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12:20 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.
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.
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 …
John Whitesides / Reuters:
Senate Democrats reach compromise on health plan
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Reid doubles down on slavery analogy
Capitol Briefing:
Senate rejects Nelson amendment on abortion
Discussion: Townhall.com
David Espo / Associated Press:
AP sources: Dems reach deal to drop public option
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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
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.
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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:
Democrats Agree To Tentatively Trade Opt-Out For Trigger, Medicare Buy In, And More
Discussion: Ezra Klein and The New Republic
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Lieberman Open To Medicare Buy-In, So Long As Public Option Scrapped
Discussion: Open Left, The Hill and Wonk Room
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.
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: 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
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 …
Political Punch:
Gibbs Bashes Gallup Daily Tracking Poll  —  ABC News' Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller report:  —  President Obama's presidential job approval rating in the latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking update is 47% — a record low.  —  The president's job approval rating is below 50% in several other polls …
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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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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
House Liberals Skeptical Of Senate Proposals, Vow Not To Swallow Senate Compromise  —  With negotiations dragging on in the Senate, a central topic emerging on Capitol Hill is the intense pressure House Dems are likely to feel to adopt the eventual Senate proposal, and how they're likely to react to it.
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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.
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
$446.8B ‘minibus’ moves forward  —  Appropriators moved forward on Tuesday with a $446.8 billion “minibus” that includes spending bills Congress has yet to approve.  —  The package, presented as a conference report, leaves out unrelated contentious items, and leaves the Defense spending bill as the likely vehicle for the minibus.
Discussion: The Politico
 
 
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Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
FDA opposes Senate drug importation amendment offered to healthcare bill
Joseph Abrams / Fox News:
Copenhagen ‘Circus’ Turning Into Feel-Good Jamboree, Critics Say
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Jordan Weissmann / The BLT:
Government Announces $1.4 Billion Settlement in Indian Trust Case
Discussion: TalkLeft
Rasmussen Reports:
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Cheney: Obama ‘more radical’ than seen
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Sen. Nelson introduces war bonds bill to finance military in Iraq and Afghanistan
Discussion: Salon and TPMDC