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4:45 AM ET, December 11, 2009

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Surprise!  Palin likes Obama's Nobel speech  —  Sarah Palin and President Obama don't agree on much, but last year's Republican vice presidential nominee just gave the president's defense of “just wars” a thumbs up in an interview with USA TODAY.  In fact, she said that the president's address in Oslo …
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:   Snubbed Norwegians replace absent Obama at event with …
Matti Huuhtanen / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
WHITE HOUSE NOTEBOOK: Short stay miffs Norwegians
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
The Huffington Post:
Medicare Buy-In Filibuster-Proof?  Senate Dem Deeply Concerned  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Democrats in the Senate may not have a filibuster-proof majority for the latest health care compromise after all.  —  Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), expressed deep concern on Thursday that a new proposal …
Discussion: The Hill, Daily Kos and Washington Post
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Lieberman: Even Unpullable Trigger Is An ‘Irritant’ That I Will Filibuster  —  Since the details of a looming public option compromise have begun to leak out, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) has reiterated his opposition to a triggered public option—which is reportedly part of a new health care agreement.
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Why Progressives aren't blocking the bill: Medicaid  —  The largest public option in the health care bills is, and has always been, the significant expansion of Medicaid.  In terms of the number of people it covers, this expansion dwarfs any other public option expansion currently on the table in Congress.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
“Deal” Could Put Joe Lieberman In Charge of Regulating Your Health Insurance
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Putting the Plodding Moralism Back In  —  Chris Mooney has a smart post on the vicious—and viciously effective—comeback campaign that's been mounted by climate change deniers.  I highly recommend it, but his claim that deniers “didn't need good science to make another sally …
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Shawn Moynihan / Editor and Publisher:
‘Editor & Publisher’ to Cease Publication After 125 Years  —  NEW YORK Editor & Publisher, the bible of the newspaper industry and a journalism institution that traces its origins back to 1884, is ceasing publication.  —  An announcement, made by parent company The Nielsen Co. …
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Aileen Yoo / San Francisco Chronicle:
SoCal councilman wears a Stalin-ized Pelosi  —  That protesters on both sides of the political spectrum equate America's leaders with dictators like Hitler isn't new.  But critics were shocked when such a comparison was made by an elected official.  —  Last Friday, a group rented a room …
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New York Times:
Blackwater Guards Tied to Secret Raids by the C.I.A.  —  WASHINGTON — Private security guards from Blackwater Worldwide participated in some of the C.I.A.'s most sensitive activities — clandestine raids with agency officers against people suspected of being insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan …
CNN:
Poll: GOP erases popularity gap in Congress  —  Washington (CNN) — Eleven months before crucial midterm elections, a national poll indicates that the public is divided over whether the country would be better off with Democrats or Republicans controlling Congress.
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Matt Ortega / Astrotruth.org:
Photoshop Follies of API  —  Everybody's favorite Big Oil lobby, American Petroleum Institute, distributed a pamphlet at an API forum last week that includes a delightfully diverse collection of people that apparently agree with their dirty agenda.  —  It appears to be just a typical iStock Photo image …
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Exclusive Interview: Andrew Breitbart Announces Launch of New “Big” Sites  —  When Andrew Breitbart launched Big Government in September, we asked if he was gearing up to be the next Arianna Huffington: An opinion blog rainmaker with a one-stop digital powerhouse, but presented from the opposite end of the political spectrum.
E.D. Kain / The League of Ordinary Gentlemen:
conservatives as self-parodies  —  This interview with Andy Schlafly [below] of conservapedia.com is hard to watch.  It's almost embarrassing.  I think Colbert is at his best for most of the exchange, and the zinger about creating his own reality is marvelous.
David Cho / Washington Post:
Unemployment plan would change rules on bank bailouts  —  Executive pay, other limits may be lifted  —  The Obama administration plans to channel money from the government's massive financial bailout program to small businesses as part of an effort to limit the political and economic damage of high unemployment.
Discussion: The Page and Calculated Risk
City Room:
Police Shoot and Kill Man Outside Hotel in Times Square  —  A plainclothes police sergeant fatally shot a 25-year-old man Thursday morning outside the parking garage of the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square following a crackdown on street vendors who were using counterfeit CDs to intimidate tourists, the authorities said.
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Cook Political Report's dire forecast for Dodd  —  The Cook Political Report's Senate race analyst Jennifer Duffy doesn't think much of Chris Dodd's (D-Conn.) re-election prospects, in her latest update on the Connecticut Senate race.  —  And she's moving the race rating to “Lean Republican” …
msnbc.com:
‘Countdown with Keith Olbermann’ for Wednesday, December 9, 2009  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.  —  THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.  —  Guests: Ezra Klein, Lynn Woolsey, Nicole Lamoureaux, Jonathan Turley, Chris Hayes  —  KEITH OLBERMANN, HOST (voice-over) …
New York Times:
High Premiums in Senate Democrats' Health Plan  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats have provided few details about their latest health care proposal, but this much seems clear: Anyone who wants to buy the same health benefits as members of Congress, or to buy coverage through Medicare …
Michael Massing / NYRblog:
The News Crisis: What Google Can Do  —  “How Google Can Help Newspapers,” ran the benign-sounding headline atop an Op-Ed column by Google CEO Eric Schmidt in the December 1 Wall Street Journal.  In it, Schmidt sought to rebut claims that, as Les Hinton, the CEO of Dow Jones, has put it …
Discussion: Forbes, The Agonist and Achenblog
Heritage Foundation:
Why the Personal Mandate to Buy Health Insurance Is Unprecedented and Unconstitutional … This statement from a 1994 Congressional Budget Office Memorandum remains true today.  Yet, all of the leading House and Senate health-care reform bills being debated in Congress require Americans …
Steve McIntyre / Climate Audit:
IPCC and the “Trick”  —  Much recent attention has been paid to the email about the “trick” and the effort to “hide the decline”.  Climate scientists have complained that this email has been taken “out of context”.  In this case, I'm not sure that it's in their interests that this email …
 
 
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Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
Obama's Big Sellout
Discussion: CANNONFIRE, AmSpecBlog and Corrente
Rowena Mason / Telegraph:
Copenhagen climate summit: Carbon trading fraudsters in Europe pocket €5bn
Discussion: EU Referendum and Power Line
Andy Pasztor / Wall Street Journal:
FAA Promotes New Air-Traffic Approach
Discussion: Politics Daily
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
79 percent of NRA members believe Obama will ban gun sales
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Poll: Obama, Huckabee running even
Discussion: City Pages and The Hill
Ezra Klein:
Steny Hoyer explains how Newt Gingrich broke Congress
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Jenny Anderson / New York Times:
Goldman Sachs Alters Its Bonus Policy to Quell Uproar
Paul Krugman:
The jobs deficit  —  It was truly amazing the way last week's …
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Senators offer Copenhagen boost
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“This Terrible Bill”  —  Rick Warren disowns the new Uganda …
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
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