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7:15 PM ET, December 18, 2009

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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 …
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David Brooks / New York Times:
The Hardest Call  —  The first reason to support the Senate health care bill is that it would provide insurance to 30 million more Americans.  —  The second reason to support the bill is that its authors took the deficit issue seriously.  Compared with, say, the prescription drug benefit …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
BILL KRISTOL, PUBLIC SAFETY ADVOCATE.... Bill Kristol makes …
Discussion: The Hill and Weekly Standard
Jed Lewison / Daily Kos:
Ben Nelson: Bill covers too many uninsured people, must be scaled back
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Abortion Holdout  —  Ben Nelson doesn't come in for as much scorn …
Discussion: pandagon.net
David M. Herszehorn / Prescriptions:   An Obama Team Vets Ben Nelson's Wish List
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Nelson supports opt-in for ‘reformed health care system’
Discussion: The Gaggle
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Dean's Blind Spot  —  Maybe one reason former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean and so much of the digital Left can so casually dismiss the Senate health care reform bill is that they operate in an environment where so few people need to worry about access to insurance.
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Journalists Cheerfully Urinating On Senate Bill's “Ideological” Critics  —  It would really be nice if certain Beltway journalists could get it into their heads that the Senate bill's critics on the left have actual substantive differences with the bill's proponents, and are not motivated solely by …
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
Rahm Emanuel: Don't Worry About the Left  —  Turn off MSNBC.  Tune out Howard Dean and Keith Olbermann.  The White House has its liberal wing in hand on health care, says White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.  —  “There are no liberals left to get” in the Senate, Emanuel said in an interview …
Chris Frates / The Politico:
MoveOn opposes Senate bill  —  Progressive standard bearer MoveOn is opposing the Senate bill and asking its millions of members to sign a petition calling on liberal Sens. Bernie Sanders, Roland Burris, and Russ Feingold to block the bill's passage until it can be strengthened.  —  From the email:
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Hot Air
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.
Guardian:
Obama speech fuels frustration at Copenhagen  —  US president offers no further commitment on reducing emissions or on finance to poor countries  —  Barack Obama stepped into the chaotic final hours of the Copenhagen summit today saying he was convinced the world could act “boldly and decisively” on climate change.
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Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
On the verge of a deal in Copenhagen
New York Times:
Climate Deal Announced, but Falls Short of Expectations
The Politico:
Climate deal falls short of expectations
Discussion: The Hill and MyDD
Michelle Malkin:
Coburn defends the Party of No; Durbin blasts “styptic-hearted Republicans;” Update: Video added  —  On the Senate floor a few minutes ago, GOP Sen. Tom Coburn gave a rousing defense of the “Party of No.”  —  “We're accused of being the party of no,” he said.  But “no is a wonderful word.
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Rasmussen Reports:
Just 34% Say Passing Health Care Bill is Better Than Passing Nothing
Patricia Murphy / Politics Daily:
Washington in 60 Seconds: Reporter to James Inhofe — 'You're Ridiculous'  —  Good morning, Capitolists!  The Senate has officially gone from herding cats to Christmas chaos, with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announcing last night that he will hold procedural votes at 7:30 a.m. Saturday …
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Mark Murray / msnbc.com:   THE MISSING LINKS TO REID'S SCHEDULE
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid to unveil final offer on healthcare bill on Saturday morning
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell not backing down as round-the-clock votes loom
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Flashback: McCain Refused To Grant 30 Seconds Of Time During Iraq War Debate  —  Yesterday, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), acting on the orders of the Senate leadership, refused to grant Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) “an additional moment” to continue speaking on the Senate floor after his 10 minutes expired.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHEN MCCAIN'S BAD MEMORY AND MCCAIN'S HYPOCRISY COLLIDE. …
Discussion: Think Progress
Ezra Klein:
What Lieberman has wrought  —  Joe Lieberman's reckless decision to blow up last week's compromise has had exactly the impact many of us predicted.  Much of the left has flipped into vicious, angry opposition to the bill.  Is that because the Medicare buy-in, a good but limited policy, has disappeared from the bill?
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Editor's politics raise Qs at WSJ  —  Not long ago, a British conservative columnist and Weekly Standard contributor who once wrote a column asking if America was ready for a “dangerous left-winger” like Barack Obama would have been an unlikely second-in-command at The Wall Street Journal.
Bloomberg:
Harvard Swaps Are So Toxic Even Summers Won't Explain  —  Dec. 18 (Bloomberg) — Anne Phillips Ogilby, a bond attorney at one of Boston's oldest law firms, on Oct. 31 last year relayed an urgent message from Harvard University, her client and alma mater, to the head of a Massachusetts state agency that sells bonds.
Wall Street Journal:
The Adam Lambert Problem  —  “Wrong track” poll numbers aren't just about the economy.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  The news came in numbers and the numbers were fairly grim, all the grimmer for being unsurprising.  A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll reported this week that more than half …
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Pelosi, Rahm do not scare Rep. DeFazio  —  Rep. Peter DeFazio's phone rang.  On the other end was Rahm Emanuel.  —  The White House chief of staff last month expressed frustration with DeFazio's resignation calls for President Barack Obama's top two economic aides — Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner …
Quinnipiac University:
Specter, Toomey Deadlocked In Pennsylvania Senate Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Obama Gets Good Score On War, Bad Marks For Health Care  —  Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter and Republican challenger Pat Toomey are deadlocked 44 - 44 percent in Pennsylvania's marquee 2010 U.S. Senate race …
Washington Post:
Most influential person of the decade  —  Which of these nominees had the greatest influence in shaping the past decade, either by changing how we live or by making the greatest impact on our culture?  Cast your votes now and we'll reveal the winner on Monday, Dec. 21st.  Want to nominate someone else?
 
 
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Discussion: Hot Air and Atlas Shrugs
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