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Naked Man Becomes Florida Roadside Attraction

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 12th, 2010 5:53 am by HL

Naked Man Becomes Florida Roadside Attraction
In Port St. Lucia, Florida, a naked man spotted Sunday along South U.S. 1 told investigators he was in the buff because “he wanted to give people a show,” according to a police report. Armando Alexander Calvo, 55, was “naked laying in the grass” when police arrived in response to a 911 call. See Calvo’s mug shot.


Early Morning Swim: Rachel Maddow Asks Nancy Pelosi about Holding BushCo Accountable for Torture, Iraq

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 12th, 2010 5:52 am by HL

Early Morning Swim: Rachel Maddow Asks Nancy Pelosi about Holding BushCo Accountable for Torture, Iraq
While Democrats fret over whether we should investigate BushCo torture, Republicans move to investigate teh gay.

While Democrats fret over whether we should investigate BushCo torture, Republicans move to investigate teh gay.

The scandal around disgraced ex-Rep. Eric Massa rocked Capitol Hill again Thursday as Republicans forced ethics officials to take another look at sordid charges of sexual harassment – and how they were handled. […]

“Speaker Pelosi once promised the American people ‘the most open and ethical’ Congress in history, but she has broken that promise,” Boehner said.

And so it goes.

Tags: Early Morning Swim, Nancy Pelosi

News is presented between 2:03 and 2:09 p.m. Eastern
Someone in the Washington Post criticizes FoxNews as a propoganda outfit…this will not stand with Howard Kurtz.

Today, the Washington Post — apparently because there were no members of the Kagan family available — has an Op-Ed from Howell Raines castigating journalists for not calling FoxNews what it is, a right-wing propaganda operation 23:54/7.

This will not set well with alleged media critic Howard Kurtz as it will take away from his Tiger Woods/Eric Massa-related twitter time.

…some say a distinction must be made between Fox’s opinion shows (O’Reilly, Beck, Hannity) and its news programming.

Well, I say this Mr. or Ms. “Some” is a real asshole, which must be why Kurtz respects their opinion.

A distinction between the opinion shows as O’Reilly, Beck, and Hannity and the news programming?

Which is what?

Fox & Friends, where every morning is three hours of agenda setting on right-wing talking points? Where it is a legitimate for interviewees to appear as pimps for faked news stories (no correction for that yet, right?).

Or perhaps it’s just the rest of the “fair” and “balanced” “news” programming, like Megyn Kelly’s finding a broad swath of the public constituted by four white people at a retirement community?


Late Late Night FDL: Dirty Lowdown and Bad
Keb’ Mo’Dirty Lowdown and Bad.

Keb’ Mo’Dirty Lowdown and Bad.

What’s on your mind?

Tags: Dirty Lowdown and Bad, Keb Mo’, late late nite firedoglake, live music, YouTube


The Tax War Goes Online

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 12th, 2010 5:51 am by HL

The Tax War Goes Online
Amazon has sent a message to states buckling under budget deficits: If you make us play by the same tax rules as other businesses, we’ll punish you. By David Sirota

Amazon has sent a message to states buckling under budget deficits: If you make us play by the same tax rules as other businesses, we’ll punish you.


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D. Brad Wright: Insurance, State Lines, and Bears, Oh My!

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 12th, 2010 5:50 am by HL

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Rove’s anti-health care reform column full of misinformation

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 12th, 2010 5:49 am by HL

Rove’s anti-health care reform column full of misinformation

In a March 11 Wall Street Journal editorial, Fox News Contributor Karl Rove falsely claimed that the Senate health care bill has “abortion-funding language,” adds to the deficit and contains no immediate benefits. In fact, the Senate bill prohibits federal funding of abortion, contains numerous immediate benefits, and, according to the Congressional Budget Office, reduces the deficit.

Rove: Senate bill funds abortion, adds to the deficit, and doesn’t provide immediate benefits

Rove:  Senate bill contains “abortion funding language.” In a March 11 Wall Street Journal editorial, Rove falsely suggested the Senate bill allowed for federal funding of abortion. Rove wrote, “Pro-life House Democrats are deeply disturbed by the Senate abortion-funding language.”

Rove: “Senate bill adds hundreds of billions of dollars to the deficit.” Rove also falsely claimed the Senate bill would add to the deficit, writing, “Blue Dogs are upset by the fact that the Senate bill adds hundreds of billions of dollars to the deficit.”

Rove falsely suggested Senate bill contained no immediate “benefits.” Rove also claimed that “[t]he Senate bill’s tax increases and Medicare benefit cuts kick in right away while its benefits (subsidies for health-care coverage) don’t start until 2013 and aren’t fully operational for seven years,” falsely suggesting that the only “benefits” in the bill are “subsidies for health-care coverage.”

Senate bill prohibits health insurers from using federal subsidies to pay for abortion services restricted by Hyde

The Senate health care reform bill as passed states that if a “qualified health plan” offered under the health insurance exchange provides coverage of abortion services for which public funding is banned, “the issuer of the plan shall not use any amount attributable” to the subsidies created under the bill “for purposes of paying for such services.”

