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Below is a great, in-depth report by Al Jazeera on the failure of the richest state in the United States and how the government cuts deal a lethal body blow to Californians, particularly the working class and those below poverty. The rabid, right-wing is truly holding the state hostage with Da Governator leading the assault on the most vulnerable.
Way better news from Cape Canaveral than we might have had, this morning.
Endeavour didn't launch as scheduled -- and yes, that's a good thing.
Challenger launched in bad weather.
Columbia never arrived home.
Another shuttle mission ending as those two did would give the people who hate the space program all the incentive they need to shut it down, finally and fatally. Read below the fold...
The health insurance industry is unpopular, a fact that is not lost on Democratic lawmakers. Polls show that Americans blame insurers more than any other part of the health care system for rising costs. CEOs of AHIP companies are now greeted by protesters, such as those who showed up outside the association's national policy forum in March at a downtown Washington hotel just days after Ignagni pledged to work with Obama and Congress. "AHIP, get off it! People over profit!" chanted the collection of protesters, which included Rep. Eric Massa, D-N.Y.Read below the fold...
What Obama does for healthcare will show whether he has the strength and desire to take on vested interests, to stand for the people against the powerful.
Reich said the next 2-4 weeks will determine the healthcare battle, that the trade associations of BHIP* will be getting out their big guns and Obama must get involved to achieve what he wants. Read below the fold...