What??? The Republicans have already said no, no and no....

healthcare for all imagesSen. Al Franken (D-MN) reportedly ripped into White House senior adviser David Axelrod earlier this week during a closed-door session with Senate Democrats. Franken went after Axelrod for the White House’s lack of leadership on health care reform and other major pieces of legislation. One Democratic senator said, “There was a lot of frustration in there." Meanwhile President Obama called yesterday for Democratic leaders in Congress to finish working out differences on health care and then “call on our Republican friends to present their ideas. The American people can see and compare." What??? The Republicans have already said no, no and no....

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DRichards (not verified) 6 years 2 days ago
#1

The government has your baby's DNA
http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/02/04/baby.dna.government/?hpt=C1
When Annie Brown's daughter, Isabel, was a month old, her pediatrician asked Brown and her husband to sit down because he had some bad news to tell them: Isabel carried a gene that put her at risk for cystic fibrosis.
While grateful to have the information -- Isabel received further testing and she doesn't have the disease -- the Mankato, Minnesota, couple wondered how the doctor knew about Isabel's genes in the first place. After all, they'd never consented to genetic testing.
It's simple, the pediatrician answered: Newborn babies in the United States are routinely screened for a panel of genetic diseases. Since the testing is mandated by the government, it's often done without the parents' consent, according to Brad Therrell, director of the National Newborn Screening & Genetics Resource Center...

DRichards (not verified) 6 years 2 days ago
#2

US says it may kill Americans abroad
http://rawstory.com/2010/02/kill-americans/

In a striking admission from the Obama Administration's top intelligence officer, Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair announced Wednesday that the United States may target its own citizens abroad for death if it believes they are associated with terrorist groups...

DRichards (not verified) 6 years 2 days ago
#3

Thom,

Now that the corporations own our government, what do you think the chances are of amending the Constitution to read "natural" citizens?

I'd say next to nil.

DRichards (not verified) 6 years 2 days ago
#4

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/attytood/
In a shocking move, Arlen Specter calls his largest campaign contributors "brilliant"

It's a pretty safe bet that Sen. Arlen Specter (D-This week) isn't going to go all Anita Hill on the pending Comcast merger with NBC-Universal. Check this out:

The Comcast contingent received a warm welcome in the Senate hearing room from Sen. Arlen Specter (D., Pa.), a member of the Senate Antitrust subcommittee. Specter shook hands with Brian and Ralph Roberts. "I know Comcast and I know Brian and I know his father, Ralph Roberts," Specter said in his statements at the hearing. "They are really very good corporate citizens and their management is brilliant."

You know what I'll bet Specter thinks is the most brilliant thing Comcast's executives have done? They've donated a whopping $108,580 to his 2010 re-election campaign, according to OpenSecrets.org. That only makes Comcast the second largest source of campaign cash for Specter, however. The biggest is the Philadelphia-based legal and lobbying powerhouse Blank Rome. You know who one of Blank Rome's lobbying clients is? Comcast Corp.

Brilliant!

DRichards (not verified) 6 years 2 days ago
#5

Turkish girl, 16, buried alive for talking to boys
Death reopens debate over 'honour' killings in Turkey, which account for half of all the country's murders

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/feb/04/girl-buried-alive-turkey

J.Moats (not verified) 6 years 2 days ago
#6

If the Filibuster can be something where the Representatives and Senators can sit around and do nothing, then why can't we have a rule that voting on bills and proposals be based solely on the percentage of yays or nays of those actively participating and present within the chambers? Forget the super majority and the need for 51 votes. Base it on those Senators who actually are present to vote one these issues.

Kathy B (not verified) 6 years 2 days ago
#7

Corporations already had way too much influence on our government officials, but now with the Supreme Court ruling on no limit on campaign funding, we will no longer have any say on anything.

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