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6:50 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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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
Ezra Klein:
The team of 10 reaches a deal on the public option
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:   McConnell: Public option compromise not ‘relevant’
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 …
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Obama FAIL  —  We just sent this email out: … Click here to sign the petition.
Discussion: The Confluence
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 …
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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Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Job Approval  —  Each result is based on a three-day rolling average  —  Gallup tracks daily the percentage of Americans who approve or disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing as president.  —  Editorial note: Gallup did not conduct interviews Dec. 8 …
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”
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 …
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Glynnis MacNicol / Mediaite:
This Exists: NYT Holiday Gift Guide For People Of Color
Discussion: Pajamas Media
CNN:
CNN Poll: Does Obama deserve the Nobel Peace Prize?  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Hours before Barack Obama is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, a new national poll indicates that fewer Americans than ever think the president deserves the award.  But according to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey …
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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 …
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
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 …
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Baird Retires  —  Rep. Brian Baird (D-WA) announced his retirement tonight, becoming the third Dem in a vulnerable seat to announce his departure in the last few weeks.  “The time has now come to pursue other options, other ways of serving.  Hence, I am announcing today that I do not intend …
Discussion: Politics Nation
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.
Christina Wilkie / The Hill:
Lawmaker drops push to give Tiger Woods Congressional Gold Medal  —  A California lawmaker is abandoning his effort to honor golf star Tiger Woods with the Congressional Gold Medal.  —  In a statement given to The Hill's ITK, Rep. Joe Baca (D-Calif.) said, “In light of the recent developments …
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Martina Stewart / CNN:
Lawmaker drops effort to honor Tiger Woods
Discussion: Washington Wire and Mediaite
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 …
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
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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