News Dec. 14

Senator Sanders

Senate Ends Filibuster President Obama's tax package cleared a hurdle Monday when the Senate voted to end a filibuster by Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Burlington Free Press, The Associated Press, WCAX, WPTZ, USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, Bloomberg News, Politico, NPR and Roll Call reported. Sanders was the loudest voice of Senate opposition to the deal that he argued gave wealthy Americans tax relief that they didn't need, The Wall Street Journal  and Chicago Sun-Times reported. LINK, LINK, LINK, LINK, LINK, LINK, LINK, VIDEO and VIDEO

Roll Call The vote was 83 to 15, with 45 Democrats and 37 Republicans in favor. Opposed were nine Democrats, five Republicans and the independent Sanders, according to The Associated Press, The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Washington Times. Sanders told Seven Days the vote was "disappointing, but not surprising." LINK, LINK, LINK, LINK and LINK

The Fight "Thank you for the fight," Ed Schultz said on MSNBC. "You said on this program last week that you were going to do everything in your power. You did, and you're true to your word." VIDEO

The Retreat "I`m afraid we`re going to be on the defensive, and that is what concerns me about this bill. Not only was it not a good bill, it sets the tone for more and more retreat in the coming two years," Sanders said after the vote in an interview with Keith Olbermann on MSNBC. Interviewing Gov. Dean this morning on Today on NBC, Matt Lauer noted that Sanders had called the deal "a disaster." VIDEO and VIDEO

White House on Sanders Press secretary Robert Gibbs was asked about the filibuster. "About Sanders, I think the president would be the first to agree that there are aspects of this that he doesn't like," The Huffington Post reported. LINK and VIDEO

Clinton v. Sanders  "I joked with a White House staffer earlier that day, I`m like, hey, are you going to give us anything on this Clinton-Obama meeting because other than that, I`ve got about eight hours of Bernie Sanders tape to start running on-air, you know, sort of half joking. And then, you know, they bring out the big dog, Elvis comes into the building, and guess what, Bernie Sanders, his show ended up getting put on page four," White House correspondent Chuck Todd said on MSNBC. VIDEO

Maddow on Media  "Beltway media coverage about Senator Sanders was essentially about this eccentric liberal saying something for a long time, making some point by his very presence, but damned if they would even paraphrase his argument, let alone quote him," Rachel Maddow said on MSNBC. VIDEO

#Twitterbuster The fascination with Sanders' speech on Twitter might have something to do with mashing up two vastly different types of media. "There's something delightfully jarring about promoting the definition of long-form oration, the filibuster, on a platform constrained to 140 characters," noted Mother Jones. LINK and LINK

Colbert Report "Bernie Sanders took to the floor of the Senate on Friday and railed against the tax cuts for eight and a half hours. "Trickle-down economics does not work. Giving tax breaks to billionaires does not stimulate the economy," he said in a video on the Comedy Central cable channel. Stephen Colbert said, "Hey, we rich guys stimulate the economy by throwing cash around. Just last week I had my silverware bronzed to commemorate the time I had it gold plated."  VIDEO

The Rich Sanders spoke about "the greedy, selfish, no good s.o.b. rich," Bernard Goldberg asserted on The O'Reilly Factor on Fox News. "The hard left thinks rich people are bad people," Goldberg added. VIDEO

Columnists "The Left is obsessed with punishing the successful," Cal Thomas wrote in the Charlotte Observer. Wall Street Journal columnist William McGurn asked, "How come Republicans have such a hard time speaking just as forthrightly [as Sanders] about the moral underpinnings of their side of this argument?" In The Washington Post, Michael Gerson said "progressives, who have dismissed the charge of socialism as a libel, seemed happy to accept ideological leadership from a self-described democratic socialist." LINK, LINK, LINK and LINK


Holbrooke's Last Words: ‘Stop This War' The Obama administration's emissary to Afghanistan and Pakistan and one of the most celebrated American diplomats of the last half-century died Monday, The Washington Post reported. As he was sedated for surgery, his final words were to his Pakistani surgeon, family members said: "You've got to stop this war in Afghanistan." LINK

Berlusconi Narrowly Survives Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi narrowly escaped the collapse of his government on Tuesday, winning a confidence vote in the lower house by three votes, The New York Times reported. LINK


Judge Voids Key Element of Health Care Law A federal judge in Virginia ruled on Monday that the keystone provision in the Obama health care law is unconstitutional, becoming the first judge to invalidate any part of the sprawling act and ensuring that appellate courts will receive contradictory opinions from below, according to The New York Times. LINK


Single Payer Governor-elect Peter Shumlin says he's assembled a team he hopes will allow Vermont to become the first state in the nation with a single-payer health care system. He appointed Anya Rader Wallack, a health official in the Dean administration, who has been working on health care issues in Massachusetts, The Associated Press reported. LINK

Governor's Residence Shumlin will rent a house in Montpelier and go home to Putney on weekends, AP reported. Vermont does not have a governor's mansion. Outgoing Gov. Douglas traveled across the Green Mountains every day from his home in Middlebury.