National Nurses Movement has a wonderful diary at MyDD about all the single payer bills in the states (but leaves out the legislation in Maryland). Please read about all the good news in California, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, and Washington.
Clearly single payer is a political winner, witness the increasing momentum in an atmosphere where the national media has airbrushed out all discussion of single payer.
The most important thing is to make sure that whatever Obama does, no federal legislation prohibit the states from creating their own single payer systems. Read more about Single payer is moving forward in the states
Obama up for Radio Mercury Award.
His presidential campaign is among seven advertisers vying for the first-ever “Marketer of the Year” award. Other nominees include Coca-Cola, Geico, Hershey’s, McDonald’s, Mercedes-Benz and Wal-Mart. The Radio Mercury Awards are set for June 17.
Sold like candy. Told ya.—Caro Read more about Politics and Media Headlines 4/16/09
We United Statesians tend to do things to extremes. So if we're all Texans now, why would Texas bother to seceed? Florida, however, is probably superfluous.
Here's a summary and A Modest Proposal on the economic crisis.
It’s hard to understand it because we’re more accustomed to seeing numbers like that in the world of astrophysics or in Doctor Seuss.
Maybe this crisis will be over within 10 galactic years? Read more about Thinking outside the land mass
Better than Brennan, but only because Brennan really did the dirty work:
Leon E. Panetta, the C.I.A. director, has pressed the White House for weeks to redact sensitive details about specific interrogation techniques. He argued that revealing such information would pave the way for future disclosures of intelligence sources and methods, and would jeopardize the C.I.A.’s relationship with foreign intelligence services.
But the most immediate concern of C.I.A. officials is that the revelations could give new momentum to a full-blown congressional investigation into covert activities under the Bush Administration.
So, there will probably be some silly incoherent right-wing protests in the future. There is a very real danger, though, that they won't have such an LOL-worthy rallying cry as "Teabag the White House!!11". Well, we need to get out in front of this, gang. I propose that all evil ACORN infiltrators make the following sign, to be used where/whenever wingnuts and cameras come together:
After You Teabag... DVDA!
I knew I shoulda taken off work yesterday... Read more about After you've finished teabagging...
Hong Kong loves the new. Buildings are built to last ten years, max--put 'em up, tear 'em down. While I've lived here, I've watched as historic and heritage buildings, not to mention gorgeous old traditional Chinese neighborhoods, have been pulled down to make way for yucky malls and high rise "luxury" apartment blocks, without a fare-thee-well. Read more about My Life in a Bamboo Box
[UPDATE So, which Congresscritters were in the Mideast 2005-2006 and got recorded? -- lambert]
Separate from the new inquiries, the Justice Department has for more than two years been investigating aspects of the N.S.A.’s wiretapping program.
The largest bank recipients of U.S. government aid are offering less credit to businesses and consumers, the Treasury Department said Wednesday, reflecting and exacerbating the tenuous state of the current economic environment.