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10:30 AM ET, December 21, 2009


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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
A Dangerous Dysfunction  —  Unless some legislator pulls off a last-minute double-cross, health care reform will pass the Senate this week.  Count me among those who consider this an awesome achievement.  It's a seriously flawed bill, we'll spend years if not decades fixing it, but it's nonetheless a huge step forward.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
An ugly finale for health-care reform  —  Going into Monday morning's crucial Senate vote on health-care legislation, Republican chances for defeating the bill had come down to a last, macabre hope.  They needed one Democratic senator to die — or at least become incapacitated.
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Deep in Health Bill, Very Specific Beneficiaries  —  WASHINGTON — Buried in the deal-clinching health care package that Senate Democrats unveiled over the weekend is an inconspicuous proposal expanding Medicare to cover certain victims of “environmental health hazards.”
Washington Post:
Health-care bill clears crucial vote in Senate, 60 to 40  —  Senate Democrats won a milestone victory early Monday in the health-care debate, approving a procedural motion to move the reform legislation to final passage later this week, and without a single vote to spare.
The Huffington Post:
Feingold: Obama Responsible For Loss Of Public Option  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wisc.) formally announced on Sunday that he would support the Senate's final version of health care reform.  But in doing so he cast blame for the loss of a public option …
Wall Street Journal:   Change Nobody Believes In
Martina Stewart / CNN:
CNN Exclusive: Nelson answers his critics on health care reform
Discussion: Raw Story
Charles Lemos / MyDD:   A Broken United States Senate
Los Angeles Times:   Senate Democrats get 60 votes to move healthcare bill along
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Senate Democrats unite for landmark healthcare vote
Discussion: The Politico
SEK / Lawyers, Guns and Money:
Intentions be damned, Avatar is racist (as is praying for and/or to “JaMarcus Manning").  —  Annalee Newitz writes that “[w]hether Avatar is racist is a matter of debate,” but it isn't: the film is racist.  Its fundamental narrative logic is racist: it transposes the cultural politics of Westerns …
Kpicket / The washington times Blogs:
Sen. Whitehouse: foes of health care bill are birthers, right-wing militias, aryan groups  —  ****Updated with video link and more transcript  —  Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) today took shots at those who are not supporting the health care legislation.
Washington Post:
Fed's approach to regulation left banks exposed to crisis  —  Foreclosures already pocked Chicago's poorer neighborhoods but the downtown still was booming as the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago convened its annual conference in May 2007.  —  The keynote speaker, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke …
Paul Krugman:
The WYSIWYG president  —  There's a lot of dismay/rage on the left over Obama, a number of cries that he isn't the man progressives thought they were voting for.  —  But that says more about the complainers than it does about Obama himself.  If you actually paid attention to the substance …
Luke Mitchell / Harper's:
Understanding Obamacare … The idea that there is a competitive “private sector” in America is appealing, but generally false.  No one hates competition more than the managers of corporations.  Competition does not enhance shareholder value, and smart managers know they must forsake whatever …
Martina Stewart / CNN:
Obama gets an ‘A’ for effort from Schwarzenegger  —  Washington (CNN) - Not every Republican is a critic of President Obama.  At least one thinks the president is doing a fine job - at least when it comes to the effort involved in being the country's chief executive.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Washington Post:
The Salahis' night at the White House and a contentious day after  —  Case closed.  —  That's the verdict the White House has emphatically handed down on the embarrassing and troubling security breach a fame-craving Virginia couple performed during the Obama administration's first state dinner, on Nov. 24.
Discussion: The Page
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
After criticism, Reid vindicated by early-morning healthcare vote
Discussion: The Nation and Open Congress
Louis Uchitelle / New York Times:
Labor Data Show Surge in Hiring of Temp Workers
Discussion: Beat the Press
Christine Harper / Bloomberg:
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Bill Nichols / The Politico:
Ahmadinejad dismisses secret doc
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James Hider / Times of London:
Hamas using English law to demand arrest of Israeli leaders for war crimes
Discussion: Power Line and Israel Matzav
Edward Wong / New York Times:
China's Export of Labor Faces Growing Scorn
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Robynn Tysver / Omaha World-Herald:
Huckabee leads rally to try to change Nelson's mind
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Manu Raju / The Politico:
Cooped-up senators turn cranky
Discussion: Raw Story and Wonkette