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6:35 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.
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 …
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:
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 …
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:
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.
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Understanding Joe Lieberman  —  I've been saying for a while that Joe Lieberman posed the greatest threat to health care reform.  Unlike the rest of the party, he has no political interest in the passage of reform or a successful Obama presidency, and he seems to view the prospect of sticking …
Ezra Klein:   Oh no, Joe  —  Greg Sargent found video of Joe Lieberman …
Michael F. Cannon / Cato @ Liberty:
Joe Lieberman, Mass Murderer?
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Looming Murder/Suicide of the Democratic Majority
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and AmSpecBlog
Benjamin Sarlin / The Daily Beast:
Lieberman's Flip-Flop Defense
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Talking Points Memo
Jill Lawrence / Politics Daily:
Podesta: Democrats Will Pass Health Bill With or Without Lieberman
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Why Lieberman Hates The Health Care Bill
Discussion: Swampland
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Lieberman Hearts Medicare Buy-In
Discussion: The Hill and Glenn Thrush's Blog
Ezra Klein:
Joe Lieberman: Let's not make a deal!
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:   “Waaah” is Not a Constitutional Right
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
With Health Care Reform Tied Up In The Senate, Harkin Revisits Call …
Discussion: Ezra Klein
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Western, U.N. officials assess secret Iranian nuclear paper
Discussion: Hot Air
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” …
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.
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 …
James Chartrand / Copyblogger:
Why James Chartrand Wears Women's Underpants  —  You know me as James Chartrand of Men with Pens, a regular Copyblogger contributor for just shy of two years.  —  And yet, I'm a woman.  —  This is not a joke or an angle or an analogy — I'm literally a woman.  —  This is my story.
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
DeMint warns of ‘emergency rally’  —  Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) is putting Capitol Hill on a “Code Red” alert Tuesday in an effort to stop the Senate's health care reform legislation.  —  In a release from his office Monday, DeMint announced he will speak at what is being billed as an …
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
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.
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.
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
TMZ.com:
Courtney Love Loses Legal Control of Daughter  —  Courtney Love no longer has legal control of her daughter.  TMZ has learned a legal guardian has been appointed to care for 17-year-old Frances Bean Cobain.  —  Guardianships of this nature are frequently established when the parent is not capable of taking care of their children.
Discussion: ChattahBox News Blog
 
 
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