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Dusty Springfield:

Out for a bit

Keep your penises off the intertubes!


I guess this means No. 4 is melting down as we speak, right?

Tokyo (CNN) — Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant experienced full meltdowns at three reactors in the wake of an earthquake and tsunami in March, the country’s Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters said Monday.

The nuclear group’s new evaluation, released Monday, goes further than previous statements in describing the extent of the damage caused by an earthquake and tsunami on March 11.

The announcement will not change plans for how to stabilize the Fukushima Daiichi plant, the agency said.

Reactors 1, 2 and 3 experienced a full meltdown, it said.


Holding a press conference now. Will update after.

… Weiner admits sending photos to a total of six women over the past three years, “most of them before my marriage.” Says he never met any of the women in person.

Takes full responsibility, apologized to his wife, and is NOT resigning.

Q. What were you thinking?
A. I don’t know what I was thinking. It’s something that I did that was wrong, and I just regret it.

“Cannot” say that Andrew Breitbart’s claim of an x-rated photo isn’t true.
“I regret not being honest about this. I was embarrassed. I was humiliated.”

Says he and his wife will not be splitting up. Says they discussed his online relationships before they married, she thought they were over.

Time sure flies

I just realized I’m leaving for Netroots Nation next Tuesday. I guess I should pack, or something… or at least figure out why my printer isn’t working, so I can print out my airline tickets (courtesy of the AFL-CIO, who invited me to one of their panels).

I’m looking forward to Minneapolis. One of my best friends lived there for a bit, and raved about it. (Although I won’t get to see much of it, probably. Between panels, workshops and networking events, I’ll be lucky if I leave the hotel.)

You shouldn’t see a huge difference in blogging, since the convention center has wi-fi.


This is an amazing, heartbreaking, inspirational and thoroughly wonderful book — and if you buy one, you help to rebuild New Orleans. (Plus, it won a National Book Award.) Win-win!

Just when you thought it was safe

To go back in the water….


Are not Medicare.

Nobel prize

Republicans just don’t trust that book learnin’ and such!


I said all along that since Obama’s Affordable Care Act depended so heavily on expanding Medicaid, the Rethugs would try to kill it. Surely I’m not the only person who anticipated this?

Since Rep. Paul Ryan introduced his budget blueprint in April, Democrats have held countless news conferences and issued even more press releases condemning the plan — as they say — to eliminate, end or kill Medicare as we know it.

Yet, for all the Democrats’ posturing and campaigning against Republican plans for Medicare, the GOP budget actually makes more immediate and deeper cuts to Medicaid. But Democrats haven’t been blasting the GOP Medicaid plan with nearly the same fervor, even though Republicans would cut about $750 billion from the program during the next decade and end the guaranteed federal match for states.

With intense budget negotiations on the debt limit under way, health care insiders think Democrats won’t budge much on Medicare now that they have a significant campaign chip in their pockets: Kathy Hochul’s upset win in New York’s 26th Congressional District is Exhibit A of the power of Medicare.

And that makes advocates worry that Medicaid cuts are more likely to come out of budget negotiations led by Vice President Biden.

Medicaid covers more than 50 million people, including low-income children and seniors in long-term care, but it doesn’t pack the same political punch as Medicare. Some observers say that’s due to the lingering perception that Medicaid is just a program for poor people that holds a much less broad-based appeal.

That perception is definitely part of the challenge in communicating Democratic opposition to the GOP’s Medicaid plans, Rep. Robert Andrews (D-N.J.) told POLITICO.

Medicaid “doesn’t quite have the same political dynamic” as Medicare, Andrews said.

That’s because people who haven’t yet taken care of an aged parent don’t know that Medicaid is the funding mechanism that will pay for a nursing home when all other financial resources are exhausted.

Republicans are so much more worried about taking care of exempting millionaires from estate taxes that they forgot to mention that pertinent fact.

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