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Monday, December 31, 2012

Monday, December 31, 2012 - 15:28:58

The New Year's Eve line

Auld lang syne and all that. You won't catch me at any bars tonight.

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Monday, December 31, 2012 - 11:55:09

Let's make a deal: An outline emerges to avoid 'cliff'

Ezra Klein is Twittering details of a congressional deal on taxes and spending (at least it's a deal on the Senate side; House Republicans such as Tiny Tim Griffin have yet to be heard from on a deal that would increase taxes on the well-to-do).

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Monday, December 31, 2012 - 11:30:43

Dustin McDaniel throws a party in Hot Springs

A source who's been close in the past to Attorney General Dustin McDaniel messaged me this morning to say that he was moving in the direction of a news conference on his admission of an "inappropriate interaction" with Hot Springs lawyer Andi Davis and his announced intention to continue with his 2014 race for governor.

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Monday, December 31, 2012 - 07:34:29

Chapter umpteen: Being a Republican means never having to say you're sorry

Thanks for a headsup on a Washington Post item about the Twittersphere blasting of all the Republicans who accused Hillary Clinton, now receiving treatment for a concussion-related blood clot, of faking illness to avoid Congressional testimonial.

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Monday, December 31, 2012 - 07:21:13

Let there be drug testing — for all

Hah. I've already made this suggestion for Arkansas, where Republicans are slavering to emulate other Reublican-controlled legislatures and institute drug-testing for welfare moochers.

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Monday, December 31, 2012 - 07:08:28

More guns: A recipe for safety or more deaths?

Mother Jones posts an article sure to set the NRA gun nuts like Asa! abuzz: In the fierce debate that always follows the latest mass shooting, it's an argument you hear frequently from gun rights promoters: If only more people were armed, there would be a better chance of stopping these terrible events.

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Monday, December 31, 2012 - 06:43:41

The morning report: You pay for storm cleanup

The number without power has been dramatically reduced. But, gee, that's small consolation for the thousands still in the dark, almost a full week after the power went out.

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Sunday, December 30, 2012 - 17:37:52

The open line: On ice cream, fixtures and fixing blame

The line is open. I'm thinking of an early night after laboring like a lumberjack to clear my walk of the snow-felled yaupon holly.

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Sunday, December 30, 2012 - 13:26:44

Republican lawmakers doubt DHS projections, still don’t have specific suggestions for cuts

Republican lawmakers still don't believe that harsh cuts to Level 3 nursing care are necessary and they're still resistant to expanding Medicaid, which projects to ease the fiscal crunch enough to save the nursing care.

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Sunday, December 30, 2012 - 07:50:33

Joe Biden goes after assault rifles again

You want a politician who speaks bluntly, damn the consequences? You should at least appreciate Vice President Joe BIden, unafraid of the bullies of the NRA, from LaPierre to Asa!

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Sunday, December 30, 2012 - 07:30:24

Are Republicans serious about Medicaid solution?

Columnist John Brummett writes from behind the Arkansas Democrat Gazette's paywall today about an emerging sentiment among some state legislators to delay a decision on accepting federal Medicaid expansion until a special session.

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Sunday, December 30, 2012 - 07:12:43

NLR chief's support for new mayor pays off

North Little Rock Police Chief Danny Bradley's televised endorsement of mayoral candidate Joe Smith has gotten the most tangible sort of reward from the incoming mayor — a job.

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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Saturday, December 29, 2012 - 15:22:43

The evening line

It is open. Hope you have power.

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Saturday, December 29, 2012 - 06:57:09

Note to Jason Rapert: Planned Parenthood vindicated

I noted the dog-and-pony show arranged recently at the Capitol by the demagoguic evangelist who represents Conway in the state Senate, Jason Rapert.

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Saturday, December 29, 2012 - 06:44:51

Chelsea Clinton reports on Mountain View music

Chelsea Clinton has produced another "Making a Difference" report for NBC News, this one on the effort to preserve musical tradition in Mountain View, Ark. by teaching it to kids.

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Saturday, December 29, 2012 - 06:38:46

The Senate talks filibuster reform

Why do I think all the talk of U.S. Senate filibuster reform will end up as nothing more than talk?

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Saturday, December 29, 2012 - 06:22:01

The wintry morn report

A quick scan of the morning news: * NO GIFT WRAPPING OF TREE DEBRIS NECESSARY: Happily, the city of Little Rock has announced it will waive its customary tight rules for yard waste.

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Friday, December 28, 2012

Friday, December 28, 2012 - 16:14:57

The TGIF open line: Entergy meets the press

May tomorrow bring universal electrical service, safe streets, garbage trucks to haul the mountains of accumulated wrapping paper, a federal budget that doesn't favor a handful of billionaires and peace in our time.

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Friday, December 28, 2012 - 11:01:07

Former Sen. Steve Bryles dies at 55

I was just in process of checking a tip on this when I saw Roby Brock's post on the death this morning of Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission Director Steve Bryles.

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Friday, December 28, 2012 - 10:57:41

How's your traveling? Security slow at LIT

A reader sends a photo of the security checkpoint this morning at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport.

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