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12:25 AM ET, December 12, 2009

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The Huffington Post:
Pharma Deal Shuts Down Senate Health Care Debate  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  The White House, aided by Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), is working hard to crush an amendment being pushed by Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) to allow for the reimportation of pharmaceutical drugs from Canada, Senate sources tell the Huffington Post.
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Harry Reid Slips Lifetime Limit into Senate Bill  —  When President Obama gave his speech on health care on September 10, he promised that there would be no limit on lifetime benefits under the health care bill: … Harry Reid didn't agree evidently.  Reid, who is solely responsible …
Ezra Klein:
Senate bill allows insurers to establish annual limits  —  “A loophole in the Senate health care bill would let insurers place annual dollar limits on medical care for people struggling with costly illnesses such as cancer,” reports the AP.  The Senate Finance Committee barred annual caps altogether.
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Independent healthcare cost analysis becomes political football
Discussion: The Politico
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
Health care loophole would allow coverage limits
Discussion: Swampland, SEIU, MyDD and Beach Peanuts
Tiger Woods:
Tiger Woods taking hiatus from golf  —  I am deeply aware of the disappointment and hurt that my infidelity has caused to so many people, most of all my wife and children.  I want to say again to everyone that I am profoundly sorry and that I ask forgiveness.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Ungovernable America  —  The smarter elements in Washington DC are starting to pick up on the fact that it's not tactical errors on the part of the president that make it hard to get things done, it's the fact that the country has become ungovernable.  For example, here's Steven Pearlstein on minority leader Mitch McConnell:
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Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
One problem with Republicans: They've got the wrong Mitch
Mike Flynn / Big Government:
UN Security Stops Journalist's Questions About ClimateGate  —  A Stanford Professor has used United Nation security officers to silence a journalist asking him “inconvenient questions” during a press briefing at the climate change conference in Copenhagen.  —  Professor Stephen Schneider's …
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CBS News:
Physics Group Splinters Over Global Warming Review
Discussion: Andrew Bolt and AmSpecBlog
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Judge stops ACORN funding ban  —  A federal judge today issued an injunction preventing the implementation of a congressional ban on funding for ACORN.  —  Judge Nina Gershon concluded that the ban amounted to a “bill of attainder” that unfairly singled out ACORN.
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Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Judge: ACORN funding restored  —  A judge in New York ordered that ACORN's federal funding be restored, rolling back a slew of Congressional actions that sought to stop taxpayer money from flowing to the community group on the heels of a fall full of embarrassments for it.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
BREAKING: New Cost Estimate on Senate Bill  —  The Office of the Actuary for Medicare has issued its long-awaited cost estimate for the Senate's health care reform bill.  I've only had a few hours to digest it and talk with outside experts.  * But these seem to be the main points:
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Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
US health care tab to keep growing under overhaul
Discussion: Reuters and Associated Press
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Dr Peter Watts, Canadian science fiction writer, beaten and arrested at US border  —  My friend, the wonderful sf writer Peter Watts was beaten without provocation and arrested by US border guards on Tuesday.  I heard about it early Wednesday morning in London and called Cindy Cohn …
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Colorado Senate Race  —  2010 Colorado Senate: Norton Runs Best Against Democrats  —  The election is nearly a year away, but right now former Lieutenant Governor Jane Norton appears to be the Republican with the best shot of beating either of the potential Democratic candidates in Colorado's race for the U.S. Senate.
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CBS News:
Sources: Drone Killed Top Qaeda Operative  —  Saleh al-Somali Was in Charge of External Operations for Group; Considered One of a half Dozen top Qaeda Operatives  —  (CBS) Sources tell CBS News the Al Qaeda operative believed killed in a drone strike in Pakistan this week is Saleh al-Somali …
Discussion: Mudville Gazette, Hot Air and Gawker
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Sign a Letter to Susan B. Komen Foundation: Donations Shouldn't Go To Hadassah Lieberman  —  The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation Headquarters  —  The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and Susan G. Komen for the Cure are driving forces in funding breast cancer research.
Washington Times:
A gun case or Pandora's box?  —  Ruling could trigger the unhinging of American culture  —  Many have heard about the historic gun rights case going to the Supreme Court.  Fewer have heard that this is also a major case for businesses and family values.  It could lead to anything from court-ordered Obamacare to same-sex marriage.