Senate bill establishes a separate premium to segregate funds used to pay for abortions from federal funds. The Senate bill as passed further requires issuers to “collect from each enrollee” in plans that cover abortions a “separate payment” for “an amount equal to the actuarial value of the coverage of” abortion services. This value must be at least $1 per enrollee, per month. All such funds are deposited into a separate account used by the issuer to pay for abortion services; federal funds and the remaining premium payments are used to pay for all other services.

Current law allows for Medicaid to provide coverage for abortions restricted by Hyde by using similar fund segregation. According to a November 1, 2009, study by the Guttmacher Institute, 17 states provide coverage under Medicaid for “all or most medically necessary abortions,” not just abortions in cases of life endangerment, rape, and incest. Those states “us[e] their own funds” — not federal funds — “to pay” for the procedures. Therefore, in 17 states, Medicaid, a federally subsidized health care program, covers abortions in circumstances in which federal money is prohibited from being spent on abortion.

CBO: Senate health care bill will lower the deficit

CBO: Senate bill yields “a net reduction in federal deficits of $132 billion” over 10 years. On December 19, 2009, CBO reported of the Senate bill incorporating the manager’s amendment:

CBO and JCT estimate that the direct spending and revenue effects of enacting the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act incorporating the manager’s amendment would yield a net reduction in federal deficits of $132 billion over the 2010-2019 period.

CBO: Over second 10 years, Senate bill would save “between one-quarter percent and one-half percent of GDP.” In a December 20, 2009, letter amending the December 19 report, CBO director Douglas Elmendorf wrote:

All told, CBO expects that the legislation, if enacted, would reduce federal budget deficits over the decade after 2019 relative to those projected under current law — with a total effect during that decade that is in a broad range between one-quarter percent and one-half percent of GDP.

Numerous benefits from Senate health care bill would “be available in the first year after enactment” of the bill

Senate Democrats note “Immediate Benefits” of health care bill. Despite Rove’s suggestion, according to a document put forth by Senate Democrats summarizing the “Immediate Benefits” of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the bill includes numerous benefits that would “be available in the first year after enactment” of the bill. The benefits include “access to affordable coverage for the uninsured with pre-existing conditions,” “access to quality care for vulnerable populations,” “no pre-existing coverage exclusions for children,” “re-insurance for retiree health benefit plans,” “closing the coverage gap in the Medicare (Part D) Drug Benefit,” “small business tax credits,” “ensuring value for premium payments,” protection of “patients’ choice of doctors,” “prohibiting insurers from requiring prior authorization before” a “woman sees an ob-gyn,” “ensuring access to emergency care,” “extension of dependent coverage for young adults,” “coverage of prevention and wellness benefits”; “free, annual wellness visit” for Medicare beneficiaries,” a prohibition on “insurers from imposing lifetime limits on benefits,” “restricted annual limits on coverage,” and prohibiting “insurers from rescinding insurance when claims are filed,” among other immediate benefits.


Is Lindsey Graham Playing Both Sides On DOJ Lawyers Fracas?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 12th, 2010 5:48 am by HL

Is Lindsey Graham Playing Both Sides On DOJ Lawyers Fracas?
Is Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) playing both sides on the “controversy” over Justice Department lawyers who represented Guantanamo detainees?


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Liz Cheney in 2012?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 12th, 2010 5:43 am by HL

Liz Cheney in 2012?


Quote of the Day

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 12th, 2010 5:42 am by HL

Quote of the Day
“There is something Orwellian about the GOP leadership giving political advice to Democrats.”

— White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer, quoted by Mike Allen, who notes, “If GOP leaders are so confident health reform is a political plus, why do they keep offering Dems political advice?”

March of Folly for Democrats?
Democratic pollsters Patrick Caddell and Douglas Schoen write in the Washington Post that their party’s “blind persistence in the face of reality” on the health care reform bill “threatens to turn this political march of folly into an electoral rout in November.”

“First, the battle for public opinion has been lost. Comprehensive health care has been lost. If it fails, as appears possible, Democrats will face the brunt of the electorate’s reaction. If it passes, however, Democrats will face a far greater calamitous reaction at the polls. Wishing, praying or pretending will not change these outcomes.”


Power Grab: Comcast Has a New Name, but Merger With NBC Universal Still a Bad Idea

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 12th, 2010 5:41 am by HL

Power Grab: Comcast Has a New Name, but Merger With NBC Universal Still a Bad Idea
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Inside the TV Wars: Mergers, Monoliths and Shady Backroom Deals
Our media powerhouses aren’t ready to evolve, and they’re prepared to sabotage content, creativity and innovation to avoid doing so.

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The Business Roundtable: The Most Powerful Corporate Business Club Most Americans Have Never Heard of
The Business Roundtable, an organization representing Fortune 500 CEOs, is at the heart of the Economic Elite’s power center.

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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 12th, 2010 5:40 am by HL

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