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5:00 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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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
VIDEO: Watch Lieberman Endorse Medicare Buy-In Three Months Ago  —  Here's some video of Joe Lieberman only three months ago appearing to endorse the Medicare buy-in idea — in seeming contradiction of his decision to bail on the Senate deal.  —  Lieberman discussed the Medicare buy …
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:
White House Denies Report They're Pushing For Deal With Lieberman  —  The White House is shooting down a report in Politico claiming that Obama advisers are pushing Harry Reid to cut a deal to dump the Medicare buy-in to make Joe Lieberman happy.  —  White House senior communications adviser Dan Pfeiffer emails me:
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 …
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 …
Ezra Klein:
Venomous responsibility  —  My colleague Chuck Lane accuses me of a “venomous smear” against Joe Lieberman today, which is fair enough.  He's hardly the first to see it that way.  What is surprising is that Lane, well, agrees with my venomous smear.  “I understand that [Lieberman] …
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” …
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Understanding Joe Lieberman
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Looming Murder/Suicide of the Democratic Majority
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and TalkLeft
Michael F. Cannon / Cato @ Liberty:
Joe Lieberman, Mass Murderer
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
“Waaah” is Not a Constitutional Right
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
White House Pressures Reid To Cut A Deal With Lieberman
Discussion: The Plum Line
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Poll: One Third Of Dems Less Likely To Vote In 2010 If Public Option Dies
On Politics:
Sen. Lieberman adds new twists for health care
Discussion: USA Today and TPMDC
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:   Why Lieberman Hates The Health Care Bill
Jill Lawrence / Politics Daily:
Podesta: Democrats Will Pass Health Bill With or Without Lieberman
Discussion: Commentary and The Note
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
With Health Care Reform Tied Up In The Senate, Harkin Revisits Call …
Discussion: Ezra Klein
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.
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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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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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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Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Poll: Gordon trailed GOP opponent before retiring
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 …
Gallup:
Race for 2010 Remains Close; Democrats Recover Slight Lead  —  Republican lead among independents narrows significantly  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Democrats have regained the slim edge they enjoyed earlier this year over Republicans in the latest update of Gallup's generic congressional ballot …
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Bayh wants Obama to veto omnibus bill  —  Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) called on President Barack Obama Monday to veto the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill that just passed through Congress.  —  Bayh was one of three Democrats who joined most Senate Republicans in voting against the bill …
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
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.
Anthony Watts / Watts Up With That?:
What's going on?  CRU takes down Briffa Tree Ring Data and more  —  Odd things are going on at the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia.  —  Widely available data, existing in the public view for years, is now disappearing from public view.  —  Google shows the link was once valid
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.
 
 
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