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1:40 PM ET, December 23, 2009


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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.
The Note:
Lyndon Baines Reid: A Moment of Triumph, but How Long Will It Last?
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.
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 …
Capitol Confidential / Big Government:
EXCLUSIVE: Transvestites, Mao And Obama Ornaments Decorate White House Christmas Tree  —  Why let a holiday season come between the White House and making some political statements?  The White House pegged controversial designer Simon Doonan to oversee the Christmas decorations for the White House.
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Change... Obama Now More Loathed Than Bush at End of His Second Term  —  A Good Solid B+  —  Barack Obama's approval index number dropped to a new low today.  —  Rasmussen reported: … At the end of his second term President George W. Bush had a 43% disapproval rating.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE PUBLIC OPTION'S HISTORY, REVISITED.... President Obama sat down with the Washington Post's Scott Wilson on Tuesday, and reflected on the successes of 2009.  The president pointed to accomplishments that “in a normal legislative year would be considered really big achievements” …
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.
Discussion: Prairie Weather and MyDD
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 …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Schwarzenegger wants $8 billion federal bailout
Discussion: Ross Douthat and IntoxiNation
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite and Pressing Issues
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.
Mike Potemra / The Corner on National Review Online:
Congratulations to Captain Picard! — By: Mike Potemra
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
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 …
Andy McCarthy / The Corner on National Review Online:
Why Does Interpol Need Immunity from American Law?  — By: Andy McCarthy  —  You just can't make up how brazen this crowd is.  One week ago, President Obama quietly signed an executive order that makes an international police force immune from the restraints of American law.
Discussion: protein wisdom and Atlas Shrugs
Mark Lynas / Guardian:
How do I know China wrecked the climate deal?  I was in the room  —  As recriminations fly post-Copenhagen, one writer offers a fly-on-the-wall account of how talks failed  —  • Ed Miliband: China tried to hijack climate deal  —  • The key players and how they rated  —  Copenhagen was a disaster.
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
When legerdemain is used to pass an unpopular bill  —  Senior Political Analyst  —  It's time to blow the whistle on two erroneous statements that opponents and proponents of the health care legislation being jammed through Congress have been making.  Republicans have been saying that never …
Discussion: Power Line and GayPatriot
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David M. Halbfinger / New York Times:
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Lee Fang / Think Progress:
Gingrich: If GOP takes back the House, Bachmann would become a committee chair.
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Megan McArdle:
Numbers Game  —  In re my post on the end of the CBO process …
David Brown / Times of London:
Osama bin Laden's missing family found in secret compound in Iran
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Calculated Risk:
New Home Sales Decrease Sharply in November
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
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