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9:50 AM ET, December 11, 2009

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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 …
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Wall Street Journal:
Worse Than the Public Option
Discussion: Commentary
On Politics:
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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Kathy Kiely / USA Today:
Palin's thinking is ‘still 2010’  —  Everyone should be unsuccessful so successfully: From a losing vice presidential candidacy, Sarah Palin has bounced back as a best-selling author with plans to be a major player in next year's elections.  —  “It has been spectacular,” …
Discussion: The Politico
David Frum / FrumForum:
A Graceless Nobel Speech  —  The Nobel address was Obama at his worst or near-worst.  Let's count the ways.  —  Obama: … First Obama tells us how humble he is.  Then he tells us that he is bending history in the direction of justice - a phrase that associates himself with Martin Luther King.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Snubbed Norwegians replace absent Obama at event with …
Discussion: Classical Values
Richard Cohen / PostPartisan:
Obama may grow into his Nobel speech
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 …
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The new socialism  —  In the 1970s and early '80s, having seized control of the U.N. apparatus (by power of numbers), Third World countries decided to cash in.  OPEC was pulling off the greatest wealth transfer from rich to poor in history.  Why not them?  So in grand U.N. declarations …
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.
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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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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.
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 …
The Politico:
Baucus gave girlfriend $14K raise  —  Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, gave a nearly $14,000 pay raise to a female staffer in 2008, at the time he was becoming romantically involved with her, and later that year took her on a taxpayer-funded trip …
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Gateway Pundit
Barbarossa / The Jawa Report:
CAIR attorney demands ban and seizure of all Christmas cards sent to Rifqa Bary  —  In a stunning development in the ongoing legal saga of Muslim-turned-Christian convert Rifqa Bary, the parents' attorney, Omar Tarazi, filed a motion with the Franklin County courts last week moving to ban …
Discussion: THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
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 …
Chris Steller / Minnesota Independent:
Bachmann: Fight health care reform ‘every day when you take your vitamins’  —  U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann urged her supporters to fight health care reform by calling Congress “every day, when you wake up in the morning and comb your hair and take your vitamins.”
Discussion: Indecision Forever
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Bernanke's Unfinished Mission  —  Ben Bernanke, the Federal Reserve chairman, recently had some downbeat things to say about our economic prospects.  The economy, he warned, “confronts some formidable headwinds.”  All we can expect, he said, is “modest economic growth next year …
The State:
Jenny Sanford: ‘I am now filing for divorce’  —  S.C. First Lady Jenny Sanford issued a statement this morning saying that she is filing for divorce from embattled Gov. Mark Sanford, who disclosed this summer that he had had an extramarital affair with a woman from Argentina.  —  Jenny Sanford's statement says:
Discussion: The Hill and The Page
Dennis Cauchon / USA Today:
For feds, more get 6-figure salaries  —  The number of federal workers earning six-figure salaries has exploded during the recession, according to a USA TODAY analysis of federal salary data.  —  Federal employees making salaries of $100,000 or more jumped from 14% to 19% of civil servants during …
Discussion: The Foundry, Hot Air and Cato @ Liberty
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.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Why Two Parties?  —  Reader NS asks “can you recommend any good works about why the two party system is so entrenched here?  There doesn't seem to be any good constitutional reason — just historical tradition.”  —  I think it's the confluence of three different elements of our institutional structure:
Eamon Javers / The Politico:
‘Pay czar’ caps midlevel execs  —  The nation's “pay czar” is at it again Friday, and this time, midlevel executives at bailed-out firms are getting a pay cut.  —  Fewer than 10 of the 450 employees will be allowed to earn more than $500,000 per year, according to a source familiar with the plan …
Discussion: The Page
 
 
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msnbc.com:
‘Countdown with Keith Olbermann’ for Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Michael Massing / NYRblog:
The News Crisis: What Google Can Do
Discussion: Forbes, The Agonist and Achenblog
Rowena Mason / Telegraph:
Copenhagen climate summit: Carbon trading fraudsters in Europe pocket €5bn
Discussion: Power Line and EU Referendum
Andy Pasztor / Wall Street Journal:
FAA Promotes New Air-Traffic Approach
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
79 percent of NRA members believe Obama will ban gun sales
Ezra Klein:
Steny Hoyer explains how Newt Gingrich broke Congress
Paul Krugman:
The jobs deficit  —  It was truly amazing the way last week's …
Discussion: Ezra Klein