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11:05 AM ET, December 17, 2009

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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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Christopher C. Horner / Big Government:
ClimateGate Just Got Much, Much Bigger  —  Over at ICECAP.us Meteorologist Joe D'Aleo has posted an item on a “Russian Bombshell” highly relevant to the ClimateGate scandal.  The Russian media first posted the story and now some Brits are loving it.  —  The long and the short …
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’
Anthony Watts / Watts Up With That?:   Russian IEA claims CRU tampered with climate data - cherrypicked warmest stations
Steve McIntyre / Climate Audit:
IEA: Hadley Center “probably tampered with Russian climate data”
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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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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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E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Democrats can't blame Bush for their troubles  —  Here's what Democrats need to ponder: Can they prosper in the absence of George W. Bush?  —  His presidency was a tonic for Democrats and led to a blossoming of political creativity on the center-left not seen since the 1930s.
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.
Robert Pear / New York Times:
In Senate Health Showdown, Round Goes to G.O.P.  —  WASHINGTON — On the 17th day of Senate debate on health legislation, it came down to this: A rock-ribbed conservative physician from Oklahoma squared off against a self-described democratic socialist from Vermont who was hoping …
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Matthew Dowd / Washington Post:
Success on health reform holds risks for Democrats
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Sanders says ‘as of this point’ he won't vote for healthcare bill
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Health Care: The Elevator Pitch  —  I've written several thousand words about health care over the past 48 hours, and tens of thousands of words over the past six months.  Some of those words have been a bit, uh, confrontational.  So let's try this approach instead.
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Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
Answering Nate Silver's 20 Questions on Killing the Senate Bill
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and The Hill
Andrew Bolt:
Putting our economy in the hands of Chavez fans  —  These maniacs in Copenhagen are voting on your future: … UPDATE  —  And at the end of this first clip, Chavez rouses the rabble with more anti-Americanism, too: … UPDATE 2  —  And a mass-murderer at Copenhagen lectures us about our crimes:
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Keith Olbermann / Daily Kos:
Special Comment: Not Health, Not Care, Not Reform  —  There could not be a finer line between the words compromise and compromised and tonight, with the greatest possible reluctance, I believe I have to go on the air and state my opinion that the Senate bill in its current form has clearly crossed …
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Keith Olbermann / msnbc.com:
Ruined Senate bill unsupportable
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.
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Sorry, Senator Kerry  —  Let us contemplate the badness of Joe Lieberman.  —  Who would have thought that this holiday season we'd be obsessed with the senator from Connecticut?  Really, I was hoping it would be more about shopping for mittens on the Internet.
Discussion: Prairie Weather and marbury
 
 
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Palin's Favorable Up Slightly; Obama's Holds Steady
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Ariel Leve / Times of London:
Dramatic American intervention brings climate deal closer
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Tom Coburn / Wall Street Journal:
The Health Bill Is Scary
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
The President Is No B+  —  In fact, he's got the worst ratings …
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