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D.C. Snow Could Be Significant
First major snow of season threatens D.C. area commutes, could deliver one to four inches.

One to four inches!! Mercy!

Although I do remember taking 3 hours to get from Crystal City to Alexandria by Metrobus because there was ice on the roads... Read below the fold...


+10 for Obama, giving his first TV interview to an Arab* network. As always, hope but verify, so we'll wait for a transcript, but the optics are very, very good.

NOTE * Saudi-owned, Dubai-based Al-Arabiya.

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Citigroup gets some SERIOUS frequent flyer miles.


All industries are equal, but some industries are more equal than others:

WASHINGTON – Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan is beside himself over a report that Citigroup is buying a $50-million corporate jet considering that when the heads of Detroit’s automakers came to Washington in private jets to ask for aid they got blasted for it.

The federal government, after all, is into Citigroup for $50 billion under its package to rescue financial firms. Eventually — thanks to President George W. Bush — General Motors and Chrysler got a line on $17.4 billion, but only after agreeing to give up their corporate jets. (Chrysler didn’t own one, but now doesn’t even charter or lease one.)

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Congressman Conyers to Rove: It's not me, it's you.

They say that elephants never forget; well, it seems that donkeys don't either:

House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) subpoenaed former White House senior adviser Karl Rove, a sign that Democrats are not letting go of investigations the Bush administration stonewalled.

The subpoena requires Rove to testify regarding his role in the Bush administration’s politicization of the Justice Department, including the firings of nine U.S. attorneys and the prosecution of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman.

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War Hawk Says What? Bebe's Back.

It seems that the war-mongering, right-winger Bebe Netanyahu, yes, that Bebe Netanyahu, Israel's former prime minister, is leading in the polls, meaning he has much more than a passing shot at getting back the seat:

JERUSALEM (AFP) – Hawkish former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is the clear favourite to become Israel's next premier after February 10 elections, according to an opinion poll published on Monday.

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Go fuck yourself, Frank

"We spent a decade feasting on easy money..." What you mean "we," Frank?

Last I checked, real wages have been flat for thirty years, with lots of help from pundits like you, Frank. And as far as a "feast" goes, what I remember is the famine after the dot com bubble burst in 2000. Although the massive wet fart of the Big Shit Storm makes that bubble look like a picnic.

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In which lambert apologizes, again, for being prematurely correct


Why not just make banks regulated public utilities?
Why not put access to credit -- at least to little people like us -- on the same basis as access to other forms of power like electricity, gas, and water? Why not turn the banks into regulated public utilities like the water company, the power company, or the gas company?

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Punch's gain is Fred's loss

Kristol being a net negative.

Yes, Bill Kristol's moving from Izvestia to Pravda. How nice for him; how nice for them; indeed, how nice for everyone.

Who is anyone.

I assume he won't have to worry about losing his health insurance?

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I hope this article is wrong: Atrios notes Obama asking Dems to drop family planning funds

Update 1/27, below--Boehner tells Repubs to just vote No.

--yeah, the family planning funding for poor people-- so he can get more Repub votes for stimulus/TARP/bailout/bad bank bill. And make Boehner stop whining and learn to love voting with Obama.

Because Boehner can never whine too much or bcz Repubs won or something...??? How you like them apples, libs? Read below the fold...

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Single payer miscellany

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Above All, Keep the Rubes on the Tit

To Our Leaderz and Betters in the Village, $650 million dollars is chump change, barely worth a guffaw at a Beltway cocktail party joke, a rounding error in the DoD budget, peanuts. But it's not to me. It has been more than 12 years since I've given the broadcast, cable or satellite people a single dime of my money, and if I have my say, they can take my money from me out of my cold, dead hands. Read below the fold...

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CREW's selective morality

Welch gives back Rangel contributions

Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, said Welch should go further and recuse himself from the Rangel investigation entirely.

“That’s definitely a problem,” Sloan said. “If you have taken money from the guy, you shouldn’t be judging him. Even if you are objective, there’s a real appearance problem.”

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MA regulators: Did Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Partners HealthCare collude to fix prices and raise rates 75%?


Partners, insurer under scrutiny

Attorney General Martha Coakley has launched an investigation into whether the state's largest health insurance company and its largest healthcare provider may have illegally colluded to increase the price of health insurance statewide over the last nine years, according to several legal and government sources.

The attorney general sent formal demands for information to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts and Partners HealthCare late last week, the sources say, calling for a detailed account of their contract negotiations in recent years.

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Oooooh ... the fantasy catalog came in the mail today!!! (Gardening pr0n)


with these pictures of fruits and vegetables that are just ... well. If Hefner'd cornered this market, that girl wouldn't've been running away from his manse, y'know?

So what are y'all gonna plant this year? Read below the fold...

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That's one way to free up the tranche called "Social Security"

If only the guy hadn't lived so long, this would be Sully's dream solution:

BAY CITY, Mich. - A 93-year-old man froze to death inside his home just days after the municipal power company restricted his use of electricity because of unpaid bills, officials said.

So much more efficient than rounding up an ice floe, some Alpo, and a can opener. Read below the fold...


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