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11:45 AM ET, December 24, 2009

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Robert Pear / New York Times:
Senate Passes Health Care Overhaul Bill  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate voted Thursday to reinvent the nation's health care system, passing a bill to guarantee access to health insurance for tens of millions of Americans and to rein in health costs as proposed by President Obama.
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Ezra Klein:
Winning ugly, but winning  —  On Dec. 24, in an early morning vote, the United States Senate passed health-care reform.  It was the first time the body had been in session on Christmas Eve since 1963.  That's fitting, as it's arguably the most important piece of legislation the body has passed since 1963.
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and Taylor Marsh
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
A health-care victory that stinks  —  The health-care reform bill coming out of the Senate presents a real dilemma for spectators: How do you applaud while holding your nose?  —  There is so much that is wrong with it — and the way it was made — and, at the same time …
Louise M. Slaughter / CNN:
A Democrat's view from the House: Senate bill isn't health reform
Washington Post:
Senate and House in search of health-care compromise
Reuters:
Yemen says Fort Hood-linked imam may be dead  —  SANAA (Reuters) - The leader of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and a Muslim preacher linked by U.S. intelligence to deaths at a U.S. army base are believed to have died in a Yemen air strike, a security official said on Thursday.
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Sudarsan Raghavan / Washington Post:
Yemeni air strike kills 30, targets home of cleric linked to Ft. Hood attack  —  SANAA, Yemen — Yemeni forces killed at least 30 suspected militants in an airstrike early Thursday on an alleged al-Qaeda hideout in southeastern Yemen, the second such assault in the past week, according to Yemeni security and government sources.
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Senate passes historic healthcare reform legislation in 60-39 vote  —  The Senate approved sweeping healthcare reform legislation by the narrowest of partisan margins early Christmas Eve morning, placing President Barack Obama closer than ever to signing a longtime Democratic priority into law.
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Alan Silverleib / CNN:
Senate health care reform bill passes
Discussion: DCist and Scared Monkeys
U.S. Census Bureau News:
Census Bureau: Texas Gains the Most in Population  —  Texas gained more people than any other state between July 1, 2008, and July 1, 2009 (478,000), followed by California (381,000), North Carolina (134,000), Georgia (131,000) and Florida (114,000), according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau estimates
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Damien Cave / New York Times:
Recession Slows Population Rise Across Sun Belt
David Sessions / Politics Daily:
Texas Leads U.S. in Population Growth Since Recession Began
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
New York Times:
Banks Bundled Bad Debt, Bet Against It and Won  —  In late October 2007, as the financial markets were starting to come unglued, a Goldman Sachs trader, Jonathan M. Egol, received very good news.  At 37, he was named a managing director at the firm.  —  Mr. Egol, a Princeton graduate …
Charlotte Triggs / People.com:
Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins Split  —  One of Hollywood's most enduring relationships has ended - Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins have broken up after more than two decades together, PEOPLE has learned exclusively.  —  “Actress Susan Sarandon and her partner of 23 years …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Pennsylvania House Democrat resists party-switching entreaties  —  Pennsylvania Rep. Chris Carney (D) announced tonight that he would not switch to the Republican party despite a personal phone call today from Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) urging him to do so.  —  “I am flattered by the overtures of Sen …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and OpEdNews
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Alan J. Kuperman / New York Times:
There's Only One Way to Stop Iran  —  PRESIDENT OBAMA should not lament but sigh in relief that Iran has rejected his nuclear deal, which was ill conceived from the start.  Under the deal, which was formally offered through the United Nations, Iran was to surrender some 2,600 pounds …
Jay Solomon / Wall Street Journal:
Kerry Floats Plan to Visit Tehran  —  White House Wouldn't Oppose Trip, First by Top U.S. Official in 30 Years, to Chagrin of Iran's Opposition  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. John Kerry has suggested becoming the first high-level U.S. emissary to make a public visit to Tehran since the 1979 Islamic revolution …
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Michelle Malkin & Mark Steyn Report on the National Joker Outbreak (Video)  —  Mark Steyn and Michelle Malkin talked tonight on Hannity about the growing backlash against the crappy Obamacare bill.  Michelle also mentioned the “Obama's joker” signs that are popping up across the country this week.
Los Angeles Times:
Iran protests spread in heartland  —  Demonstrations in Esfahan and Najafabad are evidence that the opposition movement has spread beyond Tehran to include a broad cross-section of people in central Iran.  —  Reporting from Tehran and Beirut - Large-scale protests spread in central Iranian cities Wednesday …
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Chip Cummins / Wall Street Journal:
Iran Beats Mourners, Signaling Harder Line
Discussion: Washington Post and American Power
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Health Care Woo  —  The health care bill passed!  As you know, my view is this: For all its flaws, if signed into law this bill would be the greatest progressive social policy achievement in over forty years.  It's fine not to be satisfied with this legislation, but it's perverse not to be happy about it.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Robert Costa / The Corner on National Review Online:
Stupak: 'You Don't Buy Me Off' — By: Robert Costa  —  After watching the Senate's health-care debate, Rep. Bart Stupak (D., Mich.) tells NRO that he has one message for President Obama and House speaker Nancy Pelosi: “You don't buy me off.”  —  Stupak tells us that he's disappointed …
 
 
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Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Senate approves $290B increase in debt limit
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: CBS reports on vote-buying in ObamaCare bill
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Jessica Ravitz / CNN:
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