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11:40 PM ET, December 18, 2009

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Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Fox News: Ben Nelson Opposes Health Reform Because He ‘Understands The True Meaning Of Christmas’  —  Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) is still refusing to support Senate health care reform legislation, with his main objection being that the bill doesn't restrict women's rights enough by severely limiting access to abortions.
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David M. Herszehorn / Prescriptions:   An Obama Team Vets Ben Nelson's Wish List
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
End It Today, Ben
Mark Murray / msnbc.com:   THE MISSING LINKS TO REID'S SCHEDULE
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
BILL KRISTOL, PUBLIC SAFETY ADVOCATE.... Bill Kristol makes …
Discussion: The Hill and Weekly Standard
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Nelson supports opt-in for ‘reformed health care system’
Discussion: The Gaggle
Guardian:
Low targets, goals dropped: Copenhagen ends in failure  —  Deal thrashed out at talks condemned as climate change scepticism in action  —  The UN climate summit reached a weak outline of a global agreement last night in Copenhagen, falling far short of what Britain and many poor countries …
Discussion: The Other McCain
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Guardian:
Obama speech fuels frustration at Copenhagen
John M. Broder / New York Times:
5 Nations Forge a Climate Deal, but Many Goals Remain Unmet
Chris Green / The Independent:
Home > Environment > Climate Change
Discussion: Don Surber
Chris Dillow / Times of London:
Leaders cut safeguards to salvage Copenhagen climate deal
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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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
Discussion: The Hill, Hot Air and Ben Smith's Blog
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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Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Flashback of the Day  —  When Sen. Al Franken objected to Sen. Joe Lieberman's request for additional time, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said that in his 20-plus years in the Senate he had never heard a senator do that before.  —  However, a Political Wire reader sends this excerpt from the Congressional Record from October 10, 2002:
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   WHEN MCCAIN'S BAD MEMORY AND MCCAIN'S HYPOCRISY COLLIDE. …
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Grayson threatens to imprison critic  —  File this story under the pot calling the kettle black.  —  Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.), prone for throwing his own political bombs at Republicans, has threatened a local critic with five years in jail for creating the website “mycongressmanisnuts.com,”
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Mark Matthews / Orlando Sentinel:
Grayson wants to send critic to jail for five years
Discussion: YID With LID and JammieWearingFool
ABCNEWS:
Obama Ordered U.S. Military Strike on Yemen Terrorists  —  Cruise Missiles Launched Thursday Hit Two Suspected al Qaeda Sites; Major Escalation of US Efforts Against Terrorists  —  On orders from President Barack Obama, the U.S. military launched cruise missiles early Thursday …
CNN:
DC snowstorm chills Pelosi's global warming trip  —  Copenhagen (CNN) - In a strange twist, a Washington snowstorm is forcing Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, to make an early departure from a global warming summit here in Denmark.  —  Pelosi told CNN that military officials leading …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Wheeling In The Cots: A Winter Snow Emergency—And An Absentee Lieberman—Is Complicating Democrats' Health Care Push  —  As if Democrats didn't have enough to worry about.  Overnight and into tomorrow, Washington, D.C. is preparing for a major snow storm, complete with thunder and high winds.
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?
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 …
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.
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.
Sammy Benoit / YID With LID:
DISGUSTING!!!:  Rock the Vote & Hollywood Make Ad Promoting Teens Withholding Sex as Way to Sell Obamacare  —  Rock the Vote says their mission is to engage and build the political power of young people in order to achieve progressive change in our country.
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?
USA Today:
Mom's tweet as son was dying stirs debate  —  MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. — As Shellie Ross waited in a hospital for word on her son, Bryson, she posted this note to the social networking site Twitter.com: “Please pray like never before, my 2 yr old fell in the pool.”  —  She found out 19 minutes later that Bryson was dead.
Patrick J. Michaels / Wall Street Journal:
How to Manufacture a Climate Consensus  —  The East Anglia emails are just the tip of the iceberg.  I should know.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Few people understand the real significance of Climategate, the now-famous hacking of emails from the University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit (CRU).
 
 
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Jim Tankersley / Los Angeles Times:
Tentative deal reached in Copenhagen on climate change curbs
Discussion: The Cable
The Politico:
Climate deal falls short of expectations
Discussion: The Hill and MyDD
CNN:
Chinese block U.S. reporters from event
Discussion: Raw Story
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
The Left/Right Populist Wrap-Around vs. the Beltway Insiders
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
Ezra Klein's New, Strange, and Wholly Incorrect Defense of the Individual Mandate
Discussion: The Plum Line and Ezra Klein
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid to unveil final offer on healthcare bill on Saturday morning
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
The Conservative-Christian Big Thinker
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Tony Romm / The Hill:
Nader: Pres. Obama ‘flunked’ first year
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Rasmussen Reports:
Just 34% Say Passing Health Care Bill is Better Than Passing Nothing
Quinnipiac University:
Specter, Toomey Deadlocked In Pennsylvania Senate Race, Quinnipiac …