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8:05 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.
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.
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Dem calls for Lieberman recall  —  A House Democrat from Connecticut said Tuesday that Sen. Joe Lieberman should be recalled from office over his opposition to the Senate health care bill.  —  “No individual should hold health care hostage, including Joe Lieberman, and I'll say it flat out …
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Nelson: 'I'm not on the bill'  —  The White House meeting Tuesday between President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats has raised expectations that they have nailed down 60 votes for the health care bill.  —  But as he prepared to leave for the White House with other senators, Sen. Ben Nelson …
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 …
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 …
Ezra Klein:
The heroes of health-care reform  —  Right on the heels of Joe Lieberman trying to kill the bill because it had a Medicare buy-in proposal, Howard Dean is exhorting Democrats to kill the bill because it doesn't have a Medicare buy-in proposal.  Sigh.  —  So let this serve as an encomium to Ron Wyden …
Discussion: TalkLeft, Swampland and TigerHawk
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 …
David M. Herszenhorn / Prescriptions:
Lieberman: The Fallout  —  The question is inescapable: by going on national television and threatening to join Republicans to defeat President Obama's top domestic priority, did Senator Joseph I. Lieberman actually save the Democrats' big health care bill?  —  There is no evidence that Mr. Lieberman's role was scripted.
David M. Herszenhorn / Prescriptions:
Burris Pushes Back  —  The backlash has begun.
Discussion: MyDD and Hit & Run
The Politico:
Obama: ‘Cautiously optimistic’ on bill
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Kill The Bill? Operatives Say Yes, Wonks Say No
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Lieberman allies: Lincoln should thank him
Discussion: The Politico
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Snowe has ‘misgivings’ about health bill, Christmas vote  —  Democrats from the White House to Capitol Hill are still holding out hopes of winning the support of Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe (Maine) for their healthcare bill.  But despite major concessions made to centrist Democrats, Snowe has not yet jumped aboard.
Double Punch of Economy, Health Care Sends Obama to New Lows in Approval  —  ABC News/Washington Post Poll: President Obama's Approval Ratings Keep Sliding  —  A double punch of persistent economic discontent and growing skepticism on health care reform has knocked Barack Obama's key approval ratings …
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:   President Obama Lies About Health Care Reform Cost Control
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 …
Buddy Winston / The Huffington Post:
Bill O'reilly Admits Obama is Smarter than George W. Bush
Discussion: Mediaite
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
Pranksters Make Short Work of GOP's URL Shortener for Conservatives  —  The Republican National Committee's 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
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 …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Great moments in Christmas: School says Jesus on cross “violent image”
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.
Charles Gasparino / New York Post:
The two faces of O  —  Prez's lovefest with Wall St. ‘fat cats’  —  In public, President Obama is on a tear against Wall Street.  In private, not so much  —  Over the weekend, Obama attacked fat-cat investment bankers, telling “60 Minutes” he didn't become president to aid and abet Wall Street …
Young Pittsfield Township man struggles with sex offender label  —  Matthew Freeman is struggling to move on with his life, six years after being convicted of having sex with a high school girlfriend who was one year below the legal age of consent.  —  Freeman, who is required to register …
Discussion: Hit & Run
Mike DeBonis / City Desk:
Gay Marriage Passes Final D.C. Council Vote  —  City lawmakers voted this afternoon to legalize same-sex marriages, making the District of Columbia the fifth jurisdiction in the country to have its elected legislature pass such a measure.  —  “Today is the final step in a long march toward equality …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
The best argument I've heard from people who say the emerging bill isn't just insufficient but just bad law is this: If you're going to force people to buy coverage (mandates), you need to provide them an alternative to buying private sector health insurance to prevent them from getting gouged by the insurance companies.
Discussion: TalkLeft
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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