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1:10 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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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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Joe Lieberman Not The Man He Used To Be On Medicare Buy-In
Discussion: Alan Colmes' Liberaland and TBogg
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Looming Murder/Suicide of the Democratic Majority
Discussion: TalkLeft
Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
Pong, You're Dead: The Dems' Secret Weapon
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   Thune: This week could decide outcome of healthcare debate
The Huffington Post:
Lieberman Tells Reid To His Face, He'll Vote Against Current Health Care Bill
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Lieberman seizes control of the Democratic Senate caucus
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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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.
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 …
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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The Huffington Post:
Copenhagen Climate Talks SUSPENDED, In Chaos, As Countries Walk …
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Confluence
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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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 …
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
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Top GOP recruit set to run for Gordon's seat  —  Tennessee state Sen. Jim Tracy (R) is set to announce his candidacy for Rep. Bart Gordon's (D-Tenn.) seat, according to a source with knowledge of his plans.  —  The source said Tracy plans to make his announcement Monday.
Discussion: TPMDC and MyDD
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Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Gordon To Retire  —  Rep. Bart Gordon (D-TN) will retire …
Discussion: Swing State Project
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: The New Republic and TalkLeft
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New York Post:
Why cost shouldn't stop health-care reform
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Blog entry
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
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: YID With LID and Hot Air
 
 
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