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Well-behaved Obama

House Dems met with Obama yesterday and urged Obama to be more forceful in advocating for Democratic policies. He rebuffed them:

The challenge — on behalf of the many Democrats who have long complained that Obama is not making enough use of his White House megaphone — was principally delivered by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), according to the attendees. Waxman, lawmakers said, called for stronger action across the board, rather than on a particular issue.

But Obama responded that he has to be more careful and more considered than that, and that he is executing an existing plan.

A plan to put the economy further in the tank and get reelected by grateful Republicans?

The president has heard the complaint before. Democrats have accused Obama repeatedly of ceding too much ground to the GOP, especially on health care and the extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy. But attendees said the critique appeared to rub him the wrong way on Thursday.

“He was a little testy with the Waxman question. Essentially, Mr. Waxman was urging him to fight more,” one legislator said. “The president reminded folks that he’s the president sitting in that chair and he knows how to negotiate.”

Obama also told the assembled Democrats not to count on more fiery rhetoric from the Oval Office.

“He said, ‘There’s a difference between me and a member of Congress,'” another lawmaker said, paraphrasing the president as saying: “When I say something the markets react, all of society reacts, other countries react. I’ve got to be careful with what I say. I can’t just say it for brinkmanship. I’ve got to say it in a way so that I get what I want said, but I don’t upset markets and so on.”

In other words, Wall Street and the military-industrial boys have trained him not to piddle on the rug. And he has a plan.

Which would mean it’s all on purpose.

Can’t let go

Lucinda:

Yep

Shorter Paul Krugman:

It’s always darkest just before it gets pitch black!

Sitting, waiting, hoping

Jack Johnson:

Rock classics

The Knife:

Dream a little dream of me

Mama Cass:

California Dreamin’

Mamas and the Papas:

I dig rock and roll music

Peter, Paul and Mary:

Rosalita

Bruce and the boys:

Scott Walker

Is a fucktard. A real, honest to goodness fucktard:

Greg Hartman was waiting tables to support himself through college in the fall of 2010 when his hometown of Manitowoc, Wisc., experienced an outbreak of HIV and the hepatitis C virus. After finding out his best friend had been infected with hepatitis, the uninsured 22-year-old decided he needed to get checked out as well — but the tests were going to cost him more than $300 out of pocket.

“There’s no way I could have afforded it on my own,” said Hartman, who brings in only $150 to $200 a week from his restaurant job.

Hartman said he went to the University of Wisconsin’s campus health care center and applied for BadgerCare — the state’s Medicaid-funded family planning program, which reimburses low-income men and women for sexually transmitted disease testing, birth control services, cancer screenings and other preventative reproductive care. Through BadgerCare, Hartman was able to afford to get tested for both HIV and hepatitis C — he tested positive for the latter.

“If I didn’t qualify for BadgerCare, I would have just said ‘fuck it’ and not gone into the clinic in the first place,” he told HuffPost. “I would never have known I had hepatitis.”

Although the BadgerCare family planning program doesn’t cover Hartman’s treatment, he was able to afford two different HIV tests, a liver panel and potentially life-saving hepatitis tests through the subsidized program.

But the nearly 7,000 other low-income Wisconsin men who use BadgerCare may soon be out of luck. Scott Walker, the state’s Republican governor, has proposed eliminating men entirely from the program in his latest budget bill. That move could cost Wisconsin all of its federal family planning funds, policy experts warn.

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