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Healthcare is on the top of the list for potential voters of both parties in the presidential campaign, but Republicans and Democrats sound as if they're in different worlds. When the election's over, will they be able to come together or will partisanship prevent the compromise required by two-party rule?  Also, the Iraq War funding bill stalls in Senate partisanship, and as the Los Angeles Auto show opened today, the theme was going green.  Is it really "greenwashing?"

Making News Iraq War Funding Bill Stalls in Senate 6 MIN, 6 SEC

Immigration reform went nowhere this year, and this morning, as the Senate and Congress cast their last votes before the Thanksgiving recess, partisan differences stopped the farm bill and emergency funding for the war in Iraq. Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the Pentagon may have to wait until next year. Syndicated columnist Ron Brownstein is the author of The Second Civil War: How Extreme Partisanship has Paralyzed Washington and Polarized America.

Ron Brownstein, Atlantic / CNN (@RonBrownstein)

Main Topic Polarization Poisons Healthcare Debate 34 MIN, 59 SEC

Healthcare is one of the issues citied as most important by potential voters of both parties.  Presidential candidates all trumpet their plans. But Democrats and Republicans sound as if they're in different worlds. One side advocates "universal healthcare" while the other warns against "government interference" and "socialized medicine." In last night's Democratic debate, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama had a nasty exchange about whose healthcare plan covers the most people. In his campaign, Republican Mitt Romney has moved away from a comprehensive healthcare plan he signed while Governor of Massachusetts. Comparisons between the US and British medical systems made by Rudy Giuliani in radio ads about his battle with prostate cancer have been attacked as inaccurate. Are candidates' plans as different as they sound? When the election finally is over, what are the chances of bridging the gap? Will necessary compromise fall victim to political polarization on Capitol Hill?

Ron Brownstein, Atlantic / CNN (@RonBrownstein)
Robert Blendon, Professor of Health Policy, Harvard University
Michael Tomasky, Newsweek / Daily Beast (@michaeltomasky)
Sally Pipes, Pacific Research Institute (@sallypipes)

Reporter's Notebook Are Automakers 'Greenwashing' at the LA Car Show? 7 MIN, 19 SEC

A federal appeals court ruled today that Bush Administration fuel-economy standards are too lax to blunt the impact of climate change. Also on the losing side were some of the same automakers who are trying to persuade the world they're "going green." This as the annual Auto Show opened its nine-day run on 760,000 square feet of display space at the LA Convention Center. More than a million people are expected to show up for a look at a myriad of cars from the US, Japan, Germany and a few other countries. Though this year's most common theme is environmental friendliness, environmental and human rights groups are protesting "greenwashing." Dan Neil writes on cars and the auto industry for the Los Angeles Times.

Dan Neil, Wall Street Journal (@Danneilwsj)


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