Interesting. Don't know what view to take. If it ends the empire, I guess that would be a good thing, but I don't know whether the two are linked at all. I'll have to check the econoblogs....
NOTE Nothing yet. Maybe this is a piece of kabuki only a newbie thinks is important? Read more about China calls for world reserve currency (not dollar)
The one-hour ABC News special "Primetime: Questions for the President: Prescription for America" (4.7 million viewers, 1.1 preliminary adults 18-49 rating) had the fewest viewers in the 10 p.m. hour (against NBC's "The Philanthropist" debut and a repeat of "CSI: NY" on CBS). The special tied some 8 p.m. comedy repeats as the lowest-rated program on a major broadcast network.
People are beginning to twig on the fact that Obama has no plan. Read more about Low ratings for Obama's health care town meeting
In all likelihood, Baucus took single-payer off the table for a very good reason—because he isn’t trying to create a progressive health reform package. His statement to the Times was pure BS. After all, Baucus is a corporate man (data below). He wants health reform near the “center.”
... and penalize small businesses that don't provide health insurance. And have "a new regulated market known as a health insurance exchange" for
those thrown under the bus the subsidized, except structure the market so that nobody who has insurance now will actually go out on the exchange to get a better deal -- the same exchange that is also supposed to "keep the insurance companies honest" by competing with them. The circle is, like, totally squared!
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan panel [sigh] panel armed with subpoena power to investigate causes of the Wall Street meltdown is on the brink of being launched, as Congress embarks on an ambitious effort to reform policing of the financial sector.
Why, in the garden section, of course!
A reporter's morning walk through the lovely Manhattan flower market on West 28th street finishes up with a suggestion for a visit to a very special local bookstore: Read more about Where to find the sharpest political commentary in the NYT
Way to negotiate the deal, there, John.* HuffPo:
In a closed-door meeting of Senate Finance Committee Democratic members and their staff Wednesday evening, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) suggested that if the committee bill didn't have enough votes for a public option it include a ten-year delay [FAIL!] between passage of health care reform and the implementation of a public option that Americans could buy into, according to two Democratic aides.