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner on National Review Online:
The Ugly Beast Returns — By: Jonah Goldberg  —  One of the simultaneously heartening and dismaying aspects of the Obama era is how it demonstrates that bad ideas never, ever, ever, die.  They can go into remission, to be sure, but the the bacillus lives on.  Via Drudge, I just read this hideous call for a planetary one-child policy.
Discussion: TigerHawk, Wizbang and AmSpecBlog
Publius / Big Government:
Exclusive** Leaked Justice Department Memo: Terrorists To Be Moved to Camp Gitmo Illinois  —  The Land of Lincoln may still be licking its wounds-and certain real estate transactions-over Chicago's losing the Olympics to Rio, but the Obama Administration has delivered up a small consolation prize …
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Asked How He Knows The Earth Is Cooling, Michael Steele Says 'I Don't!'  —  Earlier this year, Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele ridiculed the notion that the Earth is warming, arguing instead that the world is actually “cooling,” citing the supposed examples of Iceland and Greenland:
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
The Errors of Matt Taibbi.  —  Matt Taibbi has done it again — written a nightmare of a story for Rolling Stone on Obama's economic sell-out of his campaign.  The piece is a factual mess, a conspiracy theorist's dream, doesn't even indict Obama for his real failures (which I'll discuss …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
House Approves Tougher Rules on Wall Street  —  WASHINGTON — The House approved a Democratic plan on Friday to tighten federal regulation of Wall Street and banks, advancing a far-reaching Congressional response to the financial crisis that rocked the economy.
Rachel L. Swarns / New York Times:
Washington Fuss Over White House Hanukkah Party  —  WASHINGTON — At the first Hanukkah party in the Obama White House, a Jewish student choir will sing in sweet harmony, the two young children of a soldier deployed in Iraq will light a 19th-century silver menorah from Prague and President Obama and his wife …
Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
Pro-Israel Lobby Group's Iran Petition Features Lots of Questionable Names  —  Earlier today, the Israel Project — a pro-Israel organization that endorses tough measures against Iran's nuclear program — sent out a release announcing substantial support for placing sanctions on Iran.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and ATTACKERMAN
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Sarah Palin's Copenhagen-Bashing Op-Ed One Of Most Read WaPo Opinion Pieces Of The Year  —  Here's a dispiriting postscript to the massive flap over The Washington Post's decision to publish an Op ed by Sarah Palin on climate change, a piece that has been widely criticized as riddled with falsehoods.
The Note:
David Plouffe: Left Will Come Home for Democrats  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports: President Obama is grappling with growing frustration from among liberal grass-roots, with many of the activists who worked hard for his election a year ago feeling alienated over his handling of health care …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Tea partyers petition Dem lawmaker to move office to ease protests  —  A Christian civil liberties organization on Thursday asked centrist Rep. Tom Perriello (D-Va.) to move his district office to a location more favorable to protesters.  —  The Rutherford Institute, which was founded …
Angelina Jolie / Newsweek:
Justice Delayed Is Not Justice Denied  —  On Human Rights Day, a renewed argument for action in Darfur. … Today we observe Human Rights Day, founded more than half a century ago when the international community declared that respect for human rights and dignity “is the foundation of freedom …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Do safe schools require an iron fisting?  —  I've received a lot of e-mail asking why I haven't written about the controversy over Kevin Jennings, Barack Obama's “safe schools” czar.  To be honest, the story is so shocking that I haven't quite grasped how to approach it.
Matt Welch / Hit & Run:
The Class War: Public Employees vs. the Rest of Us  —  Nick Gillespie pointed earlier to the latest evidence that federal workers have long since lapped their private sector benefactors in salary and job growth, in addition to their traditional advantages in job security and benefits.  (Fun fact!
 
 
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Chris Johnson / DC Agenda:
U.S. Senate to markup DP bill
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Laurel Rosenhall / Sacramento Bee:
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Matt Negrin / The Politico:
Clinton whips Iran on sites
Richard Borreca / Star Bulletin:
Abercrombie to resign from Congress to run for governor
Matt Lewis / Politics Daily:
John Thune: The GOP's Answer to Obama?
Jeffrey Goldberg:
Orrin Hatch, Moving On To Purim
Discussion: Tablet Magazine
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Sen. Durbin says he's ‘in the dark’ on possible healthcare reform compromise
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Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
DOJ rejects Jack Johnson pardon
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