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3:45 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  —  A potential deal took shape Monday that could eliminate the public option from the Senate health reform bill, as Democrats weighed big expansions of both Medicare and Medicaid in a bid to break an impasse over the government insurance plan.
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  —  The man misses and hits an officer instead  —  BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (FOX 9) - A man was arrested for throwing tomatoes at Sarah Palin during her book signing on Monday at the Mall of America.  —  Jeremy Olson, 33, allegedly threw two tomatoes …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
And the media fawns all over Sarah Palin...
Discussion: US News and AMERICAblog News
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Gibbs: Poll like a six-year-old … No comments yet.  Be the first!
Discussion: JOSHUAPUNDIT and Weasel Zippers
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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.
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 …
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 …
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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Political Punch:
White House Has No Comment on Conyers Dishing on Presidential Phone Call
Discussion: Hot Air and Don Surber
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:
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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Washington Post:
Obama preparing new push to add jobs, tackle deficit
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama Announces New Jobs Programs
Discussion: MyDD
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.
New York Times:
Global Warming Is Not Slowing, New Analysis 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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Lee Fang / Think Progress:
New Childish Republican Obstruction Tactic: Refusing To Use Their Assigned Cards In Order To Delay Votes  —  In September, the Orlando Sentinel reported that Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) had noticed Republicans House lawmakers intentionally forgetting or losing their voting cards in order to delay votes.
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Kyle Trygstad / Politics Nation:
Hoyer Calls Out ‘Party of No’
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 …
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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BBC:
Scores killed in Baghdad bombings
Discussion: Truthdig and The Jawa Report
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.
George Monbiot / Guardian:
The climate denial industry is out to dupe the public.  And it's working  —  Think environmentalists are stooges?  You're the unwitting recruit of a hugely powerful oil lobby - I've got the proof  —  Read the case notes for this article here  —  When you survey the trail of wreckage left …
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 …
Discussion: Townhall.com and TPMDC
David Brooks / New York Times:
An Innovation Agenda  —  The economy seems to be stabilizing, and this has prompted a shift in the public mood.  Raw fear has given way to anxiety that the recovery will be feeble and drab.  Companies are hoarding cash.  Banks aren't lending to small businesses.  Private research spending is drifting downward.
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.
Discussion: Paul Krugman and Economist's View
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Fistgate II: High School Students Given “Fisting Kits” At Kevin Jennings' GLSEN Conference (Photo)  —  In March 2000 the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) organization of Massachusetts held its 10 Year Anniversary GLSEN/Boston conference at Tufts University.
The Huffington Post:
Durbin: Banks And GOP Made A Pact To Kill Regulatory Reform  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  In a little-noticed but potentially explosive remark last Friday, Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) accused Republican leadership of signing a political pact with the banking industry …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
 
 
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Tony Romm / The Hill:
Pres. Obama touts new tax cuts, investments in jobs speech
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