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2:40 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
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 The Politico
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
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.
‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ Transcript: Axelrod, Durbin, Kyl  —  President Obama's Top Advisor David Axelrod, and Sens. Dick Durbin and Jon Kyl on Health Care  —  GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, HOST: Washington is digging out of its worst blizzard in years.  The Senate is slogging through another weekend on health care.
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.
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.
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
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.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Off to the Races  —  I've long believed there are two basic strategies for dealing with climate change — the “Earth Day” strategy and the “Earth Race” strategy.  This Copenhagen climate summit was based on the Earth Day strategy.  It was not very impressive.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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.
Robert F. Worth / New York Times:
Ayatollah Montazeri, Iranian Cleric, Dies at 87
Discussion: Swampland and ATTACKERMAN
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 …
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
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.
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.
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Jeffrey H. Anderson / Weekly Standard:
CBO: Real 10-Year Cost of Senate Bill Still $2.5 Trillion
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Discussion: Truthdig
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
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama, Denied Full Victory on 2 Issues, Takes Validation
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Megan McArdle:
Senate Preparing for Cloture on Health Care
Political Punch:
President Obama Heralds as ‘Significant Progress’ …
Discussion: ABCNEWS
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Kristol: Ten Words To Remember
Discussion: The Mahablog