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As a somewhat battered and bruised healthcare reform bill makes its way to what appears to be certain passage in the Senate, critics from both parties are complaining about the bill. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, what deals did the Democrats make to keep it alive? What battles lie ahead when the House and Senate meet to create the final piece of legislation? Also, airlines will pay for making travelers wait, and the White House names a cybersecurity chief, as the FBI investigates a possible hacking at Citibank. Sara Terry guest hosts.

Banner image: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) (2nd L) walks with (L-R) Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), Christopher Dodd (D-CT), and Max Baucus (D-MT) before a press conference on pending healthcare legislation at the US Capitol today. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Producers:
Gary Scott
Sonya Geis
Karen Radziner

Making News Airlines Will Pay for Making Travelers Wait 7 MIN, 40 SEC

It's good news if you get stuck on the tarmac –as good as it can be when you're facing flight delays. The US Department of Transportation has issued a new directive that will make being stranded a bit more comfortable for passengers. Gary Stoller, investigative travel editor at USA Today, has the details.

Guests:
Gary Stoller, Investigative Travel Editor, USA Today

Main Topic Obama Gets a Senate Healthcare Bill for Christmas 35 MIN, 44 SEC

It's down to a few days and a few procedural votes – by Christmas Eve, the Senate is expected to pass its version of a long-awaited healthcare reform bill. The legislation has caused rancor in the Senate and is filled with compromises that aren't in the House version of the bill. When the House and Senate sit down to reconcile their two pieces of legislation, what will the final bill look like? What's the political cost of reaching an agreement on reform?

Guests:
Noam Levey, Los Angeles Times (@NoamLevey )
David Sirota, Salon.com (@davidsirota)
Philip Klein, Washington Examiner (@philipaklein)
William Galston, Brookings Institution
Chris Cillizza, Washington Post (@thefix)

Reporter's Notebook US Cybersecurity Coordinator; Citigroup Hack Attack 7 MIN, 6 SEC

The Obama Administration announced today that it's filled a new post. Howard Schmidt, a former eBay and Microsoft security official has been appointed White House Cybersecurity Chief. The announcement came the same day that the Wall Street Journal has reported an FBI investigation into a hacking at Citibank that may have resulted in the theft of tens of millions of dollars. James Lewis is director of the Technology and Public Policy Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Guests:
James Lewis, Center for Strategic and International Studies (@james_a_lewis)

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