Archive for March 17th, 2010

Chicago Tribune — Health care reform in Washington meets the Chicago Way

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Not even three or four pipes full of Hopium could have convinced me that the Congress of the United States would ever start looking like the Chicago City Council.

But now, with the Chicago Way White House twisting arms for its federal health care legislation, Democrats in Congress and Chicago aldermen are beginning to share a remarkable resemblance.

Barone — What’s good for House leaders is bad for members

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

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Bankrupting of the United States Bonds — Steven Malanga

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

In January the U.S. Treasurer, Rosie Rios, traveled to Dallas to join local officials at the construction site of a new convention hotel being built with money raised through Build America Bonds. The purpose was to celebrate the success of the so-called BABs, which are federally-subsidized bonds created by the 2009 stimulus package.

Politicians Smother Cities — John Stossel

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

I like my hometown, but I must admit that New York has problems: high taxes, noise, traffic. Forbes magazine just ranked my city the 16th most miserable in America. Ouch! Of course, that makes me wonder: What’s America’s most miserable city?

Cleveland, says Forbes. People call it “the Mistake by the Lake. ” Cleveland, once America’s sixth-largest city, has been going downhill for decades.

Turner on health care, WSJ — “Mitt Romney has been on the wrong side of the defining political battle of our time”

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

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Reading Tea Party Leaves — Jonah Goldberg

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

If you read the Op-Ed pages these days, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the GOP and the conservative movement have been taken over by know-nothing mobs, anti-intellectual demagogues and pitchfork-wielding bigots. There’s no omnibus label for this argument, but it’s a giveaway that a person subscribes to it if he or she describes the “tea party” movement as “tea baggers,” an awfully telling bit of condescension from the camp that affects the pose of being more high-minded.

WSJ — The former Massachusetts governor enacted something very similar to the Obama health plan. It isn’t working well

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Mr. Romney claimed earlier this month on “Fox News Sunday” that the Massachusetts health reform plan he signed into law in 2006 is “the ultimate conservative plan.” But there are many similarities between it and the ObamaCare loathed by conservative voters.

Both have an individual mandate requiring most residents to have health insurance or pay a penalty. Most businesses are required to participate or pay a fine. Both rely on government-designed purchasing exchanges that also provide a platform to control private health insurance. Many of the uninsured are covered through Medicaid expansion and others receive subsidies for highly-prescriptive policies. And the apparatus requires a plethora of new government boards and agencies.

CT Republican Senate Primary Poll: McMahon Takes Primary Lead Over Rob Simmons

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

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CA Gov Poll: Whitman Surges Ahead

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

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AP — US may be seeking Israel ‘regime change’

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

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Thieves grab up to $75 million in Eli Lilly drugs

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

NEW YORK, March 17 (Reuters) – As much as $75 million in popular Eli Lilly & Co (LLY.N) prescription medicines such as Prozac were stolen during a raging storm from a Connecticut warehouse over the weekend, police said on Tuesday.

Wash Times — E-mails suggested Fort Hood suspect subpar for Army

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, charged in the Fort Hood shootings, was too fat and “chronically” unprofessional during his psychiatric training, according to internal e-mails exchanged by his superiors.

CBS — National Debt Up $2 Trillion on Obama’s Watch

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

The debt now stands at $12.6 trillion. On the day Mr. Obama took office it was $10.6 trillion.

Obama Aides See Extended Period of Unemployment

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

March 16 (Bloomberg) – U.S. employers won’t hire enough workers this year to lower the jobless rate much below the level of 9.7 percent reached in February, three Obama administration economic officials said today.

Tehran aiding al Qaeda links: Petraeus

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Iran is assisting al Qaeda by facilitating links between senior terrorist leaders and affiliate groups, the commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East told Congress on Tuesday.

China in Midst of Greatest Bubble in History, Rickards Says

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

March 17 (Bloomberg) — China is in the midst of “the greatest bubble in history,” said James Rickards, former general counsel of hedge fund Long-Term Capital Management LP.

UK Times Online — Sony chairman Michael Lynton calls for healthy alternative to popcorn in cinemas

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

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NY Times — Will Cut 100 Newsroom Jobs

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

The New York Times plans to eliminate 100 newsroom jobs – about 8 percent of the total – by year’s end, offering buyouts to union and non-union employees, and resorting to layoffs if it cannot get enough people to leave voluntarily, the paper announced on Monday.

LA Times — Few blacks serve in top U.S. diplomatic posts

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

The State Department has fallen short in its efforts to promote African Americans to key frontline diplomatic posts, department officials and diplomats said, despite efforts to increase diversity under two black secretaries of State and a black president.

Facebook becomes bigger hit than Google — Financial Times

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

In a sign that the web is becoming more sociable than searchable, research firm Hitwise said that the two sites accounted for 14 per cent of all US internet visits last week. Facebook’s home page recorded 7.07 per cent of traffic and Google’s 7.03 per cent.

It is the first time that Facebook.com has enjoyed a weekly lead over Google.com. The lead may be slim, but it has become inevitable as Facebook’s popularity has grown rapidly from just over 2 per cent of visits a year ago. Heather Dougherty of Hitwise said that Facebook had “reached an important milestone” with the weekly figures.

Facebook’s membership has more than doubled in the past year, passing the 200m mark last April and 400m in February.