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Monday, August 31, 2009

Monday, August 31, 2009 - 17:49:33

Line's open

Zow. Still feels like football weather, even at 5:30 p.m.

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Monday, August 31, 2009 - 16:25:31

"Probably not going to happen"

Rep. Mike Ross made a stop at the Clinton School of Public Service today to speak with students and answer their questions about health care reform.  It was a small engagement, reserved for students and members of the media.  Ross said the recent town halls that were held across the state were the "greatest demonstration of democracy seen in a long time."  He spoke about his involvement with the Blue Dog Coalition and described his goals for health reform.    Ross said his goal was never to kill health care reform completely, but to delay the negotiations until September.  He said he does believe health care reform will happen this year.  Any reform package, Ross said, should allow people to keep their insurance if they like it, make sure the government option is not forced on anyone, not provide federal funding for abortions or illegal aliens and prohibit insurance companies from excluding care for pre-existing conditions.  Even though Ross said afterward that the public option was "probably not going to happen," he said during his remarks that his goal was not to "water down the public option."  Dean of the Clinton School Skip Rutherford told me after the event that Ross had "left the public option on the table."  Yeah, but barely. 

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Monday, August 31, 2009 - 15:26:08

No kicks from this cocaine

Another reason to avoid cocaine: About a third of it in the U.S. is tainted with a livestock deworming drug, article by AP's Jon Gambrell says.

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Monday, August 31, 2009 - 14:52:58

Newspaper war

By popular demand: Nevada's pugnacious Sen. Harry Reid has sent ill wishes to the major Las Vegas newspaper (owned by Little Rock's Stephens Inc.).

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Monday, August 31, 2009 - 14:37:02

The battle of Jericho

Maybe I missed this over the weekend. But a Memphis TV station says the city hall in tiny Jericho, near Marion, is still surrounded by crime scene tape.

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Monday, August 31, 2009 - 13:58:07

Mr. Postman

Lt. Gov. Bill Halter went to China. He brought back a letter.

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Monday, August 31, 2009 - 13:28:12

Trailing the double dippers

State Rep. Allen Kerr wants an attorney general's opinion on the position of state retirement systems that the names of beneficiaries and amounts owed are secret.

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Today's headlines: Legislature goes home but their skulduggery continues

Monday, August 31, 2009 - 12:35:59

Annals of gun nuttery

More on the crackpot who toted an assault rifle to an Obama appearance in Arizona.

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Monday, August 31, 2009 - 12:12:38

Best Southern fiction: Where's Portis?

Warwick Sabin, now devoting full time to publishing the Oxford American, says if we're having a slow day (and we are) perhaps readers would like to join in the fray in this month's magazine on the best works of Southern fiction and non-fiction, as chosen by a distinguished group of authors, professional Southerners, etc. This link takes you to the 10 best Southern novels of all time,  with "True Grit" or "Norwood" nowhere to be seen.

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Monday, August 31, 2009 - 11:36:10

Huck-in-mouth disease

Mike Huckabee was roundly thrashed for saying on the radio last week that Obamacare would have sent Teddy Kennedy home with a pain pill, rather than treatment.

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Monday, August 31, 2009 - 08:16:58

Fire truck for the cure

NLR Mayor Pat Hays plans to spend $5,000 to paint a surplus fire truck pink to use it once a year to lead the Race for the Cure.

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Monday, August 31, 2009 - 06:27:15

Deconstructing Darth Cheney

America's most evil, Dick Cheney, went on Fox Sunday to decry a U.S. attorney general's decision to investigate torture.

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Monday, August 31, 2009 - 06:10:20

How about a shred of good news?

Here's some in NY Times: Nearly a year after the federal rescue of the nation’s biggest banks, taxpayers have begun seeing profits from the hundreds of billions of dollars in aid that many critics thought might never be seen again.

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Monday, August 31, 2009 - 06:06:36

Fear stalks the land

Fright is the elemental emotion in the health debate, Brummett writes. Go to a town meeting.

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Sunday, August 30, 2009 - 17:05:09

Sunday thoughts

Put them here.

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Sunday, August 30, 2009 - 16:54:23

Asa for Senate?

Roby Brock asked. He's non-commital.

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Sunday, August 30, 2009 - 08:43:21

Virginia's next governor

A Republican, polls say, is likely to retake the governorship in Virginia. The Huckster has been working hard for him.

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Sunday, August 30, 2009 - 08:38:24

'Free' political speech

Is an anti-Hillary movie about to be the catalyst by which the U.S. Supreme Court takes the limits off corporate spending on political races?

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Sunday, August 30, 2009 - 08:18:52

Sen. Bryles get his KIPP

Brummett writes this morning some back story on Blytheville's happy news that it will be the second city in Arkansas to have  KIPP charter school, which has been successful in Helena.

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Saturday, August 29, 2009 - 16:48:28

Saturday thread

It's open. I've been otherwise occupied.

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