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6:05 PM ET, December 9, 2009

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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 …
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Obama FAIL  —  We just sent this email out: … Click here to sign the petition.
Discussion: The Confluence
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Kristol: Reid Doesn't Have 60  —  The much hyped (if utterly incoherent) deal that Harry Reid is touting doesn't look as if it's doing the trick — the trick being to cobble together anything (and I mean anything) that can get 60 votes in the Senate, introduce it as a manager's amendment later this week, and jam it through.
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Landrieu, Lincoln: No ‘compromise’ made on health bill  —  Two centrist Democrats at the center of the Senate's tense healthcare reform negotiations insisted that there has been no compromise deal on the legislation despite Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) pronouncements.  —  “There's no specific compromise.
Discussion: SENATUS and The Hill
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Howard Dean: Senate Health Care Deal Contains “Real Reform”  —  In a boost for the Senate health care deal reached yesterday, Howard Dean said in an interview with me moments ago that the current compromise contains “real reform,” and said that as it stands now, progressives could support it.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The New Health Care Deal
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Open Left
Ezra Klein:
The team of 10 reaches a deal on the public option
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Democrats Agree To Tentatively Trade Opt-Out For Trigger, Medicare Buy In, And More
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:   McConnell: Public option compromise not ‘relevant’
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Public Option Keeps Toehold in Senate Deal on Health Bill
Discussion: ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
HOUSE GOP IS PRO-CHRISTMAS.... It was just six weeks ago that House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) decided he was fed up with empty, meaningless congressional resolutions.  These largely symbolic measures are taken up all the time — it's been routine fare for years …
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama to GOP: ‘Stop trying to frighten the American people’  —  President Barack Obama told House Republican leaders to “stop trying to frighten the American people” even as he and Democrats said they see a possibility for bipartisan cooperation on job creation legislation.
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:   House GOP Introduces Christmas Resolution, Despite Boehner's Tirade …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Boehner corrects Obama — on beverage choice
Discussion: The Politico and The Swamp
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Sotomayor Draws Retort From a Fellow Justice  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court released its first four decisions in argued cases this term on Tuesday.  They were all minor, but one was notable for being Justice Sonia Sotomayor's Supreme Court debut and for prompting a testy concurrence from Justice Clarence Thomas.
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Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Sotomayor's opinion marks the Supreme Court's first use of the term ‘undocumented immigrant.’  —  Yesterday, the Supreme Court “released its first four decisions in argued cases this term,” including one marking Justice Sonia Sotomayor's debut.  The case concerned “whether federal trial-court …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Bush closes the gap  —  Public Policy Polling:  —  Perhaps the greatest measure of Obama's declining support is that just 50% of voters now say they prefer having him as President to George W. Bush, with 44% saying they'd rather have his predecessor.  Given the horrendous approval ratings …
Discussion: Hot Air, Eunomia and Indecision Forever
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama's December Standing  —  For the second month in a row we find Barack Obama's national approval rating at 49%, with 47% of voters disapproving of him.  He has the support of 83% of Democrats, 46% of independents, and 11% of Republicans.  None of those numbers have really changed from our November poll.
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Poll: Only 38 percent support health care bill
Discussion: Weekly Standard and NOW! Blog
The State:
Panel votes 6-1 against Sanford impeachment  —  An impeachment resolution against Gov. Mark Sanford has been essentially killed, as a majority of the 7-member committee formed to weigh evidence against the governor voted against it today.  —  The vote, which came shortly after 3:30 p.m., was 6-1 against the resolution.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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Associated Press:
S.C. Panel Quashes Move to Impeach Sanford
Discussion: Associated Press
John Dickerson / Slate:
Al Gore talks about global warming, those e-mails, and his new book.  —  If Al Gore's film An Inconvenient Truth raised awareness about global warming by frightening people, he hopes his latest book, Our Choice, will help people find solutions to the problem.
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Andrew Bolt:   Wigley denies: “I did not choke on the deceit”
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Jeffrey Goldberg:
The True Story of Orrin Hatch's Hanukkah Song  —  Here's the complete story about how Orrin Hatch and I collaborated on this Hanukkah song:  —  Ten years ago, I visited Hatch, the senior senator from Utah and a prominent member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, on Capitol Hill.
Discussion: Hot Air
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Hanna Rosin / The Atlantic Online:
Did Christianity Cause the Crash?  —  LIKE THE AMBITIONS of many immigrants who attend services there, Casa del Padre's success can be measured by upgrades in real estate.  The mostly Latino church, in Charlottesville, Virginia, has moved from the pastor's basement, where it was founded in 2001 …
Hugh Bennewitz / Michael Bonafield:
My conversation with Michele Bachmann: 'I'm a lovable little fuzz ball!'  —  Michele Bachmann: “I don't fear the left, and maybe that's part of the loathing that they feel toward me.”  —  I had never met Michele Bachmann, and when I mentioned to liberal friends that I was going to interview her …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Mark Penn's two firms got $6 million from stimulus for PR campaign  —  Nearly $6 million in stimulus money was paid to two firms run by Mark Penn, Hillary Clinton's pollster in 2008.  —  Federal records show that $5.97 million from the $787 billion stimulus helped preserve three jobs at Burson-Marsteller …
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Ohio Governor  —  In 2010 Ohio Governor Match-up, Strickland Trails Kasich  —  Unemployment in Ohio has jumped to 10.5%, the state is wrestling with an $851 million budget shortfall, and Governor Ted Strickland has proposed delaying a tax cut approved in 2005.
the nytpicker:
NYT Gift Guide Includes A Separate Section For “People Of Color.”  White NYT Readers, You May Skip To The Next Page!  —  We don't like to throw around words like “racist” in the same sentence as the NYT's name, but there's no other word we can think of to describe this page …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Fox's North off air during treatment  —  Oliver L. North, host of FOX News Channel's documentary series “War Stories,” is temporarily off the air while he undergoes treatment for prostate cancer, POLITICO has learned.  —  North's prognosis is excellent, according to sources.
Discussion: This ain't Hell …
John H. Richardson / Esquire:
Alberto Gonzales: What I've Learned  —  The former attorney general opens up on the value of torture, his Senate hearings, Karl Rove's role in the U.S. attorney firings, and more wrong guesses from the Bush administration  —  I guess I would use my son's word: cool.  It was cool to work in the White House.
Times of London:
‘Wake up, gentlemen’, world's top bankers warned by former Fed chairman Volcker  —  One of the most senior figures in the financial world surprised a conference of high-level bankers yesterday when he criticised them for failing to grasp the magnitude of the financial crisis and belittled their suggested reforms.
Discussion: Swampland and The Big Picture
Dan Abramson / The Huffington Post:
Jon Stewart Calls Out Gretchen Carlson For “Dumbing Herself Down” (VIDEO)  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Jon Stewart went after “Fox & Friends” host Gretchen Carlson last night.  Saying she plays the “troubled mom, just trying to make sense of this modern country,” Stewart explained Carlson seems …
Discussion: Raw Story
Karen Schuberg / CNSNews:
Feinstein Says It's ‘Morally Correct’ to Force Taxpayers to Fund Abortion  —  (CNSNews.com) - Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D.-Calif.) told CNSNews.com that using tax dollars from pro-life Americans to pay for insurance plans that cover abortion is morally correct.
Discussion: Wizbang and Hot Air
 
 
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