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3:30 PM ET, December 18, 2009

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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.
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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.
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.
Washington Wire:
Rahm Emanuel: Don't Worry About the Left
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 …
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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
BILL KRISTOL, PUBLIC SAFETY ADVOCATE.... Bill Kristol makes …
Discussion: The Hill and Weekly Standard
Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
THE LATEST HEALTH-CARE SCHEDULE
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Rasmussen Reports:
Just 34% Say Passing Health Care Bill is Better Than Passing Nothing  —  Fifty-seven percent (57%) of voters nationwide say that it would be better to pass no health care reform bill this year instead of passing the plan currently being considered by Congress.
Discussion: Power Line, Townhall.com and Hot Air
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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Democratic congressman from North Carolina angers supporters …
Tim Graham / NewsBusters.org:
WaPo Jabs at Betrayal of Southern Dem for Rejecting ‘Badly Needed’ Health Reform
Discussion: Pajamas Media, Hot Air and AmSpecBlog
Michelle Malkin:
Coburn defends the Party of No; Durbin blasts “styptic-hearted …
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Obama: ‘Time for talk is over’  —  COPENHAGEN — A visibly angry Barack Obama threw down the gauntlet at China and other developing nations Friday, declaring that the time has come to “not to talk but to act” on climate change.  —  Emerging from a multinational meeting boycotted …
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Political Punch:
Senior White House Official: The ‘Chinese Are Dug In’; 'We've Done …
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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Manu Raju / The Politico:
McCain: Senate comity eroded
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell not backing down as round-the-clock votes loom
Discussion: The Note
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).
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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Michael E. Mann / Washington Post:
E-mail furor doesn't alter evidence for climate change
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 …
Amy Gardner / Virginia Politics Blog:
Webb under fire on health care  —  U.S. Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) is getting banged up by Republicans over what they expect is his impending vote for a Senate version of health reform.  —  Webb hasn't even voted yet, but already he's being accused of flip-flopping in a video and in media interviews by state and national Republicans.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Webb ‘undecided’ on health bill for now
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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?
Discussion: Raw Story
The Nation:
Axelrod Walks Back Insanity Defense on WH Blogger Call BY ARI MELBER  —  The White House swiftly organized a blogger conference call on Thursday evening to rally support for health care reform, in a bid to stem fallout from progressives over recent compromises in the Senate.
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Susie / Suburban Guerrilla:   We Talk To The White House
Jed Lewison / Daily Kos:
Ben Nelson: Bill covers too many uninsured people, must be scaled back  —  Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) gave one hell of an interview yesterday to Lincoln, Nebraska's KLIN-AM radio, expanding his ‘cloture ransom’ to include more than just massive new restrictions on abortion.
 
 
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