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3:50 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.
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
US health care tab to keep growing under overhaul  —  WASHINGTON — Democrats trying to push President Barack Obama's health care overhaul plan through the Senate got a sober warning Friday that costs will keep going up and proposed Medicare savings may harm the program.
Discussion: Reuters and Associated Press
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.
The Huffington Post:
Pharma Deal Shuts Down Senate Health Care Debate  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  The White House, aided by Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), is working hard to crush an amendment being pushed by Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) to allow for the reimportation of pharmaceutical drugs from Canada, Senate sources tell the Huffington Post.
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Ezra Klein:
Senate bill allows insurers to establish annual limits
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Harry Reid Slips Lifetime Limit into Senate Bill
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Plum Line
Chris Frates / The Politico:   CMS: Senate bill will raise health expenditures
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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John Noonan / Weekly Standard:
Russian Rocket Fail Turns into Nobel Peace Prize Fireworks Display
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 …
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
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
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
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
House Passes Far-Reaching Bill Tightening Financial Rules  —  WASHINGTON — The House on Friday approved a Democratic plan to significantly tighten federal regulation of Wall Street and the financial sector, advancing a far-reaching Congressional response to the financial crisis still reverberating through the economy.
Discussion: The Page and The Confluence
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
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 …
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
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Sarah Palin's Copenhagen-Bashing Op-Ed One Of Most Read WaPo Opinion Pieces Of The Year  —  Here's a dispiriting postscript to the massive flap over The Washington Post's decision to publish an Op ed by Sarah Palin on climate change, a piece that has been widely criticized as riddled with falsehoods.
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 …
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,” …
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
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 …
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
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,” …
Joseph Huff-Hannon / The Huffington Post:
Health Care Street Heat Targets Senator Schumer, Demanding Medicare for All  —  New York, NY.  December 10, 2009 — On Thursday morning, a group of friends and colleagues, mostly middle-aged, sat and chatted over coffee at a midtown deli near Grand Central Station.
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 …
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 …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Hatch: College football playoff bill could pass the Senate  —  The college football playoffs bill that appears to be stalled in the House could pass the Senate if the lower chamber voted it through, said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) on Thursday.  —  Hatch, who is a staunch opponent …
 
 
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Larry Peterson / Savannah Morning News:
Regina Thomas launches second campaign for Congress
Discussion: The Hill and Eye on 2010
Matt Welch / Hit & Run:
The Class War: Public Employees vs. the Rest of Us
Matt Lewis / Politics Daily:
John Thune: The GOP's Answer to Obama?
Discussion: GOP 12
Stan Collender / Capital Gains and Games blogs:
Baucus To Conrad And Gregg On A Budget Commission: Yo Mama
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Matthew Yglesias
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Nelson (Fla.): Healthcare compromise ‘a non-starter’
 Earlier Items: 
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Strange Case of Woodrow Wilson
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Hanukkah Story  —  Tonight Jewish kids will light the menorah …
Discussion: Townhall.com
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Why is Ta-Nehisi Coates shouting an obscenity at me?
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Failed omnibus talks set up another working weekend for Senate
Discussion: The Confluence
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Bernanke's Unfinished Mission