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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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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 …
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
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’
Paul Starr / American Prospect:   Deal or Die on Health Care
David M. Herszenhorn / Prescriptions:
Lieberman: The Fallout
Discussion: Hit & Run, TPMDC and Washington Monthly
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Ben Nelson Still Hedging on Health Reform
Discussion: Washington Post and Wonk Room
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Why Joe Lieberman (still) rules the political world
Ezra Klein:
What should Rahm have done?  —  Matt Yglesias thinks reports …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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.”
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 …
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The Politico:
Obama: ‘Last chance’ for reform
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
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
Anne Applebaum on devaluing humanity and hope in Copenhagen
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 …
Stephanie Grasmick / DCCC:
DCCC Launches Campaign Against House Republicans for Protecting Wall Street Instead of Main Street  —  DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen announced today that the DCCC is launching a new ad campaign against House Republicans for siding with Wall Street special interests instead of middle class families and small businesses on Main Street.
Discussion: Scorecard's Blog and The Caucus
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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 …
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 …
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Boehner: Obama forgot about 9/11  —  House Minority Leader John Boehner said Tuesday that the Obama administration's plan to move some Guantanamo detainees to Illinois shows that the White House “must've forgotten” about the Americans who died on Sept. 11.  —  “I think the administration …
Discussion: The Hill
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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 …
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.
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.
Quinnipiac University:
Paterson Approval Up, But Dems Back Cuomo Almost 3-1, Quinnipiac University New York State Poll Finds; Thompson Tops Gillibrand In Dem Senate Primary  —  New York Gov. David Paterson continues his climb out of the basement, as voters disapprove 49 - 40 percent of the job he is doing …
 
 
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