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9:45 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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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Democrats Agree To Tentatively Trade Opt-Out For Trigger, Medicare Buy In, And More  —  An aide briefed on the negotiations among the gang of 10 offers up the rundown of the most important aspects of the public option compromise being sent to CBO.  —  If this trade-off carries the day, the opt out public option is gone.
Ezra Klein:
The team of 10 reaches a deal on the public option  —  But, err, they won't tell anyone what it is.  At least not until they hear back from the Congressional Budget Office.  The most telling tidbit so far has come from Sen. Jay Rockefeller, who said, “I've got a smile on my face.  I don't smile naturally.”
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 …
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.
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 would replace the public option in the current Senate bill with a new national insurance plan offered by private insurers …
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.
Patricia Murphy / Politics Daily:
All Roads Lead to Olympia Snowe as Reid Looks for Health Care Closer
Discussion: Plain Dealer
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:   FDA opposes Senate drug importation amendment offered to healthcare bill
Wall Street Journal:
Senators Strike Health Deal
Discussion: The Note and WSJ.com
John Whitesides / Reuters:
Senate Democrats reach compromise on health plan
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
Discussion: D.C. Now
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 …
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Washington Post:
TSA accidentally reveals airport security secrets
Discussion: Glenn Thrush's Blog and The Page
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Dick Cheney: Obama Does Not Share That Belief in American Exceptionalism (Video)  —  Former VP Dick Cheney was on with Sean Hannity tonight.  During the interview Cheney said that, “Barack Obama does not share that belief of American exceptionalism that most of us believe in.”
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Michelle Malkin:
Sarah in the Springs  —  We had frigid weather and several inches of Goreflakes on the ground here in Colorado Springs, but Sarah Palin lit up the town for a Borders signing earlier this evening that drew yet another massive crowd on her nationwide “Going Rogue” book tour.
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 …
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Boston Herald:
Brown, Coakley to face off in final for U.S. Senate
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Exclusive: George gets ‘GMA’  —  ABC News will announce George Stephanopoulos as an anchor of “Good Morning America,” to start as soon as Monday, industry sources tell POLITICO.  The announcement is planned for Thursday.  —  Stephanopoulos, 48, joins Robin Roberts at the anchor desk of the lucrative morning show.
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 …
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Climate Deal Likely to Bear Big Price Tag  —  WASHINGTON — If negotiators reach an accord at the climate talks in Copenhagen it will entail profound shifts in energy production, dislocations in how and where people live, sweeping changes in agriculture and forestry and the creation of complex …
Stephanie Strom / New York Times:
Civil Liberties Group Loses $20 Million Donor  —  A longtime anonymous donor to the American Civil Liberties Union has withdrawn his annual gift of more than $20 million, punching a 25 percent hole in its annual operating budget and forcing cutbacks in operations.
Discussion: ACLU, No Sheeples Here and 24Ahead
Wall Street Journal:
A Transaction Tax Would Hurt All Investors  —  The unintended consequences of the ‘Let Wall Street Pay for the Restoration of Main Street Act.’  —  'Don't tax you, don't tax me, tax that fellow behind the tree.  " Those famous words were spoken more than 30 years ago by the late Louisiana …
Discussion: The Glittering Eye and TigerHawk
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Accepting Peace Prize Will Be a Test for Obama  —  WASHINGTON — He has read the Nobel speeches of Nelson Mandela, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Elie Wiesel.  He has studied the award's rich history and its extraordinary roster of winners.  —  Yet when President Obama travels …
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.
 
 
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
EPA chief's ovation (new) in Copenhagen
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Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
$446.8B ‘minibus’ moves forward
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Copenhagen ‘Circus’ Turning Into Feel-Good Jamboree, Critics Say
Discussion: Commentary
Jordan Weissmann / The BLT:
Government Announces $1.4 Billion Settlement in Indian Trust Case
Rasmussen Reports:
Most Americans Oppose Second Stimulus and Using Bailout Funds for States
Discussion: No Left Turns, Hit & Run and Nice Deb