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1:55 AM ET, November 23, 2009

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Joe Klein / Swampland:
Senate Health Care Vote  —  There are a couple of aspects of this historic vote that deserve notice here:  —  1. My favorite provision requires that all members of Congress give up their federally-funded health care benefits and join the health care exchanges that will be set up by this bill.
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CNN:
Senate Dems suggest they're open to altering health care bill  —  Washington (CNN) — Amid conflicting and heated rhetoric, a political pragmatism began to emerge Sunday as senators prepared for a debate on a sweeping Democratic health care bill.  —  Senate Democrats barely won a vote Saturday night …
Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
Where conservatives have it wrong  —  YOU'RE A sensible, principled conservative.  You want America to be a land of boundless opportunity and freedom, where people are treated as individuals and judged on their merits.  You reject the divisive identity politics of the left …
Rob Christensen / Raleigh News & Observer:
‘Purity’ may cost the GOP  —  The N.C. Republican Party has been channeling its inner Jesse Helms lately, and not just because a portrait of the late conservative icon was unveiled last week.  —  At a GOP banquet Saturday night in North Raleigh, one of the main speakers was to have been Doug Hoffman …
Discussion: The Other McCain
Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
Wave of Debt Payments Facing U.S. Government  —  WASHINGTON — The United States government is financing its more than trillion-dollar-a-year borrowing with i.o.u.'s on terms that seem too good to be true.  —  But that happy situation, aided by ultralow interest rates, may not last much longer.
Discussion: Beat the Press
Robert J. Shiller / New York Times:
What if a Recovery Is All in Your Head?  —  Beyond fiscal stimulus and government bailouts, the economic recovery that appears under way may be based on little more than self-fulfilling prophecy.  —  Consider this possibility: after all these months, people start to think it's time for the recession to end.
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Barry Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
How Overrated is Sentiment in Economics?
Discussion: The Confluence
Nigel Lawson / Times of London:
Copenhagen will fail - and quite right too  —  Even if the science was reliable (which it isn't), we should not force the world's poorest countries to cut carbon emissions  —  Exactly a fortnight from today, the United Nations climate change conference opens in Copenhagen.
Discussion: Tim Blair and Andrew Bolt
MsUnderestimated:
SNL: Obama & Jintao Press Conference in Beijing (VIDEO)  —  SNL apparently has no problem mocking Oba-mao.  This was probably one of their funniest parodies to date.  —  LOL @ Obama still.
Allan Hall / Daily Mail:
Patient trapped in a 23-year ‘coma’ was conscious all along  —  A man thought by doctors to be in a vegetative state for 23 years was actually conscious the whole time, it was revealed last night.  —  Student Rom Houben was misdiagnosed after a car crash left him totally paralysed.
Discussion: Althouse
Martina Stewart / CNN:
Freshman Dem: Passing health care reform worth losing my seat  —  Washington (CNN) - A freshman Democratic senator said Sunday that he will support his party's efforts to pass health care reform legislation even if that means losing his seat in next year's midterm elections.
Discussion: MyDD
John E. Mulligan / Providence Journal:
Kennedy: Barred from Communion  —  WASHINGTON — Providence Bishop Thomas J. Tobin has forbidden Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy to receive the Roman Catholic sacrament of Holy Communion because of his advocacy of abortion rights, the Rhode Island Democrat said Friday.
Tom Beaumont / Des Moines Register:
Iowa Poll: Iowa GOP likes Palin, but most Iowans have doubts  —  Sarah Palin could expect a lot of support in Iowa's Republican caucuses if she launched a campaign for the 2012 presidential nomination, according to The Des Moines Register's Iowa Poll.  —  But the rising national figure …
Discussion: GOP 12
 
 
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Andrew Gilligan / Telegraph:
Iraq report: Secret papers reveal blunders and concealment
Boston Globe:
Coakley leads, but electorate unsettled
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Associated Press:
Lawyer: 9/11 defendants want platform for views
Suzanne Goldenberg / Guardian:
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