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Goodnight, moon

Actually, I probably should have posted this tomorrow. Because...

... then it would be "The One After 09/09/09!"

And in reaction to Obama's speech: Read below the fold...

Thread for Obama health care speech (8:00PM EST)

CNN has some pre-speech excerpts. Oddly, or not, there's no mention of the "public option" (or "plan"). The suspense builds!

NOTE The reviews are in at FDL. The consensus? Ponies!!!!!

UPDATE GOS has the full text. Read below the fold...

Sure, I'd name an international student center after Cheney

And so what about the torture?

Students also will be able to hang out there, said university spokeswoman Jessica Lowell.

"This is a place where international students can come and watch soccer if they want to. There's a lounge for them," Lowell said.

Hang out by their thumbs? Read below the fold...

Serfin USA

Empty Wheel does the math and concludes:

Bad Max Baucus' health care plan is, best as I can tell, an attempt to turn the middle class into serfs to the health care industry.

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Fiery rhetoric!

Yeah, Ceci, but it's sourced:

The original concept of creating a task force with the power to draw up a plan for covering everyone gave way slowly to a more modest proposal. In the end, the bill would do little more than study the problem.

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Draft Stormy!

Payroll bailouts in Germany

The Globe and Mail:

While other countries were bailing out major companies by purchasing their shares and debt or taking ownership stakes, the German government took a different tack this year, bailing out payrolls instead, in order to keep layoffs and large-scale unemployment at bay and stave off the personal bankruptcies and home foreclosures that would result.

The result has been a political dividend for Ms. Merkel, whose ruling Christian Democrats face a Sept. 27 national election. In 2005, she was swept to office after a sharp rise in unemployment levels forced then-chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, a Social Democrat, to call an election.

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Preparing for the greatest speech EVAH on health care

What Obama says is irrelevant.* No matter what, keep up that grassroots pressure. If that doesn't pay off today, it will down the line. Make them do it.

I'm very busy today, so posting from me will be light. Read below the fold...

Goodnight, moon

Brutal day. I'm exhausted. Read below the fold...

Send single payer questions to Nancy Ann DeParle

Dems health care "reform" in one sentence

Andrew Coates:

The proposal has come straight from the insurance industry: criminalize the uninsured and subsidize unaffordable private insurance premiums with public funds

Oh, and there's a massive takedown of RomneyCare: Read below the fold...

The Necronomicon Department Phone List

Steve Hildebrand on ME anti-gay amendment

Zenger's Mag:

[Obama deputy campaign manager Steve] Hildebrand startled his audience somewhat by saying that the next major battleground over marriage equality isn’t in California at all; it’s in Maine, where in a little over two months opponents will have a chance at the ballot box to overturn Maine’s law allowing same-sex couples to marry.

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We have Canada to thanks for Labor Day

Here.

Maybe some day we'll be thanking them for single payer.

NOTE Via. Read below the fold...

Weiner to President: It’s too Soon to Give Up

Nice headline (above) on that press release this morning:

New York, NY – Congressman Anthony Weiner (D – Queens & Brooklyn), Co-Chair of the Middle Class Caucus and member of the Energy & Commerce Committee released the following statement:

"It is too soon to give up on the fight for true health reform. Wednesday night will either mark the beginning of the battle or the sad start of a retreat. Only the President can decide which."

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