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12:25 PM ET, December 17, 2009

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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Axelrod: Left ‘insane’ to sink bill  —  Trying to stave off a sudden fusillade from the left, White House senior adviser David Axelrod said Thursday that Howard Dean's criticisms of health-care reform are “predicated on a bunch of erroneous conclusions” and that for progressives to torpedo the legislation …
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Howard Dean / Washington Post:
Health-care bill wouldn't bring real reform  —  If I were a senator, I would not vote for the current health-care bill.  Any measure that expands private insurers' monopoly over health care and transfers millions of taxpayer dollars to private corporations is not real health-care reform.
Igor / Think Progress:
Sen. Sanders: 'As of this point, I'm not voting for the bill.'  —  Moments ago, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) announced that he is prepared to vote against the Senate health care bill in light of the recent decision to strip the public option and the Medicare buy-in provision from the legislation.
Keith Olbermann / msnbc.com:
Ruined Senate bill unsupportable
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Howard Dean, health care reform spoiler?
Discussion: Video Cafe's feed and TPM LiveWire
Andy Stern / SEIU:
Letter from President Andy Stern to SEIU members: Where do we go from here?  —  A little over a year ago, you stood up and showed a nation that Yes, We Can.  You knocked on doors, picked up phones, wrote your friends and family and neighbors and helped ring in a resounding victory.
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Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Vote by Christmas in peril  —  Reid is operating under a tight timeline.  —  Under the rosiest scenario, he needs to begin taking the procedural steps by this weekend to end the debate — and it would still take until Dec. 23 or Dec. 24 until the bill reaches final passage.
Discussion: Townhall.com
The Huffington Post:
SEIU Urges Changes In Senate Health Care Bill, Calls Out Obama
Discussion: The New Republic and RedState
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
SEIU: Unions, Congress, Obama Must Fight to Make Health Reform Better …
blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
Climategate goes SERIAL: now the Russians confirm that UK climate scientists manipulated data to exaggerate global warming  —  Climategate just got much, much bigger.  And all thanks to the Russians who, with perfect timing, dropped this bombshell just as the world's leaders are gathering …
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RIA Novosti:
What the Russian papers say  —  MOSCOW, December 16 (RIA Novosti) Russia trading in diplomatic recognition / U.S. uses NATO as a tool to integrate Russia into its project for a new world order - expert / New round of struggle to end Cold War / Russia affected by Climategate /
Guardian:
Miliband warns of Copenhagen ‘farce’
Wall Street Journal:
Insurgents Hack U.S. Drones  —  $26 Software Is Used to Breach Key Weapons in Iraq; Iranian Backing Suspected  —  WASHINGTON — Militants in Iraq have used $26 off-the-shelf software to intercept live video feeds from U.S. Predator drones, potentially providing them with information they need …
TMZ.com:
Sarah Palin's McCain Cover Up  —  For the first time ever, Sarah Palin used her head to make a searing political comment — a frontal attack on Sen. John McCain.  —  The failed Vice Presidential nominee took time off from shilling her book to vacation with her son Trig …
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Palin supports McCain ‘100 percent’  —  Declaring that she “was honored and proud to run with him,” former Alaska governor Sarah Palin pushed back hard Wednesday against a report that she had disrespected Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) by blacking out his name on a sun visor she wore on vacation.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
20 Questions, 20 Responses  —  I'm happy that this debate seems to be evolving into something a little more civilized on all sides.  This is my response to Markos Moulitsas (DK) at Daily Kos and Jon Walker (JW) at FireDogLake who were kind enough to respond to the 20 questions I posed earlier.
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Peter Wallsten / Wall Street Journal:
Democrat Blues Grow Deeper in New Poll  —  For First Time, Voters Split Over Who They Want in Control After 2010 Elections, and Obama's Approval Rating Falls Below 50%  —  President Obama makes a statement on health care after meeting with Senators on Tuesday.
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Matthew Dowd / Washington Post:
Success on health reform holds risks for Democrats  —  President Obama needs an exit strategy.  I am not referring to Afghanistan or Iraq (though there are quite a few similarities between the situation Obama is in on health-care reform and the political difficulties President George W. Bush faced on Iraq).
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E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:   Democrats can't blame Bush for their troubles
Ariel Leve / Times of London:
Dramatic American intervention brings climate deal closer  —  Ben Webster and Philippe Naughton in Copenhagen  —  The United States today pledged support for a $100 billion annual climate protection fund in a move that could clinch a global deal just as the Copenhagen summit appeared to be heading for failure.
Discussion: protein wisdom
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Lenore Taylor / TheAustralian:
Penny Wong jeered, Hugo Chavez cheered  —  THE Copenhagen climate summit was pretty much summed up in the high-level segment yesterday when Penny Wong's speech was interrupted by whistles and chanting and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez got a standing ovation.
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Christian Wienberg / Bloomberg:
Blizzard Dumps Snow on Copenhagen as Leaders Battle Warming  —  Dec. 17 (Bloomberg) — World leaders flying into Copenhagen today to discuss a solution to global warming will first face freezing weather as a blizzard dumped 10 centimeters (4 inches) of snow on the Danish capital overnight.
Discussion: Townhall.com and Don Surber
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Private Provision of Public Services  —  Ed Kilgore has a very interesting item essentially pleading for people to take the ideological disagreements inside the left-of-center camp more seriously.  He points out that one of the most controversial elements of “third way” …
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Ed Kilgore / Democratic Strategist:
Left-Right Convergence?  —  The latest intra-progressive dustup …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Emptywheel
New York Times:
Intelligence Improperly Collected on U.S. Citizens  —  WASHINGTON — In February, a Department of Homeland Security intelligence official wrote a “threat assessment” for the police in Wisconsin about a demonstration involving local pro- and anti-abortion rights groups.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama's war plan up, health plan down  —  Who would have thought that President Barack Obama, who campaigned with pledges to bring American troops home from Iraq and offer health care to millions of more Americans, would face growing public support for his decision to deploy more forces …
Discussion: Bloomberg and D.C. Now
 
 
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Banking committee approves Bernanke, 16-7
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Washington Times:
Walpin-gate may snag Mrs. Obama
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Sen. Vitter Presents End-of-Term Exam For Bernanke
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Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Lobbyist Tony Podesta flies high in Obama era
Discussion: Open Left
BBC:
Father jailed for ‘honour’ murder
Scott Stanzel / The Politico:
Who's your person of the year? (Time's is Ben Bernanke)
Discussion: Weekly Standard
 Earlier Items: 
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Palin's Favorable Up Slightly; Obama's Holds Steady
Discussion: Politics Daily and The Swamp
Tom Coburn / Wall Street Journal:
The Health Bill Is Scary
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Sorry, Senator Kerry
Discussion: Prairie Weather and marbury
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
The President Is No B+  —  In fact, he's got the worst ratings …
Discussion: Commentary
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Sanders says ‘as of this point’ he won't vote for healthcare bill