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FCC Seeks 100-Mbps High-Speed Internet

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 16th, 2010 4:49 am by HL

FCC Seeks 100-Mbps High-Speed Internet
A plan by the Federal Communications Commission sets a goal of 100 million homes having affordable access to broadband networks that allow them to download data from the Internet at speeds of at least 100 megabits per second — 20 times or faster than most people get today.


Late Late Night FDL: Step Down Lynn Woolsey

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 16th, 2010 4:48 am by HL

Late Late Night FDL: Step Down Lynn Woolsey
I can’t help thinking the primary deadline may have passed, but it is not at all too late for an Independent to step in, because there are going to be a lot of pissed off, pro-choice women in Marin County.

I don’t know what Lynn Woolsey is really thinking, but the leadership of the House progressive caucus should not be helping the entire party walk the bloody plank towards a fascist form of health insurance without a care in the world.

The very least she can do is step aside for someone who will stand for the party platform and insist the President keep his campaign promise of no mandates and a public option.

If not, I can’t help thinking the primary deadline may have passed, but it is not at all too late for an Independent to step in, because there are going to be a lot of pissed off, pro-choice women in Marin County.

Tags: Heart Of Stone, Lynn Woolsey, Primary, Progressive Caucus, The Ravonettes


And the next laughably bad candidate is…
Mickey Kaus, contrarian irritant — rumored ungulate predator, runs for Congress.

Mickey Kaus, Slate’s primary “driveler” (and that’s saying something) is going to run against Barbara Boxer in the California Democratic Primary. All in the name of making the Democratic Party even more Republican!

But Kaus, thanks to important questions posed by Atrios, has some skeletons in his barn …

Mickey Kaus, in one or more of your guts, you know he’s a putz.

And speaking of putzes, who could have anticipated Fred Hiatt would concern troll on Bibi Netanyahu’s behalf?

A larger question concerns Mr. Obama’s quickness to bludgeon the Israeli government. He is not the first president to do so; in fact, he is not even the first to be hard on Mr. Netanyahu. But tough tactics don’t always work

Like bombing other third-world nations because your propaganda says you should, right Fred?

Honestly, “bludgeon” now equals demanding a country not to violate international law and follow the requests of every American President since Nixon. But bombing and occupying a country because of mythical weapons is a-okay.


FCC Sets Ambitious Goals for America’s Networked Future

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 16th, 2010 4:47 am by HL

FCC Sets Ambitious Goals for America’s Networked Future
Congress asked the FCC to develop a national broadband plan, and the agency is running with it. Among the FCC’s just announced long-term goals: for every American to have access to affordable broadband, for at least 100 million Americans to have access to 100-mbps download speeds and for the U.S. to have the broadest and fastest wireless networks in the world. Read the plan here. FCC via Engadget:

Congress asked the FCC to develop a national broadband plan, and the agency is running with it. Among the FCC’s just announced long-term goals: for every American to have access to affordable broadband, for at least 100 million Americans to have access to 100-mbps download speeds and for the U.S. to have the broadest and fastest wireless networks in the world.

Read the plan here.

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Everything’s Coming Up 3-D
Although 3-D technology has been around so long that it almost seems quaint, it’s still the Next Big Thing, in a sense, in the entertainment industry, as even television manufacturers are chomping at the bit to get in on the action. What’s more, “Avatar” director and technological innovator James Cameron is … (continued)

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Although 3-D technology has been around so long that it almost seems quaint, it’s still the Next Big Thing, in a sense, in the entertainment industry, as even television manufacturers are chomping at the bit to get in on the action. What’s more, “Avatar” director and technological innovator James Cameron is … (continued)

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Reshma Saujani: On Women’s Rights, Democrats Should Stand Up, Not Back Down

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 16th, 2010 4:46 am by HL

Reshma Saujani: On Women’s Rights, Democrats Should Stand Up, Not Back Down
I was among the millions of American women shocked to learn that a majority of pro-choice Democrats in the House had voted to take away my reproductive rights.

