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9:55 AM ET, December 15, 2009

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New York Times:
Lieberman Gets Ex-Party to Shift on Health Plan  —  WASHINGTON — Just the thought of Joseph I. Lieberman makes some Democrats want to spit nails these days.  But Mr. Lieberman, the Connecticut independent, is not the least troubled by his status as Capitol Hill's master infuriator …
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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 Hill:
Sen. Reid bows to centrists, will drop Medicare buy-in provision to pass bill  —  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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Why Democrats push health care, even if it kills them  —  To some observers, the Democrats' race to pass national health care seems irrational — even suicidal.  Don't party leaders understand how much the public opposes the bills currently on the table?  Don't they know that voters are likely …
Discussion: Commentary
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
PAYING THE RANSOM.... Joe Lieberman decided he'd kill health …
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Hill
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Are Pro-Public Option Senators Mourning The Loss Of The Medicare Buy In?
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Dem Leaders Say Health Care Bill Will Pass Next Week, Give …
Discussion: Hit & Run and Talking Points Memo
Los Angeles Times:
Senate Democrats move to drop Medicare proposal
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and RedState
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Lieberman: No Need For Medicare Buy-In Because Baucus Bill Was So Good
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 …
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 …
Discussion: CREW, FOX News Radio and TalkLeft
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CNN:
Millions of White House e-mails recovered
Discussion: Indecision Forever
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 …
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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Anthony Watts / Watts Up With That?:
DOE sends a “litigation hold notice” regarding CRU to employees - asking to “preserve documents”  —  It appears bigger things are brewing related to CRU's Climategate.  —  WUWT commenter J.C. writes in comments:  —  I work at the Savannah River Site (SRS) in South Carolina.
Quinnipiac University:
Paterson Approval Up, But Dems Back Cuomo Almost 3-1, Quinnipiac University New York State Poll Finds; Thompson Tops Gillibrand In Dem Senate Primary  —  New York Gov. David Paterson continues his climb out of the basement, as voters disapprove 49 - 40 percent of the job he is doing …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Putting Obama on Hold, in a Hint of Who's Boss  —  President Obama didn't exactly look thrilled as he stared at the Polycom speakerphone in front of him.  “Well, I appreciate you guys calling in,” he began the meeting at the White House with Wall Street's top brass on Monday.
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.
Susan Stabley / bizjournals:
Report: John Edwards bought Charlotte home for former mistress Rielle Hunter  —  Rumors have been circulating for several days through Charlotte's Eastover neighborhood that former U.S. Sen. John Edwards bought a home here for his admitted former mistress, Rielle Hunter.
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
A Courage of Failure  —  ObamaCare backer: Defying public, wrecking health care would be “a significant political achievement.”  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  There's trouble in paradise, or rather there would be if the U.S. Senate's Democratic Caucus were paradise.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama will argue to Dems today that this may be the LAST CHANCE for health reform — Sec. Clinton pushes for transparency in Copenhagen accord — Griff Jenkins b'day  —  Donna Brazile tweets: “Countdown to the hour Jean and Lionel welcomed me into the world at Charity Hospital 50 years ago [today].
Discussion: New York Times and Prescriptions
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.
John Tierney / New York Times:
Trusting Nature as the Climate Referee  —  Imagine there's no Copenhagen.  —  Imagine a planet in which global warming was averted without the periodic need for thousands of people to fly around the world to promise to stop burning fossil fuels.  Imagine no international conferences wrangling over the details of climate policy.
Discussion: marbury and Marginal Revolution
Room for Debate:
Banks: Real Reform and Pitchforks  —  President Obama told a group of bank executives on Monday that they needed to loosen lending and take other action to help the American economy.  In a taped interview on Sunday night on “60 Minutes,” he called bankers “fat cats” who “still don't get” why the public is so mad at them.
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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