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Hapsburgs attack the Romanovs

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Murdoch's Journal launches war against the New York Times

Rupert Murdoch "is engaged in a form of psychological warfare", writes the Washington Post's media commentator Howard Kurtz.

He argues that the decision by Murdoch's Wall Street Journal to publish a daily New York news and sports section is more than just a local dust-up with the New York Times.

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Our morally bankrupt public discourse

GUEST OPINION:The viability of health care reform

Now that the health care reform bill has been signed, it will face legal challenges in courtrooms.

However, the judges in these cases do not possess the authority needed to render a final verdict on health care reform. The success or failure of health care reform ultimately depends upon whether or not it conforms to economic laws, rather than with the opinions of judges. ...

Get that? The test is how it stacks up to economic laws (whatever they may be) not whether it saves lives or improves public health. Health, it seems, is irrelevant.

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Woman Sues Debt Collector, Wins $8.1 Million

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UPDATE II: Workbench responds to lambert, seems to be a legit story. 3 cheers for the jury and citizen journalism.

UPDATE: Cautionary note from lambert.

still, if you are in trouble, see a lawyer, if you cannot afford a lawyer, contact your local legal aide society.

Via the indispensable Susie: Workbench Read below the fold...

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Action Alert: Health Care 4 All PA meeting THIS WEEK

Pennsylvania Next Stop for Improved-Medicare-for-All Advocates

PDA national Field Coordinator Conor Boylan will be join Carpenter for meetings and events in the Keystone state April 8-10. Topics of discussion will include organizing support for HB1660/SB400 Pennsylvania's single-payer healthcare bill.

"We're looking forward to seeing colleagues and old friends, meeting new friends, and together advancing the cause of state improved-Medicare-for-all single-payer," said Boylan.

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Meanwhile in Vermont .... S.88

Letter to the Bennington Banner

Vermont Senate bill S.88 is legislation that will establish a single-payer health care system for Vermonters and Vermont businesses. Currently, S.88 has been favorably reported out of the Committee on Health and Welfare and referred to the Committee on Appropriations. The purpose of the bill is to provide universal health care access for all Vermonters by preserving existing health care infrastructure; eliminating unnecessary expenditures; establishing sufficient financing through equitable, fair, sustainable, broad based taxes; state run collective purchases of pharmaceuticals; reducing defensive medicine practices and making payments directly to health care providers.

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Down with the legacy parties

Hugh is done, Bruce is done, Rochelle is done. In fact there is at least anecdotal evidence that a significant part of the female volunteer base has already walked.

Mike Lux has an inkling that something is amiss, but clearly fails to comprehend the extent of it. Read below the fold...

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Digital Due Process

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Obama faces major online privacy test

The group, the Digital Due Process coalition, is calling for a federal law requiring police to obtain search warrants before tracking Americans' cell phone locations or accessing their e-mail and documents stored in the cloud--positions that place its members squarely at odds with the Obama Justice Department.

Given the presence of so many major players one hopes that something might come of this. Read below the fold...

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Home Remedy Help: Mice

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My present house has a serious mice problem.

We have two dogs, a rough collie and a border collie. Neither are interested in catching mice.

I am allergic to cats, so am not interested in that solution.

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March to Fulfill the Dream: New Orleans to Detroit!

Dear Healthcare-NOW! Supporter:

On April 4th, 2010 poor people and their allies will unite with the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC) to advance Dr. King's dream of ending poverty. Read below the fold...

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Know your rights, contact legal aide

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Moves to Garnish Pay Rise as More Debtors Fall Behind

PHOENIX — When the bank sued Leann Weaver for not paying her credit card balance, her reaction was typical for someone in that situation. Personal and financial setbacks weighed her down, and she knew she owed the $2,470. So she never went to court to defend herself.

She was startled by what happened next. When she swiped her debit card at the grocery store, it was declined. It turned out Capital One Bank had taken $224.25 from her paycheck, a quarter of her wages for two weeks of work at a retail chain, and her bank account was overdrawn.

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Republican Congressman hires campaign workers, blames Obama

Complaints about Obama drive 11 percent surge in Tiahrt's office spending

In a year when he was saying government needed to tighten its belt to get through the recession, Rep. Todd Tiahrt increased spending on his taxpayer-funded congressional office by 11 percent, federal records show. ...

... A little more than half of the $196,000 of Tiahrt's increased staffing cost went to five people who also got salary and/or expense reimbursements for working on Tiahrt's Senate campaign, election disclosure forms show. Four of them recently were named members of Tiahrt's campaign leadership team.

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