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8:50 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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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 …
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Senate passes $1.1 trillion spending bill
Discussion: The Politico
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Lieberman and Nelson: Public option compromise still not good enough
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
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.
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New York Times:
Citigroup Nears Deal to Return Billions in Bailout Funds  —  WASHINGTON — Citigroup was close to a deal on Sunday night to be the last of the big Wall Street banks to exit the government's bailout program, after trying to persuade regulators that it was sound enough to stand on its own.
Discussion: The Caucus
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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.
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
Chris Kuc / Chicago Breaking News:
Giannoulias, Kirk hold big Senate leads  —  Democrat Alexi Giannoulias and Republican Mark Kirk have been campaigning against each other as if they were the only ones running for the U.S. Senate.  A Tribune/WGN-TV poll sheds some light on why: Both have opened up leads ahead of the Feb. 2 primary elections.
Discussion: The Hill
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
David Hinckley / NY Daily News:
President Obama tells Oprah Winfrey: I deserve a B+ for my first 11 months in White House  —  President Obama told Oprah Winfrey on Sunday night he gives himself a “good, solid B-plus” for his first 11 months in the Oval Office.  —  On what was billed as Oprah's “White House Christmas Special …
Randall Stross / New York Times:
AT&T Takes the Blame, Even for the iPhone's Faults  —  I LOVE my iPhone.  I just wish it were matched with Verizon Wireless, the carrier with the most envied reputation as fast, ubiquitous, reliable, nigh perfect.  —  Consumer Reports has just released its annual survey of cellphone service …
 
 
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
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Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
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Discussion: The Note
CNN:
Houston elects first openly gay mayor
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BBC:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: The Huffington Post