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10:25 AM ET, December 24, 2009


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Robert Pear / New York Times:
Senate Passes Health Care Overhaul Bill  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate voted Thursday to reinvent the nation's health care system, passing a bill to guarantee access to health insurance for tens of millions of Americans and to rein in health costs as proposed by President Obama.
Ezra Klein:
Winning ugly, but winning  —  On Dec. 24, in an early morning vote, the United States Senate passed health-care reform.  It was the first time the body had been in session on Christmas Eve since 1963.  That's fitting, as it's arguably the most important piece of legislation the body has passed since 1963.
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 …
Washington Post:
Senate and House in search of health-care compromise
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Senate passes historic healthcare reform legislation in 60-39 vote  —  The Senate approved sweeping healthcare reform legislation by the narrowest of partisan margins early Christmas Eve morning, placing President Barack Obama closer than ever to signing a longtime Democratic priority into law.
Discussion: Hot Air, The Nation and New York Times
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Senate approves landmark health-care bill
Discussion: TPMDC, The Fix and Suburban Guerrilla
Chris Frates / The Politico:
BREAKING — Senate passes health bill
Discussion: Riehl World View
Alan Silverleib / CNN:
Senate health care reform bill passes
Discussion: DCist and Scared Monkeys
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 …
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
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   Another?  —  Republicans now trying to flip Dem Rep. Chris Carney into the GOP.
U.S. Census Bureau News:
Census Bureau: Texas Gains the Most in Population  —  Texas gained more people than any other state between July 1, 2008, and July 1, 2009 (478,000), followed by California (381,000), North Carolina (134,000), Georgia (131,000) and Florida (114,000), according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau estimates
Discussion: Bloomberg and Swing State Project
David Sessions / Politics Daily:
Texas Leads U.S. in Population Growth Since Recession Began
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Damien Cave / New York Times:
Recession Slows Population Rise Across Sun Belt
Discussion: Washington Post and MyDD
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.
Yemen says Fort Hood-linked imam may be dead  —  SANAA (Reuters) - The leader of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and a Muslim preacher linked by U.S. intelligence to deaths at a U.S. army base are believed to have died in a Yemen air strike, a security official said on Thursday.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Jihad Watch
New York Times:
Banks Bundled Bad Debt, Bet Against It and Won  —  In late October 2007, as the financial markets were starting to come unglued, a Goldman Sachs trader, Jonathan M. Egol, received very good news.  At 37, he was named a managing director at the firm.  —  Mr. Egol, a Princeton graduate …
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 …
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Senate approves $290B increase in debt limit  —  The Senate on Thursday cleared a $290 billion debt-limit increase, giving the federal government two more months of borrowing authority.  —  The vote passed 60-39, with every Democrat but Sen. Evan Bayh (Ind.) supporting it.
Discussion: The Politico and The Page
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: Washington Monthly and Raw Story
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
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Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Michelle Malkin & Mark Steyn Report on the National Joker Outbreak (Video)
Annie Gowen / Washington Post:
For older believers, Santa's magic is ageless
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: CBS reports on vote-buying in ObamaCare bill
Discussion: Commentary
Jessica Ravitz / CNN:
‘Seinfeld’ over, but Festivus keeps giving
Discussion: Outside The Beltway and Gothamist
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Who's Enforcing the Medical Loss Ratio?
 Earlier Items: 
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: Scared Monkeys and Hot Air
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Lieberman's favorables drop over past two weeks
Discussion: Open Left and Think Progress
Ezra Klein:
Yes, Obama did campaign on the public option