Health care bill on brink of Senate passage – AP

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emocrats pushed sweeping health care legislation to the brink of Senate passage Wednesday, crushing a year-end Republican filibuster against President Barack Obama’s call to remake the nation’s health care system. via Health care bill on brink of Senate passage – Yahoo! News.

Guantanamo prison may have to stay open until 2011 – AP

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President Barack Obama’s commitment to close the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by next month may be delayed until 2011 because it will take months for the government to buy an Illinois prison and upgrade it to hold suspected terrorists. via Guantanamo prison may have to stay open until 2011 – Yahoo! News.

Taliban blow up Pakistan girls school – AP

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The Taliban blew up a girls’ school in Pakistan’s Khyber district, where troops are fighting against militants in the tribal region bordering Afghanistan, an official said Wednesday. Militants detonated explosives overnight at the government-run school in Bazgarah town, about 40 kilometres (25 miles) west of Peshawar, capital of the violence-plagued North West Frontier Province. via […]

Ahmadinejad dismisses US deadline for nuclear deal – AP

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TEHRAN, Iran – Iran’s president on Tuesday dismissed a year-end deadline set by the Obama administration and the West for Tehran to accept a U.N.-drafted deal to swap enriched uranium for nuclear fuel. The United States warned Iran to take the deadline seriously. via Ahmadinejad dismisses US deadline for nuclear deal – Yahoo! News.

Sunrise votes nudge health care bill forward Tues. – AP

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Two down, one to go. President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul cleared its second 60-vote test in the Senate early Tuesday morning — moving it a step closer to passage by Christmas. Senate Democrats remained united behind their compromise bill, over steadfast Republican opposition. The motion, to shut off debate and move to a vote […]

Recovery not as strong as previously thought – AP

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The economy grew at a 2.2 percent pace in the third quarter, as the recovery got off to a weaker start than previously thought. However, all signs suggest the economy will end the year on stronger footing.The Commerce Department’s new reading on gross domestic product for the July-to-September quarter was slower than the 2.8 percent […]

Protests mark funeral of dissident Iranian cleric – AP

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Huge crowds of Iranians turned out for the funeral of leading dissident cleric Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri in the holy Shi’ite city of Qom on Monday and some chanted anti-government slogans, websites reported.Montazeri, who died late on Saturday aged 87, was viewed as the spiritual patron of a pro-reform opposition movement that blossomed after […]

Neb.’s Nelson sees backlash on health reform plan – AP

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t was the concern of Nebraska’s Republican governor over expanded Medicaid costs in the proposed Senate health care overhaul bill that led to a compromise to cover his state’s estimated $45 million share over a decade, U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson said Sunday. Gov. Dave Heineman “contacted me and he said this is another unfunded federal […]

Kwanzaa’s popularity receding – AP

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Kwanzaa celebrations continue, but boom is over – Yahoo! News.

It’s now Democrat vs. Democrat on health care – AP

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It’s one of the oldest spectator sports in American politics: Democrat vs. Democrat. Welcome to the health care overhaul edition. With just days remaining to prove that they can meet a self-imposed Christmas deadline and pass President Barack Obama’s signature initiative through the Senate, Democrats seeking a rendezvous with history instead detoured to an intraparty […]