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5:10 PM 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.
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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.
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
And the Rest Is Just Noise  —  Why the health care bill is the greatest social achievement of our time.  —  American liberals have a habit of withdrawing into cynicism and ennui at the most inopportune moments.  The 2000 presidential election, and subsequent recount, was one such moment.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Health Care Woo  —  The health care bill passed!  As you know, my view is this: For all its flaws, if signed into law this bill would be the greatest progressive social policy achievement in over forty years.  It's fine not to be satisfied with this legislation, but it's perverse not to be happy about it.
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 …
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
In Senate Health Care Vote, New Partisan Vitriol
Discussion: Mediaite and Prairie Weather
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
BREAKING: Senate Passes Reform
Discussion: The Mahablog
James Oliphant / Los Angeles Times:
Senate passes healthcare overhaul
Discussion: Prescriptions, The Swamp and Truthdig
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Alan J. Kuperman / New York Times:
There's Only One Way to Stop Iran  —  PRESIDENT OBAMA should not lament but sigh in relief that Iran has rejected his nuclear deal, which was ill conceived from the start.  Under the deal, which was formally offered through the United Nations, Iran was to surrender some 2,600 pounds …
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M. Duss / Wonk Room:
Another Bad Argument For Iran Strike: ‘The Worst Might Not Happen!’  —  Today, Iran's leading daily newspaper featured an op-ed by a conservative Iranian university professor insisting that there is only one way to deter the American war on Iran that all serious Iranian analysts believe is coming …
Discussion: democracyarsenal.org
Cenk Uygur / The Huffington Post:
How Progressives Can Move Obama to the Left  —  There are many debates among progressives now on the true nature of Barack Obama.  Did he mean anything he said on the campaign trail?  Is he really a progressive?  Did he ever mean to challenge the status quo or was he using the word “change” as a campaign gimmick?
Discussion: Green Mountain Daily and MyDD
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Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
Senate Health Bill Passes; US Senate Fails
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 …
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
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Damien Cave / New York Times:
Recession Slows Population Rise Across Sun Belt
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 …
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William M. Daley / Washington Post:
Keep the Big Tent big  —  The announcement by Alabama Rep. Parker Griffith that he is switching to the Republican Party is just the latest warning sign that the Democratic Party — my lifelong political home — has a critical decision to make: Either we plot a more moderate …
Charlotte Triggs / People.com:
Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins Split  —  One of Hollywood's most enduring relationships has ended - Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins have broken up after more than two decades together, PEOPLE has learned exclusively.  —  “Actress Susan Sarandon and her partner of 23 years …
Discussion: Gawker, Althouse and Reliable Source
Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
Pentagon sees big savings in replacing contractors with federal employees  —  The Defense Department estimates it will save an average of $44,000 a year for every contractor it replaces with full-time federal personnel to perform critical defense jobs, according to the House-Senate conference report …
 
 
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