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7:25 AM ET, December 19, 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  —  Top White House officials, including a deputy chief of staff, Jim Messina, and a senior adviser, Pete Rouse, are at the Capitol now trying to win the support of Senator Ben Nelson, Democrat of Nebraska, who may be the last big Democratic hold-out.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Methodists work Nelson: 'Set aside his personal agenda and think …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Mark Murray / msnbc.com:   THE MISSING LINKS TO REID'S SCHEDULE
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Nelson supports opt-in for ‘reformed health care system’
Discussion: The Gaggle
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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:
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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.
Discussion: TPM LiveWire and The Reaction
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   WHEN MCCAIN'S BAD MEMORY AND MCCAIN'S HYPOCRISY COLLIDE. …
Mark Matthews / Orlando Sentinel:
Grayson wants to send critic to jail for five years  —  WASHINGTON — Not everyone thinks imitation is the best form of flattery.  —  In fact, U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson of Orlando took such offense at a parody website aimed at unseating him that the freshman Democrat has asked …
Discussion: YID With LID and JammieWearingFool
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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,”
Victoria Reggie Kennedy / Washington Post:
The moment Ted Kennedy would not want to lose  —  My late husband, Ted Kennedy, was passionate about health-care reform.  It was the cause of his life.  He believed that health care for all our citizens was a fundamental right, not a privilege, and that this year the stars …
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 …
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 …
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.
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
The Left/Right Populist Wrap-Around vs. the Beltway Insiders  —  Glenn Greenwald and Ed Kilgore both have very good pieces up today on the impoverished left/right dialectic that dominates the media coverage of politics, and its inadequacy when it comes to discussing the dynamics of the health care debate.
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Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
Rahm Emanuel: Don't Worry About the Left
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:
George Monbiot / Guardian:
Copenhagen negotiators bicker and filibuster while the biosphere burns  —  George Monbiot despairs at the chaotic, disastrous denouement of a chaotic and disastrous climate summit  —  First they put the planet in square brackets, now they have deleted it from the text.
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 …
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?
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.
Michelle / Hot Air:
Hot Air TV: Jason Mattera takes on the AARP  —  In January, I dubbed the porkulus bill the “Generational Theft Act of 2009.”  Generational theft has been the leitmotif of the Obama administration throughout the entire year.  We rang in the new year with it and the White House and Democratic majority …
Discussion: HotMES and The Other McCain
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?
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.
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.
 
 
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Gerald Warner / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
Copenhagen climate summit: 'most important paper in the world …
Jim Tankersley / Los Angeles Times:
Tentative deal reached in Copenhagen on climate change curbs
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CNN:
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
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