Detainees Transfered to Yemen and Afghanistan: The U.S. transferred a dozen Guantanamo detainees to Afghanistan, Yemen and the Somaliland region as the Obama Administration continues to move captives out of the Cuban facility in preparation for its closure.
Charles Krauthammer: Fighting the Third Wave of Transformative Liberalism — FDR, then LBJ, now Obama. When Obama once declared Ronald Reagan historically consequential and Bill Clinton not, he meant it. Obama intends to be the Reagan of the new liberalism.
American Solutions: Hugo Chavez, Big Voice at Climate Talks. Obama Seeks End Run Around Congress. Chavez: “…our revolution seeks to help all people…socialism, the other ghost that is probably wandering around this room, that’s the way to save the planet, capitalism is the road to hell … let’s fight against capitalism and make it obey us.”
Michelle Malkin: Sunday Showdown: The Senate’s Demcare Treachery. Sellout Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) got his Cash-for-Cloture Christmas present early: Special Medicaid expansion subsidies for his state ($45 million for starters over the next decade). The budget-strapped governors of every other state in the union ought to be crying foul.
AP – Feds Shutter More Banks — Regulators on Friday shut down two big California banks, as well as banks in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Michigan and Illinois, bringing to 140 the number of U.S. banks brought down this year by the weak economy and mounting loan defaults.
L.A. Times Blog: Bar Set Low For Lifetime Job in L.A. Schools — Los Angeles Unified often hands out tenure with little or no review of novice instructors’ ability or their students’ performance.
The New Republic: The New Left’s Love Affair With Terrorists and Demigods. Neither Mussolini nor Franco appeared in The New Yorker’s exciting feature. But Ahmadinejad, Mugabe, Chávez, and Qaddafi did. …
News Max: GOP Maneuvering to Halt Healthcare Overhaul — The White House and its Senate allies defended a final push for historic healthcare legislation Sunday as outflanked Republicans pledged a fight to the end. A dead-of-night vote neared in a frenzy one GOP lawmaker said lacked “legislative sanity.”
New York Times: Leftie Paul Krugman Explains Health Care Feasibility — Get Out Your Check Books — Health care costs are, as everyone serious acknowledges, at the core of many of our difficulties, very much including long-term budget deficits. … Oh, and the legislation is fiscally responsible from the start.
1. Reuters: Warner Cable to Drop Fox News? News Corp warned that testy carriage negotiations with Time Warner Cable Inc could leave viewers unable to see programming from its Fox broadcast network, including it blockbuster hit “American Idol” and NFL football. …
2. Washington: Nelson Cuts Whopper Deal: Senator Gleans Big Bucks For Nebraska. Abortion Still on Table.
3. Memo to Al Gore:: Five die in East Coast Blizzard. It’s Snowing at the Beach. People are seen on the beach covered by snow in Nice, southeastern France, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009. Temperature is 3 degrees Celsius (37,2 Fahrenheit).
4. News Max: Abortion Battle Continues: A Senate compromise toughening abortion restrictions drew criticism from activists on both sides of the issue Saturday, prolonging rather than settling the controversy as Democrats try and complete work on President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul.
5. Right Wing News: The Grinch That Stole Liberty. The Democrats are trying to rush this health care bill through when everyone is busy just like I am. It’s a travesty. The ironic thing about is that BOTH the left and right are against this health care bill (although for very different reasons). …
7. WASHINGTON (AP) – GOP Threatens Read-A-Thon to Slow Health Care Bill Republicans accused Democrats of bad manners, bad timing and bad health care policy on Friday, then summoned images of fire and ice for good measure as they campaigned to block passage of sweeping legislation President Barack Obama’s allies want passed by Christmas.
8. BREITBART: You Say Copenhagen, I Say Kyoto … Although the media altered the story line beginning in March 2001, the inescapable fact is that the Clinton administration doomed the Kyoto treaty by agreeing to something for which there was insufficient will in Congress.