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4:55 PM ET, December 23, 2009


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The Politico:
Obama plans for health care delay, new jobs bill  —  The White House privately anticipates health care talks to slip into February — past President Barack Obama's first State of the Union address — and then plans to make a “very hard pivot” to a new jobs bill, according to senior administration officials.
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.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Senior Dem: Kill the Senate health reform bill and start over  —  The Senate's healthcare bill is fatally flawed, a senior Democrat atop a powerful committee said on Wednesday.  —  Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.), the chairwoman of the House Rules Committee and co-chairwoman …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Mike Allen / The Politico:
SIREN: White House plans ‘very hard pivot to jobs’ next month — will be ‘prescriptive’ — Health reform NOT expected to pass before SOTU, but opponents concede it's ‘when’ not ‘if’  —  BREAKING — AP's Glen Johnson, in Boston: “Teresa Heinz says she is being treated for breast cancer discovered …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
WH putting health-care off until ... February?  —  Politico's Mike Allen and Alexander Trowbridge have some bad news for Democrats, especially in the Senate, where Harry Reid has kept the chamber locked in battle over ObamaCare for weeks in an attempt to hit the finish line by Christmas.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Plan to Move Guantánamo Detainees Faces a New Delay  —  WASHINGTON — Rebuffed this month by skeptical lawmakers when it sought finances to buy a prison in rural Illinois, the Obama administration is struggling to come up with the money to replace the Guantánamo Bay prison.
David Brown / Times of London:
Osama bin Laden's missing family found in secret compound in Iran
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and The Lede
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
From Guantánamo to Desk at Al Jazeera
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.”
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Palin: I told you so!  —  It didn't take long for Jim DeMint's outrage over highly unusual language protecting a care-rationing board to generate a response from Sarah Palin.  This came just days after Politifact called her statement about “death panels” the “lie of the year,” …
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Why I Don't Write About Sarah Palin's Facebook Posts  —  Last week, announced its “Lie of the Year”: Sarah Palin's claim that the health care bill might create “death panels” that would kill elderly or disabled Americans.  It was a lie, the editors pointed out …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   MEDIA MANIPULATION AT ITS MOST INANE.... You've probably noticed the phenomenon.
James Warren / Atlantic Correspondents:
Colbert Dishes On Bush, Glenn Beck, and MSNBC  —  When Chicago's Second City comedy troupe held a weekend-long 50th anniversary bash, the obvious highlights were Friday and Saturday shows with Martin Short, Steve Carell, Bonnie Hunt, Jim Belushi, George Wendt, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin …
Zaz Hollander / Anchorage Daily News:
Palin's Wasilla book signing feels like a homecoming  —  AT HOME: Only signs seen for conservative causes or Christmas.  —  —  WASILLA — Sarah Palin was treated like a homecoming queen when she brought her national book tour to Wasilla on Tuesday.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
After quiet first months, Franken's sharp tongue emerges in Senate  —  Al Franken, the Democrat from Minnesota who won election to the Senate after a successful career as a comic and author, has begun to show the sharp-tongued side of his personality by ripping into GOP staffers behind the scenes.
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
For Their Next Trick . . .  The latest example of violating principles of transparency and accountability in the single-minded pursuit of legislative victory.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Look for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to try to circumvent …
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
John Holbo / Crooked Timber:
Star Trek and Moral Judgment  —  Kevin Drum is amused, and rightly so, by this bit from the Corner's Mike Potemra: … Kevin notes it is not every day you get conservatives to admit they oppose (or at least dislike) peace, tolerance, due process and progress.
Janie Lorber / The Caucus:
Report Finds Acorn Broke No Laws  —  The controversial community organizing group Acorn has not broken any laws in the last five years, according to a Congrssional Research Service report released Tuesday evening.  —  The report, requested by Representative John Conyers, Democrat of Michigan …
Los Angeles Times:
Schwarzenegger to seek federal help for California budget  —  Facing another huge deficit, the governor wants $8 billion or threatens massive cuts in social services.  He also plans to renew push for offshore oil drilling.  —  Reporting from Sacramento - Facing a budget deficit of more than $20 billion …
Ezra Klein:
In praise of the Nelson deal  —  Ben Nelson is getting a lot of blowback for the deal he struck exempting Nebraska from paying for its Medicaid expansion.  But though it was his deal, it wasn't his preference.  It was Harry Reid's.  And Reid made the right decision.
Igor / Think Progress:
Nelson Insists Carve-Out Isn't 'A Special Deal For Nebraska …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Richard A. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
Harry Reid Turns Insurance Into a Public Utility  —  The health bill creates a massive cash crunch and then bankruptcies for many insurers.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  As Harry Reid's 2,000 page health-care bill is being rammed through the Senate, most of the public debate has been focused …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Cornyn: Conservatives ‘have to yield’ to reality in upcoming Senate races  —  Conservative primary voters “have to yield” to reality, Senate Republicans' campaign chairman said Wednesday.  —  Sen. John Cornyn (Texas), the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) …
Discussion: Reuters, Riehl World View and RedState
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The Note:
Will the GOP Promise to Repeal ‘ObamaCare’ if Returned to Power?
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Ezra Klein:
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Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
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