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9:10 AM ET, December 18, 2009

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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
DeMint promises to delay health bill, force Christmas Eve vote  —  Sen. Jim DeMint said Thursday he is prepared to use every procedural tool to delay a vote on the Democratic healthcare legislation.  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is planning to schedule votes around the clock …
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Washington Post:
GOP senators to block defense bill in bid to delay health-care vote  —  Senate Republicans said Thursday that they would try to filibuster a massive Pentagon bill that funds the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, an unusual move that several acknowledged was an effort to delay President Obama's health-care legislation.
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
End It Today, Ben  —  There's a really big snowstorm coming to D.C.tonight.  It would be unsafe to ask all the staffers and Hill employees who'd be needed at the Capitol if Congress stays open all hours this weekend, as Harry Reid intends, to drive to and from work—especially since …
Discussion: Pundit & Pundette and The Politico
Washington Post:
Senate Democrats block GOP filibuster  —  Senate Republicans failed early Friday in their bid to filibuster a massive Pentagon bill that funds the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, an unusual move designed to delay President Obama's health-care legislation.  —  On a 63 to 33 vote …
Discussion: The Page and Prairie Weather
The Hill:
Nelson a ‘no’ on health reform bill pending further changes
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Liberal Revolt on Health Care Stings White House  —  WASHINGTON — In the great health care debate of 2009, President Obama has cast himself as a cold-eyed pragmatist, willing to compromise in exchange for votes.  Now ideology — an uprising on the Democratic left — is smacking the pragmatic president in the face.
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Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Obama troops break ranks on health  —  The foot soldiers of Barack Obama's 2008 campaign, organized to go into action when key elements of his agenda are at stake, aren't universally enthusiastic about fighting for the health care compromise now before the Senate.
The Nation:
Axelrod Walks Back Insanity Defense on WH Blogger Call BY ARI MELBER
Discussion: Daily Kos, MyDD and Ben Smith's Blog
Associated Press:
Franken shuts down Lieberman on Senate floor  —  WASHINGTON — Democratic Sen. Al Franken took the unusual step Thursday of shutting down Sen. Joe Lieberman on the Senate floor.  —  Lieberman, a Connecticut independent, currently is the target of liberal wrath over his opposition …
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Michelle Malkin:
Franken's little snit fit against Lieberman; Reid moves to adjourn Senate until 12:01am; cloture vote on defense authorization to follow; McConnell: Demcare is a “literal political nightmare”  —  “As the Senator from Minnesota, I object.”  —  Sen. Joe Lieberman is on board with Demcare now …
Ben Geman / The Hill:
President enters fray in Denmark  —  President Barack Obama will arrive in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Friday for the culmination of a climate change summit that has captured the world's attention.  —  Obama has made overhauling the U.S. climate and energy economy a signature issue for his presidency …
Discussion: The Swamp and The Politico
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Washington Post:
Obama: Climate deal not perfect  —  COPENHAGEN — President Obama told leaders of 193 nations here Friday that their collective will to address global warming “hangs in the balance” and urged both developed and developing countries to accept a climate change agreement he acknowledged was far from perfect.
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Palin cuts vacation short  —  Sarah Palin announced Thursday night that she ended a Hawaii vacation early because of the ruckus raised after she blacked out “McCain” on her sun visor in an effort to elude paparazzi.  —  After the former Alaska governor was photographed on the beach earlier this week …
Ivan Watson / CNN:
Rare gender identity defect hits Gaza families  —  Editor's Note: Watch Connect the World tonight 9pm GMT, 4pm ET.  —  Gaza City (CNN) — Two Palestinian teenagers stroll amid the mounds of rubble left by last year's Israeli military offensive, listening to the tinny beat of a Turkish pop song playing on a cell phone.
Thomas J. Sheeran / Associated Press:
Ohio's Traficant contemplates return to Congress  —  CLEVELAND — Former Rep. James Traficant, who was recently released from prison after serving seven years for corruption, said Thursday that he is “proud of being an ex-con” and may try to return to Congress.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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Jim Geraghty / National Review Online:   Traficant 2010?  It Doesn't Get Any Better Than That.  — By: Jim Geraghty
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Pass the Bill  —  A message to progressives: By all means, hang Senator Joe Lieberman in effigy.  Declare that you're disappointed in and/or disgusted with President Obama.  Demand a change in Senate rules that, combined with the Republican strategy of total obstructionism, are in the process of making America ungovernable.
Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
Hurry Up and Wait  —  A woman whose name I didn't recognize left a message on my office telephone a few weeks ago.  Identifying herself as a member of Congress, but without telling me what she wanted, she asked me to call her at a private number, not the 225 prefix for telephones in the House of Representatives office buildings.
ISAF Press Releases:
Dec. 18: ISAF Assesses Claims of Civilian Casualties; Operational Update  —  ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan  —  ISAF is sending a team who will assess, with Afghan officials, reports of civilian casualties as a result of an ISAF operation in the Shah Wali Kot district of Kandahar yesterday.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Binyamin Appelbaum / Washington Post:
Kucinich panel to investigate Citigroup tax ruling  —  A House subcommittee said Thursday that it will investigate the Treasury Department's decision to change a long-standing law so that Citigroup could keep billions of dollars in tax breaks.  —  Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (D-Ohio) …
The Politico:
Monica's back - says Clinton lied  —  In the years since their bitter battle, both former President Bill Clinton and independent counsel Ken Starr have predicted they'd be vindicated in the history books.  —  Now the first definitive history of the Clinton scandal is about to arrive …
Kevin G. Hall / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Homeowners often rejected under Obama's loan plan  —  WASHINGTON — Ten months after the Obama administration began pressing lenders to do more to prevent foreclosures, many struggling homeowners are holding up their end of the bargain but still find themselves rejected …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Media Czech / Barefoot and Progressive:
Rand Paul's spokesperson is a Satanic Metal God in KKK gear (5 UPDATES)  —  I know that sounds like quite a statement, but it's, uh, the straight dope.  —  Chris Hightower is the campaign spokesperson for Rand Paul.  The same campaign spokesperson who made an ass of himself a few weeks ago …
Dan Levy / Bloomberg:
Morgan Stanley to Give Up 5 San Francisco Towers Bought at Peak  —  Dec. 17 (Bloomberg) — Morgan Stanley, the securities firm that spent more than $8 billion on commercial property in 2007, plans to relinquish five San Francisco office buildings to its lender two years after purchasing …
Kbh / KeithHennessey.com:
Updated health care reform projections  —  Updated projections  —  I am lowering from 50% to 35% my prediction for the success of comprehensive health care reform.  I now think the most likely outcome is a much more limited bill becomes law.  — Pass a partisan comprehensive bill through …
Discussion: Reuters and Weekly Standard
 
 
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Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
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Susie Madrak / Crooks and Liars:
White House Blogger Call: Axelrod Answers Questions on Healthcare Bill
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Tony Romm / The Hill:
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Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
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Toni O'Loughlin / Guardian:
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