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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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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.”
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.
Erika Masonhall / Joe Lieberman …:
LIEBERMAN STATEMENT ON HEALTH CARE NEGOTIATIONS  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Joe Lieberman (ID-CT) issued the following statement regarding the latest in Senate health care reform negotiations:  —  “I am encouraged by the progress toward a consensus on proposals to send to the Congressional Budget Office to review.
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Kristol: Reid Doesn't Have 60  —  The much hyped (if utterly …
Discussion: The New Republic and Commentary
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The New Health Care Deal
Discussion: Open Left
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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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Palin's “Boycott Copenhagen” Op-Ed: Annotated  —  Once again, the Washington Post has given Sarah Palin the chance to harness herself to the political story of the hour.  The former Alaska governor has written an op-ed, published Wednesday, about the “Climate-gate” controversy at East Anglia University.
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’ …
The Huffington Post:
Sarah Palin: WaPo Faces Heat For Running Op-Ed
Discussion: The Awl and Firedoglake
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Fred Hiatt Wants The Washington Post to Go Out of Business
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: The Awl
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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: NOW! Blog
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.
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.
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Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
A Senator's Gift to the Jews, Nonreturnable
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Happy Hanukkah from Orrin Hatch
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 …
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 …
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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 …
Discussion: Hot Air
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Tony Romm / The Hill:
Steele fires back at Reid for ‘slavery’ analogy
Discussion: TPMDC
Ezra Klein:
Letting insurers ‘win’  —  “We WIN,” some insurance industry insider crowed to Ben Smith.  “Administered by private insurance companies.  No government funding.  No government insurance competitor.”  Similarly but oppositely, a few anxious e-mailers have written to ask whether Medicare buy …
Discussion: WSJ.com
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Ezra Klein:
Industry gears up to oppose Medicare buy-in
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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.
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Coincidence?  I Think Not...  On Monday, an environmental reporter for Mother Jones magazine reported on Twitter that EPA Administration Lisa Jackson linked the EPA “endangerment” finding to the Climate Change conference in Copenhagen.  —  Kate Sheppard wrote:
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Hot Air
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Lisa Lerer / The Politico:
EPA chief: Timing is a coincidence
Discussion: The Swamp and Townhall.com
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
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 …
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.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Going Cheney on Climate  —  In 2006, Ron Suskind published “The One Percent Doctrine,” a book about the U.S. war on terrorists after 9/11.  The title was drawn from an assessment by then-Vice President Dick Cheney, who, in the face of concerns that a Pakistani scientist was offering nuclear-weapons expertise …
 
 
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