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Dems to Offer Financial Regulation Bill

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 13th, 2010 5:51 am by HL

Dems to Offer Financial Regulation Bill
Democrats said on Thursday that they would go it alone in an effort to pass an overhaul of financial regulation, increasing the likelihood of a bitter partisan showdown. The chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, hoping to break a months-long logjam on the biggest overhaul of financial regulations since the Depression, will unveil his own proposal on Monday, without yet having a single Republican endorsement.


Late Late Night FDL: Club Mega Poodle

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 13th, 2010 5:50 am by HL

Late Late Night FDL: Club Mega Poodle
Featuring music of Museum of Bellas Artes and We Are The World.

Early Show: Museum of Bellas Artes “Who Do You Love”
Late Show: We Are The World “Clay Stones”

What’s on your mind tonight?

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Obama’s Big Push; Is Financial Reform Next?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 13th, 2010 5:49 am by HL

‘Left, Right & Center’: Obama’s Big Push; Is Financial Reform Next?
President Barack Obama postponed his Asia trip to make a final push on health care. Will it really come to a vote within 10 days? Will the shocking report on Lehman Brothers’ financial manipulations hasten financial regulation reform? “Left, Right & Center” mainstays Robert Scheer, Tony Blankley and Matt Miller take a crack at these questions on this week’s show.

Left, Right & Center

President Barack Obama postponed his Asia trip to make a final push on health care. Will it really come to a vote within 10 days? Will the shocking report on Lehman Brothers’ financial manipulations hasten financial regulation reform? “Left, Right & Center” mainstays Robert Scheer, Tony Blankley and Matt Miller take a crack at these questions on this week’s show.

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Oiling China’s Expansion
New calculations by the International Energy Agency show that China’s need for oil jumped by an “astonishing” 28 percent in January over the same month last year. To put things into perspective, China’s demands account for one-third of the world’s increase in oil consumption. —JCL The BBC: China’s demand for oil jumped by an “astonishing” 28% in January compared with the same month a year earlier, the International Energy Agency (IEA) says. The body added that demand for oil in 2010 would be underpinned by rising demand from emerging markets, with half of all growth coming from Asia. But the IEA predicted demand in developed countries would fall by 0.3%. The IEA has increased its global oil demand forecast for 2010 by 1.8% to 86.6 million barrels a day. Read more

New calculations by the International Energy Agency show that China’s need for oil jumped by an “astonishing” 28 percent in January over the same month last year.

To put things into perspective, China’s demands account for one-third of the world’s increase in oil consumption. —JCL

The BBC:

China’s demand for oil jumped by an “astonishing” 28% in January compared with the same month a year earlier, the International Energy Agency (IEA) says.

The body added that demand for oil in 2010 would be underpinned by rising demand from emerging markets, with half of all growth coming from Asia.

But the IEA predicted demand in developed countries would fall by 0.3%.

The IEA has increased its global oil demand forecast for 2010 by 1.8% to 86.6 million barrels a day.

Read more

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Glenn Beck Finally Gets Around To Denouncing Bruce Springsteen

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 13th, 2010 5:48 am by HL

Glenn Beck Finally Gets Around To Denouncing Bruce Springsteen
You wouldn’t think this was possible, but Glenn Beck had apparently never actually sat down and listened to Bruce Springsteen’s “Born In The USA,” never…

Texas Education Board Approves Conservative Curriculum Changes By Far-Right
AUSTIN, Texas — A far-right faction of the Texas State Board of Education succeeded Friday in injecting conservative ideals into social studies, history and economics…

Landra Reid Undergoes Surgery After I-95 Crash: Senator Harry Reid At Hospital, Daughter Released
FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s wife underwent surgery Friday to stabilize serious injuries suffered when a tractor-trailer rear-ended the minivan she…


Quick Fact: Perino falsely claims health care benefits would take years to start

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 13th, 2010 5:47 am by HL

Quick Fact: Perino falsely claims health care benefits would take years to start

On March 12, Fox News contributor Dana Perino falsely claimed that people would “not see benefits for four to five years after” the health care reform bill passes. In fact, numerous benefits contained in the Senate bill would become available in the first year after the bill is enacted.

Perino falsely claims benefits will take years to begin

Perino: People would “not see benefits for four to five years after” bill is enacted. On the March 12 edition of Fox News’ On the Record, Fox News contributor Dana Perino said of the health care reform legislation, “people are going to be taxed for the next several years and not see benefits for four to five years after that.”

