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4:05 PM ET, December 15, 2009

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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Howard Dean: “Kill The Senate Bill”  —  In a blow to the bill grinding through the Senate, Howard Dean bluntly called for the bill to be killed in a pre-recorded interview set to air later this afternoon, denouncing it as “the collapse of health care reform in the United States Senate,” the reporter who conducted the interview tells me.
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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 …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Why Democrats push health care, even if it kills them  —  To some observers, the Democrats' race to pass national health care seems irrational — even suicidal.  Don't party leaders understand how much the public opposes the bills currently on the table?  Don't they know that voters are likely …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WEINER SCARED LIEBERMAN AWAY?.... Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) spoke with reporters this morning about the state of the health care debate.  Lieberman said that if the leadership meets his conditions — no public option, no Medicare buy-in — “I'm going to be in a position …
Ezra Klein:
Is the Senate health-care reform bill still worth passing?  —  “Insurance companies win,” Markos Moulitsas tweeted last night.  “Time to kill this monstrosity coming out of the Senate.”  —  This was, for progressives, a frustrating vote.  But the flip side of it being morally unconscionable …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Why Progressives Are Bats**t Crazy to Oppose the Senate Bill  —  Pick your subheadline:  —  a) It's time to stop being polite and start getting real.  —  b) Here's hoping a picture is worth 1,000 words.  —  Any questions?  —  OK, I imagine that there will be a few.  Here's how I came up with these numbers.
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
What Public Option Supporters Won  —  The public option is dead this morning.  And this time, it isn't coming back to life.  The Senate isn't going to include any version of the idea in its bill.  And while the House can still demand a public option in conference, nobody I know expects the House to prevail.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Swampland
The Politico:
Obama: ‘Cautiously optimistic’ on bill
Ezra Klein:
The death of the public option
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:   Lieberman allies: Lincoln should thank him
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Lieberman: Emerging Senate health bill ‘an historic achievement’
Discussion: The Politico
Paul Starr / American Prospect:   Deal or Die on Health Care
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Why Joe Lieberman (still) rules the political world
David M. Herszenhorn / Prescriptions:
Lieberman: The Fallout
Discussion: Hit & Run, TPMDC and Washington Monthly
David M. Drucker / Roll Call:
GOP Woos Health Bill Moderates
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
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 …
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   Gore Derangement Syndrome
Gerry Tuoti / The Taunton Gazette News RSS:
Taunton second-grader suspended over drawing of Jesus  —  A Taunton father is outraged after his 8-year-old son was sent home from school and required to undergo a psychological evaluation after drawing a stick-figure picture of Jesus Christ on the cross.  —  The father said he got …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Great moments in Christmas: School says Jesus on cross “violent image”
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
Pranksters Make Short Work of GOP's URL Shortener for Conservatives  —  The Republican National Committee's GOP.am home page was offline Tuesday morning, and several URLs entered into the system by pranksters have been blocked.  —  Revised and expanded at 12:50 ET, with comment from Political Media president Larry Ward.
Discussion: Raw Story and TechCrunch
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Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Source: Dems Threaten Nelson In Pursuit of 60  —  While the Democrats appease Senator Lieberman, they still have to worry about other recalcitrant Democrats including Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson.  Though Lieberman has been out front in the fight against the public option and the Medicare buy-in, Nelson was critical of both.
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John Tierney / New York Times:
Trusting Nature as the Climate Referee  —  Imagine there's no Copenhagen.  —  Imagine a planet in which global warming was averted without the periodic need for thousands of people to fly around the world to promise to stop burning fossil fuels.  Imagine no international conferences wrangling over the details of climate policy.
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Bjorn Lomborg / Wall Street Journal:
Time for a Smarter Approach to Global Warming
Daily Express:
CLIMATE CHANGE IS NATURAL: 100 REASONS WHY  —  HERE are the 100 reasons, released in a dossier issued by the European Foundation, why climate change is natural and not man-made:  —  1) There is “no real scientific proof” that the current warming is caused by the rise of greenhouse gases from man's activity.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Chet Edwards: Not retiring  —  Texas Rep. Chet Edwards will run again in 2010, his office announced today, in response to his name being mentioned as a potential retiree in a story done today by the Fix and Dan Balz.  —  “He is buoyed by the support of Republicans, Democrats and Independents across …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
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Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Putting Obama on Hold, in a Hint of Who's Boss  —  President Obama didn't exactly look thrilled as he stared at the Polycom speakerphone in front of him.  “Well, I appreciate you guys calling in,” he began the meeting at the White House with Wall Street's top brass on Monday.
Catalina Camia / USA Today:
Poll: Obama approval rating positive, but just barely  —  There's a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll out today and Washington bureau chief Susan Page has the latest on President Obama's numbers:  —  When he was inaugurated in January, Obama scored a job rating of 64% approve-25% disapprove …
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John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
The GOP had at most 55 Senators during Bush's presidency  —  I've heard people say that it's not fair to criticize the Democrats for botching health care reform because the Democrats never truly had a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.  Sure, they have 60 votes in principle …
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Eugene Robinson on Sarah Palin's flip-flop on climate change  —  Sarah Palin is such a cold-eyed skeptic about the Copenhagen summit on climate change that it's no surprise she would call on President Obama not to attend.  After all, Obama might join other leaders in acknowledging that warming is a “global challenge.”
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The Huffington Post:
Rep. Capuano Tells Fellow Dems: 'You're Screwed'  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  When House Democrats gathered on Friday for their end-of-the week caucus meeting in the basement of the Capitol, caucus chairman John Larson (D-Conn.) told the group he wanted them to hear first from Rep. Michael Capuano …
Discussion: Eschaton
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Herseth Sandlin's Standing  —  The Democratic brand in South Dakota is not very strong right now, and that has Stephanie Herseth Sandlin looking at her toughest fight for reelection since 2004 next year despite the fact that she herself is pretty popular.  —  52% of voters in the state disapprove …
David Brooks / New York Times:
Obama's Christian Realism  —  If you were graduating from Princeton in the first part of the 20th century, you probably heard the university president, John Hibben, deliver one of his commencement addresses.  Hibben's running theme, which was common at that time, was that each person is part angel, part devil.
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
The Obama administration has picked the worst possible case for its first torture trial.  —  For close to a year now, the Obama administration has been playing judicial Whac-a-Mole over accountability for Bush administration torture policies.  Each time an opportunity arises to assess …
 
 
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Dan Nowicki / Arizona Republic:
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Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Herron's website deleted reference to ‘liberal causes’
Lisa Lerer / The Politico:
Gore sets deadline for climate bill
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Boehner: Obama forgot about 9/11
Discussion: The Hill
Buddy Winston / The Huffington Post:
Bill O'reilly Admits Obama is Smarter than George W. Bush
Discussion: Mediaite
 Earlier Items: 
Dalton Conley / American Prospect:
Don't Blame the Billionaires  —  Who cares about the excesses of the rich?
Susan Stabley / bizjournals:
Report: John Edwards bought Charlotte home for former mistress Rielle Hunter
Anthony Watts / Watts Up With That?:
DOE sends a “litigation hold notice” …