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1:25 PM 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 …
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
The Insidious Myth Of The Progressive “Bill Killers”
Discussion: Open Left
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.
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.
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
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.
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
‘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.
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.
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
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 …
Colombia beefs up Venezuelan border forces  —  The Colombian government has announced it is building a new military base on its border with Venezuela and has activated six new airborne battalions.  —  Relations between the two nations are at a historic low with Venezuelan President Hugo …
Discussion: Truthdig
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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
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama, Denied Full Victory on 2 Issues, Takes Validation
Discussion: Prairie Weather
 Earlier Items: 
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 and Pundit & Pundette