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11:00 PM ET, December 23, 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.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
A ‘lot’ of Blue Dogs may flip to vote for Senate health bill, says member  —  Centrist, Blue Dog Democrats are likely to favor the Senate's healthcare bill if it comes up for a vote, one of their members said Wednesday.  —  Rep. Jason Altmire (D-Pa.), a Blue Dog who voted …
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: TPMDC and Firedoglake
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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   MEDIA MANIPULATION AT ITS MOST INANE.... You've probably noticed the phenomenon.
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.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Lieberman's favorables drop over past two weeks  —  Sen. Joe Lieberman's (I-Conn.) favorable ratings have taken almost a 10-point drop in the past two weeks, a new poll found.  —  31 percent of people told a CNN poll conducted Dec. 16-20 that they had a favorable opinion of Lieberman …
Discussion: Think Progress and Open Left
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Crapo: GOP unlikely to be able to repeal health bill  —  Republicans are unlikely to repeal the health reform legislation before Congress if they take control of the House and Senate, a GOP senator conceded Wednesday.  —  Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) said Republicans are unlikely to be able …
Discussion: Hot Air and Taegan Goddard's …
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
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 is not ruling out such a move.  —  Democratic Rep. Chris Carney received a phone call Wednesday …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   Another?  —  Republicans now trying to flip Dem Rep. Chris Carney into the GOP.
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
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:
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 …
The Huffington Post:
Jane Norton, GOP Senate Candidate, Sits Silently As Obama Called A Muslim  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Former Colorado lieutenant governor Jane Norton, one of the five candidates competing in the Republican primary for the state's 2010 Senate race, is distinguishing herself with her full-hearted embrace of the tea party crowd.
Mike Potemra / The Corner on National Review Online:
Congratulations to Captain Picard!  — By: Mike Potemra  —  Palace sources say Patrick Stewart is about to be knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.  It turns out he is an avid supporter of Britain's Labour party; his support must be especially welcome in this, one of Labour's darker hours.
John Holbo / Crooked Timber:
Star Trek and Moral Judgment
Mark J. Perry / The Enterprise Blog:
Manufacturing's Death Greatly Exaggerated  —  Here's some pretty grim news about the U.S. manufacturing sector—manufacturing employment in the United States fell below 12 million this year for the first time since 1946, and is now at the lowest level (11,648,000 manufacturing jobs in November) …
Discussion: The New Editor and CARPE DIEM
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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Challenge to health bill's constitutionality fails, 39-60  —  A challenge to the Senate health bill's constitutionality failed on Wednesday afternoon in a party-lines vote.  —  Sens. John Ensign (R-Nev.) and Orrin Hatch's (R-Utah) point of order arguing that the Senate bill is unconstitutional under …
Discussion: Hot Air and Scared Monkeys
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 …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Grist
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Meep Meep  —  My own view is that 2009 has been an extraordinarily successful year for Obama.  Since this is currently a minority view and will prompt a chorus of “In The Tank!”, allow me to explain.  —  The substantive record is clear enough.  Torture is ended, if Gitmo remains enormously difficult …
Discussion: The New Editor
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Flashback: Parker Griffith Called Himself A “Lifelong” Democrat  —  Here's something that could create problems for newly-minted GOPer Parker Griffith in the GOP primary he now seems to be facing, and make conservatives even more reluctant to accept him into the fold: Griffith has described himself as …
Christopher Hayes / The Nation:
The Great Leap  —  In the heart of downtown Chongqing, a sprawling city-state in Western China on the banks of the Yangtze River, a six-story tower commemorates those who died in what the Chinese call “the anti-Japanese war.”  After Japan invaded in 1937, the government moved the capital of China upriver from Nanjing to Chongqing.
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 …
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.
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