Updated 9:52 a.m. ET The Senate passed historic health care reform legislation in an early-morning vote Thursday, just making Democratic leaders’ self-imposed Christmas deadline after a marathon 25 straight days in session. “This morning isn’t the end of the…

As the year draws to a close, and critics everywhere are drawing up their "Best Of" lists, we thought we'd enlist the PBS NewsHour mindshare to give us their picks for their favorite books, films, concerts and plays of 2009.

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