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11:45 AM ET, December 20, 2009

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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 …
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Chris Frates / The Politico:
House Dems cool to Nelson compromise
Discussion: Wonk Room and The Page
ABCNEWS:
President Obama Hails Senate Health Care Bill as Ben Nelson Jumps on Board
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Stupak aims to sink ‘unacceptable’ abortion compromise
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Stupak and McConnell
Joe Biden / New York Times:
Why the Senate Should Vote Yes on Health Care  —  IF I were still a United States senator, I would not only vote yes on the current health care reform bill, I would do so with the sure knowledge that I was casting one of the most historic votes of my 36 years in the Senate.
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.
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Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:   Sunday Morning Bobblehead Thread
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
A President Who Loves Deadlines
Discussion: Politics Daily
CNN:
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.
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BBC:
Top Iranian dissident cleric Montazeri dies  —  One of Iran's most prominent dissident clerics, Grand Ayatollah Hoseyn Ali Montazeri, has died aged 87.  —  Hoseyn Ali Montazeri was a moving spirit in the 1979 revolution which created Iran's Islamic state, and was at one stage set to become its leader.
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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
Frank Rich / New York Times:
Tiger Woods, Person of the Year  —  AS we say farewell to a dreadful year and decade, this much we can agree upon: The person of the year is not Ben Bernanke, no matter how insistently Time magazine tries to hype him into its pantheon.  The Fed chairman was just as big a schnook as every …
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 …
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico Live's Blog:
McCain: GOP can't stop health care  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) concedes that Republican senators won't be able to stop Democratic health care reform legislation from passing the Senate before Christmas.  —  “We will fight until the last vote,” McCain told “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Kristol: Ten Words To Remember  —  There are lots of embarrassing little things to mock in the Senate bill (e.g., the special provision for Nebraska), and lots of bad provisions to attack (the tax hikes and federal funding for abortion, to mention two).  But Republicans shouldn't lose sight …
Discussion: Pundit & Pundette and Ezra Klein
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama, Denied Full Victory on 2 Issues, Takes Validation  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama's chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, likes to say that the only thing that is not negotiable is success.  The last 48 hours offered a case study in how the president applies that maxim to governing.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
This Is Why I Named This Blog “Legal Insurrection”  —  I was in the car most of the day, so I haven't had a chance to post on the Ben Nelson sellout.  So here are some initial thoughts:  — Yes, it is that bad.  The Democrats are about to put in place the legislative …
 
 
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Telegraph:
Questions over business deals of UN climate change guru Dr Rajendra Pachauri
Discussion: Hot Air
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: Israel Matzav
Megan McArdle:
Senate Preparing for Cloture on Health Care
Political Punch:
President Obama Heralds as ‘Significant Progress’ …
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Ezra Klein:
Still time to think small
Vivienne Walt / Time:
U.S. Companies Shut Out as Iraq Auctions Its Oil Fields
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN and Matthew Yglesias
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Did Obama give Wen Jiabao another wow bow?
Discussion: Althouse
Ryan Ellis / Americans for Tax Reform RSS:
Comprehensive List of Tax Hikes in Reid-Obama Health Bill UPDATED