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1:50 PM 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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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.
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 …
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 …
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” …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Poll: One Third Of Dems Less Likely To Vote In 2010 If Public Option Dies  —  This is striking: A new national poll finds that fully one third of Democratic voters say that they're “less likely” to vote in 2010 if Congress doesn't pass a public option, underscoring the possibility that dropping …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Looming Murder/Suicide of the Democratic Majority
Discussion: TalkLeft
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   Thune: This week could decide outcome of healthcare debate
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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.
The White House:
No Illusions  —  We are closer than ever before to passing fiscally responsible health reform legislation.  So it's not a surprise that the most reflexively and ideologically partisan commentators are lashing out.  Today, it's the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal.  —  For an economist, the irony is rich.
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 …
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Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Western, U.N. officials assess secret Iranian nuclear paper
Discussion: Hot Air
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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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Bart Gordon to retire
Discussion: Commentary and Don Surber
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.
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The Huffington Post:
Copenhagen Climate Talks SUSPENDED, In Chaos, As Countries Walk …
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Confluence
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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Hullabaloo
The Politico:
Banks: We'll ‘step up now’  —  Facing White House pressure to increase lending, bank CEOs plan to tell President Barack Obama in a meeting on Monday that they are ready to “step up” and take additional steps to promote economic recovery, industry officials tell POLITICO.
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Ezra Klein:
The 150,000-life health-care plan  —  By now, you're probably used to hearing about the $900 billion health-care bill.  But what about the 150,000-life health-care bill?  —  Oddly, that label hasn't made its way into the conversation.  But it is, if anything, a conservative estimate.
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:   Understanding Joe Lieberman
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Did AmeriCorps official lie about possible First Lady link to IG firing?  —  Congressional investigators looking into the abrupt firing of AmeriCorps inspector general Gerald Walpin have discovered that the head of AmeriCorps met with a top aide to First Lady Michelle Obama the day before Walpin was removed.
Discussion: Hot Air and YID With LID
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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Commentary
CBS News:
Dick Armey Q&A: Republicans Must Learn To Follow Constitution  —  Posted by Declan McCullagh Speculation about the future of the Republican Party has become an entertaining armchair sport: Will next year's congressional elections mark a repeat of the Democratic rout of 1994?
BBC:
Look young for your age?  Get set to live longer  —  People blessed with youthful faces are more likely to live to a ripe old age than those who look more than their years, work shows.  —  Danish scientists say appearance alone can predict survival, after they studied 387 pairs of twins.
 
 
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