-Another victory for President Obama : The proposal that touched off a furor over "death panels" will be enacted on January 1, permitting Medicare to pay doctors for advising their patients on end-of-life care. [ New York Times ]
-The January 1 inauguration of Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s president-elect , will continue a leadership trend in Latin America; she’ll make the region’ s third sitting female head of state, and the sixth since the 1990s. [ Wall Street Journal ]
-The tenor of Supreme Court oral arguments is shifting: With the addition of Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan , the court’s liberal wing is no longer being drowned out by Justice Antonin Scalia. [ LA Times ]
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