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Warmup

Randi Weingarten, head of the American Federation of teachers, is giving a stemwinder of a speech to get the Netroots crowd worked up for the main event, Russ Feingold. Anybody demonized by “Waiting for Superman” is a friend of mine.

Feingold

We’re about to hear him do the keynote speech.

Shocker

The White House giving in to corporate interests? Who could believe such a thing?

A year ago, the Obama administration crafted a set of proposed regulations aimed at limiting abuses by the swiftly growing for-profit college industry.

The initial draft threatened severe consequences for institutions that churned out large numbers of graduates with outsized debts and meager job prospects: Schools would quickly lose access to the multi-billion dollar pool of federal student aid dollars that supplies the vast majority of their profits.

But when the Department of Education delivered the final rules earlier this month, they were substantially weakened from the initial draft, adding a three-year grace period before severe sanctions will kick in — a major triumph for the industry’s lobbyists and their relentless pressure campaign on the Obama administration.

Those familiar with the deliberations say the industry successfully convinced the Obama administration to soften the rules by sowing fears that a stricter approach would prompt Congress — also the target of intense lobbying — to step in and revoke the regulations altogether.

Flashback

Here I am (standing, right) during a rehearsal of “Anything Goes,” our high school production. (I was one of Reno Sweeney’s angels.) Amazing, the things you find on Facebook!

Request

I’m in the ER of the Hennepin County medical center (no, I’m not going to discuss it. Assume I wouldn’t be here without a good reason) and I just had to pay them $240. If you can spare a contribution, I would really appreciate it.

Today’s schedule

FOLLOW AT HOME GUIDE FOR THURSDAY, 6/16

The following keynotes and panels will be streaming live. All times are central time. Full descriptions of each session are available here.

9:00am – 10:15am

10:30am – 11:45am

3pm – 4:15pm

4:30pm – 5:45pm

7:00pm – 8:30pm

How dare those ungrateful Greeks refuse to pick up the tab for the banksters? Look how meekly we knuckled under here! They should imitate us:

LONDON — Escalating political turmoil in near-bankrupt Greece intensified concerns Wednesday that the Mediterranean nation may be spiraling toward a calamitous default with investors, potentially igniting a new phase in Europe’s debt crisis.

Global markets shuddered as embattled Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou launched a risky gambit to push his Parliament to pass another round of austerity measures. Failure to pass the cuts could lead the European Union and International Monetary Fund to withhold bailout money, leaving Greece short of cash to pay its creditors as early as next month — an event that some economists warn could destabilize the global financial system.
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Wisconsin Supremes

Look, it’s gotten to the point where I’m surprised and gratified that Republican judges can still make fair rulings. So I’m not all that surprised when they make bad ones.

But as Scout from First Draft tells cheeseheads, ultimately, “We will win.”

When We Win from scoutwillie on Vimeo.

Heh

I was bitching to Marcy Wheeler about all the little annoyances of travel and how cranky they made me. Marcy said, “I sat next to a pregnant lady who was throwing up the whole flight.”

“Okay, you win,” I said “I can’t compete with that.”

Huh

It didn’t rain here last night, and that was when I found out it doesn’t get dark here until 9:30. Disorienting!

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