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7:35 AM ET, December 24, 2009


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Louise M. Slaughter / CNN:
A Democrat's view from the House: Senate bill isn't health reform  —  Editor's note: Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, a Democrat, represents the 28th Congressional District of New York.  Slaughter is the first woman to chair the House Rules Committee and the only microbiologist in Congress.
Robert Costa / The Corner on National Review Online:
Stupak: 'You Don't Buy Me Off' — By: Robert Costa  —  After watching the Senate's health-care debate, Rep. Bart Stupak (D., Mich.) tells NRO that he has one message for President Obama and House speaker Nancy Pelosi: “You don't buy me off.”  —  Stupak tells us that he's disappointed …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
A ‘lot’ of Blue Dogs may flip to vote for Senate health bill, says member
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Senior Dem: Kill the Senate health reform bill and start over
The Politico:
McCain, GOP secretly courting another Dem to switch  —  Republicans are stepping up their efforts to persuade more House Democrats to switch parties and are zeroing in on a second-term Pennsylvanian who acknowledged the efforts but said he has “no plans” to do so.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Pennsylvania House Democrat resists party-switching entreaties  —  Pennsylvania Rep. Chris Carney (D) announced tonight that he would not switch to the Republican party despite a personal phone call today from Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) urging him to do so.  —  “I am flattered by the overtures of Sen …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and OpEdNews
The Politico:
McCain, GOP secretly courting another Dem to switch  —  But the aide acknowledged that they had gotten “a nibble” from Carney and were now making the pitch that he'd be better off switching parties than running again as a Democrat in a northeastern Pennsylvania seat that President Obama lost by 9 percentage points last year.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   Another?  —  Republicans now trying to flip Dem Rep. Chris Carney into the GOP.
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
A health-care victory that stinks  —  The health-care reform bill coming out of the Senate presents a real dilemma for spectators: How do you applaud while holding your nose?  —  There is so much that is wrong with it — and the way it was made — and, at the same time …
Discussion: Politics Daily and Firedoglake
The Note:
Will the GOP Promise to Repeal ‘ObamaCare’ if Returned to Power?
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Senate bill poised for Christmas Eve passage with 60-39 cloture vote
Discussion: MyDD
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
MSNBC Cancels ‘Dr. Nancy’  —  Breaking: TVNewser has learned MSNBC has canceled “Dr. Nancy” the NoonET health/medical show hosted by Dr. Nancy Snynderman.  —  The cancellation of “Dr. Nancy” is yet another daytime programming move by MSNBC, which has fallen to 4th and, on some days, 5th place in the daytime ratings.
CNN Poll: More Americans think Democratic policies better than Republican  —  Washington (CNN) - Despite the bruising battle over their health care reform proposals, congressional Democrats have maintained an advantage over their Republican counterparts on one key measure, according to a new national poll.
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Is Obama Growing Weary Of The GOP's ‘Filibuster Everything’ MO?  —  There's growing sentiment on the left—most recently evinced by SEIU President Andy Stern and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman—that the Senate's quiet acceptance of the filibuster—and therefore a 60 vote threshold for most legislation …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Jane Hamsher, Grover Norquist Call for Rahm Emanuel's Resignation  —  Today, Grover Norquist and I are calling for an investigation into Rahm Emanuel's activities at Freddie Mac, and the White House's blocking of an Inspector General who would look into it.  The letter follows:
Ezra Klein:
Yes, Obama did campaign on the public option  —  Oy.  I'll defend the argument that the health-care bill that looks likely to pass is structurally similar to the health-care proposal released by the Obama campaign.  But it's impossible to defend Obama's statement that “I didn't campaign on the public option.”
Tony Romm / The Hill:
President: Healthcare bill is more than ‘half a loaf’ compromise
Discussion: The Swamp and Weasel Zippers
Jay Solomon / Wall Street Journal:
Kerry Floats Plan to Visit Tehran  —  White House Wouldn't Oppose Trip, First by Top U.S. Official in 30 Years, to Chagrin of Iran's Opposition  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. John Kerry has suggested becoming the first high-level U.S. emissary to make a public visit to Tehran since the 1979 Islamic revolution …
Washington Post:
Gates proposes $2 billion in funds to aid unstable countries  —  Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has proposed a major overhaul of the way the Pentagon and State Department do nation-building, seeking to end friction between the bureaucracies by putting them jointly in charge of three huge …
Discussion: The Page
Jessica Ravitz / CNN:
‘Seinfeld’ over, but Festivus keeps giving  —  (CNN) — Long before company celebrators bench-pressed fax machines, partygoers performed competitive face-plants into ice water, or family members gathered around an aluminum pole to wield complaints at one another, the common people of ancient Rome began to act up.
Discussion: Gothamist
Mark Schone / ABCNEWS:
Fort Hood: Hasan Asked Awlaki If It Was Okay to Kill American Soldiers  —  al-Qaeda Recruiter Mocks U.S. Intelligence, Says Accused Shooter Asked for Guidance About Shooting In 2008  —  In an interview published on Al Jazeera's Web site, radical Muslim cleric Anwar al Awlaki says that Maj. Nidal Hasan …
Chip Cummins / Wall Street Journal:
Iran Beats Mourners, Signaling Harder Line  —  DUBAI — Iranian security forces clashed with mourners in the city of Isfahan on Wednesday, according to opposition Web sites, signaling a possible hardening by Tehran in its response to protests following the death of a dissident cleric.
Discussion: Washington Post and American Power
Online NewsHour:
Newsmaker: Obama on Health Reform Politics, Copenhagen Climate Outcome  —  JIM LEHRER: Mr. President, welcome.  —  PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Thank you so much for having me.  —  JIM LEHRER: So you are completely satisfied with the health-reform bill that the Senate's about to pass?
Discussion: Raw Story
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Who's Enforcing the Medical Loss Ratio?  —  Last night, former insurance industry executive Wendell Potter appeared on Countdown, claiming that the industry could get around the requirements on the medical loss ratio through accounting tricks.  To recap, under the Senate bill …
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Video: CBS reports on vote-buying in ObamaCare bill
Damien Cave / New York Times:
Recession Slows Population Rise Across Sun Belt
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Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
After Complaint About a Star, an Order to Remove Religious Symbols
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The Saudis Take a Stroll on J Street
Christopher Hayes / The Nation:
The Great Leap  —  In the heart of downtown Chongqing …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Challenge to health bill's constitutionality fails, 39-60
Discussion: Hot Air and Scared Monkeys
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Lieberman's favorables drop over past two weeks
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