Today’s Most Popular Stories 12.22.09

Each day, Ashley Estill surfs your sites for the most popular stories of the day. Here are the top headlines for December 22, 2009:

Washington Post: Obama rejects criticism on health-care reform legislation

Washington Times: EXCLUSIVE: Ex-RNC chiefs rip Steele speaking fees

Washington Examiner: White House blocks testimony by former top aide to First Lady

USA Today: Obama calls local talk show: ‘Barry from DC’

CQ Politics: Is the House Playing Field Set?

The Hill: Griffith said Dem agenda is reason for his party switch

Politico: House Dem blames leaders for party switch

ABC News: Police Say Shooter Targeting Moving Cars in Ohio

CBS News: Pregnant Soldiers May Face Court-Martial

Fox News: Diaz-Balarts Rescind Crist Endorsement

MSNBC News: Obama rejects criticism on health legislation

CNN: ‘Sesame Street,’ ‘227’ star Alaina Reed-Amini dies

Wall Street Journal: Mexican Gunmen Kill Sailor’s Family

NPR: Holy Baboon! A ‘Mystical’ Moment In Africa

Roll Call: Griffith Officially Announces Switch to GOP, Slams Democratic Leaders

National Journal: More Dominoes Fall In Place For Dems

Bloomberg News: Retail Sales Slow as Storm Keeps Shoppers at Home

Gallup.Com: Gallup Economic Weekly: Consumers Remain Cautious

Talking Points Memo: Earlier Benefits Could Be On The Table In House/Senate Health Care Conference

Politics Daily: Afghans in Iowa React to Obama’s Afghanistan Surge

Reuters: U.S. home sales bolster economic growth prospects