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December 16, 2009

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This Week on Midweek Politics with David Pakman / December 16th, 2009

Total Running Time: 58:22

MP3 Podcast: Available with entire Midweek Politics Archive for Members

This Week’s Topics:

–Maggie Bergin, government affairs consultant/lobbyist from The Art of Politics, joins us live in studio.

–New stations airing Midweek Politics in Nashville, Olympia, Wisconsin, and Charlotte.

–Getting into the Christmas spirit with new song parodies from both the left and right.

–Barack Obama’s acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize in Copenhagen, although many question it even more after his decision to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan.

–Sarah Palin says that she wrote something very similar to what Barack Obama said at his acceptance speech in her book, maybe looking for some credit.

–More non-reality based fake debate on MSNBC, with a conservative bringing back the favorite talking point of freeing millions of people in Iraq.

–Healthcare reform moves closer to non-reform, with even the Medicare buy-in basically removed, and Joe Lieberman becoming the public face of the latest bill. We look at what is actually still part of the bill, whether insurance companies actually conceded anything, and whether there is any reform in the bill.

–Howard Dean says the best option is at this point to kill the Senate healthcare bill altogether.

–Radiation from CT scans done in 2007 will cause 29,000 cancers and lead to 15,000 deaths, a CDC report states.

–Children of parents on Medicaid are being prescribed anti-psychotic drugs at four times the rate of those with private insurance.

–Alan Greenspan’s recent comments about unemployment, and what we can expect from each side of the political spectrum whether unemployment goes up or down.

–Now that banks are starting to pay back their bailout funds, Barack Obama says we need them to start lending and help get the economy going again, but that’s exactly what he said they needed to do when they were first given the money.

–A new poll shows that members of Congress are considered as unethical and dishonest as car salesmen, at the very bottom of the list.

–Gay marriage has been voted in by the Washington DC City Council, Annise Parker voted as the first openly gay marriage of Houston, and we look at the state of gay marriage in the US today.

–An update on H1N1 Swine Flu.

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