Fact: Numerous benefits in 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. 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. Indeed, Washington Post blogger Ezra Klein published the following list of benefits that the Senate bill would provide “before 2014”:

1) Eliminating lifetime limits, and cap annual limits, on health-care benefits. In other words, if you get an aggressive cancer and your treatment costs an extraordinary amount, your insurer can’t suddenly remind you that subparagraph 15 limited your yearly expenses to $30,000, and they’re not responsible for anything above that.

2) No more rescissions.

3) Some interim help for people who have preexisting conditions, though the bill does not instantly ban discrimination on preexisting conditions.

4) Requiring insurers to cover preventive care and immunizations.

5) Allowing young adults to stay on their parent’s insurance plan until age 26.

6) Developing uniform coverage documents so people can compare different insurance policies in an apples-to-apples fashion.

7) Forcing insurers to spend 80 percent of all premium dollars on medical care (75 percent in the individual market), thus capping the money that can go toward administration, profits, etc.

8) Creating an appeals process and consumer advocate for insurance customers.

9) Developing a temporary re-insurance program to help early retirees (folks over 55) afford coverage.

10) Creating an internet portal to help people shop for and compare coverage.

11) Miscellaneous administrative simplification stuff.

12) Banning discrimination based on salary (i.e., where a company that’s not self-insured makes only some full-time workers eligible for coverage.

Obama’s plan also provides immediate benefits. According to the House Committee on Education and Labor, Obama’s health care plan also provides numerous benefits that will enact immediately after the bill’s passage or within the first year, including protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions, tax breaks for small businesses, and aid to seniors participating in Medicare Part D. From the House Committee on Education and Labor:

Access to Affordable Coverage for the Uninsured with Pre-existing Conditions

  • The President’s proposal will provide $5 billion in immediate federal support for a new program to provide affordable coverage to uninsured Americans with pre-existing conditions. This provision is effective 90 days after enactment, and coverage under this program will continue until new Exchanges are operational in 2014.

Access to Quality Care for Vulnerable Populations

  • The President’s proposal makes an immediate and substantial investment in Community Health Centers to provide the funding needed to expand access to health care in communities where it is needed most. This $11 billion investment begins in 2010 and extends for five years.

No Pre-existing Coverage Exclusions for Children

  • The President’s proposal eliminates pre-existing condition exclusions for all Americans beginning in 2014, when the Exchanges are operational. Recognizing the special vulnerability of children, the plan prohibits health insurers from excluding coverage of pre-existing conditions for children, effective six months after enactment and applying to all new plans.

Re-insurance for Retiree Health Benefit Plans

  • The President’s proposal will create immediate access to re-insurance for employer health plans providing coverage for early retirees, effective 90 days after enactment. This re-insurance will help protect coverage while reducing premiums for employers and retirees.

Closing the Coverage Gap in the Medicare (Part D) Drug Benefit

  • The President’s proposal begins to fill the “donut hole” by giving seniors a $250 rebate to Medicare beneficiaries who hit the donut hole in 2010.

Small Business Tax Credits

  • The President’s proposal will offer tax credits to small businesses beginning in 2010 to make employee coverage more affordable.
  • Tax credits of up to 35 percent of premiums will be immediately available to firms that choose to offer coverage; later, when Exchanges are operational, tax credits will be up to 50 percent of premiums. The full credit will be available to firms with 10 or fewer employees with average annual wages of $25,000, while firms with up to 25 or fewer employees and average annual wages of up to $50,000 will also be eligible for the credit.

[…]

Patient Protections

  • The President’s proposal protects patients’ choice of doctors by allowing plan members to pick any participating primary care provider, prohibiting insurers from requiring prior authorization before and woman sees an ob-gyn, and ensuring access to emergency care. This provision takes effect six months after enactment and applies to all new plans.

Extension of Dependent Coverage for Young Adults

  • The President’s proposal will require insurers to permit children to stay on family policies until age 26. This provision takes effect six months after enactment and applies to all plans for young adults who are not offered qualified coverage elsewhere.

Free Prevention Benefits

  • The President’s proposal will require coverage of prevention and wellness benefits and exempt these benefits from deductibles and other cost-sharing requirements in public and private insurance coverage. This provision takes effect six months after enactment and applies to all new plans and all plans in 2018.
  • Beginning on January 1, 2011, Medicare beneficiaries will receive a free, annual wellness visit and will have all cost-sharing waived for prevention services.

