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2:50 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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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.
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.
Discussion: Commentary
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.
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.”
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The New Health Care Deal
Discussion: Ezra Klein, Open Left and Wonk Room
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
McConnell: Public option compromise not ‘relevant’
Discussion: The Hill
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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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’ …
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.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Fred Hiatt Wants The Washington Post to Go Out of Business
Discussion: Financial Times and Eschaton
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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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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.
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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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 …
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.
Discussion: Washington Wire and Raw Story
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Boehner corrects Obama — on beverage choice
Discussion: The Politico and The Swamp
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.
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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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Happy Hanukkah from Orrin Hatch
The Investigative Project on Terrorism:
Breaking News: Pakistan Reportedly Detains Five D.C.-Area Muslims on Suspicion of Terror  —  A Pakistani newspaper reports the arrest of five foreign nationals after a raid in a town called Sargodha.  The raid took place at the home of a member of the Jaish-e-Muhammad, a Pakistani movement designated …
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Andrew Bolt:
Wigley denies: “I did not choke on the deceit”  —  Sheesh, I try to do Climategate scientist Tom Wigley a favor by suggesting he was principled enough to have choked on the deceit he was witnessing, and this is how he repays me: … In fact, he refuses to accept the accolade of being the kind …
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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 …
Ezra Klein:
Industry gears up to oppose Medicare buy-in  —  Politico reports that hospitals are readying to fight Medicare buy-in tooth-and-nail: … This scares hospitals a lot more than the House's public option.  Medicare pays less for services than private insurers do, or than the public plan would.
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Ezra Klein:
Letting insurers ‘win’
Discussion: WSJ.com
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.
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 …
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.
 
 
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