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This Week on Midweek Politics with David Pakman / December 23rd, 2009
Total Running Time: 57:36
MP3 Podcast: Available with entire Midweek Politics Archive for Members
This Week’s Topics:
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–The healthcare non-reform bill passes, with controversy, at one in the morning on the Senate floor.
–Senator Tom Coburn asks others to pray some do not make it to the healthcare vote, then afterward explains he was referring to an alarm clock simply not going off.
–Senator Bernie Sanders withdraws his single-payer amendment to the health insurance bill after Senator Coburn makes a Senate clerk read all 767 pages out loud.
–Al Franken denies Joe Lieberman additional speaking time on the floor of the Senate, and all hell breaks loose.
–John McCain says he does not remember another instance of a Senator objecting to another Senator receiving a few additional moments to speak, but it turns out McCain himself did so a few years back, although the tape was temporarily misplaced by CSPAN.
–Fox and Friends and Bill O’Reilly take the opportunity to criticize both Al Franken and other liberals as a result of this incident.
–Michael Steele equates the healthcare bill to flipping the bird to Americans.
–We look at what exactly is still in the healthcare bill, and whether there is any chance at all of a public option.
–Guantanamo Bay’s closing is delayed by at least one year.
–Barack Obama’s appearance at the Copenhagen climate talks doesn’t quite go as planned, but you would not know it from reading the majority of American newspapers.
–Leading global warming denier Senator Jim Inhofe flies to Copenhagen with no plans or schedule, and makes a fool out of himself.
–Fox News presents a fair and balanced special called Global Warming, or a Lot of Hot Air, and we discuss the differences between that and a special on the Discovery Channel.
–More math trouble for Fox News as they fudge the numbers on an already-biased poll to show that 120% of Americans believe research was falsified relating to global warming.
–Obama approval in trouble, and we look at the various ups and down thus far.
–Congressman Parker Griffith defects to the Republican Party.
–Sarah Palin attempts an incognito vacation to Hawaii by wearing a John McCain baseball hate with the name blocked off, and then quits yet more things by leaving her vacation early.
–It turns out that the man recently arrested for bringing guns near Obama is a former George W. Bush employee.
–Pregnancy ban in the military.
–Rudy Giuliani will not run for anything in 2010.
–New rules for planes and a disaster on a train.
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