John McCain And Sarah Palin To Reunite
PHOENIX — John McCain and Sarah Palin are scheduled to campaign together in Arizona next week for the first time since they conceded the presidential…

J.D. Hayworth Doubles Down On Men-Marrying-Horses Claim (VIDEO)
Former Congressman J.D. Hayworth (R-Ariz.) is not backing off his claim that a six-and-a-half-year-old same-sex marriage ruling in Massachusetts could conceivably pave the way for…

Closing Pro-Reform Ad Has Private Insurers On Corporate Jets, High-Fiving (VIDEO)
Two pro-health care reform groups are launching a “closing argument” television ad campaign in which private insurers are portrayed as private jet-riding profit-seekers who are…


Palin’s new anti-health care reform Facebook post is full of old falsehoods

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 16th, 2010 4:45 am by HL

Palin’s new anti-health care reform Facebook post is full of old falsehoods

On March 14, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin posted a new anti-health care reform essay on her Facebook page that contains numerous falsehoods regarding reconciliation, House rules, and “federal funding of abortion.”

Palin rehashes falsehoods about the House vote, reconciliation, abortion funding

Palin: Democrats want to use reconciliation to “bypass the regular voting procedure.” In a March 14 Facebook post, Palin accused Democrats of trying to “ram through their takeover of our health care system regardless of the consequences” and of being “determined to use the Senate reconciliation process as a parliamentary trick to bypass the regular voting procedure.”

Palin: House Democrats are trying to pass health care “without actually voting on it.” Palin also accused House Democrats of trying to pass the Senate health care bill without a vote. She said: “The latest twists and turns in the Obamacare drama seem almost surreal. One minute the Democrat [sic] leadership is trying to amend a bill before the president has even signed it into law, and the next minute they’re trying to draft a new rule that will allow the House to ‘deem’ a bill passed without actually voting on it!”

Palin falsely suggests that the Senate bill provides “federal funding for abortion.” Palin commended the “Republicans in Congress” and the “Democrats [who] are standing with them” for “holding the line” in opposing health care reform. Palin specifically cited Rep. Bart Stupak as an example of a Democrat who is “holding the line” by saying “he won’t vote for the Senate bill if federal funding of abortion is included.” Stupak has repeatedly falsely claimed that the Senate bill allows for federal funding of abortion, while the abortion amendment he sponsored in the House bill does not. Stupak has also falsely maintained that his amendment does not go beyond the Hyde Amendment, which currently prohibits the federal funding of abortion, except in cases of life endangerment, rape, or incest.

Fox Nation highlighted Palin’s post. Fox Nation posted Palin’s Facebook essay and highlighted it with the headline “Palin: ‘This is the Final Push!'” From Fox Nation:

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Reconciliation is already part of Senate voting procedure, and has been used to pass health care legislation

Reconciliation process is part of congressional budget process. The budget reconciliation process is defined by the U.S. House Committee on Rules as “part of the congressional budget process … utilized when Congress issues directives to legislate policy changes in mandatory spending (entitlements) or revenue programs (tax laws) to achieve the goals in spending and revenue contemplated by the budget resolution.”

Republicans repeatedly used reconciliation to pass Bush’s agenda. Republicans used the budget reconciliation process to pass Bush’s 2001 and 2003 tax cuts as well as the 2005 “Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act.” The Senate also used the procedure to pass a bill containing a provision that would permit oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (The final version of that bill signed by Bush did not contain the provision on drilling.)

Reconciliation has repeatedly been used to reform the health care system. On February 24, NPR noted that many “major changes to health care laws” have passed via reconciliation. These measures include COBRA, which allows laid-off workers to keep their insurance coverage, and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program:

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On NPR, Rosenbaum stated, “[T]he way in which virtually all of health reform … has happened over the past 30 years has been the reconciliation process.” During the February 24 broadcast of NPR’s Morning Edition, health policy correspondent Julie Rovner quoted George Washington University professor Sara Rosenbaum saying: “In fact, the way in which virtually all of health reform, with very, very limited exceptions, has happened over the past 30 years has been the reconciliation process.”

House would still need to vote on changes to Senate bill

Report: House would still have to vote on corrections to the Senate bill. Contrary to Palin’s claim that the House would ” ‘deem’ a bill passed without actually voting on it,” CongressDaily reported (subscription required) that the rule would require that the “House approves a corrections bill that would make changes to the Senate version” for passage. From NationalJournal.com’s CongressDaily:

House Rules Chairwoman Louise Slaughter is prepping to help usher the healthcare overhaul through the House and potentially avoid a direct vote on the Senate overhaul bill, the chairwoman said Tuesday.

