Stories You Should Know (12/17/09)

USA Today (USA)
Democrats in the House Wednesday muscled through a $100 million, so-called, jobs bill without any Republican support.

Washington Post (Washington, DC)
The United States pledged Thursday to help build a $100 billion annual fund by 2020 to help poor countries cope with climate change but said its commitment depends on whether the nations gathered here forge a substantive environmental pact that includes “transparency” on tracking emissions cuts.

LA Times (Los Angeles, CA)
President Obama leaves for stalemated climate talks in Copenhagen today facing global expectations that he can salvage an agreement on greenhouse gases as well as heavy domestic pressure not to sign a deal that could kill American jobs.

The Hill (Washington, DC)
Rep. John Murtha’s (D-Pa.) campaign has asked the Democrats’ reelection arm to write a memo detailing how he can use funds in his campaign account if he retires.

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