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WaPo:

[Michelle] Obama went to Miriam's Kitchen today, where she served about 50 homeless guests. She stood at the end of a serving line and dished up risotto with mushrooms.

She smiled. Asked how people were doing. Asked them what they would like.

They smiled. Told her sure they would like the risotto, then moved down the line to get steamed broccoli, home-made apple-carrot muffins, wheat rolls and salad, made with fruit donated by the first lady's office.

Every weekday, rain or shine, Miriam's Kitchen, at 24th and G streets NW, serves chronically homeless people breakfast. Last year, Miriam's served 55,272 meals to more than 4,000 guests.

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Cowboys Release Terrell Owens

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Terrell Owens has a lot going for him at 35. He's fit, handsome, articulate, and he can be charming. He'd make, in fact, a great politician if he should decide to retire from the NFL.

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Bank of America: Disclosing who got bonuses from our bailout money would cause "grave and irreparable harm"

Bloomberg:

Disclosing the identities of Merrill Lynch & Co. employees who were paid $3.6 billion in bonuses just before the firm merged with Bank of America Corp. will cause “grave and irreparable harm,” said lawyers for the companies.

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Shorter economy

Make me do it

Translation.

Single payer advocates are the barbarians at the gate. And you know what? The barbarians at the gate always win. They don't want to get inside. They want be the inside. Which is why there's a little more conflict than usual, eh? Read below the fold...

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Action Alert: TODAY Rally for NY Fair Share tax reform and talk up single payer heath care!

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Reminder: if you are in NYC and can't make it to DC today, please join us at the Rally for Fair Share Tax Reform today at 4-7 PM, City Hall.

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Can you build a progressive movement on some other basis than truth?

No, says Somerby.

Progressives especially can't because it's extremely expensive to maintain a system of lies. Read below the fold...

Bankster of the day

Online WSJ:

Asked about Geithner’s comments and his decision regarding opening the discount window to Wall Street after Bear had been sold for $2 a share and not earlier, [Bear Stears] Jimmy Cayne became spitting angry.

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Pravda: Health Care lobbyists happy with Obama's approach

That's good news! Ouch! Damn!

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Fed: Telling us where our bailout trillions went would "stigmatize" banksters

Bloomberg:

The Federal Reserve Board of Governors receives daily reports on loans to banks and securities firms, the institution said in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by Bloomberg News.

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So, our ruling class isn't very large

Or, as Ursula LeGuin put it: "There are not very many of the Shing." Taking having the moxie to open a Swiss Bank Account as a proxy for being one of our rulers, see AP:

WASHINGTON – UBS AG now says it had about 47,000 accounts held by Americans who didn't pay U.S. taxes on their assets, but Switzerland's biggest bank isn't providing the names of any more of them to the U.S. government.

[UBS official Mark Branson] said nearly all the accounts have been closed and that the bank "has now done all that it can do to cooperate" with the IRS request.

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Parasite of the day - last week

Wellpoint, parent of Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, my own adopted health care parasite!*

Sorry I missed it at the time:

Executives of WellPoint Inc. are predicting a 1 percent to 3 percent increase in earnings per share for 2009, as compared to last year.

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Braly said the 2009 guidance “assumes no future net realized investment gains or losses,” and assumes a further increase in unemployment rates in the states the insurer serves. The company expects layoffs at its client companies to reduce enrollment by 1 million members this year.

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Nice little health care plan you've got there. Be a shame if anything happened to it

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Lord, deliver us from our friends:

President Barack Obama's proposal to limit itemized tax deductions for high earners is running into opposition from key Democrats in Congress who worry that charities and the housing market would be hurt. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus questioned Wednesday whether the proposal was viable, a day after his House counterpart also expressed reservations.

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R.I.P., Viewmaster

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A Brooklyn College student schools us on organizing for single payer

I've just stumbled across a wonderful series of posts about single payer in the Black Commentator: best of all, how to organize to promote it. The bestest part? That last one was written by a student (and Healthcare-NOW staff person), Georgette Kareithi.

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