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Bush classified these photos, Obama declassified them. Good. Read below the fold...

Joel Fights Back

A guy who's being sued by RIAA for $4.5 million dollars. Corporate assholes, have nothing to do with them if you can possibly avoid it. Read below the fold...

Ponies!

Truer words

On the Waxman Blue-Dog "compromise":

As word of the agreement spread, liberals fired back. "We do not support this," said Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Calif., head of the Progressive Caucus. "I think they have no idea how many people are against this. They can't possibly be taking us seriously if they're going to bring this forward."

Reminds me on an old, old Firesign Threatre sketch:

NICK DANGER: What kind of chump to you take me for?

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About the argument that "we can always fix it later"

That's just what Obama was going to do with FISA [cough] reform! Here's Obama on FISA; just in case Favreau wants to pull an old speech out of the drawer for the signing ceremony, I've helpfully underlined the relevant "thoughtful" cliches:

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So, is throwing SCHIP under the bus on Waxman's secret list of 10 concessions to the Blue Dogs?

Via Allegre, Jay Rockefeller on the Senate side:

On the other side of the Capitol, a half-dozen members of the Senate Finance Committee reported further progress toward a possible bipartisan compromise, which includes creation of a new federal panel to hold down Medicare costs, particularly payments to hospitals and other health care providers.

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Good

CNN

Rep. Mike Ross of Arkansas, speaking for the Blue Dog Democrats, said the agreement calls for the House Energy and Commerce Committee to begin debating the bill later Wednesday, but for no vote by the full House until after the upcoming August recess.

But will they consider the Weiner amendment to replace the text of HR3200 with the next of HR676? Waxman's office:

Telephone (202) 225-3976
Fax (202) 225-4099 Read below the fold...

Eating their own

I was worried that irony might be dead...

... but Hamsher confirms that it's alive and well! [lambert breathes sigh of relief]

A sudden default to a "let's not let the perfect be the enemy of the good" position that cedes the battle for a public plan right when it's politically convenient for the White House undermines that credibility.

Hmm... Now where have I heard "let's not let the perfect be the enemy of the good" before?

Just give me a moment to think... Read below the fold...

About those surveys that support "public option"

Hamsher writes that 76% of the American people support public option. I responded in comments:

Here is the question that's actually asked in the PDF to which HuffPo cites:

In any health care proposal, how important do you feel it is to give people a choice of both a public plan administered by the federal government and a private plan for their health insurance––extremely important,

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"Finding Common Ground Between Public Option Advocates and Single Payer Advocates"

Ian Welsh asks a good question:

A Question for Single Payer Advocates

Are you willing to fight for a public option which could eventually lead to single payer or a comprehensive system like the French one? If not, why not?

I answered: Read below the fold...

JurassicPork in utility shutoff mode

"Serious"

I missed this little gem from one of Digby's attacks on single payer; approvingly, she quotes Jonathon Chait:

But no serious politician is talking about recreating either the British or the Canadian system here.

See, that's your problem right there. Remember, oh, back when the blogosphere was all fresh and new, when all the "serious" people were for Iraq?*

Well, fast forward to 2009: Read below the fold...

Goodnight, moon

ZOMG! Sunny again! (I actually had quite a resurgence of energy as soon as I hauled my sun-spectrum lamp out of the closet and pointed it at my work area. Generally, I only have to do that in February...) Read below the fold...

What Avedon said

Indeed:

Look, a single-payer plan is only politically possible if we demand it. Shuffling our feet and saying, "Oh, well, just pass something." is what got us into all these messes in the first place, and if all that talk of "change" meant anything, it should mean we stop doing that. I'm certainly not getting on the bandwagon to pass more stupid bills.

Yeah, about that slavery thing? Read below the fold...

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