Slaughter is weighing preparing a rule that would consider the Senate bill passed once the House approves a corrections bill that would make changes to the Senate version.

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

Senate bill prohibits issuers from using federal funds “for purposes of paying for” abortion. 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.


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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 16th, 2010 4:44 am by HL

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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.


How Limbaugh Lives

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 16th, 2010 4:40 am by HL

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C-SPAN Archives Online

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 16th, 2010 4:39 am by HL

C-SPAN Archives Online
C-SPAN has now put its entire video archives online — 160,000 hours of footage spanning 23 years. It’s like crack for a political junkie.


The Sham Recovery

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 16th, 2010 4:38 am by HL

The Sham Recovery
Are we finally in a recovery? Who’s “we,” kemosabe? Big global companies, Wall Street, and high-income Americans who hold their savings in financial instruments are clearly doing better. As to the rest of us – small businesses along Main Streets,…


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Linkage: Iran, Settlements, Health Care & Israel?
Late yesterday afternoon, I participated in an hour long Alhurra discussion program with three other Middle East specialists: Edmund Ghareeb of American University, Ori Nir of Americans for Peace Now, and David Schenker who directs the Program on Arab Politics…


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The Internet: The new common medium
This speech was delivered at Columbia University, on March 11th, 2010….


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Armey Accuses ?Destructive? Tancredo Of ‘Alienating’ Hispanics

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 16th, 2010 4:37 am by HL

Armey Accuses ?Destructive? Tancredo Of ‘Alienating’ Hispanics
Today, at a luncheon at the National Press Club on the future of the Republican Party in Washington, FreedomWorks chairman and tea party strategist Dick Armey slammed former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) and other anti-immigration activists for “alienating a ‘natural’ constituency [Latinos] that could help the party win elections.” Armey admitted that as House leader, […]

tancredoarmeyToday, at a luncheon at the National Press Club on the future of the Republican Party in Washington, FreedomWorks chairman and tea party strategist Dick Armey slammed former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) and other anti-immigration activists for “alienating a ‘natural’ constituency [Latinos] that could help the party win elections.” Armey admitted that as House leader, he made sure Tancredo didn’t have a stage to speak on. The Daily Caller reports:

Former Republican House leader Dick Armey said staunch anti-immigration opponents such as Rep. Tom Tancredo are destructive to Republicans — and are alienating a “natural” constituency that could help the party win elections. “Who in the Republican Party was the genius that said that now that we have identified the fastest-growing voting demographic in America, let’s go out and alienate them?” Armey said, referencing Hispanics, during a luncheon in Washington at the National Press Club.

“When I was the majority leader, I saw to it that Tom Tancredo did not get on the stage because I saw how destructive he was,” Armey said of the Colorado congressman and 2008 Republican presidential candidate known for his opposition to illegal immigration. […]

Armey also said “the Republican Party is the most naturally talented party at losing its natural constituents in the history of the world.” “This party was born with the emancipation proclamation and can’t get a black vote to save its life. How do they do that?”

In an interview with Charlie Rose that aired earlier this month, Armey listed Tancredo (R-CO) as representing part of the “tea party tent” that he feels “uncomfortable” with. In 2006, Armey referred to Tancredo as the “cheerleader of jerkiness in the immigration debate.”

Armey’s remarks have clearly made “nativist-extremist” groups that are trying to exploit the momentum of the tea party movement nervous. Americans for Legal Immigration (ALIPAC) quickly came to Tancredo’s defense and started urging its members to attack Armey’s immigration position. According to ALIPAC, Armey has been fighting to “keep the illegal immigration issue out of the Tea Party movement.” On an organizing conference call hosted by NumbersUSA, callers dismissed Armey as not being a “true tea party patriot,” but also sought tips on how to translate their anti-immigrant views to fit the tea party narrative. “We’ll be a whole lot better off if when [sic] we talk about illegal immigrants we leave off the Hispanic-Latino stuff,” advised NumbersUSA executive director Roy Beck.

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