals, which is expected to wield greater clout in collective bargaining and the national healthcare debate.
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Huckabee: A ‘Big Tent’ Will ‘Kill The Conservative Movement’  —  In the wake of two devastating losses in the 2006 and 2008 elections, and the intra-party dispute surrounding the special election last month in New York's 23rd Congressional District, many Republican Party leaders have argued for a “big tent” GOP in order to regain power.
New York Times:
Coordinated Bomb Attacks in Baghdad Kill Scores of People  —  BAGHDAD — A series of car bombings devastated government institutions across Baghdad on Tuesday, provoking public and political denunciations of the country's security forces.  The attacks came as officials agreed at last to set a date in March for a national election.
 
 
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