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Nelson wakes from summertime nap

Sen. Bill Nelson was so silent on healthcare this summer that activists from his own party rallied outside his offices and public appearances. At one overheated rally, an activist was knocked to the ground. Still, the always-cautious Nelson had more to say about pythons than public options as the debate raged on.

But the senator has been more outspoken in recent weeks, stepping into the role of a champion of Medicare recipients eager to duke it out with the insurance companies. Story about his entry into the healthcare debate is here. Nelson's column today in USA Today is here.