Daily Archives: November 18, 2009

Senate Democrats unveil healthcare bill

“The Finish Line is IN SIGHT” (Sen. Chris Dodd)

Read The Bill: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Website: democrats.senate.gov


WASHINGTON — The political stakes enormous, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid launched long-awaited health care legislation Wednesday estimated to extend coverage to 94 percent of eligible Americans at a cost of $849 billion.

Initial maneuvering on the Senate floor was expected later in the week on the measure, bitterly opposed by Republicans eager to deny President Barack Obama a victory on his top domestic priority.

Officials have said the measure would require most Americans to carry health insurance and would mandate large companies to provide coverage to their workers, as well as ban insurance company practices such as denying coverage on the basis of pre-existing medical conditions.

As rank-and-file Democrats gathered to learn details of the measure, a senior Democratic leadership aide said the Congressional Budget Office had estimated it would spread coverage to 31 million Americans who currently lack it while still reducing federal deficits by a total of $127 billion over 10 years.

The aide also cited a CBO estimate that the bill would achieve cuts of $1 trillion over a decade in projected health care costs. The estimate of 94 percent coverage was less than the 96 percent estimated for legislation the House passed earlier this month, but no precise comparisons were possible without as-yet-unreleased CBO documentation.

The aide spoke on condition of anonymity, saying rank-and-file senators had not yet learned of the details.
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Reid ‘cautiously optimistic’ about getting 60 votes on health bill

Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid scrambled to lock down votes behind a health-care bill that he is expected to present Wednesday night to his Democratic caucus.

The Nevada Democrat would not confirm that he had received commitments from all 60 members of his caucus to overcome GOP procedural objections and bring the bill to the Senate floor, saying only, “I feel cautiously optimistic that we can do that. I think we’re together as a caucus.”

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Sarah Palin’s “Going Rogue” Goes Rogue: Jimmy Fallon’s “Late Night” Sketch (VIDEO)

In Jimmy Fallon’s Late Night sketch, Sarah Palin’s “Going Rogue” has gone rogue. It picked up a gun, snuck off the set of “Late Night,” evaded FBI capture, shot Rachel Maddow and went to meet up with its lover. Using every fugitive-on-the-run cliche to give the book a life of its own.

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Vice-President Joe Biden Kicks It with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show

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Vice President Joe Biden makes his sixth appearance on The Daily Show and the first for a sitting vice president! Really? On second thought, I guess a show with Dick Cheney would have been kind of uncomfortable. 😉

In Part One, Biden says the Obama administration is creating new jobs by investing in energy, education and health care. In Part Two, he explains the necessity of the bank bailout and explains why the Democrats can’t pass anything in the Senate.

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New Video: Holder on Trying Terror Supects in NY City

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Holder defends decision to try accused 9/11 terrorists in New York

Washington (CNN) — Attorney General Eric Holder defended his decision Wednesday to try five suspected 9/11 terrorists in civilian court.

“We are at war, and we will use every instrument of national power — civilian, military, law enforcement, intelligence, diplomatic and others — to win,” he told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “We need not cower in the face of this enemy. Our institutions are strong.”

Holder announced last week that the suspected terrorists — including confessed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed — will be tried in civilian court in New York City.

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*Another Opinion* Tina Brown: “Palin Newsweek cover is NOT sexist”

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Daily Beast founder’s commentary: “Palin’s outrage is calculated”

    By Tina Brown Founder, editor of The Daily Beast

Now that Palin has stopped pretending to be a politician — there’s been zero effort in any interview so far to leave the EQ stuff behind and divert to a policy message — the abdicated Alaskan governor is back to being as appealing as she was when she first made her debut at the GOP convention at John McCain’s side. (Admit it: We loved her at first when she thumbed-over-the-shoulder the now famous crowd-pleaser “The governor’s private plane? I put it on eBay!).

With Oprah, she was once again fun when she shafted Levi Johnston, that feckless dope of a near-miss son-in-law. She was wonderfully sly when, the next day, Barbara Walters on Good Morning America gravely quoted McCain adviser Steve Schmidt’s assessment that as VP she would have been an unmitigated disaster. With a roguish smile, Palin responded, “That sounds like Steve Schmidt!” And the appearance of her genuinely fond-seeming teenage daughter Willow with her younger sister — cute as can be Piper, who told Barbara it was “sad” when her mother was criticized — gave us, for the first time, a whiff of authentic Palin family feeling.‪
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My only regret in this recent series of star turns was Palin’s denunciation of the current Newsweek’ cover to her Facebook following as “sexist.” That’s the boring old fake-gravitas Sarah speaking. The Newsweek cover shot, a months-old Google chestnut from Runner’s World of sassy Sarah in shorts, didn’t show much journalistic enterprise on the magazine’s part, but you can hardly call it sexist. No one cried sexism when New York magazine took a photo of fallen Gov. Eliot Spitzer and added the word “brain” with an arrow to his crotch. And circa 1994 we were all happy to ogle Bill Clinton in his running shorts and never called out the media’s ethical judgment. If you don’t want the moment captured on film, don’t show up in sporty hot pants for a photo shoot.
But Palin, like Carrie Prejean, is savvy enough to know that umbrage is a great Day 3 story when you are running the media marathon.‪
Indeed, her “hurt” retaliation is probably doing the same thing for Newsweek’s sales as what she suggests an appearance on her old foe Letterman’s show would do for the sales of her book (hint, hint). Everyone is someone else’s catalyst for selling something these days. And right now, by golly, Sarah Palin is out there selling herself.

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Colbert Skateboards With Congress (VIDEO)

Pez Museum, Gay Marriage and more…It’s highlarious

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The First Lady Celebrates Women in the Military

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