"On the final day of a 12-day global summit, Obama said all major economies should announce decisive actions to reduce emissions, adding that many -- including the United States -- already have. But he insisted that any accord must include a mechanism to review whether nations are keeping their commitments. Without it, Obama said at the morning plenary session, any agreement would be 'empty words on a page,'" the Washington Post says.
"A clearly frustrated President Barack Obama displayed impatience Friday with world leaders' failure to reach agreement on a new climate pact, saying America is setting an example of bold action and other nations must follow or see the world suffer catastrophic effects," the AP writes from Copenhagen. "Acknowledging that some nations feel the United States is not doing enough, Obama said it's better to embrace an imperfect accord than to reach an impasse." (Sound familiar?)
Politico adds, "A visibly angry Barack Obama threw down the gauntlet at China and other developing nations Friday, declaring that the time has come "not to talk but to act" on climate change."
The Wall Street Journal: "[A] new draft agreement circulating on the final day of negotiations at the climate talks in Copenhagen doesn't specify any carbon emission reductions targets, people familiar with the document said. The targets are currently left blank, but could be filled in over the course of talks between world leaders Friday. The text comes as heads of state scramble to hammer out a final deal on combating global warming Friday, after two weeks often acrimonious talks characterized by deep divisions between rich and poor countries."
Per NBC's Athena Jones, Obama's Organizing for America has produced an interesting -- and personalized -- holiday video.
After David Axelrod's "Morning Joe" phone-in yesterday, the New York Daily News says, "President Obama's right-hand man had a harsh message Thursday for disgruntled liberals who call the Senate's health care reform plan worse than nothing: You're 'insane.'" Axelrod: "To defeat a bill that will bend the curve on this inexorable rise in health care costs is insane." "Later, in an attempt to calm tempers, Axelrod told bloggers: 'I'm not professionally qualified to judge insanity and maybe I should have used a different word.'"
The Boston Globe: "Despite being portrayed as responsible for myriad national ills, Wall Street bankers, oil and coal companies, and health industry executives bounced back in Congress this year with remarkable success, stalling or weakening the biggest regulatory threats on President Obama's domestic agenda.
"The success is fueled in part by a $1 billion combined lobbying blitz through the first 10 months of the year, as the industries fought off the changes that many thought were coming with Obama's election. A year after the worst economic crisis in 75 years, a crackdown on lending abuses and risky trading practices has barely received a hearing in the Senate. The Senate has temporarily shelved legislation in tended to combat global warming. And while Obama's cornerstone health care proposal still has momentum, the insurance industry scored a major victory this week when Democratic leaders scuttled a government insurance option."