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If you know a car dealer who's suing Chrysler...

... be sure to pass this comment on to them.

UPDATE This is the comment:

I usually edit my posts carefully, but I’m beginning my summer trip this weekend, so this may be a bit sloppy... and is definitely being done in haste.

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June 6: Another round of sham health care house parties from the administration

Just got spam from Plouffe* telling me so. Be sure to sign up so you can advocate for single payer. Obama's going to do a live conference call, and assuming -- big assumption -- that it's not one-way and top-down, you could even ask a question!

NOTE Or the "O"rganzing For America or the Democratic Party or the 2012 "O"bama campaign or whatever. Hard to tell, but the branding's all "O" down to the log"O". Read below the fold...

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Can we talk about "supporting the troops"?

Arthur explains why he doesn't support the troops.

Before you vilify him for having a forbidden opinion (and for failing to request permission to speak freely), read the whole, thought-provoking piece. Read below the fold...

"Yes, we want"

The invaluable McClatchy.

NOTE From McClatchy's fantastic blog, Somewhere in Africa. In fact, all their blogs are good. I hope Pravda and Izvestia do go tits up, and McClatchy takes all their readers. They deserve them. Read below the fold...

Very useful timeline(s) for the credit crisis

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Would that be exploiting the naïveté of young voters, misogyny, and false charges of racism? Or just the back-room deals?

E-mail from David Plouffe:

"We'll build the teams and draw up the plans for winning health care reform the same way we won the election...." Read below the fold...
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Regulation and the Depository Trust Clearing Corporation

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NPR Finds Humor in Inhumane Supermax Prisons

[cross posted at NPR Check]

Considering whether Guantanamo detainees might end up in the Florence, Colorado Supermax prison, NPR put Melissa Block on the phone with Bob Wood. According to Block "He's publisher of the Florence Citizen; his newspaper was active in helping bring Supermax to Florence and he says the prison is good for the local economy." Essentially, Wood tells block that bringing Guantanamo prisoners to the Supermax in Florence is not a controversial issue at all. Read below the fold...

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Even insurance underwriters are for single payer!

First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you ....

Prospect of single-payer system makes them want to 'Shout'

Summer is typically time off for the Ohio Association of Health Underwriters, but the movement toward health care reform has the group and its members working overtime.

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How was Bill Moyers on single payer?

Here's his article on single payer in Salon today. History doesn't always rhyme.

Often, it just repeats.

NOTE Nice to see this quote from Obama making the rounds. Because you have to ask, "What could possibly have changed?"

In 2003, a young Illinois state senator named Barack Obama told an AFL-CIO meeting, "I am a proponent of a single-payer universal healthcare program."

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Maybe the problem is the mission


Such meetings are one piece of a broader effort to arrest the Army's rising suicide rate, which has surged to record levels in the past year. In 2008, 140 soldiers on active duty took their own lives, continuing a trend in which the number of suicides has increased more than 60 percent since 2003, surpassing the rate for the general U.S. population.

To deal with the problem, the Army has added to the ranks of mental health and substance abuse counselors. The service also required all units to cease operations for two to four hours to talk about suicide prevention in February and March.

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"Obamabot to be installed at Disney World...."

Hey, we didn't say it! Boing boing did! Cory Doctorow:

An incredibly lifelike advanced Obamabot is ready to be installed in the Walt Disney World Hall of Presidents. It's traditional for the current president's robot to give a little speech at the end of the show. Presumably, Obamabot will explain how the reasonable middle-ground demands suspending habeas corpus, covering up war crimes, and blocking the prosecution of participants in illegal wiretapping programs

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David Brooks: Obama's Stand on Terror Appropriate Now


Go here for the mythbusting rundown on Obama/Biden anti-terror policy vs. Bush/Cheney anti-terror policy. Just so you're properly warned, Brooks likes what he sees.

The reality is that after Sept. 11, we entered a two- or three-year period of what you might call Bush-Cheney policy. The country was blindsided. Intelligence officials knew next to nothing about the threats arrayed against them. The Bush administration tried just about everything to discover and prevent threats. The Bush people believed they were operating within the law but they did things most of us now find morally offensive and counterproductive.

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