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8:10 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 …
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.
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.
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Lieberman Open To Medicare Buy-In, So Long As Public Option Scrapped
Discussion: Open Left and The New Republic
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Reid doubles down on slavery analogy
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Will Health Care Reform All Come Down To Ben Nelson?
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.) …
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Nelson: Failure Of My Abortion Amendment Makes It Harder For Me …
Capitol Briefing:   Senate rejects Nelson amendment on abortion
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Senate rejects amendment on abortion
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Prescriptions:
Senate Rejects Effort to Tighten Bill's Abortion Rules
Discussion: The Politico and Newsweek Blogs
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 …
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, 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: TalkLeft and Indecision Forever
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 …
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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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
And the media fawns all over Sarah Palin...
Discussion: US News
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: Sister Toldjah, Hot Air and Don Surber
Washington Wire:   After Dig at GOP, Obama Invites Bipartisan Group to White House
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.”
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.
Rasmussen Reports:
Most Americans Oppose Second Stimulus and Using Bailout Funds for States  —  President Obama hopes to use money still unspent from the $787-billion economic stimulus plan to fight the nation's 10% unemployment rate, and one of the ideas on the table is to channel money to states to keep them from laying off public employees.
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 …
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: Salon and TPMDC
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 …
Saul Hansell / Saul Hansell's Blog:
Official Announcement: I'm going to AOL  —  I'll have more to say on this soon.  Check back here.  In the mean time, I'll let the official announcement give the who-what-where.  —  SAUL HANSELL, FORMERLY OF THE NEW YORK TIMES, JOINS AOL AS FIRST EMPLOYEE OF SEED, AOL's NEW CONTENT MANAGEMENT PLATFORM
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.
Boston Globe:
Voters a rare sight at some polling places  —  With the clock ticking down towards the close of the polls at 8 p.m., some communities reported low voter turnout in the special primary elections for US Senate.  —  People breezed past community centers, gymnasiums, town halls …
Barak Ravid / Reuters:
EU foreign ministers: Jerusalem must be joint capital of Israel, Palestinian state  —  European Foreign Ministers on Tuesday declared their support for the division of Jerusalem, saying that a way should be found to make Jerusalem the shared capital of both Israel and a future Palestinian state.
 
 
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