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3:29 AM ET, December 15, 2009

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Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
W.H. to Reid: Cut deal with Lieberman  —  The White House is encouraging Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to cut a deal with Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and eliminate the proposed Medicare expansion in the health reform bill, according to an official close to the negotiations.
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
VIDEO: Watch Lieberman Endorse Medicare Buy-In Three Months Ago  —  Here's some video of Joe Lieberman only three months ago appearing to endorse the Medicare buy-in idea — in seeming contradiction of his decision to bail on the Senate deal.  —  Lieberman discussed the Medicare buy …
New York Times:
Senate Democrats Likely to Drop Medicare Expansion  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Democratic leaders said Monday that they were prepared to drop a proposed expansion of Medicare and make other changes in sweeping health legislation as they tried to rally their caucus in hopes of passing the bill before Christmas.
Discussion: Raw Story and American Power
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Rahm To Reid: Give Lieberman What He Wants  —  Obama administration officials were not pleased when word leaked out earlier today that the White House was leaning on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to cut a deal with Joe Lieberman on a public option alternative—and they gave their counterparts …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Are Pro-Public Option Senators Mourning The Loss Of The Medicare Buy In?  —  Joe Lieberman is the man of the hour.  But though he's threatening to filibuster the Democrats' health care bill, he did not speak at an impromptu caucus meeting on the legislation this evening.
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and First Draft
The Hill:
Reid bows to centrists, will drop Medicare buy-in provision  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is prepared to give in to demands from centrists in order to pass the healthcare legislation before Christmas, senators say.  —  Reid indicated at a closed-door Democratic Conference meeting …
Discussion: Wonk Room
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Understanding Joe Lieberman
Ezra Klein:
Venomous responsibility  —  My colleague Chuck Lane accuses me of a …
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Joe Lieberman Not The Man He Used To Be On Medicare Buy-In
Ezra Klein:   Oh no, Joe  —  Greg Sargent found video of Joe Lieberman …
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Democrats move toward dropping medicare expansion
Discussion: Firedoglake and Open Left
Ezra Klein:
Lieberman: Medicare buy-in ‘duplicative’
Greg Hitt / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Drop Plan to Expand Medicare
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Charles Lane / PostPartisan:
Ezra Klein's venomous slam of Joe Lieberman
CNN:
Updated: WH, Senate Dems: No plans to use ‘reconciliation’ for health care
Dominic Lawson / Times of London:
Inconvenient truth for Al Gore as his North Pole sums don't add up  —  Hannah Devlin, Ben Webster, Philippe Naughton in Copenhagen  —  There are many kinds of truth.  Al Gore was poleaxed by an inconvenient one yesterday.  —  The former US Vice-President, who became an unlikely figurehead …
CNN:
Hadassah Lieberman under attack over industry ties  —  Washington (CNN) - Sen. Joe Lieberman - whose opposition to a public insurance option has drawn outrage from liberal groups for months - is used to finding himself in progressive crosshairs.  —  Now it's his wife's turn.
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Big Hollywood:
Hollywood Producer Urges Celebs to Target Joe Lieberman's Wife  —  What's the Difference Between the Mafia and a Hollywood Leftist? ...the Mafia doesn't go after your family.  —  It shouldn't surprise anyone to learn that Jane Hamsher, the founder and publisher of the website targeting Joe Lieberman's wife …
Discussion: Hot Air
Pete Yost / The Huffington Post:
Bush E-mails Found: 22 Million Missing E-mails From George W. Bush White House Recovered  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  WASHINGTON — Computer technicians have found 22 million missing White House e-mails from the administration of President George W. Bush and the Obama administration …
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Anill / Wonk Room:
Talk Radio Network Producers Say ‘Feliz Navidad’ With ‘Illegals In My Yard’  —  This weekend, Human Events posted an offensive parody of the famous Christmas song, “Feliz Navidad,” entitled “Illegal Aliens In My Yard.”  Besides repeatedly referring to undocumented immigrants as “illegals,” …
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James Chartrand / Copyblogger:
Why James Chartrand Wears Women's Underpants  —  You know me as James Chartrand of Men with Pens, a regular Copyblogger contributor for just shy of two years.  —  And yet, I'm a woman.  —  This is not a joke or an angle or an analogy — I'm literally a woman.  —  This is my story.
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Franken feuds with GOP's No. 4  —  Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) sparred sharply on the Senate floor Monday evening, a departure from the usually dormant speeches in the august chamber.  —  Franken said he was struck by a speech in which he said Thune had refused …
Gallup:
Race for 2010 Remains Close; Democrats Recover Slight Lead  —  Republican lead among independents narrows significantly  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Democrats have regained the slim edge they enjoyed earlier this year over Republicans in the latest update of Gallup's generic congressional ballot …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Cook report: Number of “likely” Democratic House seats down to ... 218  —  A bare majority.  Actually, there are only 39 seats listed in the “lean Democratic” and “Democratic toss-up” columns, but as Taegan Goddard points out, if you toss in Bart Gordon's retirement today in a very winnable GOP district you're down to the magic number.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Speaker Pelosi named finalist for Time magazine ‘Person of the Year’  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is among the seven finalists chosen for Time magazine's annual “Person of the Year,” according to media reports on Monday.  —  {mosads}Other finalists in the realm of politics include …
Adam Brickley / Weekly Standard:
Tea Party Down Under  —  It turns out that insurgent, populist Conservatives are scoring victories Down Under as well as in America — and Tea Partiers and Palinistas here in the States would do well to watch conservative Aussie leader Tony Abbott very closely.
Discussion: Silent Running
Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
‘Smart’ Electric Utility Meters, Intended to Create Savings, Instead Prompt Revolt  —  WASHINGTON — Millions of households across America are taking a first step into the world of the “smart grid,” as their power companies install meters that can tell them how much electricity they are using hour by hour …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Green Inc.
Jnessel / Center for Constitutional Rights:
Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Suit Seeking Accountability for Guantanamo Torture  —  Today, the United States Supreme Court refused to review a lower court's dismissal of a case brought by four British former detainees against Donald Rumsfeld and senior military officers for ordering torture and religious abuse at Guantánamo.
Discussion: Reuters, Raw Story, Hullabaloo and TalkLeft
 
 
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James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
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