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9:40 AM ET, December 16, 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.
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
President Obama Lies About Health Care Reform Cost Control  —  After exiting a meeting with the Senate Democratic caucus, President Obama approached the microphone and proceeded to tell a bald-faced lie about health care reform: … This statement is 100% false-and Obama knows that.
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 …
Ezra Klein:
The heroes of health-care reform
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   Health Reform Would Dramatically Expand Access to Health Insurance
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 …
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Pssst.  This Isn't Over.  (Updated)  —  Via Politico, here's what Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson said as he left a White House meeting with the rest of the Democratic caucus a little while ago:  —  I'm not on the bill.  I have spoken with the president and he knows they are not wrapped up today.
Discussion: TPMDC and The Huffington Post
The Politico:
Conn. colleagues ‘fed up’ with Joe  —  Liberal anger at Sen. Joe Lieberman spread across Capitol Hill on Tuesday, with a House Democrat from Connecticut calling for his recall and Lieberman himself acknowledging the angst he has caused.  —  “No individual should hold health care hostage …
David M. Herszenhorn / Prescriptions:
Burris Pushes Back  —  The backlash has begun.
Discussion: TPMDC, MyDD and Hit & Run
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Lieberman spoke, acknowledged Dem anger
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
What Public Option Supporters Won
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
Discussion: The Swamp
Binyamin Appelbaum / Washington Post:
U.S. gave up billions in tax money in deal for Citigroup's bailout repayment  —  Deal made to recover bailout Firms exempted from rule when U.S. sells its stake  —  The federal government quietly agreed to forgo billions of dollars in potential tax payments from Citigroup as part …
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 …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Democrats Put Off Some Difficult Issues Until 2010  —  WASHINGTON — Faced with a shortage of time and an abundance of disagreement, Congressional Democrats are pushing fights over an increase in the federal debt limit and several other tough issues into 2010.
Discussion: The Politico
Political Punch:
White House Says Comments from GOP Leader Boehner Are Crazy  —  From Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller:  —  Asked about fears some Americans might have about Gitmo detainees being transferred to a prison in Thomson, Illinois, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs today singled …
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 …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and GayPatriot
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
It's Official!  Media Matters Morphs Into One-Stop Fisting Information Clearinghouse  —  It's official...  MEDIA MATTERS: ALL THINGS FISTING  —  The Soros-linked far left website is now your premier stop for defending fisting and dental dam indoctrination of children.
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.
Discussion: Jihad Watch, Guardian and Israel Matzav
Michael Hirsh / Newsweek:
An Odd Post-Crash Couple  —  Spurning Obama, McCain and Cantwell propose resurrecting Glass-Steagall to break up Wall Street. … John McCain lost the 2008 presidential election because of the financial crisis—at least that's what his chief strategist, Steve Schmidt, suggested.
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.
Keith Schneider / New York Times:
Oral Roberts, Fiery Preacher With Vast Empire, Dies at 91  —  Oral Roberts, the Pentecostal evangelist whose televised faith-healing ministry attracted millions of followers worldwide and made him one of the most recognizable and controversial religious leaders of the 20th century, died Tuesday in Newport Beach, Calif. He was 91.
Booman Tribune:
Spiteful Joe  —  I don't think it is betraying any confidences to divulge that I received an email from Atrios about ten days ago or so where he suggested that we really ought not to show any enthusiasm for the Medicare Buy-In plan lest Joe Lieberman decide that he's against it.
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Ben Pershing / Capitol Briefing:
House Democrats push new comprehensive immigration bill
Discussion: TalkLeft and ImmigrationProf Blog
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Europe Drops Microsoft Antitrust Case Over Browsers
Discussion: Law Blog, Mashable! and The BLT
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Lieberman expresses regret to colleagues over healthcare tension
Discussion: Salon, TalkLeft and Ezra Klein
Police battle climate protesters
Discussion: Guardian and Glenn Thrush's Blog
Ben Evans / Associated Press:
Unwitting tourists attend White House breakfast
Philip Pullella / Reuters:
Rich nations must assume environmental duties: pope
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and POWIP
David Cameron's £20bn plan to make millions of homes green
James Wolcott / Vanity Fair:
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 Earlier Items: 
Paul Rolly / Salt Lake Tribune:
Check from Palin in the mail?
James Rowley / Bloomberg:
House Discussing Renewal of Glass-Steagall Act, Hoyer Says
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and The Agonist
Lance Mannion:
Time for another blogger bailout
Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
Senate Says No To Importing Low-Price Drugs
Discussion: Associated Press
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Bachmann Invokes ‘Charge Of The Light Brigade’ (Note: They Lost!)
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
The best argument I've heard from people who say the emerging bill …
Discussion: TalkLeft News:
Young Pittsfield Township man struggles with sex offender label
Discussion: Hit & Run and Outside The Beltway