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8:45 AM ET, December 15, 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 …
New York Times:
Senate Democrats Likely to Drop Medicare Expansion  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Democratic leaders said Monday that they were prepared to drop a proposed expansion of Medicare and make other changes in sweeping health legislation as they tried to rally their caucus in hopes of passing the bill before Christmas.
New York Times:
Lieberman Gets Ex-Party to Shift on Health Plan  —  WASHINGTON — Just the thought of Joseph I. Lieberman makes some Democrats want to spit nails these days.  But Mr. Lieberman, the Connecticut independent, is not the least troubled by his status as Capitol Hill's master infuriator …
The Hill:
Sen. Reid bows to centrists, will drop Medicare buy-in provision to pass bill  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is prepared to give in to demands from centrists in order to pass the healthcare legislation before Christmas, senators say.  —  Reid indicated at a closed-door …
Discussion: The Hill, Wake up America and Wonk Room
Big Hollywood:
Hollywood Producer Urges Celebs to Target Joe Lieberman's Wife  —  What's the Difference Between the Mafia and a Hollywood Leftist? ...the Mafia doesn't go after your family.  —  It shouldn't surprise anyone to learn that Jane Hamsher, the founder and publisher of the website targeting Joe Lieberman's wife …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Rahm To Reid: Give Lieberman What He Wants  —  Obama administration officials were not pleased when word leaked out earlier today that the White House was leaning on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to cut a deal with Joe Lieberman on a public option alternative—and they gave their counterparts …
The Huffington Post:
Rahm Emanuel Personally Pressed Reid To Cut Deal With Lieberman: Sources  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Rahm Emanuel visited Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in his Capitol office on Sunday evening and personally urged him to cut a deal with recalcitrant Sen. Joe Lieberman, two Democratic sources familiar with the situation said.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
PAYING THE RANSOM.... Joe Lieberman decided he'd kill health care reform unless the Medicare buy-in and any vestige of the public option were removed.  As of last night, the Senate Democratic caucus, feeling as if it had no choice, seemed resigned to meeting the Connecticut senator's demands.
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Hill
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Are Pro-Public Option Senators Mourning The Loss Of The Medicare Buy In?  —  Joe Lieberman is the man of the hour.  But though he's threatening to filibuster the Democrats' health care bill, he did not speak at an impromptu caucus meeting on the legislation this evening.
Los Angeles Times:
Senate Democrats move to drop Medicare proposal
Ezra Klein:
Venomous responsibility  —  My colleague Chuck Lane accuses me of a …
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Democrats move toward dropping medicare expansion
Discussion: Open Left and Firedoglake
Ezra Klein:
Oh no, Joe  —  Greg Sargent found video of Joe Lieberman …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
CNN:
Updated: WH, Senate Dems: No plans to use ‘reconciliation’ for health care
Dominic Lawson / Times of London:
Inconvenient truth for Al Gore as his North Pole sums don't add up  —  Hannah Devlin, Ben Webster, Philippe Naughton in Copenhagen  —  There are many kinds of truth.  Al Gore was poleaxed by an inconvenient one yesterday.  —  The former US Vice-President, who became an unlikely figurehead …
Pete Yost / The Huffington Post:
Bush E-mails Found: 22 Million Missing E-mails From George W. Bush White House Recovered  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  WASHINGTON — Computer technicians have found 22 million missing White House e-mails from the administration of President George W. Bush and the Obama administration …
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Anill / Wonk Room:
Talk Radio Network Producers Say ‘Feliz Navidad’ With ‘Illegals In My Yard’  —  This weekend, Human Events posted an offensive parody of the famous Christmas song, “Feliz Navidad,” entitled “Illegal Aliens In My Yard.”  Besides repeatedly referring to undocumented immigrants as “illegals,” …
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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.
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Franken feuds with GOP's No. 4  —  Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) sparred sharply on the Senate floor Monday evening, a departure from the usually dormant speeches in the august chamber.  —  Franken said he was struck by a speech in which he said Thune had refused …
Anthony Watts / Watts Up With That?:
DOE sends a “litigation hold notice” regarding CRU to employees - asking to “preserve documents”  —  It appears bigger things are brewing related to CRU's Climategate.  —  WUWT commenter J.C. writes in comments:  —  I work at the Savannah River Site (SRS) in South Carolina.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Cook report: Number of “likely” Democratic House seats down to ... 218  —  A bare majority.  Actually, there are only 39 seats listed in the “lean Democratic” and “Democratic toss-up” columns, but as Taegan Goddard points out, if you toss in Bart Gordon's retirement today in a very winnable GOP district you're down to the magic number.
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 …
 
 
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