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Obama throws "progressives" under the bus on so-called "public option"

Knock me over with a feather! Of course, the stenographer is Ceci Connolly, but presumably the administration took that into account when preparing its script:

President Obama's team, preparing for an intense round of private negotiations on Capitol Hill, used public appearances to set the parameters for the negotiations.

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Ted Turner's down to his last two billion

I think ICANN't

"Terrifying Nixon-era children's books"

Nashville, "the Protestant Vatican"

The real Cassandra speaks!

Yves on Krugman's column today. She writes:

My big beef is that he didn’t go far enough and is WAAY too forgiving of the motivations and actions of Larry Summers and by extension, Team Obama.

Somebody kidnapped Paul Krugman at that White House dinner, didn't they? Krugman wrote: Read below the fold...

From the Department of Thanks! I feel so much better now!

Paul Sullivan in The World's Greatest Newspaper (not!):

[Robert Clarfeld, president of the wealth management firm Clarfeld Financial Advisors], who manages $3 billion largely for financial services executives, takes exception to lumping all of Wall Street together. He said his clients felt that they had worked hard and honestly for their money [of course, of course and were now being unjustly judged alongside those who did not.

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French court: Monsanto lied about safety of RoundUp


France's highest court has ruled that US agrochemical giant Monsanto had not told the truth about the safety of its best-selling weed-killer, Roundup.

The court confirmed an earlier judgment that Monsanto had falsely advertised its herbicide as "biodegradable" and claimed it "left the soil clean".

The company was fined 15,000 euros (£13,800; $22,400). It has yet to comment on the judgment.

Roundup is the world's best-selling herbicide.

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Will George Orwell please pick up the white courtesy phone? We have a question on "wellness incentives"


The bipartisan initiative [Hold onto your wallets! -- lambert], largely eclipsed in the health-care debate, builds on a trend that is in play among some corporations and that more workers will see in the benefits packages they bring home during this fall's open enrollment. Some employers offer lower premiums to workers who complete personal health assessments; others limit coverage for smokers.

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Deathless riff

Priorities at Pravda

Pravda has what looks like a fine report today on AIDS programs in Washington, DC. Here's how they describe it: Read below the fold...

Elizabeth Warren: Quote of the Day

Big Picture:

Elizabeth Warren, Chair, TARP Congressional Oversight Panel:

“The reason banks lost confidence in each other is because they looked at their own books.” (Referring to the loss of confidence that roiled markets during the darkest days of the crisis.)

But fortunately, the Obama administration found a completely bipartisan solution to the problem!

Bail the banksters out, no matter what they do, always. Read below the fold...

"Timeless," indeed

Because there's never a time when "Look! Over there! Sarah Palin!" isn't important.

Although, to be fair, I'm all for the concept of the pity makeout, and Boohooman's had a bad week. So, whatever. Read below the fold...

Common household remedies request

OK, insulating doors in old houses.

This season is my year to stop up drafts (since the replacement windows are in, the fill is in the attic, the pipes are wrapped, the world's worst crawlspace is sealed up, and all that). So I'm going to go round and stop drafts around plugs and switches, add shrinkwrap to the windows, and so on. Read below the fold...


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