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8:10 AM ET, December 14, 2009

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Robert Pear / New York Times:
Lieberman Rules Out Voting for Health Bill  —  WASHINGTON — In a surprise setback for Democratic leaders, Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, independent of Connecticut, said on Sunday that he would vote against the health care legislation in its current form.  —  The bill's supporters had said earlier …
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The Huffington Post:
Lieberman Tells Reid To His Face, He'll Vote Against Current Health Care Bill  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) informed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in a face-to-face meeting on Sunday that he will vote against a health care bill that includes …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Lieberman At It Again  —  It's starting to seem like it may just be better for Dems to try to make a deal with Olympia Snowe, kick Joe Lieberman out of the party and be done with it.  The leadership in the senate thought that Lieberman was on board with the latest compromise.
Ezra Klein:
Joe Lieberman: Let's not make a deal!  —  The Huffington Post and Roll Call are both reporting that Joe Lieberman notified Harry Reid that he will filibuster health-care reform if the final bill includes an expansion of Medicare.  Previously, Lieberman had been cool to the idea …
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Lieberman, Nelson: Public-option compromise still not good enough
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Senate passes $1.1 trillion spending bill
Discussion: The Politico
New York Times:
Citigroup Says It Has Reached a Deal to Repay Bailout Funds  —  Citigroup reached a deal early Monday morning to be the last of the big Wall Street banks to exit the government's bailout program, after persuading regulators that it was sound enough to stand on its own.
Discussion: The Page
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New York Times:
Citigroup Nears Deal to Return Billions in Bailout Funds
Discussion: The Caucus
BBC:
Berlusconi is bloodied by attack  —  Mr Berlusconi was whisked away with blood on his face following the incident  —  Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of Italy is recovering in hospital after an assault left his face covered in blood following a rally in Milan.
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Guardian:
Silvio Berlusconi hit in the face
Kristina Wong / ABCNEWS:
Recession Is Over, Job Growth Coming, White House Advisers Say  —  Yet Romer Says While Wall Street Recession is Over, Main Street Recession is Not  —  President Obama's top economic adviser Lawrence Summers today for the first time predicted that job growth would begin as early as this spring.
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Joseph Berger / New York Times:
Summers Predicts Job Growth by Spring
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Michael M. Weinstein / New York Times:
Paul A. Samuelson, Economist, Dies at 94  —  Paul A. Samuelson, the first American Nobel laureate in economics and the foremost academic economist of the 20th century, died Sunday at his home in Belmont, Mass. He was 94.  —  His death was announced by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology …
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Paul Krugman:   Paul Samuelson, R.I.P.
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Palin's Turning Point  —  Sarah Palin's appearance on the Conan O'Brien late night show generated huge positive buzz.  Even (some of) the Palin haters were hard-pressed to come up with a negative about it.  —  This marks something of a turning point for Palin.
Catherine Philp / Times of London:
Secret document exposes Iran's nuclear trigger  —  Confidential intelligence documents obtained by The Times show that Iran is working on testing a key final component of a nuclear bomb.  —  The notes, from Iran's most sensitive military nuclear project, describe a four-year plan to test …
Telegraph:
Taliban can be admired for their faith and loyalty, says bishop  —  The Taliban can be admired for their conviction to their faith and their sense of loyalty to one another, the new bishop for the Armed Forces has claimed.  —  The Rt Rev Stephen Venner called for a more sympathetic approach …
Shashank Bengali / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Bush birth control policies helped fuel Africa's baby boom  —  SIRAKANO, Uganda — At age 45, after giving birth to 13 children in her village of thatch roofs and bare feet, Beatrice Adongo made a discovery that startled her: birth control.  —  “I delivered all these children …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Hana Levi Julian / Arutz Sheva:
Chabad Rabbi Attacked in Vienna  —  Follow Israel news on and .  —  A Muslim man attacked a Chabad rabbi Saturday night as he was conducting the annual ceremony to light the public Chanukah menorah in Stefenfaltz Square in the city of Vienna, Austria.  —  The attacker hurled himself …
Discussion: Gates of Vienna and Israel Matzav
Bradley Olson / Houston Chronicle:
Houston makes its choice; Parker makes history  —  Nation watches as city becomes the largest in U.S. to choose an openly gay leader  —  Annise Danette Parker was elected mayor of Houston on Saturday, winning her seventh consecutive city election and becoming both the first contender …
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CNN:
Houston elects first openly gay mayor
 
 
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Randall Stross / New York Times:
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
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Discussion: Osborne Ink and Laura Rozen's Blog
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Senate passes omnibus bill; sent to Obma
Discussion: The Note
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