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9:35 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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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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Lieberman seizes control of the Democratic Senate caucus
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Senate passes $1.1 trillion spending bill
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
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
New York Times:
Citigroup Says It Has Reached a Deal to Repay Bailout Funds  —  Citigroup reached a deal early Monday morning to be the last of the big Wall Street banks to exit the government's bailout program, after persuading regulators that it was sound enough to stand on its own.
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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
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
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
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.
Telegraph:
Taliban can be admired for their faith and loyalty, says bishop  —  The Taliban can be admired for their conviction to their faith and their sense of loyalty to one another, the new bishop for the Armed Forces has claimed.  —  The Rt Rev Stephen Venner called for a more sympathetic approach …
Richard Black / BBC:
Climate 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.
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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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: Commentary
 
 
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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
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Long-Term Care Is Latest Issue in Health Care Debate
Discussion: WSJ.com, The Politico and Prescriptions
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Disaster and Denial  —  When I first began writing for The Times …
Chris Kuc / Chicago Breaking News:
Giannoulias, Kirk hold big Senate leads
Discussion: The Hill
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
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