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Via the indispensable Ken Silverstein: WellCare Made Campaign Donations As Fraud Committed, Report Says

WellCare Health Plans Inc., its subsidiaries and executives spent $2.4 million on political contributions in the 2004 and 2006 elections, according to an analysis of campaign records by The Associated Press. More than 95 percent of it went to Republicans, who pushed forward a nationally watched plan that funnels more state and federal Medicaid spending than ever through private companies like WellCare, which profit most by providing the least care.

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Speaking of "Unfortunate Images"

As discussed below, and especially considering Lambert's comment here regarding "hooked noses".

How about this recent one from Switzerland?

From Macro-Man (Feb. 4th):
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New OFB talking point alert!

Thanks to danps, it is: "Just one month!" I guess "wait 'til he does something" is inoperative, then? I must have missed the memo.

Hilarity ensues!

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Why insurance company's denial of care is about to get much worse

Aetna Posts Loss of $326.5 Million on Debt Securities in ‘08

At least Aetna has company–everybody in the sector seems to have been stung by the crisis, from Humana’s investment losses to UnitedHealth’s write-down on its venture capital program.

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Hope and change: c'mon "enemy combatants," one out of two ain't bad!

Still, the logo looks great on a messenger bag:

"The hope we all had in President Obama to lead us on a different path has not turned out as we'd hoped," said Tina Monshipour Foster, a human rights attorney representing a detainee at the Bagram Airfield. "We all expected better." Read below the fold...
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Barack Obama and the Imperial Presidency

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The Pentagon *Hearts* Guantanamo

I hope that everyone realizes that the Pentagonian Establishment is very much in the midst, and not at the start of, trying to push back at Obama's promise to close Gitmo, and the left's push for this thing to close since we've known of its existence.

This is why it is so incredibly important that the left push him harder than ever before and constantly to close this house of horrors down, as well as all of the others we know and don't know about, because he's being pushed very forcefully (more forcefully, in fact) from the right to "stay the course" on Gitmo. Read below the fold...

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Friday Night Video Blogging: Gibbs For the WIN

How to defend against right wing media noise :

"Now, every day when I come out here, I spend a little time reading, studying on the issues, asking people who are smarter than I am questions about those issues. I would encourage him [Rick Santelli] to read the President's plan and understand that it will help millions of people, many of whom he knows. I'd be more than happy to have him come here and read it. I'd be happy to buy him a cup of coffee -- decaf."
(Audience laughter.)
This is so much more palatable than anything Ari
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Former Aggie Economics Professor Phil Gramm: "Don't Blame Me"

Today's Wall Street Journal op-ed page features Gramm's pusillanimous plea. Contrast that with his role in repealing Glass-Steagall and creating the bankster mess that has sucked the world's economy into quicksand. Yeah, I think he deserves some blame; oh, and his Enron-board spouse, too. Read below the fold...

Big Paulie: "Capitalism will survive." Oh, that's on the table now?

Remarkable that Volcker has to say it, no? Maybe since Tiny Timmy and Larry cut off his access tp Obama, he's pissed. Who knows? Anyhow, listen to the whole video; it's quite remarkable. Or not.

Well, I'm so pleased. But you know? I'm more worried about whether we the people will survive. Basic stuff, like shelter, food, fuel, health care. Hey, maybe even a job! I really don't give a shit, at this point, whether "capitalism" "survives"*. That's pretty far away, right now. Read below the fold...

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Atttention Members of Congress: Mass Healthcare Forum, be there or be square!

Urge Your Rep. to Attend Mass. Health Reform Forum

National Lessons from State Health Reform: The Massachusetts Case Study
February 25, 2009, 2pm-4pm, 2226 Rayburn House Office Building, Capitol Hill, Washington, DC.

In the last two decades over a half dozen state-based health reforms have attempted to provide universal health care coverage, and failed. It's clear that new engineering will be needed in the months ahead as the nation looks to rebuild our economy and our healthcare system.

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Vietnam, 1965

Joe Galloway. Anybody else remember that?

Best and brightest, charistmatic new President?

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Why a so-called "fiscal responsibility summit," but no Brady Commission?

Yves explains the history:

Within ten days of 1987 stock market crash, President Reagan established what was popularly called the Brady Commission to investigate the causes of the meltdown and recommend remedies. A little more than two months after it was created, the Commission submitted its report.

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Politics and Media Headlines 2/20/09

Their turn to protest. I wonder if they were kept out of the president’s view, as the Bush protesters were.
More than 500 protest Obama's arrival (East Valley Tribune)
Presidential protesters made their voices heard in chants and signs Wednesday outside Dobson High School… They held their signs up high: "Don't tread on me," "Spend all you want, I'll pick up the tab," "I'll keep my freedom! You keep the change!" "Free fertility drugs now." And "B.O. smells and so does Socialism."

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Bailed out banks scamming fees from unemployment benefits


For hundreds of thousands of workers losing their jobs during the recession, there's a new twist to their financial pain: Even as they're collecting unemployment benefits, they're paying bank fees just to get access to their money.

Thirty states have struck such deals with banks that include Citigroup Inc., Bank of America Corp., JP Morgan Chase and US Bancorp, an Associated Press review of the agreements found. All the programs carry fees, and in several states the unemployed have no choice but to use the debit cards. Some banks even charge overdraft fees of up to $20 — even though they could decline charges for more than what's on the card.

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