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7:30 PM ET, December 17, 2009

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The Hill:
Nelson a ‘no’ on health reform bill pending further changes  —  Centrist Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson (Neb.) won't advance healthcare reform efforts unless further changes are made, the senator said Thursday afternoon.  —  Nelson said that modifications to the bill, including provisions …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
NELSON PREPARED TO JOIN GOP FILIBUSTER.... Going into the week, Senate Democrats were still hoping to get support for health care reform from Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Ben Nelson (D-Neb.).  After making some very painful concessions, Lieberman seemed happy.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE DUMBEST STORY OF THE WEEK.... The Weekly Standard's Michael Goldfarb “reported” Tuesday that the White House is playing hardball with Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) on health care.  Citing an anonymous “Senate aide,” Goldfarb, a former blogger for the McCain/Palin campaign, said the Obama team …
Associated Press:
Holdout senator rejects abortion compromise
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Breaking: Nelson rejects abortion compromise; Update: Audio added
Discussion: The Politico, race42008.com and TPMDC
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Nelson on Health-Care Deadline: ‘This Christmas or Next Christmas?’
Discussion: Politics Daily and AmSpecBlog
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 …
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Andy Stern / SEIU:
Letter from President Andy Stern to SEIU members: Where do we go from here?  —  A little over a year ago, you stood up and showed a nation that Yes, We Can.  You knocked on doors, picked up phones, wrote your friends and family and neighbors and helped ring in a resounding victory.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Left rebels against health reform  —  In a stunning reversal of fortune for President Barack Obama, top progressives are attacking the health-reform plan moving through the Senate as “hollow,” “unsupportable” and a sellout to corporate interests.  —  Republicans, after plotting for months …
Paul Krugman:
Health care and Iraq  —  Steve Benen is right: for the most part the debate among progressives about whether the final product on health reform is worth supporting has been edifying.  Serious people are making serious arguments, in a way that puts conservatives, who have offered nothing but smears and lies, very much to shame.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   Health Care and Iraq
Rachel Slajda / TPM LiveWire:
Franken Cuts Lieberman Off, Won't Let Him Finish Floor Speech (VIDEO)  —  In a fun bit of drama on the Senate floor today, Sen. Al Franken cut off Sen. Joe Lieberman during a speech, angering Lieberman's good friend Sen. John McCain.  —  Here's what happened; Lieberman was giving a ten-minute speech on health care reform.
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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 …
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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TMZ.com:
Todd Palin Goes Rogue with Message Tee  —  Taking a cue from Sarah Palin's McCain Visor-Gate, Todd Palin is now speaking his mind with the use of bad fashion too.  —  The failed Vice Presidential nominee's man-wife was spotted in President Barack Obama's birth state of Hawaii on Wednesday wearing …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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 …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Missing Ted Kennedy  —  For those of us who like Barack Obama on some level think single-payer health care would be best but impractical, then hoped for a system with a public option, but who are still enthusiastic about health reform that doesn't include it, I think we've really reached …
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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 …
Ezra Klein:
Chat transcript: Reconciliation, cost controls and Lieberman, oh my!  —  Reconciliation: Howard Dean and others on the left are saying that a better health-care bill can still pass through reconciliation.  What is your take on this?  —  Ezra Klein: I think there's no chance of it.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Howard Dean's Flip-Flops
Free exchange:
From the horse's mouth  —  I FEAR that I am exhausting readers' patience with my continued writing about the Federal Reserve's decision to ignore, more or less, the fact that the unemployment rate in America is at 10% and is unlikely to return to normal levels for at least a half decade.
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Life As Part Of Sully's Brain, Ctd  —  News Busters has a field day with my last post.  Lachlan Markay pretends that my doing research for Andrew is the same as Lynn Vincent writing Sarah Palin's book.  I wish I'd the talent to ghostblog for Andrew.  As I've written numerous times …
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Lachlan Markay / NewsBusters.org:
Blogger Who Bashed Palin for Employing Ghostwriter Employs ‘Ghostbloggers’
Discussion: JustOneMinute, TMZ.com and Althouse
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama's '10 challenge: ‘Waking liberals’  —  With President Barack Obama's job approval rating at a term-low near the end of his first year, the Pew Research Center's Andrew Kohut suggests that “what's really exceptional at this stage of Obama's presidency is the extent to which the public …
Discussion: D.C. Now
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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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Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:   Votes in dead of night and early morning
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.
Chuck Norris / Human Events:
What if Mother Mary Had Obamacare?  —  Washington is up to its old political shell game again, this time in an unprecedented way.  —  While Americans are focused upon the Christmas season and the mainstream media on health care and President Barack Obama's two trips to Europe …
Mark Hemingway / Washington Examiner:
Report: Democratic districts received nearly twice the amount of stimulus funds as GOP districts  —  A new analysis of the $157 billion distributed by the American Reinvestment and Recovery act, popularly known as the stimulus bill, shows that the funds were distributed without regard for what states were most in need of jobs.
Ari Melber / The Nation:
Plouffe Counters Obama's Healthcare Critics  —  David Plouffe, the former campaign manager of Obama for America, has one of the lowest drama-to-power ratios in American politics.  As the Senate wrangling over health care hits solipsistic theatrics, even by Lieberman standards, the President's confidante remains decidedly calm.
 
 
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