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12:10 PM 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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Ezra Klein:
First, stop doing harm  —  “I can't see it,” Olympia Snowe said after considering the Medicare buy-in proposal for a day or two.  “I am talking to a lot of my providers this afternoon and I know they are mighty unhappy.”  —  “My providers.”  Think about that for a second.
Wall Street Journal:
Worse Than the Public Option  —  Harry Reid's Medicare gambit.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  It's hard to imagine a better illustration of the panic and recklessness stringing ObamaCare along in the Senate than the putative deal that Harry Reid announced this week.
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Moderates uneasy with Medicare plan
Discussion: Firedoglake
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Why Progressives aren't blocking the bill: Medicaid
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 Politico and The Hill
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Peter Hamby / CNN:
Jenny Sanford files for divorce
Discussion: Politics Daily, CBS News and Wonkette
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
South Carolina's first lady files for divorce
Discussion: The Fix
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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Failed health talks set up another working weekend for Senate  —  A final effort to avoid a weekend of votes fell apart Thursday evening when Senate Democratic and Republican leaders failed to reach agreement to consider an omnibus spending bill on Friday.  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid …
Discussion: The Confluence
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Liz Halloran / NPR:
Connecticut Senator Fights ‘Dump Dodd’ Sentiment
Discussion: msnbc.com
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Snubbed Norwegians replace absent Obama at event with ... cardboard cutout; Update: Photo added  —  Wait 'til you hear what the event was. … Presumably this means they stuck a cardboard cutout next to the entrance, but I've been cracking myself up imagining that they put it in a seat …
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Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Are Democrats Sunk?  —  A friend of mine from Virgina forwarded an email to me today from the NRCC.  It started like this: … I laughed it off, but he wasn't having any: … Comments?  Is lefty obsession with the public option going to torpedo Dems in 2010?
Discussion: Megan McArdle and TalkLeft
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 …
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 …
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Why is Ta-Nehisi Coates shouting an obscenity at me?  —  He writes: … The link on “F**kin' Althouse” goes to this post of mine: … My post links to Coates calling out Glenn Beck for sounding like a sexist.  It's phrased to imply that Coates probably wouldn't call out a liberal for sexism …
Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
Many See the VAT Option as a Cure for Deficits  —  Runaway federal deficits have thrust a politically unsavory savior into the spotlight: a nationwide tax on goods and services.  —  Members of Congress, like their constituents, are squeamish about such ideas, instead suggesting spending cuts or higher taxes on the rich.
The Politico:
John McCain, critic-in-chief  —  Barack Obama began his presidency with an open hand toward the man he had just defeated in a race that was at times bitter.  —  “There are few Americans who understand this need for common purpose and common effort better than John McCain,” …
Kathy Kiely / USA Today:
Sarah Palin plans to be key player in 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,” …
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 …
Dionne Searcey / Wall Street Journal:
Bernie Madoff, the $19 Billion Con, Makes New Friends Behind Bars  —  A Year After His Arrest, Inmate No. 61727-054 Settles In — Only 1,795 Months to Go  —  BUTNER, N.C. — Bernard L. Madoff's life of country clubs and luxury homes ended when federal agents arrested him at his Manhattan penthouse apartment exactly one year ago.
Discussion: Blogs and Stories, Law Blog and Gawker
Barbarossa / The Jawa Report:
CAIR Attorney Demands Ban and Seizure of all Christmas Cards sent to Rifqa Bary (Bumped)  —  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 …
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Hanukkah Story  —  Tonight Jewish kids will light the menorah, spin their dreidels and get their presents, but Hanukkah is the most adult of holidays.  It commemorates an event in which the good guys did horrible things, the bad guys did good things and in which everybody is flummoxed …
Discussion: Townhall.com
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 …
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Illinois Senate Election  —  2010 Illinois Senate: Giannoulias 42%, Kirk 39%  —  Democratic State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias has now crept past Republican Congressman Mark Kirk in Illinois' 2010 race for the U.S. Senate, and other Democratic hopefuls are closing the gap.
Discussion: Scorecard's Blog
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 and TPMDC
 
 
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Bruce Bartlett / Forbes:
The Overstimulated Economy  —  Additional stimulus spending could do more harm than good.
Ezra Klein:
Spanking and the 2008 election … More here.The most interesting part …
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Angelina Jolie / Newsweek:
Justice Delayed Is Not Justice Denied
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Happy Hanukkah from Orrin Hatch
Sarah Lyall / New York Times:
Britain, Long a Libel Mecca, Reviews Laws
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Jim Geraghty / National Review Online:
Why the Sudden Buzz About Chris Dodd Being Pushed Out?  — By: Jim Geraghty
Discussion: The Fix and Moe Lane
Eamon Javers / The Politico:
‘Pay czar’ caps midlevel execs
Discussion: The Page
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Bernanke's Unfinished Mission
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SoCal councilman wears a Stalin-ized Pelosi