No Lifetime Limits on Coverage

  • The President’s proposal will prohibit insurers from imposing lifetime limits on benefits. This provision takes effect six months after enactment and applies to all plans.

Restricted Annual Limits on Coverage

  • The President’s proposal will tightly restrict insurance companies’ use of annual limits to ensure access to needed care, effective six months after enactment for all new health plans. These tight restrictions will be defined by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. When the Exchanges are operational, the use of annual limits will be banned for all plans in 2014.

Protection from Rescissions of Existing Coverage

  • The President’s proposal will stop insurers from rescinding insurance when claims are filed, except in cases of fraud or intentional misrepresentation of material fact. This provision takes effect six months after enactment and applies to all plans.

Prohibits Discrimination Based on Salary

  • The President’s proposal will prohibit group health plans from establishing any eligibility rules for health care coverage that have the effect of discriminating in favor of higher wage employees. This provision takes effect six months after enactment and applies to all group health plans in 2014.


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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 13th, 2010 5:46 am by HL

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Reports Conflict On Whether Massa Ethics Probe Remains Open
Media reports based on anonymous sources are now in conflict about whether the ethics committee is still investigating allegations involving former Rep. Eric Massa.


Timeline: What Were Dem Leaders Told About Massa?
After the House vote today to refer to the ethics committee the question of what Democratic leaders knew about former Rep. Eric Massa before news of harassment allegations broke publicly, it’s worth looking at the timeline of what we know so far.


Liz Cheney in 2012?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 13th, 2010 5:43 am by HL

Liz Cheney in 2012?


Chatroulette: Naked Chicks, Boys Seeking Boobs and Connections Across the Globe

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 13th, 2010 5:42 am by HL

Chatroulette: Naked Chicks, Boys Seeking Boobs and Connections Across the Globe
Online sensation Chatroulette features lots of genitals and naked breasts, but also strangers genuinely looking for connection.

Online sensation Chatroulette features lots of genitals and naked breasts, but also strangers genuinely looking for connection.

Unhappy With Your Birth Control? 10 Methods You May Want to Try
Birth control can be a pain, but in this day and age every woman should love her method. Here are 10 you ought to consider.

Birth control can be a pain, but in this day and age every woman should love her method. Here are 10 you ought to consider.

My Suggestions for New Reality TV Shows

Apparently Americans are transfixed by the reality show Undercover Boss, a show in which a boss goes “undercover” to find out what average employees’ lives are like on the job. In one show, a boss finds out that a woman who works on a garbage truck has to pee in a cup because the job […]

Sealing in the Palestinians: The Story of the Most Controversial Border Wall in the World
An excerpt from Rene Backman’s book, "A Wall in Palestine," which lays bare an international human rights controversy.

An excerpt from Rene Backman's book, "A Wall in Palestine," which lays bare an international human rights controversy.

Raids and Ambassador’s Remarks Undermine Obama’s Immigration Message

On the same day that President Obama was holding a series of meetings with lawmakers and community leaders about moving immigration reform legislation forward, his administration was sending a very different signal.  Just up the road in Anne Arundel and Baltimore Counties in Maryland, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers were conducting immigration raids on […]


BUILDING FOR ULTRA-ORTHODOX JEWS IN JERUSALEM:MORE TO COME

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 13th, 2010 5:41 am by HL

BUILDING FOR ULTRA-ORTHODOX JEWS IN JERUSALEM:MORE TO COME
The announcement by Israeli Interior Minister that Israel is building 1600 more housing units in East Jerusalem made during VP Biden’s visit was probably not an accident–hard to imagine otherwise. But, not simply because Eli Yishai, the Minister, wanted to…


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Jobs and Change, Communications and Energy
Jobs are the chief concerns of most Americans right now. Those with them are scared they might lose them. Those without them want to find one. What we need to do is clear: pass laws that open new industries to…


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The LiberalOasis Radio Show: A Pleasant Conversation With A Conservative Edition

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 13th, 2010 5:40 am by HL

The LiberalOasis Radio Show: A Pleasant Conversation With A Conservative Edition

The LiberalOasis Radio Show was broadcast Saturday at 12 noon on WHMP in Western MA. We analyze the healthcare endgame. Plus, we debut a new monthly feature, “A Pleasant Conversation With A Conservative” featuring my bloggingheads.tv partner Matt Lewis.

You can download the podcast at these links: (iTunes / XML feed / MP3).

Also, you can click here to check out my appearance on The Matt Lewis Show, and as mentioned today, here is Matt’s interview earlier this week with Karl Rove.