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9:55 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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The Huffington Post:
Lieberman Tells Reid To His Face, He'll Vote Against Current Health Care Bill  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) informed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in a face-to-face meeting on Sunday that he will vote against a health care bill that includes …
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 …
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 …
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.
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Lieberman seizes control of the Democratic Senate caucus  —  To no one's surprise (but certainly to my disappointment), Joe Lieberman has now told Harry Reid that he will filibuster any health care bill with a Medicare buy-in or a public option (emphasis mine):
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Health Care Reform In Peril; Lieberman Threatens Filibuster Over Medicare Buy In  —  In a move that senior leadership aides say has left them stunned, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) has told Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) that he will filibuster a tentative public option compromise unless it's stripped …
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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Mike Dorning / Bloomberg:
Obama to Press Bankers on Lending, Aide Summers Says
Discussion: USA Today and The Page
Joseph Berger / New York Times:
Summers Predicts Job Growth by Spring
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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 …
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.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Morning Fix: Obama's tough love for bankers  —  1. President Obama will sit down today with the chief executives of the nation's biggest banks — see full list below — to give them a bit of tough love.  Asked what the president's message will be, one senior administration official pointed …
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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 …
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Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Obama Gives Himself a B-Plus
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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 …
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
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.
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
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.
Paul Krugman:
Paul Samuelson, R.I.P.  —  Oh, my.  Paul Samuelson has died.  He had a long, good life; yet he will be sorely missed.  —  It's hard to convey the full extent of Samuelson's greatness.  Most economists would love to have written even one seminal paper — a paper that fundamentally changes the way people think about some issue.
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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
McCain, Distanced From Race, Raises Senate Voice
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
U.S. unveils plan to rev up clean technology in poor nations
Discussion: The Page
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
McCaskill says CBO score will determine her vote on Reid's new healthcare bill
Discussion: Politics Daily
Michael Leahy / Washington Post:
One vote by California legislator illustrates fractured state Republican Party
Discussion: The New Republic
Charles Lane / Washington Post:
Charles Lane on job-killers that should be killed
Discussion: Commentary
Chris Kuc / Chicago Breaking News:
Giannoulias, Kirk hold big Senate leads
Discussion: The Hill and msnbc.com
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Shashank Bengali / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Bush birth control policies helped fuel Africa's baby boom
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Richard Mauer / Anchorage Daily News:
Alleged cover-up cuts into Allen credibility
Guardian:
Copenhagen deal under threat
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
A Game That's Not So Great
Discussion: Osborne Ink and Laura Rozen's Blog