Jon Stewart may have helped pave the way for the 9/11 First Responders Health Bill that has been stalled in the Senate, by having a moving interview with four First Responders on his last Daily Show of the year. Now, it looks like it may get the three Republican votes it needs. Mark Kirk (of Illinois), along Murkowski, Collins, and Snow are voicing support for it.
The recent tax-deal looks like its broken the ice jam on the Republican side, freeing some of the more moderate Senators to vote their heart and true mind on some bills opposed by their leadership. We've known that the Maine ladies were moderate, but it's been nice to see the new Senator from Illinois, Mark Kirk, coming along as well. I preferred him over Obama's choice, the corrupt banker Alex Giannoulias, in the last election. Kirk, an officer in the military, also voted for the repeal of DADT.
This may have been the best result of an otherwise troubling tax-deal. Bipartisanship is busting out all over!