McClatchy finally reports, and Reid throws "progressives" a bone:
Though he wouldn't offer details, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said late Tuesday that there was a "broad agreement" how to proceed. Several alternative scenarios are being sent to the Congressional Budget Office for further analysis, and Democratic leaders maintained that all could be defined as some kind of public option.
[Readers, please add updates and your thoughts in posts or comments here as more of whatever these guys are doing leaks; RL has called me away from the keyboard. More from Ezra, WKJM, BooMan, McClatchy, Dean, Pravda and Izvestia below, as the stories appeared. -- lambert]
I recently watched this video -- posted below -- containing interviews with numerous individuals who attended a Sarah Palin book event in Ohio. Most of them profess their deep respect and admiration for Palin even though they're barely able to defend a single substantive position she holds. The video is clearly intended to depict Palin supporters as some sort of uniquely ignorant and vacuous fan club devotees more appropriate for a movie star than a politician. ...
Maybe nobody wants to name the decade that started with 2000 because the name wouldn't be printable:
I sit in one of the dives
On Fifty-second Street
Uncertain and afraid
As the clever hopes expire
Of a low dishonest decade:
Waves of anger and fear
Circulate over the bright
And darkened lands of the earth,
Obsessing our private lives;
The unmentionable odour of death
Offends the September night.
From a personal perspective, this would be a godsend:
Senate Democrats are discussing the idea of expanding Medicare by lowering the age at which the elderly could enter the government-run insurance program, Democratic sources on the Hill tell the Huffington Post.
Because where else would we get populist linky goodness daily?
The Most Underreported Health Reform Story Trudy Lieberman, Columbia Journalism Review
Aetna Forcing 600,000-Plus To Lose Coverage In Effort To Raise Profits Huffington Post (hat tip reader John D)
Bowers gets tetchy, and gives others the model for setting up a "progressive" organization. The subtext: "See if you can do it better, assholes!"
But obviously, if you care about policy results, the model is broken -- Exhibit A, the health care debacle and the "progressive" access bloggers who did so much to enable it -- so why is Bowers propagating it? To spread the despair around?
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