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12:45 AM ET, December 25, 2009

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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 …
Discussion: Associated Press
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Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
82 Year-Old Pope Benedict Attacked, Knocked Down at Midnight Mass (Video)  —  A crazed woman jumped the barriers at St. Peter's Basilica and attacke 82 year-old Pope Benedict XVI at Midnight Mass knocking him to the floor.  —  Vatican security officials rush to protect Pope Benedictus XVI after he was attacked at Midnight Mass today.
Discussion: BBC, Scared Monkeys and Breitbart.tv
Rachel Donadio / New York Times:
Vatican Defends Status of WWII Pope  —  ROME — In an effort to calm growing tensions with Jewish groups, the Vatican said Wednesday that Pope Benedict XVI's decision moving the wartime pope Pius XII closer to sainthood was not a “hostile act” against those who believe Pius did not do enough to stop the Holocaust.
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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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Health Care Woo
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Senate Passes Health Care Overhaul Bill
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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Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Uncaps Support for Fannie, Freddie  —  WASHINGTON — The U.S. Treasury said it would provide capital as needed to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac over the next three years, effectively opening its checkbook to the government-controlled companies in a bid to reassure investors in their debt.
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
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
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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 …
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 …
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.)
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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
Washington Post:
Senate passes health-care bill, now must reconcile it with House
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
In Senate Health Care Vote, New Partisan Vitriol
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.
Sudarsan Raghavan / Washington Post:
Yemeni air strike kills 30, targets home of cleric linked to Ft. Hood attack  —  SANAA, Yemen — Yemeni forces killed at least 30 suspected militants in an airstrike early Thursday on an alleged al-Qaeda hideout in southeastern Yemen, the second such assault in the past week, according to Yemeni security and government sources.
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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
Frank Newport / Gallup:
This Christmas, 78% of Americans Identify as Christian  —  Over time, fewer Americans identify as Christian; more have no religious identity  —  PRINCETON, NJ — This Christmas season, 78% of Americans identify with some form of Christian religion, a proportion that has been declining in recent decades.
Discussion: Politics Daily
 
 
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Ramesh Ponnuru / National Review:
It's Not Over  —  Democrats are doing a victory lap.
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Power Line
Cenk Uygur / The Huffington Post:
How Progressives Can Move Obama to the Left
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Nancy Scola / American Prospect:
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Drew Sandholm / ABCNEWS:
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Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
Senate Health Bill Passes; US Senate Fails