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For DCBlogger, every day is a day of service. We all know how DCBlogger has been a tireless advocate of single payer health care, which is the best health care solution for the country and for all of us. Not only have we come to expect one, two, many posts a day, DCB has the following "gets": Donna Smith from the National Nurses Association, and Katie Robbins of Health Care Now. It's not often that we in the blogosphere get live blogging from non-slacktivists who are out in the field! And we hope to see more like this...

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Inauguration Day Lo-Fi blogging open thread

Deep thought: It's going to feel different and better when the country isn't run by insane people.

And again, show McClatchy some love by watching their live feed. The B side: Read below the fold...

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Health Insurance parasites support additional subsidies; object to consumer privacy protections

Thread: 

Health Insurers Welcome COBRA Subsidy, Leery of Privacy Rules

The federal government would subsidize up to 65% of COBRA health insurance payments for many individuals who have lost their jobs since Sept. 1, 2008, under an $825 billion stimulus package unveiled by House Democrats.

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Obama already working miracles

From tonight's msnbc.com homepage:

Somehow, Obama was able to keep his food down at dinners celebrating collaboration and compromise with the people who have brought ruin and shame to every imaginable aspect of American life. Pure magic!

John McCain was wondrously transformed into "an American hero who set a standard of patriotism and bipartisanship for all to follow." Read below the fold...

Some rationality on the Lincoln comparison

Leonard Pitts:

Of course, Lincoln freed no slaves. That's the myth. His Emancipation Proclamation was a military measure to demoralize and destabilize the rebellious South; it covered states he did not govern but did not apply in slaveholding states that remained under his jurisdiction.

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If you're going to watch the inaugural...

Monday Night Pre-Inaugural Lo-Fi blogging

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What is going on with this Bad Bank idea? And what has happened to Barney Frank?

What is Barney Frank's stand on this? Does anyone here know? Are there going to be real hearings on this stuff? Is Obama doing his behind the scenes thing? Will he talk to the people about specifics--or just generalities. And sacrifice....

Atrios, he of the cryptic econ messages to readers, and Josh Marshall at TPM are both looking at the Bad Bank proposal being floated and feeling very uncomfortable--and at Barney Frank, who appears to be accepting the Obama line, per commentary by Theda Skopcol (there's no link other than to the quoted portion at TPM that I can find--which is strange). Read below the fold...

The part of "I have a dream that's never quoted"

This part:

In a sense we have come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

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Barack Obama, Rick Warren, Joseph Lowery and symbolism at the Inaugural

A lot is being made of the symbolism attached to Rick Warren, in giving the Invocation at Barack Obama’s inauguration. Much less has been said about the symbolic importance of Joseph Lowery giving the Benediction. Read below the fold...

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Q. What "shameful cloud" is Bush leaving under?

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Think same

Shorter science: non-conformists are fucked.

"Our results also show that social conformity is based on mechanisms that comply with reinforcement learning and is reinforced by the neural error-monitoring activity which signals what is probably the most fundamental social mistake—that of being too different from others."

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Politics and Media Headlines 1/19/09

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I'd buy that for a dollar! Or would I?

Maybe the housing market is nearing the bottom:

Detroit real estate agent Ian Mason has sold homes for $1.

When I asked him to check the listings for other properties at that price, he found four more.

He then took me to a white, clapboard-sided house that his company, Bearing Group Real Estate Brokerage, has listed.

"If you want this house, you can have it," he said. "I'll just give it to you."

"I'm not allowed to accept anything of value from a source," I told him.

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