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Murdoch's WSJ sets the "public option" as the outer-fringe of the health care debate

A Journal editorial declares the reputed health care "public option" to be"The End of Private Health Insurance."

The UHC optimist reads this as "ObamaCare will destroy of the death-by-spreadsheet industry."

The shrill may see this as cementing the idea that the "public option" is radical surgery, rather than triangulation from the guys who told zombie banks: "eat our brains, please!" Read more about Murdoch's WSJ sets the "public option" as the outer-fringe of the health care debate

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Interesting times:

(TPM link)

So, as far as I can tell, Rep. Jane Harman [D-Ca] was conspiring with the Israelis to drop some spy charges in exchange for some lobbying on her behalf, and Alberto Gonzales had an NSA warrantless wiretap™ (wait for it) on her phone and overheard the deal. Read more about Harmangate!

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City Requires Banks to be Good Neighbors


An ordinance that requires that banks and mortgage companies be required to keep up their properties just like every other property owner? What a novel idea:

FARMINGTON, Mich. (AP) — Farmington officials have given notice to mortgage lenders that foreclose on homes: Maintain the properties or face fines.

Farmington has amended its nuisance ordinance to require banks and brokers that own abandoned homes to keep them up. The community of 10,400 is about 15 miles west-northwest of Detroit.

City Manager Vincent Pastue says Farmington has about 50 homes in foreclosure, and about 40 percent of them are abandoned.

William Greider explains how to make them do it

Notes from a book-signing over at Campaign for America's Future:

Greider said that progressives should respond to those southern Blue Dogs and other conservatives by telling the party, "We are going to their districts and talk about what they’re for and what they’re against. Are they for whacking Social Security or aren’t they? Let’s put it on the table. Let’s have an honest debate about that. If that makes people nervous, that's good."

“Yes, I am for putting candidates into selected districts who themselves have no great prospects for winning, but who may very well destabilize that safe seat for an incumbent. I’m for that," he went on to say. "And if that leads sooner or later to Democrats losing their majority control, yes, that’s a real threat. And think about it, Democrats. If you want to do something about it, you can. If you don’t, we are going to try to destabilize your comfort.” Read more about William Greider explains how to make them do it

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They're Back: Aryan Nations Returns to Idaho

On the importance of taking current events and nascent winger movements more seriously:

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho – The Aryan Nations has returned to northern Idaho with what it is calling a "world headquarters" and a recruitment campaign.

Coeur d'Alene resident Jerald O'Brien, who has a large swastika tattoo on his scalp, is one of the leaders of the white supremacist group and said he expects membership to grow because of the election of President Barack Obama.

He told The Spokesman-Review newspaper that the president is the "greatest recruiting tool ever."

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I'm Without Words Here...

Memo Says Prisoner Was Waterboarded 183 Times....

Initial news reports about the memos in The New York Times and other publications did not include the numbers, but several bloggers, including Marcy Wheeler of the emptywheel blog, discovered the numbers over the weekend.

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It's up to the Congress -- do you investigate, indict, and prosecute the torturers??

I actually don't think making President Obama do this is a good idea. Now, wait. It's not that it isn't just a great idea, but a necessity, one of the demands of justice that we can't hold back.

But there's more to this than that: it isn't a President's job -- unless you want a unitary and all-powerful executive, that is. Isn't that one of the things we've been bitching about since December 2000? Read more about It's up to the Congress -- do you investigate, indict, and prosecute the torturers??

Times: Impeach #Bybee

Better late than never:

These memos make it clear that Mr. Bybee is unfit for a job that requires legal judgment and a respect for the Constitution. Congress should impeach him. And if the administration will not conduct a thorough investigation of these issues, then Congress has a constitutional duty to hold the executive branch accountable. If that means putting Donald Rumsfeld and Alberto Gonzales on the stand, even Dick Cheney, we are sure Americans can handle it.

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Texas House Slashes Perry's Budget

Weeeeelllllllll, doggies, governor. You want Texas to leave the union? Let's see you pull that stunt off with a ZERO budget for your office operations over the next two years. (And it's the whole House, not just the Democrats, who voted for this.) Oh, and as a plus, we're gonna gut NCLB. Never thought I'd say this. GO Texas LEGE! (and Senators? Don't even think about rolling this back. Read more about Texas House Slashes Perry's Budget

Obama keeps some Bush secrets.

Missing media critique not so missing anymore. From, yes, the AP (looked for other sources, to no avail):

WASHINGTON — Despite a pledge to open government, the Obama administration has endorsed a Bush-era decision to keep secret key details of an FBI computer database that allows agents and analysts to search a billion documents with a wealth of personal information about Americans and foreigners.

President Barack Obama's Justice Department quietly told a federal court in Washington last week that it would not second-guess the previous administration's decisions to withhold some information about the bureau's Investigative Data Warehouse.

What digby said

Impeach Bybee:

It is unlikely that Bybee would be removed because there are a minimum of 34 bloodthirsty, pro-torture Senators in the congress. And perhaps the man is so rigid that nothing could ever make him resign, not even the disgust of his peers and shunning by decent people everywhere. But he should be impeached anyway, if only so that the Judiciary Committee can publicly consider this outrageous notion that obscure Justice Department lawyers can indemnify agents of the government from illegal activities by issuing a badly reasoned, secret memo.

The counterargument on accountability

WellPoint health insurance parasites offer $10 million dollar prize to save their failing, deadly business model

Because, ya know, the market is always the best -- and a business model of denying care for profit can always be fixed by tinkering round the edges! Fast Company (remember them? From the dot-com bubble?): Read more about WellPoint health insurance parasites offer $10 million dollar prize to save their failing, deadly business model


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