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8:30 PM ET, December 16, 2009

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The Huffington Post:
Labor Holds Emergency Meetings To Discuss Senate Bill, May Formally Oppose  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Two of the country's largest labor groups, the SEIU and the AFL-CIO, are each holding emergency executive meetings today to discuss whether they should support the latest round of health care compromises made by Senate Democrats.
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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.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
White House as helpless victim on health care  —  Of all the posts I wrote this year, the one that produced the most vociferious email backlash — easily — was this one from August, which examined substantial evidence showing that, contrary to Obama's occasional public statements in support …
Rachel Weiner / The Huffington Post:
Democrats Lash Out At Obama Over Health Care Disappointments  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Congressional Democrats are starting to voice their anger at President Obama over the way health care legislation has been compromised, blaming him for not fighting harder.
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.
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Union pulls back on supporting bill
Discussion: The Hill, Firedoglake and D.C. Now
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
The Left Is Playing With Fire  —  Liberals frustrated with the decision to drop a public option are now attacking a core principle of health care reform: the individual mandate.  Greg Sargent and Ben Smith quote Jim Dean, brother of Howard, in an e-mail that just went out to Democracy for America:
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Ezra Klein:
The importance of the individual mandate  —  Markos Moulitsas explains his opposition to the Senate bill, and says it all comes down to the individual mandate.  “Strip out the mandate,” he says, “and the rest of the bill is palatable.  It's not reform, but it's progress in the right direction.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Michael Moore calls for boycott of Connecticut  —  Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore on Thursday called for a boycott of the state of Connecticut in reaction to Sen. Joe Lieberman's (I-Conn.) opposition to key provisions of healthcare reform legislation.  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid …
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Sanders withdraws single-payer healthcare bill amendment  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Wednesday withdrew his single-payer healthcare amendment after Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) initiated a procedural maneuver to shipwreck the measure.  —  Coburn earlier in the day forced the Senate clerk …
Discussion: The Hill, MyDD, Raw Story and Flopping Aces
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Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
NBC POLL: PUBLIC SOURS ON HEALTH REFORM  —  From NBC's Mark Murray  —  As the Senate sprints to pass a health-care bill by Christmas, the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds that those believing President Obama's health-reform plan is a good idea has sunk to its lowest level.
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Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
TEA PARTY MORE POPULAR THAN DEMS, GOP
Discussion: Hot Air and NewsBusters.org
Michael Grunwald / Time:
Person of the Year 2009  —  The story of the year was a weak economy that could have been much, much weaker.  Thank the man who runs the Federal Reserve, our mild-mannered economic overlord  —  Ben Bernanke  —  A bald man with a gray beard and tired eyes is sitting in his oversize Washington office, talking about the economy.
Anne Schroeder Mullins / The Politico:
SHENANIGANS: SCHUMER HAS A FLIGHT TO FORGET  —  Schumer has a flight to forget  —  Sen. Chuck Schumer loves the sound of his own voice, but it carried a bit farther than he might have liked on the US Airways shuttle from New York to Washington on Sunday.  —  According to a House Republican aide …
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
No More Safety Nets!  —  The office of Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) has sent around a document preemptively attacking a new stimulus bill.  This objection is perfectly in line with Republican thinking, but I'm still surprised to see it: … Those are all pretty popular programs …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Price of Depression, the Upside of Optimism
Discussion: Guardian
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   Eric Cantor vs the Safety Net
Paul Krugman:
Would cutting the minimum wage raise employment?  —  It seems that more and more Serious People (and Fox News) are rallying around the idea that if Obama really wants to create jobs, he should cut the minimum wage.  —  So let me repeat a point I made a number of times back when the usual suspects …
Lisa Solod Warren / The Huffington Post:
Two Black Role Models Done In By Hubris  —  In the past few weeks, the two most famous and arguably most successful black men in America have taken a huge fall.  It has become clear that both pro golfer Tiger Woods, just named Athlete of the Year by the Associated Press, and the American president …
The World Newser:
President Obama: Federal Government ‘Will Go Bankrupt’ if Health Care Costs Are Not Reined In  —  ABC's Karen Travers reports from Washington:  —  President Obama told ABC News' Charles Gibson in an interview that if Congress does not pass health care legislation that will bring down costs, the federal government “will go bankrupt.”
CFACT:
CFACT drops the banner on Greenpeace ships in daring land and sea raids  —  Activists tag Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior with “Propaganda Warrior” banner; Arctic Sunrise hit with “Ship of Lies” banner earlier in the day  —  Global warming skeptics from CFACT yesterday pulled off …
CBS News:
U.S. National Debt Tops Debt Limit  —  Posted by Mark Knoller The latest calculation of the National Debt as posted by the Treasury Department has - at least numerically - exceeded the statutory Debt Limit approved by Congress last February as part of the Recovery Act stimulus bill.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
www.jihad.com  —  Let's not fool ourselves.  Whatever threat the real Afghanistan poses to U.S. national security, the “Virtual Afghanistan” now poses just as big a threat.  The Virtual Afghanistan is the network of hundreds of jihadist Web sites that inspire, train, educate and recruit young Muslims …
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Oppose Closing Gitmo, Moving Prisoners to U.S.  —  Support is 8% among Republicans, 28% among independents, and 50% among Democrats  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans remain opposed to closing the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba and moving some of the terrorist suspects being held there to U.S. prisons …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and The Hill
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Newsrooms Don't Need More Conservatives  —  What's important is the willingness to hold power accountable.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  This is a terrible time for newspapers, but the solutions suggested over the last year by the deep thinkers of the floundering industry give one little hope.
Discussion: Accuracy in Media
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Florida Senate  —  2010 Florida Senate: Rubio, Crist Both Lead Meek  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in Florida finds former state House Speaker Marco Rubio leading Democrat Kendrick Meek 49% to 35%.  Governor Charlie Crist leads Meek 42% to 36%.
ABCNEWS:
Terrorists Beat the System in Federal Prisons  —  More Than 200 With Terror Ties Are Already In Custody, And Several Have Done Damage  —  White House officials said Tuesday Americans have nothing to fear from the Guantanamo detainees to be transferred to Thomson Correctional Center in Illinois …
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and Commentary
 
 
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