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Yet another O-Democrat sells out on abortion

Insider favorite and money machine Kendrick Meeks. McClatchy:

Aiming to stop debate over abortion from derailing health care legislation, Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek of Miami is calling on Congress to continue the ban on federal funding for abortions.

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Goodnight, moon

Looking on the bright side:

With all the rain, I don't have to spend any time watering!

Oh, and I think I've got a shortage of pollinators; the rain seems to mean very few bees. Anybody know how to, er, speed things up, especially with the tomatos? Read below the fold...

"Just check the website!"

Every bill online for 5 days before Obama signs it, huh? Read below the fold...

Obama admits: Media and "progressive" blackout of single payer continues

It's an inadvertent admission, but admission it is. Here's what Obama said in an interview today:

He gets at least as many complaints from people who want a so-called "single-payer" plan entirely run by the government, he said.

"None of the plans ... come remotely close to a single-payer plan, none of them," Obama said. "And that's to the consternation of a lot of people who are advocating for single-payer.

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"Calibrated"

I don't know why the "progressives" were all going nuts defending Obama on the Gates* thing and reviling the usual Republican suspects. Didn't they know he was going to back off and leave them hanging? Well, now he has. What a waste of energy.

NOTE * I'm so out of touch with the hackosphere I thought the headlines were all about Robert Gates, the Bush Republican holdover Obama kept on to run his new war in Afghanistan, not Henry Louis Gates, the scholar. It's a funny old world. Read below the fold...

Merciful heavens

Digby:

You can feel the Big Money, the right wing noise machine and the Village all starting to find their collective voice and take control.

We're on the hook to the banksters for $22 trillion, and Big Money's only starting to take control?

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House Dem "leadership" to force floor vote on "health" "care" "reform"?

Well, this explains why no hearings on the Weiner amendment:

Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., said negotiations with fiscally conservative Democrats on his panel cannot continue indefinitely. But a floor vote would put fellow Democrats in an exposed position, having to cast a vote on a $544-billion upper-income tax increase that the Senate is unlikely to embrace to help pay for covering the millions of uninsured Americans.

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Poor Jello Jay!

Humans glow in visible light

Amazing. If breath is the spirit, is light the soul? Read below the fold...

Alan Grayson at Yves' place

"Peak Finance"

After administering the obligatory but entertaining beat-down to Goldman Sachs bumboy and Obama appointee -- sorry for the redundancy -- Larry Summers, Simon Johnson concludes:

If the bubble (or metaboom with a series of bubbles) was in finance and pulled resources into that sector, we face an adjustment away from Peak Finance – and perhaps this will even more overshadow the next decade than Peak Oil.

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You know, in the primariez...

... the image in this post would have elicited, well, a rather predictable reaction from the usual suspects. (I like Christie a lot, and she's 100% right to be disgusted at staffers and lobbyists using the rooms that you paid for to write legislation to fuck you, but can you imagine the shitstorm if that image had been at the Confluence?) Read below the fold...

Revisionist history and premature triumphalism

Do feel free to set the record straight at here at Digby's in comments. There's plenty of rich material today.... Read below the fold...

Maybe these guys should be flogging public option?

Just saying:

“We just changed the script and changed the product we were selling,”

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Goodnight, moon

Moved my solar spectrum lamp out of my bedroom, where I hadn't even been using it, next to computer. Shit, SAD in fucking July. Read below the fold...

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