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10:35 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  —  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.
Discussion: Commentary
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Why Progressives aren't blocking the bill: Medicaid
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Failed health talks set up another working weekend for Senate
Discussion: The Confluence
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.
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Snubbed Norwegians replace absent Obama at event with …
Discussion: Fausta's Blog and Classical Values
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,” …
Discussion: The Politico
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On Politics:
Surprise! Palin likes Obama's 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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
“Deal” Could Put Joe Lieberman In Charge of Regulating Your Health Insurance
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 …
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 …
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
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
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
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
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 …
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.
Discussion: Beat the Press and Stop The ACLU
Jim Geraghty / National Review Online:
Why the Sudden Buzz About Chris Dodd Being Pushed Out?  — By: Jim Geraghty  —  In a very short time — just the past few days — I've heard a dramatic increase in the amount of talk about Sen. Chris Dodd being talked about of running for another term, and having some other Connecticut Democrat run …
Discussion: The Fix and Moe Lane
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The Politico:
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Dionne Searcey / Wall Street Journal:
Bernie Madoff, the $19 Billion Con, Makes New Friends Behind Bars
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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Why is Ta-Nehisi Coates shouting an obscenity at me?
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Eamon Javers / The Politico:
‘Pay czar’ caps midlevel execs
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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
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Paul Krugman:
The jobs deficit  —  It was truly amazing the way last week's …
Discussion: Ezra Klein