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3:30 PM ET, December 20, 2009


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Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
The Insidious Myth Of The Progressive “Bill Killers”  —  There is a very insidious myth right now that there is a large group of progressive leaders who want to “kill” health care reform in its entirety.  While there might be some progressive leaders out there who have advocated for this position, I have yet to hear from them.
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and Open Left
Jeffrey H. Anderson / Weekly Standard:
CBO: Real 10-Year Cost of Senate Bill Still $2.5 Trillion
Discussion: and Pundit & Pundette
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Axelrod promises to push for drug re-importation after healthcare reform  —  A senior White House adviser said Sunday that the Obama administration will push forward on safe re-importation of pharmaceutical drugs after the healthcare reform bill is finished.
Dec. 20: Axelrod, Dean, roundtable  —  David Axelrod, Howard Dean, Joe Scarborough, Markos Moulitsas, Ed Gillespie, Tavis Smiley  —  MR. DAVID GREGORY: This Sunday: The Democrats now appear to have the votes to pass sweeping healthcare reform in the Senate, and the president stands at the brink of a major legislative victory.
Discussion: The Washington Note and Wonk Room
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
A President Who Loves Deadlines
Discussion: Politics Daily
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:   Sunday Morning Bobblehead Thread
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
MARVEL AT THE ‘ARROGANCE’ AND ‘NAIVETE’.... CNN is telling me that Sarah Palin said something on Twitter. … Or, to translate into English, the former half-term governor believes it's “arrogant and naive” to think human activity is responsible for climate change, which she describes as “man overpowering nature.”
Palin continues to blast climate change believers  —  (CNN)- In a late night posting on her Twitter feed, Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin continued to blast climate change believers Friday, calling the talks in Copenhagen, Denmark a representation of man's “arrogance,” for believing people have an impact on nature.
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
The Republican Health Care Blunder  —  The United States is on the doorstep of comprehensive health care reform.  It's a staggering achievement, about which I'll have more to say later. but the under-appreciated thing that strikes me at the moment is that it never would have happened if the Republican Party had played its cards right.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
CBO issues correction: Health bill nixes deficit less than thought  —  The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) corrected its estimate of the Senate health bill's costs on Sunday, saying it would reduce deficits slightly less than they'd predicted.  —  In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Douglas Elmendorf / Director's Blog:   Correction Regarding the Longer-Term Effects of the Manager's …
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Kristol: Ten Words To Remember
Discussion: The Mahablog
New York Post:
Dreading our future  —  I am a baby boomer, which is to say my life has coincided with turbulent and awesome times.  From the Cold War to Vietnam, from Watergate to Monicagate, through the horrors of 9/11 and the stunning lifestyle advances, my generation's era has been historic and exciting.
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Can Stupak Kill Obamacare in the House?  —  Are there enough votes in the House to pass a health care bill very close to the one the Senate is preparing to pass?  Bart Stupak says the Senate bill's abortion language is “unacceptable” and has pledged to lead a group of pro-life Democrats …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Don Surber
Questions over business deals of UN climate change guru Dr Rajendra Pachauri  —  The head of the UN's climate change panel - Dr Rajendra Pachauri - is accused of making a fortune from his links with ‘carbon trading’ companies, Christopher Booker and Richard North write.
Michelle Malkin:
Sunday showdown: The Senate's Demcare treachery  —  Sellout Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) got his Cash-for-Cloture Christmas present early: Special Medicaid expansion subsidies for his state ($45 million for starters over the next decade).  The budget-strapped governors of every other state in the union ought to be crying foul.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A ‘STARTER HOME’.... There's a sizable chasm between the failed health care status quo and the progressive ideal.  This, at a minimum, contributes to the differences between progressive proponents of reform — the same proposal can be seen by the same ostensible allies as both an important step forward and a bitter disappointment.
Ezra Klein:
Still time to think small
Jacob S. Hacker / The New Republic:
Why I Still Believe in This Bill  —  Jacob S. Hacker is the Stanley B. Resor Professor of Political Science at Yale University.  An expert on the politics of U.S. health and social policy, he is author, coauthor, or editor of numerous books and articles, both scholarly and popular …
Discussion: The Politico and TalkLeft
Chris Frates / The Politico:
House Dems cool to Nelson compromise  —  Anti-abortion Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) doesn't like Sen. Ben Nelson's abortion compromise and promises to fight it.  Now pro-abortion rights Democrats are speaking out, too — they don't like it but stop short of saying they'll try to kill it.
Discussion: Wonk Room and The Page
President Obama Hails Senate Health Care Bill as Ben Nelson Jumps on Board
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Robert F. Worth / New York Times:
Ayatollah Montazeri, Iranian Cleric, Dies at 87  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon — Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, the plain-spoken senior Shiite cleric who helped forge Iran's system of religious government and went on to become a fierce critic of its hard-line rulers, died Sunday morning at the age of 87.
Discussion: Swampland and ATTACKERMAN
BBC:   Top Iranian dissident cleric Montazeri dies
New York Times:
Show Us the E-Mail  —  WE end this extraordinary financial year with news that the Treasury is in discussions with American International Group about selling the taxpayers' 80 percent ownership stake in that company.  The government recently permitted several banks to break free …
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Off to the Races  —  I've long believed there are two basic strategies …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico Live's Blog:
McCain: GOP can't stop health care
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Joel Siegel / ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Ahmadinejad to Diane Sawyer: ‘Smoking Gun’ a U.S. Fabrication
Discussion: TVNewser
David Leppard / Times of London:
Police expect Mumbai-style terror attack on City of London
Discussion: JOSHUAPUNDIT and Israel Matzav
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Compromising on 2 Issues, Obama Gets Partial Wins
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Megan McArdle:
Senate Preparing for Cloture on Health Care