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11:50 AM ET, December 16, 2009


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Scarecrow / Firedoglake:
WH Press Sec. Gibbs: Obama Asked Lieberman to Make Concessions, Too  —  Sam Stein reports that White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs suggested that the President has been as insistent that Joe Lieberman make concessions for the team as he's been with liberals. … Oh.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Howard Dean: “Kill The Senate Bill”
Michael D. Tanner / Cato Institute:
Five Health Reform Whoppers
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Lieberman expresses regret to colleagues over healthcare tension
Discussion: The Plum Line
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
President Obama Lies About Health Care Reform Cost Control
Discussion: Emptywheel and Open Congress
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.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Bernanke: Time Person of the Year
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 …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
President Obama writes a new health reform prescription  —  On the campaign trail, Barack Obama vowed to take on the drug industry by allowing Americans to import cheaper prescription medicine.  “We'll tell the pharmaceutical companies ‘thanks, but no, thanks’ for the overpriced drugs …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Majority of Americans Still Not Backing Healthcare Bill  —  Forty-six percent would advise their member to vote for it, or lean in that direction  —  PRINCETON, NJ — As the U.S. Senate continues working to craft a filibuster-proof healthcare reform bill, a new USA Today/Gallup poll finds public support …
Discussion: Politics Daily
Times of London:
Mystery as Lockerbie bomber goes missing from home and hospital  —  Mystery surrounded the Lockerbie bomber last night after he could not be reached at his home or in hospital.  —  Libyan officials could say nothing about the whereabouts of Abdul Baset Ali al-Megrahi, and his Scottish monitors could not contact him by telephone.
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Chaos at climate conference  —  COPENHAGEN — The Copenhagen climate change conference appeared to be imploding from within and exploding from without on Wednesday.  —  Police fired tear gas, brandished batons and detained more than 200 protesters who tried to push through the security cordon around …
Discussion: QandO and
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
WaPo/ABC poll: Obama hits new lows on health care, overall approval rating  —  His numbers are down across the board since last month, so technically there's a trend here.  But not really.  The problem with WaPo's polls is that they've been using samples that skew overwhelmingly Democratic …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:  —  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 …
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Kerry: COP-15 needs to jolt Senate  —  COPENHAGEN — Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) is tired of the world telling the Senate what to do - so he spent his brief stopover at the U.N. climate conference Wednesday telling the world what it can do for the Senate.  —  In a speech that was part climate …
Discussion: The Page
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE SOURCE OF THE DEFICIT MESS.... Republican lawmakers and far-right activists have suddenly discovered, after eight years of dramatic fiscal irresponsibility, that they care deeply about deficit reduction again.  Worse, they're absolutely convinced that President Obama and those free-spending Democrats …
Ezra Klein:
A bailout for insurers?  —  There's an argument on the left that the health-care bill represents a “bailout” to the insurance companies.  Matt Yglesias puts this in the proper context: … To put this a bit more sharply, if I could construct a system in which insurers spent 90 percent …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Matthew Yglesias
Akiva Eldar / Haaretz:
U.S. planning to restart Israel-PA talks based on '67 borders  —  The United States and Egypt, along with France, are planning a joint move to restart Israeli-Palestinian talks on the basis of the June 4, 1967, borders, territorial exchanges and a complete freeze of construction beyond the Green Line, including East Jerusalem.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Israel Matzav
Jerry Seper / Washington Times:
Justice Department restrains lawyers in Panther probe  —  Rights panel subpoenas blocked  —  The Justice Department has told the federal attorneys who filed a civil complaint against the New Black Panther Party for disrupting a Philadelphia polling place last year not to cooperate …
Discussion: Commentary
Radio Ink Magazine:
FCC's Lloyd Blames ‘Right-Wing Smear Machine’ For Distorting Views  —  Speaking at a Media Access Project event yesterday, FCC Chief Diversity Officer Mark Lloyd said a “right-wing smear campaign” has misled people about his beliefs.  —  He said, “Allow me to clear away some mud: I am not a Czar appointed by President Obama.
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Hillary Clinton Admits Obama's Iranian Policy Is Also a Failure (Video)  —  What a complete and utter shock.  —  Who would have guessed this?  —  Hillary Clinton admitted today that Barack Obama's Iranian policy of extending a hand to the evil Iranian regime has produced nothing- Nada- Zilch.
Verena Burns / Daily Mail:
NHS maternity services in meltdown: A former midwife reveals how understaffed wards are sinking into chaos  —  Clutching her husband's hand and with agony and exhaustion etched on her face, a young woman struggled into a room in the maternity unit where I worked.
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Obama wrote a personal letter to North Korea's Kim Jong Il  —  President Obama has written a personal letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Il that was delivered by the administration's special envoy for North Korea during a visit to Pyongyang last week.  —  The existence of the letter …
Discussion: Commentary and Politics Daily
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Congress Travels More, Public Pays
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Jessica Taylor / The Politico:
Tennessee: 2010 election crucible
Alan S. Blinder / Wall Street Journal:
The Case for Optimism on the Economy
Discussion: EconLog and Clive Crook
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Europe Drops Microsoft Antitrust Case Over Browsers
Discussion: Law Blog, Mashable! and The BLT
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James Wolcott / Vanity Fair:
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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Democrats Put Off Some Difficult Issues Until 2010
Discussion: The Politico
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
It's Official!  Media Matters Morphs Into One-Stop Fisting …
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Nelson: 'I'm not on the bill'  —  The White House meeting …