This Morning On The Stephanie Miller Show

pallone Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) calls in at 6:30am to talk about health care reform and the economy.

Pierce Charlie Pierce, Boston Globe writer and author of “Idiot America,” calls in at 7:30am to riff on the news of the day.

The end game at hand, Senate Democrats appeared ready to jettison a proposed Medicare expansion from sweeping health care legislation Monday in a bid to remove the largest remaining obstacle in the way of Christmas-week passage of the measure.

Sen. Joe Lieberman was for a Medicare expansion before he was against it. Democrats circulated video Monday from a Connecticut newspaper’s interview in September showing Lieberman voicing support for a so-called Medicare buy-in allowing uninsured people as young as 55 to purchase coverage.

President Obama, who lashed out Sunday at “fat cat bankers” who “still don’t get it,” gathered the heads of major banks at the White House on yesterday to urge them to make more loans and to accept the necessity of greater regulation.

Taking an important step on the thorny path to closing the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the White House plans to announce Tuesday that the government will acquire an underutilized state prison in rural Illinois to be the new home for a limited number of terrorist suspects held at Guantanamo.

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