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UK riots

The psychology of looting.

Don’t forget to turn out tomorrow to ask Pat Toomey where the jobs are, but don’t expect a straight answer. This guy toes the party line, as I found out during a recent correspondence with him or the flack who handles his e-mail.

One of those days, these days.

I might move to Minnesota.

I had to laugh when I saw the Agence France-Presse story about the “flash mob curfew” now in effect in my obscenely humid hometown of Philadelphia.

Tonight

My guest on Virtually Speaking Susie is Dave Johnson, blogger and troublemaker!

Tuesday, Aug 9 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking Susie |  Susie Madrak talks current events with Dave Johnson about the stock market and the Democratic leadership and the Congressional Super Committee. | Listen live and later on BTR.

As always, your questions and comments are welcome. Call 646-200-3440.

The poverty tour

I kept meaning to write about the Poverty Tour with Tavis Smiley and Cornel West. Watch as the CNN newsreader gets downright hostile about poverty!

Medicaid

Apparently the Democratic leadership is no longer willing to go down with the ship:

WASHINGTON — In an unusual break with the White House, the Democratic leaders of Congress told the Supreme Court on Monday that President Obama was pursuing a misguided interpretation of federal Medicaid law that made it more difficult for low-income people to obtain health care.

The Democratic leaders said Medicaid beneficiaries must be allowed to file suit to enforce their right to care — and to challenge Medicaid cuts being made by states around the country.

The Obama administration maintains that beneficiaries and health care providers cannot sue state officials to challenge cuts in Medicaid payment rates, even if such cuts compromise access to care for the poor.

In a friend-of-the-court brief, the lawmakers said the administration’s position “would undermine the effectiveness of Medicaid.” In addition, they said, it conflicts with more than a century of court precedents that allow people to sue to block state actions that are inconsistent with federal law.

The brief was filed by seven influential Democrats, including Representative Henry A. Waxman of California, an architect of Medicaid; Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the House minority leader; Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the Senate majority leader; and Senator Max Baucus of Montana, the chairman of the Finance Committee.

Uh huh

Crazy

So Shane Victorino, the Phillie who was deliberately hit with a pitch, is the only one suspended by MLB. Say what?

Know your rights

Hard to believe this was written 30 years ago, since it’s still so freaking timely. The Clash:

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