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Woo Hoo! Happy Dance! Happy Dance! Happy Dance! Bernie Sanders IS God!

A c&p from PNHP...

Challenging head-on the powerful private insurance and pharmaceutical industries, Vermont’s Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced a single-payer health reform bill, the American Health Security Act of 2009, in the U.S. Senate Wednesday. The bill is the first to directly take on the powerful lobbies blocking universal health reform in the Senate since Sen. Paul Wellstone’s tragic death.

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If we had single payer...

... Susie wouldn't need help on her COBRA.

And do read the comments for what two Canadians have to say about their health care system, which is not the profit-driven lethal clusterfuck that ours is. Read below the fold...

Andrew Cuomo sues AIG to find out which banksters ended up with their bailout billions

Counterparties! Hurrah! Bloomberg:

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo subpoened American International Group Inc.’s credit- default swap data to see whether its customers including Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Societe Generale SA and Deutsche Bank AG were improperly compensated with taxpayer dollars.

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So, has Treasury policy-making been outsourced to the banksters at Goldman-Sachs?

You'd certainly think so, and not just because the top two slots on domestic policy are vacant, economic policy slots are vacant, vacant, vacant, and vacant, public affairs slots are vacant, vacant, vacant, vacant, vacant, vacant, vacant, vacant, vacant, vacant, and vacant, and the two top slots on tax policy are vacant. I count 19 vacancies, and that's just at the top levels.

So who's minding the store?

How can policy be made at Treasury if there's nobody there to make it? Read below the fold...

We can sentence a shortstop for lying to Congress, but Bush, Cheney, Gonzales, and Yoo are still on the street

Shortstop Miguel Tejada gets a year's probation for misleading Congress in a steroids investigation. Fucking pitiful. Just pitiful. Read below the fold...

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The Case For The FDIC Over Tim Geithner

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Politics and Media Headlines 3/26/09

@BarackObama Updates His Twitter! (by Adam Ostrow at Mashable)
Barack Obama, Twitter’s second most popular user (CNN has passed him), updated his Twitter account [Wednesday] for the first time since taking office. The update is to promote the President’s online town hall, which encourages citizens to submit questions via The White House website. Obama will be responding to some of the most popular questions – determined by users voting them up ala Digg – via video on Thursday.

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Bankster of the Day

Arthur Levitt:

"This is an issue of 'we' and 'they,'" Mr. Levitt said. "Compensation is a part of it, but a symbolic part of it. We are a centrist nation ... We're now shifting to the left pretty far in terms of business-bashing and it has reached extremes of incivility that are intolerable."

Got your 401(k), Arthur? How's your house? Got a job? Health care when you need it? Good. I'm happy for you. Read below the fold...

Why, oh why can't we have a better press corps?

[UPDATE What dday said, of Obama and Versailles snickering at the marijuana question: "For a real community interaction to work there has to be a certain level of respect, and that was apparently sorely lacking." Of course, some of us never expected respect. So there you are. -- lambert] Read below the fold...

Corporate exortion right out in the open (and use UPS, not FedEx)

AP:

FedEx Corp is threatening to cancel the purchase of billions of dollars worth of new Boeing Co cargo planes if Congress passes a law that would make it easier for unions to organize at the package-delivery company, the Wall Street Journal said.

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Great news! Soon, Pentagon's lethal robots will be "fully autonomous"!

McClatchy:

The unmanned bombers that frequently cause unintended civilian casualties in Pakistan are a step toward an even more lethal generation of robotic hunters-killers that operate with limited, if any, human control.

The Defense Department is financing studies of autonomous, or self-governing, armed robots that could find and destroy targets on their own. On-board computer programs, not flesh-and-blood people, would decide whether to fire their weapons.

Autonomous armed robotic systems probably will be operating by 2020, according to John Pike, an expert on defense and intelligence matters and the director of the security Web site GlobalSecurity.org in Washington.

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Slow gardening

Yep:

The mix of shrubs and flowers Mr. Rushing planted instead of a traditional lawn is an example of his “Slow Gardening” approach. The term takes its name and inspiration from the Slow Food movement, whose adherents believe in using local ingredients harvested in an environmentally responsible way.

Simply put, the doctrine calls for gardeners to relax, take their time and follow seasonal rhythms, instead of doing everything at once — an urge that’s especially prevalent in early spring, when people are tempted to run outdoors and plant to affirm that winter is over, taking with it the naked expanse that passes for a backyard.

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Broderella drops the curtain on the AIG bonus kabuki

Move along, people, move along!

Now, can we get back to the serious business of dumping all our money into an enormous hole?


In The Know: Should The Government Stop Dumping Money Into A Giant Hole? Read below the fold...

Obama on single payer in online town hall

[UPDATE 64,000 views, but I'm betting that they're influencers. Numbers will increase, too. Technically, the show was fine, and Obama looked good. And the play? Well... --lambert]

[TYPING LIVE] Why? Costs. Medicare, Medicaid is the biggest driver of the deficit. If you add up the recovery package, and the various economic proposals, that amounts to a fraction of the long term deficit and debt that we're facing. Better to pay now, rather than wait. I want a "universal" health care system. Whether we do it like Europe or Canada. Read below the fold...

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