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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 …
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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 …
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 …
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 Note:
Liberals Target Rahm Emanuel in New TV Ad  —  ABC News' David Chalian Reports:  —  In addition to targeting key moderate and liberal Democrats, liberal activists now have White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel in their sights.  —  The new anti-Emanuel campaign comes on the heels …
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 …
The Politico:
Obama: ‘Last chance’ for reform
Ezra Klein:
The death of the public option
Ta-Nehisi Coates:
On Lieberman's Chairmanship  —  Megan says the Dems in the Senate …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Lieberman: Emerging Senate health bill ‘an historic achievement’
Discussion: The Politico and Ben Smith's Blog
Paul Starr / American Prospect:   Deal or Die on Health Care
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Ben Nelson Still Hedging on Health Reform
Discussion: Washington Post and Wonk Room
Ezra Klein:
What should Rahm have done?  —  Matt Yglesias thinks reports …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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
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  —  Al Gore, speaking at Copenhagen, cited the work of Dr Wieslav Maslowki to the effect that “there is a 75 per cent chance that the entire north polar ice cap, during the summer months, could be completely ice-free within five to seven years.”
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
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
Anne Applebaum on devaluing humanity and hope in Copenhagen
Discussion: John Stossel and Betsy's Page
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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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
U.S. Said to Pick Illinois Prison to House Detainees  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is expected to announce on Tuesday that it has selected a prison in northwestern Illinois to house terrorism suspects now being held at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, in a major step toward shutting down that military detention facility.
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Jake Sherman / The Politico:   Boehner: Obama forgot about 9/11
Sam Youngman / The Hill:   Obama administration transferring Guantanamo detainees to Illinois prison
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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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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 …
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.
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
 
 
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The Politico:
WHITEBOARD  —  AT HOME DEPOT: Speaking at a Home Depot …
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Gallup:
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Lisa Lerer / The Politico:
Gore sets deadline for climate bill
Buddy Winston / The Huffington Post:
Bill O'reilly Admits Obama is Smarter than George W. Bush
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Tim Lynch / Cato @ Liberty:
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