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4:50 PM ET, December 12, 2009

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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Doubts grow over Senate's Christmas deadline for health bill  —  Doubts are growing among Senate Democrats that they will be able to pass the healthcare reform bill by Christmas, although they remain publicly optimistic.  —  Democrats say it is still possible to pass the legislation …
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New York Times:
Senate Hits New Roadblocks on Health Care Bill  —  WASHINGTON — Democratic leaders hit a rough patch Friday in their push for sweeping health care legislation, as they tried to fend off criticism of their proposals from a top Medicare official, Republicans and even members of their own party.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Surprising Sarah Palin shows up on Conan O'Brien's show, wreaks revenge on William Shatner  —  Politicians much prefer Fridays to bury news releases they want to be able to say they put out but don't really want people to notice much.  Especially on the eve of the second to last shopping Saturday of the 2009 Christmas shopping season.
Discussion: Power Line
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Michael Sheridan / NY Daily News:
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin spars with William Shatner …
Alison Roh Park / Center for Constitutional Rights:
Historic Win for Constitutional Rights!  Injunction Granted in CCR Lawsuit on Behalf of ACORN  —  December 11, 2009.  New York, NY - Today, U.S. District Judge Nina Gershon granted a preliminary injunction against the United States for unconstitutionally withholding funds from ACORN.
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Matt Taibbi / Taibblog:
On Obama's Sellout … When we went to print with the latest Rolling Stone piece about Obama's economic hires, a couple of my sources advised me to expect some nastiness in the way of a response from Obama apologists.  One jokingly suggested that there would be a waiting period to see if anyone …
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Rates Are Low, but Banks Balk at Refinancing  —  Mortgage rates in the United States have dropped to their lowest levels since the 1940s, thanks to a trillion-dollar intervention by the federal government.  Yet the banks that once handed out home loans freely are imposing such stringent requirements …
Discussion: Calculated Risk
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
CAN I CALL 'EM, OR WHAT?  Back in September, noting a continuing pattern of White House incompetence, I predicted: “Expect this to play out in thumbsucker columns on whether America is ‘ungovernable.’”  —  And, right on cue, here's Matthew Yglesias: “The smarter elements in Washington DC …
Ariana Eunjung Cha / Washington Post:
Looming population crisis forces China to revisit one-child policy  —  Looming population crisis forces officials to rethink one-child policy, but couples hesitate  —  SHANGHAI — Wang Weijia and her husband grew up surrounded by propaganda posters lecturing them that “Mother Earth is too tired …
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Going Naked in Kabul  —  Do you remember the scandal about the U.S. Embassy guards in Kabul, Afghanistan, who got naked and held wild hazing rituals?  —  I am bringing this up because I want to talk about government contracting.  When you venture into topics like that, it's always a good idea to try to begin with an orgy.
Dan Collins / POWIP:
The Department of Cablinasian Studies [& Call for Submissions]  —  Stacy and I were conversing on Twitter yesterday about Tiger Woods' woes, and both of us believe that this wouldn't be such a big deal if it were not for the fact that he's a Cablinasian.  Americans have little understanding …
Discussion: baldilocks
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Gingrich's New Contract With America: 'Our Commitment Should Be Simple...We're Repealing' Health Care  —  Yesterday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich stumped for Ethan Hastert, the son of former House Speaker Dennis Hastert and candidate for Illinois' 14th congressional district.
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Do Nothing, Majority Says  —  ObamaCare is now almost as unpopular as it is monstrous.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  This column has long been arguing that the health-care ideas Congress is considering are so bad that inaction would be vastly preferable.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
 
 
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New York Post:
Times Sq. gunman held weapon like rapper
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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Senate Clears Way for Approval of Spending Measure
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Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
Child hunger an increasingly complex problem
BBC:
Climate protest police ‘hold 900’
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Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Business Roundtable edges away from health reform plan
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The “using TARP funds for stimulus” gimmick
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