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2:55 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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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.
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Sen. Durbin says he's ‘in the dark’ on possible healthcare reform compromise  —  The 10 Democratic senators who crafted a healthcare compromise are keeping its details a secret, says Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Friday.  —  Responding to a complaint by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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:
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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 …
Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
Kathleen Parker on Obama's triumph at Oslo  —  After Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize speech, anyone still questioning whether he is really a Christian, rather than a Muslim aligned with fanaticism, needs to seek therapy forthwith.  —  Anyone still unconvinced that Obama is really an American committed …
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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 …
Washington Post:
White House, Senate leaders at odds over debt limits  —  Negotiations over a plan to dramatically increase the nation's debt limit are scheduled to resume Friday morning between senior White House officials and Senate leaders, with the two camps at odds over how to chart a course toward fiscal solvency.
Discussion: Capitol Briefing and Hot Air
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Stan Collender / Capital Gains and Games blogs:
Baucus To Conrad And Gregg On A Budget Commission: Yo Mama
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   On Deficit Commission, Think Bigger Not Smaller
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.
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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Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Illinois Senate Election
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 …
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
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.
Discussion: Capitol Watch
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,” …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Democracy In America!  —  It's been a very long time coming - longer than it took to bring actual (if flawed) democracy to Iraq and Afghanistan.  Yesterday, this happened: … This could actually mean that citizens of the United States are allowed to hold a referendum - and have the results enforced by law!
Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
One problem with Republicans: They've got the wrong Mitch  —  INDIANAPOLIS Earlier this week, I found myself in the majestic office of Indiana's diminutive governor, Mitch Daniels, talking about health care.  —  Daniels is a rarity these days, an incredibly popular Republican politician …
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.
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
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,” …
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 …
Discussion: Founding Bloggers
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
DOJ rejects Jack Johnson pardon  —  The Department of Justice has rejected Congressional attempts to pardon turn-of-the-last-century boxer Jack Johnson, a black heavyweight champion who was jailed for violation of the notorious “white slavery” Mann Act.  —  The department's pardons attorney wrote …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Jack & Jill Politics
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 …
Barbarossa / The Jawa Report:
CAIR Attorney Demands Ban and Seizure of all Christmas Cards sent to Rifqa Bary (Bumped) ***And Updated***  —  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 …
Ezra Klein:
Spanking and the 2008 election … More here.The most interesting part of the study is that this is apparently a new divide in American politics.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Unfogged
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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Failed omnibus 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
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 …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Tea partyers petition Dem lawmaker to move office to make protests easier  —  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 …
John Vidal / Guardian:
Viscount Monckton calls young climate activists ‘Hitler Youth’  —  Christopher Monckton berates a group of young activists for interrupting a meeting of climate sceptics in Copenhagen, calling them ‘Nazis’ and ‘Hitler Youth’  —  When Christopher Monckton, the hereditary third Viscount Monckton of Brenchley …
 
 
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Jeffrey Goldberg:
Orrin Hatch, Moving On To Purim
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Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Nelson (Fla.): Healthcare compromise ‘a non-starter’
Coloradoan Online:
(2 of 2)  —  The Democratic Congress, of course, could reject …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
Health care loophole would allow coverage limits
Discussion: Ezra Klein, Firedoglake and Daily Kos
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The Strange Case of Woodrow Wilson
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Hanukkah Story  —  Tonight Jewish kids will light the menorah …
Discussion: Townhall.com
Angelina Jolie / Newsweek:
Justice Delayed Is Not Justice Denied
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Bernanke's Unfinished Mission