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10:25 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 …
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.
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
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.
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:
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] …
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 TalkLeft
The Note:
Lieberman Wants Senate Dems to ‘Scale Back’ Health Care Bill  —  ABC News' Z. Byron Wolf reports: Lieberman wants to scale Reid's bill back to its “strong core.”  —  Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., who has new demands about what Democrats should pull out of their evolving health reform bill …
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:
Joe Lieberman Not The Man He Used To Be On Medicare Buy-In
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Harkin: 'There's Enough Good In This Bill' Without Medicare Buy-In
Discussion: Hot Air, Daily Kos and AmSpecBlog
Greg Hitt / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Reweigh Medicare Expansion
Discussion: Hullabaloo
CNN:
Updated: WH, Senate Dems: No plans to use ‘reconciliation’ for health care
Discussion: rubber hose
Ezra Klein:
Lieberman: Medicare buy-in ‘duplicative’
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
White House Pressures Reid To Cut A Deal With Lieberman
Ezra Klein:
Oh no, Joe  —  Greg Sargent found video of Joe Lieberman …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
White House Denies Report They're Pushing For Deal With Lieberman
The Hill:
Reid bows to centrists, will drop Medicare buy-in provision
Discussion: The Hill and Wonk Room
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Looming Murder/Suicide of the Democratic Majority
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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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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.
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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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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 …
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: Hullabaloo, Raw Story and TalkLeft
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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 …
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.
 
 
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James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
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Washington Wire:
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