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5:00 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.
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.
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
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Democrats Agree To Tentatively Trade Opt-Out For Trigger, Medicare Buy In, And More
Ezra Klein:
The team of 10 reaches a deal on the public option
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: 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
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 …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Wonkette
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama to GOP: ‘Stop trying to frighten the American people’
Discussion: Washington Wire and Raw Story
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Boehner corrects Obama — on beverage choice
Discussion: The Politico and The Swamp
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:   House GOP Introduces Christmas Resolution, Despite Boehner's Tirade …
Jeremy Schulman / Media Matters for America:
Wash. Post publishes falsehood-laden Palin op-ed that is contradicted by scientists, temperature data, and ... the Post itself  —  The Washington Post's has published an op-ed by Sarah Palin in which she claims that the apparently stolen Climate Research Unite emails “reveal that leading climate ‘experts’ …
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Sarah Palin / Washington Post:
Copenhagen's political science
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Fred Hiatt Wants The Washington Post to Go Out of Business
Discussion: Financial Times, The Awl and Eschaton
Andrew Bolt:
Climategate: Gore falsifies the record  —  Al Gore has studied the Climategate emails with his typically rigorous eye and dismissed them as mere piffle: … And in case you think that was a mere slip of the tongue: … In fact, thrice denied: … In fact, as Watts Up With That shows …
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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
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Scorecard's Blog
MinnPost:
QUITE RIGHT BY MICHAEL J. 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 …
Discussion: Indecision Forever and City Pages
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 …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Steele gets heated over ‘you people’  —  Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele got into a heated exchange Wednesday morning with the cast of MSNBC's “Morning Joe.”  —  It started with CNBC commentator Donny Deutsch, who pointedly asked Steele about the GOP's criticism …
Art Beast / The Daily Beast:
Did Obama Snub the King?  — Home - Cheat sheet - Buzz board - Big Fat Story - Blogs & stories - Videos - Galleries - Crossword  —  Blogs and Stories  —  Finally some Europeans are angry with Obama—the very ones who are awarding him his peace prize.  Katarina Andersson on the president's rebuff …
Jeffrey Goldberg / Tablet Magazine:
‘Eight Days of Hanukkah’  —  MORE: Watch the “Eight Days of Hanukkah” video.  —  Ten years ago, I visited Orrin Hatch, the senior senator from Utah and a prominent member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, on Capitol Hill.  I was writing for The New York Times Magazine and Hatch was thinking of running for president.
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.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Target Lincoln: Potential Challenger Takes Steps Towards Primary Against Arkansas Senator  —  Is Blanche Lincoln going to face a primary from her left over health care?  —  In a step in that direction, Arkansas Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter, who's widely rumored to be mulling a challenge to Lincoln …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Evan Bayh's political crossroads  —  Photo by Nikki Kahn of the Washington Post  —  Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh's vote this week in favor of an amendment to the health care bill that would have strengthened restrictions on how federal funds could be spent for abortions is the latest sign …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
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.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Is gay marriage ‘inevitable’?  —  The same-sex marriage movement appears likely to end a banner year with a string of stinging defeats that opponents say have undermined a core proposition of the movement - that the acceptance of gay marriage is, sooner or later, inevitable.
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.
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: Hot Air
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
DeMint to endorse Michael Williams in Texas  —  South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint is emerging as a leading national voice for conservatives.  AP Photo by Mic Smith  —  Conservative South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint (R) will endorse Texas Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams' Senate candidacy later today …
Discussion: TRAIL BLAZERS
 
 
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Opinionator:
Is the American Dream Over?  —  Gail Collins: David …
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BBC:
Briton guilty of plotting attack
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Richard Esposito / ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: AG Eric Holder in NYC for Terror Trial Summit
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Main Justice
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
The Deficit Commission Bill Is Here, And It's Insane
Martina Stewart / CNN:
Lawmaker drops effort to honor Tiger Woods
Discussion: Washington Wire and Mediaite
Ezra Klein:
Industry gears up to oppose Medicare buy-in
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Nile Gardiner / Daily Mail:
Does Obama have it in for Britain?
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Exclusive: George gets ‘GMA’