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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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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] …
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 …
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.
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Are Pro-Public Option Senators Mourning The Loss Of The Medicare Buy In?
Discussion: TalkLeft and AmSpecBlog
Ezra Klein:
Lieberman: Medicare buy-in ‘duplicative’
CNN:   Updated: WH, Senate Dems: No plans to use ‘reconciliation’ for health care
Greg Hitt / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Reweigh Medicare Expansion
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Looming Murder/Suicide of the Democratic Majority
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and AmSpecBlog
Benjamin Sarlin / The Daily Beast:
Lieberman's Flip-Flop Defense
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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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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 …
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.
Anill / Think Progress:
New right-wing Christmas carol: ‘Illegals in my Yard.’  —  This weekend, Human Events posted an offensive parody of the famous Christmas carol, “Feliz Navidad,” entitled “Illegal Aliens In My Yard.”  Besides repeatedly referring to undocumented immigrants as “illegals,” …
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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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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Cook report: Number of “likely” Democratic House seats down to ... 218
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 …
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 …
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.
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” …
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air and JammieWearingFool
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
Discussion: Neptunus Lex
James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
BRANDED A CHEAT  —  A recent issue of Forbes features a full-page ad for the consulting firm Accenture with Tiger Woods striding through tall grass.  The tagline reads, “The road to high performance isn't always paved.”  To which the obvious rejoinder these days is “Sometimes it runs straight into a fire hydrant.”
Discussion: Free exchange
 
 
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