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10:00 AM ET, December 8, 2009

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Michelle Malkin:
Shhh!  Don't confuse Reid with history while he's playing the race card!  —  It was the GOP that fought slavery and the Democrat Party that battled to preserve it.  —  It's the Democrat Party, not the GOP, that boasts an ex-Klansman among its senior leaders.
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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.
New York Times:
Liberal Senators Press for Expansion of Medicare  —  WASHINGTON — In return for concessions on their proposal for a new government-run health insurance plan, liberal Democratic senators pushed Monday for expansion of Medicare and Medicaid and more stringent federal regulation of the insurance industry.
IdeaScale / The Huffington Post:
Senate Dems May Open Up Medicare To Pacify Progressives
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 …
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Stanley Fish / Opinionator:
Sarah Palin Is Coming to Town
Discussion: Whiskey Fire and Althouse
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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CNN:
CNN Poll: Skepticism on global warming heating up?
Discussion: The Politico and Hot Air
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Santorum ‘absolutely’ …
The Note:
Santorum: ‘Absolutely Taking a Look’ …
Bryan Walsh / Time:
The Truth Behind the Leaked Climate-Change E-Mails  —  Icebergs float out of the Jacobshavn Fjord into the Jacobshavn bay near Ilulissat, Greenland  —  The controversy over e-mails stolen from global-warming researchers at the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at Britain's University of East Anglia …
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Steven Lee Myers / New York Times:
Coordinated Bombings in Baghdad Kill at Least 101  —  BAGHDAD — In what appeared to be a coordinated assault, a series of car bombings across Baghdad on Tuesday killed at least 101 people and wounded scores more, according to preliminary accounts by police and hospital officials.
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BBC:
Scores killed in Baghdad bombings  —  The BBC's Natalia Antelava says security had recently been increased  —  A series of car bombings has killed at least 127 people and wounded 448 in the centre of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.  —  The first blast targeted a police patrol in the Dora district of the city.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Susan Davis / Washington Wire:
WIRE WATCH: Massachusetts Senate Primary; Obama Gives Economic Speech; Santorum in S.C.; Lighting the Capitol Tree  —  Primary Day: Ted Kennedy's death this summer left a high-profile vacancy in the U.S. Senate, but the primary taking place today to replace him has garnered little national, or even local, attention.
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CNN:
President Obama to propose $200 billion for jobs creation
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Gregg: TARP is not a ‘piggy bank’ for Congress
Discussion: The Politico, Firedoglake and The Page
Wall Street Journal:
An Inconvenient Democracy  —  The EPA aims to bully Congress and business with its carbon ruling.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said yesterday that her ruling that greenhouses gases are dangerous pollutants would “cement 2009's place in history” …
Discussion: Betsy's Page and The Foundry
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yosemite.epa.gov:
EPA: Greenhouse Gases Threaten Public Health and the Environment
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
EPA declares air a danger to human health
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Fox News:
Ahmadinejad Reportedly Claims U.S. is Blocking Return of Mankind's Savior  —  Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claims the United States is attempting to thwart the return of mankind's savior, according to reports from Al Arabiya, a television news station based in Dubai.
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 Panaramio  —  Let me start with the second objection first.
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.
Discussion: Beat the Press and Commentary
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Primary likely to serve as de facto special election for Kennedy's seat  —  Massachusetts voters will pick a Democratic nominee for the race to replace the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) on Tuesday, and that candidate is expected to have little trouble in next month's special election.
David Segal / New York Times:
Debt Raters Avoid Overhaul After Crisis  —  When the financial crisis began, few players on Wall Street looked more ripe for reform than the Big Three credit rating agencies.  —  It wasn't just that Moody's Investors Service, Standard & Poor's and Fitch Ratings, played a crucial role …
Lucian Kim / Bloomberg:
Hitler's Remains Were Destroyed on KGB Orders, Interfax Reports  —  Dec. 7 (Bloomberg) — Adolf Hitler's remains were burned and dumped into an East German river by Soviet agents 25 years after the end of World War II, Interfax reported, citing Vasily Khristoforov, the Federal Security Service's chief archivist.
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Gates: 'We're in this thing to win'  —  In a surprise visit to Afghanistan, he aims to reassure troops, Karzai  —  KABUL — Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived in this war-torn country Tuesday morning on an unannounced visit, prepared to offer U.S. troops a message from Washington …
Rupert Murdoch / Wall Street Journal:
Journalism and Freedom  —  Government assistance is a greater threat to the press than any new technology.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  We are at a time when many news enterprises are shutting down or scaling back.  No doubt you will hear some tell you that journalism is in dire shape, and the triumph of digital is to blame.
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Boxer's message to men who support abortion riders: How would you like it if we singled out Viagra?  —  Today, the Senate began debate on Sen. Ben Nelson's (D-NE) amendment to prohibit federal funds from being used for abortions or for plans that include abortion services.
 
 
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Jonathan J. Vaccaro / New York Times:
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Walter Shapiro / Politics Daily:
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CBS News:
A Peace Prize for a War President
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Bill Bush / dispatchpolitics.com:
Columbus schools tapped stimulus for room rentals
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Michael Volpe / Big Government:
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Millions in U.S. Drink Dirty Water, Records Show
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