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8:05 PM ET, December 14, 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 …
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.
The Huffington Post:
81% Of Dems Want Lieberman Punished For Health Care Filibuster  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  More than 80 percent of Democrats say they believe Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn) should be stripped of his powerful chairmanship in the Senate if he ends up supporting a Republican filibuster of health care reform, according to a new poll.
The Huffington Post:
Rahm Emanuel Personally Pressed Reid To Cut Deal With Lieberman: Sources  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Rahm Emanuel visited Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in his Capitol office on Sunday evening and personally urged him to cut a deal with recalcitrant Sen. Joe Lieberman, two Democratic sources familiar with the situation said.
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Joe Lieberman Not The Man He Used To Be On Medicare Buy-In  —  Meet Joe Lieberman, Medicare buy-in advocate.  It's the winter of 2000, and Lieberman is pressing flesh and kissing babies in Bangor, Maine as the presidential election approaches.  After holding a town hall meeting with voters …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
White House Denies Report They're Pushing For Deal With Lieberman  —  The White House is shooting down a report in Politico claiming that Obama advisers are pushing Harry Reid to cut a deal to dump the Medicare buy-in to make Joe Lieberman happy.  —  White House senior communications adviser Dan Pfeiffer emails me:
Ezra Klein:
Venomous responsibility  —  My colleague Chuck Lane accuses me of a “venomous smear” against Joe Lieberman today, which is fair enough.  He's hardly the first to see it that way.  What is surprising is that Lane, well, agrees with my venomous smear.  “I understand that [Lieberman] …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Welcome to the Lieberman Administration  —  Looks like Joe Lieberman decided to try for the old double-cross and say he now opposes the Medicare expansion compromise he'd hinted he would support.  Lieberman wants no public option, no trigger that might create a public option …
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Understanding Joe Lieberman  —  I've been saying for a while that Joe Lieberman posed the greatest threat to health care reform.  Unlike the rest of the party, he has no political interest in the passage of reform or a successful Obama presidency, and he seems to view the prospect of sticking …
Ezra Klein:
Oh no, Joe  —  Greg Sargent found video of Joe Lieberman recommending Medicare buy-in as an appropriate compromise from the public option.  And not in 2000.  Or 2006.  Three months ago!  —  “I was very focused on a group that's post-50, or maybe post-55,” Lieberman explained to the Connecticut Post.
Michael F. Cannon / Cato @ Liberty:
Joe Lieberman, Mass Murderer?  —  So insinuates the Washington Post's Ezra Klein, who writes that, because Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) does not support the health care legislation forwarded by Senate Democrats, Lieberman “seems willing to cause the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people in order to settle an old electoral score.”
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Harkin: 'There's Enough Good In This Bill' Without Medicare Buy-In
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Looming Murder/Suicide of the Democratic Majority
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and AmSpecBlog
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
With Health Care Reform Tied Up In The Senate, Harkin Revisits Call …
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Benjamin Sarlin / The Daily Beast:
Lieberman's Flip-Flop Defense
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Talking Points Memo
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
White House Pressures Reid To Cut A Deal With Lieberman
Discussion: The Note and The Plum Line
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Why Lieberman Hates The Health Care Bill
Discussion: Swampland
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Lieberman Hearts Medicare Buy-In
Discussion: Glenn Thrush's Blog and The Hill
Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
Pong, You're Dead: The Dems' Secret Weapon  —  Sudden Victory: People in the know in Washington appear to have already considered and dismissed the “ping pong” option—the possibility that if the Senate finally passes a compromise health care bill, Pelosi's House might simply vote “yes” …
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CNN:   Updated: WH, Senate Dems: No plans to use ‘reconciliation’ for health care
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:   Caucus at the White House
David Carr / New York Times:
Under Murdoch, Tilting Rightward at The Journal  —  Sunday was the second anniversary of the sale of The Wall Street Journal to Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation.  At that time, a chorus of journalism church ladies (I was among them) warned that one of the crown jewels of American journalism …
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John Koblin / New York Observer:
Robert Thomson Takes Swing at David Carr, Bill Keller
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Disaster and Denial  —  When I first began writing for The Times, I was naïve about many things.  But my biggest misconception was this: I actually believed that influential people could be moved by evidence, that they would change their views if events completely refuted their beliefs.
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 …
Kleinheider / Post Politics:
This Is Huge: Rep. Bart Gordon Will Not Run For Re-Election  —  Boom goes the press release: … There really isn't anyway to spin as anything but bad for Democrats.  Whatever their reasons, the retirement of both John Tanner and Bart Gordon mean that only two years before redistricting …
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Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Poll: Gordon trailed GOP opponent before retiring
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.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and ATTACKERMAN
Anthony Watts / Watts Up With That?:
What's going on?  CRU takes down Briffa Tree Ring Data and more  —  Odd things are going on at the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia.  —  Widely available data, existing in the public view for years, is now disappearing from public view.  —  Google shows the link was once valid
Richard Black / BBC:
Climate talks row sees negotiations ‘suspended’  —  Negotiations at the UN climate summit have been suspended after developing countries withdrew their co-operation.  —  Delegations were angry at what they saw as moves by the Danish host government to sideline talks on more emission cuts under the Kyoto Protocol.
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Bayh wants Obama to veto omnibus bill  —  Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) called on President Barack Obama Monday to veto the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill that just passed through Congress.  —  Bayh was one of three Democrats who joined most Senate Republicans in voting against the bill …
Discussion: The Politico
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
DeMint warns of ‘emergency rally’  —  Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) is putting Capitol Hill on a “Code Red” alert Tuesday in an effort to stop the Senate's health care reform legislation.  —  In a release from his office Monday, DeMint announced he will speak at what is being billed as an …
Charles Lane / Washington Post:
Charles Lane on job-killers that should be killed  —  With unemployment stuck around 10 percent, President Obama has pledged “to take every responsible step to accelerate the pace of job growth.”  Here's a thought: Instead of trying to “create” jobs by tweaking this tax break or increasing …
TMZ.com:
Courtney Love Loses Legal Control of Daughter  —  Courtney Love no longer has legal control of her daughter.  TMZ has learned a legal guardian has been appointed to care for 17-year-old Frances Bean Cobain.  —  Guardianships of this nature are frequently established when the parent is not capable of taking care of their children.
Discussion: ChattahBox News Blog
Wall Street Journal:
The ‘Cost Control’ Bill of Goods  —  How Peter Orszag and the White House sold a health-care illusion.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  ObamaCare's core promise—better quality care for everyone at lower costs—is being exposed as an illusion as it degenerates into the raw exercise of political power.
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 …
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Torture, Chrysler cases ended; 3 grants  —  The Supreme Court refused on Monday to hear a major new case involving a claim of torture by four Britons while they were held at Guantanamo Bay.  It also wiped out the last remaining challenge to the deal that saved the automaker Chrysler, and it granted three new cases.
 
 
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