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9:10 AM ET, December 9, 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:
Democrats Agree To Tentatively Trade Opt-Out For Trigger, Medicare Buy In, And More  —  An aide briefed on the negotiations among the gang of 10 offers up the rundown of the most important aspects of the public option compromise being sent to CBO.  —  If this trade-off carries the day, the opt out public option is gone.
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 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 would replace the public option in the current Senate bill with a new national insurance plan offered by private insurers …
New York Times:
Reid Says Deal Resolves the Impasse on the Public Option  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, said Tuesday night that he and a group of 10 Democratic senators had reached “a broad agreement” to resolve a dispute over a proposed government-run health insurance plan …
The Huffington Post:
Breakthrough: Health Care Talks Advance In Senate  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Senate negotiators emerged from a full day of meetings Tuesday saying they had made genuine progress toward a deal on health care reform.  —  They declined to outline the specifics of the agreement …
Ezra Klein:
The team of 10 reaches a deal on the public option  —  But, err, they won't tell anyone what it is.  At least not until they hear back from the Congressional Budget Office.  The most telling tidbit so far has come from Sen. Jay Rockefeller, who said, “I've got a smile on my face.  I don't smile naturally.”
Los Angeles Times:
Senate Democrats reach healthcare deal on ‘public option’
Discussion: Firedoglake and Truthdig
Patricia Murphy / Politics Daily:
All Roads Lead to Olympia Snowe as Reid Looks for Health Care Closer
Discussion: Plain Dealer
John Whitesides / Reuters:
Senate Democrats reach compromise on health plan
Discussion: Townhall.com and The Page
David Espo / Associated Press:
AP sources: Dems reach deal to drop public option
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Senators Reach Tentative Public Option Deal …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Nelson: Failure Of My Abortion Amendment Makes It Harder For Me …
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 …
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Washington Post:
TSA accidentally reveals airport security secrets
Discussion: The Page
Boston Globe:
Coakley, Brown win primaries for US Senate seat  —  Attorney General Martha Coakley easily captured the Democratic nomination for the US Senate tonight and took a giant step toward smashing the state's political glass ceiling, as she parlayed her straightforward style and strong appeal among women …
Discussion: TPMDC, Daily Kos and The Page
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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
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 …
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Dick Cheney: Obama Does Not Share That Belief in American Exceptionalism (Video)  —  Former VP Dick Cheney was on with Sean Hannity tonight.  During the interview Cheney said that, “Barack Obama does not share that belief of American exceptionalism that most of us believe in.”
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Michelle Malkin:
Sarah in the Springs  —  We had frigid weather and several inches of Goreflakes on the ground here in Colorado Springs, but Sarah Palin lit up the town for a Borders signing earlier this evening that drew yet another massive crowd on her nationwide “Going Rogue” book tour.
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Tom Roeder / Gazette:
Hundreds line up for Palin's autograph on ‘Going Rogue’
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Exclusive: George gets ‘GMA’  —  ABC News will announce George Stephanopoulos as an anchor of “Good Morning America,” to start as soon as Monday, industry sources tell POLITICO.  The announcement is planned for Thursday.  —  Stephanopoulos, 48, joins Robin Roberts at the anchor desk of the lucrative morning show.
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Climate Deal Likely to Bear Big Price Tag  —  WASHINGTON — If negotiators reach an accord at the climate talks in Copenhagen it will entail profound shifts in energy production, dislocations in how and where people live, sweeping changes in agriculture and forestry and the creation of complex …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
A Transaction Tax Would Hurt All Investors  —  The unintended consequences of the ‘Let Wall Street Pay for the Restoration of Main Street Act.’  —  'Don't tax you, don't tax me, tax that fellow behind the tree.  " Those famous words were spoken more than 30 years ago by the late Louisiana …
Discussion: The Glittering Eye and TigerHawk
 
 
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