Today on the Dish we moderated more debate on healthcare from John Cole, Ezra Klein, Nate Silver, Matt Yglesias, James Joyner, James Poulos, Keith Hennessey, and Marc Ambinder. The Catholic Church backed off its threat to DC over marriage equality and Dale Carpenter shared his related thoughts. Congressman Aaron Schock became the latest Republican to embrace torture. Readers reacted here. More reader discussion of detainees here and here. Santa got the Schock treatment here and here.

In the guest-blogosphere, Friedersdorf diagnosed the ills and contractions of the current conservative movement, reflected on the state of reality TV, aired emails about what the press should cover, and narrated a photo essay of Kansas City through the lens of the talented and lovely Lara Shipley (whose other work you can find here). Sprung confronted Clive Crook over the feasibility of French-style healthcare in the US and pondered the American "abandonment" of Afghanistan in 1989. A reader pushed back against the latter. Patrick responded to all the haters.

A wave of depressing Christmas songs have started to roll in from readers - the first batch here, here, here, and here. We also posted a touch of Christmas hathos. 

-- C.B.

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