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11:00 PM ET, December 24, 2009

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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.
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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.
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.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Health Care Woo
Washington Post:
Senate passes health-care bill, now must reconcile it with House
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
J.W. Elphinstone / Associated Press:
Fannie and Freddie CEOs to get up to $6M in pay  —  NEW YORK (AP) - The two chief executives of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could get paid as much as $6 million for 2009, despite the companies' dismal performances this year which cost taxpayers more than $100 billion.
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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
Dan Pfeiffer / White House.gov Blog Feed:
Reality Check: For Opponents, It Was Never About the Bill  —  Today's Republican talking point of the day is that the historic health reform bill passed today represents the first major piece of social legislation to be passed without a single vote from across the aisle.  —  Well that may be true.
Discussion: TPM LiveWire
Ariel David / Associated Press:
Woman knocks down Pope at Christmas Eve Mass  —  Buzz up!  —  VATICAN CITY - A woman jumped the barriers in St. Peter's Basilica and knocked down Pope Benedict XVI as he walked down the main aisle to begin Christmas Eve Mass on Thursday.  —  The 82-year-old pope quickly got up and was unhurt …
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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
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Christopher Knight / Culture Monster:
A Warhol Christmas at the White House  —  When it comes to art, the right-wing anti-Obama crowd hasn't had a very good year.  Repeated efforts to gin up outrage in a manufactured culture war have either fallen flat or proved downright embarrassing.  (You can see some of them here, here and here.)
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 …
K. Daniel Glover / Accuracy in Media:
Watch The Decline: The Media Lowlights Of 2009  —  Climate “scientists” are about as trusted as used-car salesmen or congressmen these days thanks to the beating their profession has taken in the “ClimateGate” scandal.  But give the alarmists their due: They know how to hide the decline.
Discussion: Townhall.com
Amy Sullivan / Time:
No Churchgoing Christmas for the First Family  —  The Senate vote on final passage of health reform almost scuttled their plans, but it looks like the First Family will still make it to Hawaii for Christmas.  They've had a whirlwind holiday season so far, starting with the lighting …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Report: Ohio could lose two seats in Congress  —  Ohio could lose two seats in Congress as a result of waning population growth according to Census numbers.  —  The figures, which were released on Wednesday, show that the Buckeye State's population grew by only 14,573 people over the past decade, or one-tenth of one percent.
Discussion: Associated Press
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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Frank Newport / Gallup:
This Christmas, 78% of Americans Identify as Christian
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Brian Sonenstein / Firedoglake:
VT Voters to Bernie Sanders: Stand Up for What's Right, or Risk Losing Your Seat
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