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3:15 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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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.
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 …
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 …
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Joe Lieberman Not The Man He Used To Be On Medicare Buy-In  —  Meet Joe Lieberman, Medicare buy-in advocate.  It's the winter of 2000, and Lieberman is pressing flesh and kissing babies in Bangor, Maine as the presidential election approaches.  After holding a town hall meeting with voters …
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” …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Looming Murder/Suicide of the Democratic Majority  —  Greg Sargent offers us a fascinating polling tidbit “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 …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and TalkLeft
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Calling on James Denton, Ellen DeGeneres and Other Stars: No More “Race for the Cure” Cancer Money to Hadassah Lieberman  —  Chritie Brinkley and Ellen DeGeneres (photos: David of Earth and Tulane U.)  —  On Friday, I wrote a letter to the Susan B. Komen Foundation asking that they stop using money …
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.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Poll: One Third Of Dems Less Likely To Vote In 2010 If Public Option Dies
Ezra Klein:   Venomous responsibility  —  My colleague Chuck Lane accuses me of a …
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Understanding Joe Lieberman
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
CNN:
Lieberman a major problem for Senate Dems on health care
Discussion: Truthdig
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Lieberman At It Again  —  It's starting to seem like it may …
Jill Lawrence / Politics Daily:
Podesta: Democrats Will Pass Health Bill With or Without Lieberman
Discussion: Swampland
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.
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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: Don Surber and Commentary
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 …
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John Koblin / New York Observer:
Robert Thomson Takes Swing at David Carr, Bill Keller
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.
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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
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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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
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Torture, Chrysler cases ended; 3 grants  —  The Supreme Court refused on Monday to hear a major new case involving a claim of torture by four Britons while they were held at Guantanamo Bay.  It also wiped out the last remaining challenge to the deal that saved the automaker Chrysler, and it granted three new cases.
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: Betsy's Page, Daily Kos and Commentary
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Paul Ryan: Obama would lose if election were held today  —  President Barack Obama wouldn't be elected to that position if the election were held today, a top Republican claimed Monday.  —  Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), the ranking Republican member of the House Budget Committee …
 
 
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