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March 3, 2010

WEDNESDAY'S MINI-REPORT.... Today's edition of quick hits:

* Iraq: "Three powerful suicide bombings killed at least 33 people and wounded more than 50 Wednesday in the restive Diyala province northeast of Baghdad, authorities said. Most of those killed and wounded were Iraqi police officers charged with securing the province's capital city ahead of elections Sunday. "

* Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) announced a "leave of absence" from his powerful post as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee today. Whether he'll ever get his gavel back remains unclear.

* Marriage equality reaches the nation's capital. Western civilization remains unaffected.

* Matters get slightly worse for New York Gov. David Paterson (D).

* Greece tried to alleviate creditors' fears today with a new $6.5 billion austerity plan.

* Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) is blaming Harry Reid for Bunning's five-day hostage standoff over unemployment benefits.

* On a related note, Kevin Drum explains, "Bunning is a moron."

* Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, is threatening to vote with far-right Republicans to kill health care reform. This isn't the first time Grijalva has talked like this.

* I was very sorry to hear that the blogger known as "Jon Swift" has died.

* Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is not above trying to connect his hatred for gays to his opposition to federal wage requirements.

* As part of our ongoing coverage of SUNY Binghamton's troubling transition to Division I athletics, the school announced this week that its basketball team will not be participating in the America East tournament this year.

* Leave Grant's picture on the $50 alone.

* And finally, Rod Blagojevich was -- in all seriousness -- the "guest of honor at a Northwestern University panel on ethics in politics last night." The disgraced former governor reportedly "elicited laughs from the audience -- and not necessarily intentionally."

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Steve Benen 5:30 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (22)

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The only thing Reagan's mug should be associated with is our current deficit.

Posted by: Benmerc on March 3, 2010 at 5:36 PM | PERMALINK

I thought there to be no more sudden "retirements" in the Dem camp?
http://www.rollcall.com/news/43777-1.html

Posted by: exlibra on March 3, 2010 at 5:37 PM | PERMALINK

Ooops, sorry. Missed the thread below, which has already covered it...

Posted by: exlibra on March 3, 2010 at 5:38 PM | PERMALINK

sweet. Steve King has this down. He laid a little low in the fall, let Bachmann think she has the lead, but as we come into tournament season, King is peaking at exactly the right time.

he's an easy 1-seed for the Craziest Congressperson bracket, but I think this could just be the year he can go all the way.

Posted by: zeitgeist on March 3, 2010 at 5:43 PM | PERMALINK

Oh, no. So sorry about "Jon Swift." He was a GENIUS.

Posted by: kc on March 3, 2010 at 5:52 PM | PERMALINK

Damn! Jon Swift gone?! That makes me sad.

Posted by: shortstop on March 3, 2010 at 5:53 PM | PERMALINK

Jon Swift was brilliant. He made Stephen Colbert look like an amateur. It's a shame.

Posted by: hells littlest angel on March 3, 2010 at 6:00 PM | PERMALINK

They tried to kick FDR off the dime, and give St. Ronnie his spot.

That didn’t work out, so now they want to replace U.S. Grant with Reagan on the $50.

That could work. One corrupt and mediocre president for another. . .

Posted by: DAY on March 3, 2010 at 6:13 PM | PERMALINK

Just watch -- wanta bet the holdup of everything Obama ends as soon as the estate tax is ruled out for 2011?

The estate tax only affects about 700 people, last I recall (anyone got a better number? How about their names?). It's a tax only on the very richest of the richest people in the country.

And they own the government, near as I can tell.

Google "death tax" and watch for it to start being mentioned again, would you? Is an extended repeal going to be slipped quietly in?

... Under current law, the death tax expires in 2010 but comes back to life in 2011. ...
www.heritage.org/research/taxes/wm2

".... under threat if the death tax is allowed to come back again next year. ...
hatch.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction...2010

It was supposed to be a short term repeal of the estate tax that ended -- as the law now says -- after this year. Everyone involved had time to redo their estate plans.

But -- instead -- where did all the money go?

NOTE to any health epidemiologist watching -- if there's no extension of the repeal, time runs out, Congress goes home late in 2010 and the estate tax will be coming back in 2011, watch for a spike in deaths before the end of 2010.

If we see that, it will suggest the richest folks have figured out some way that they _can_ take it with them. Cryogenics, maybe?

Posted by: Hank Roberts on March 3, 2010 at 6:54 PM | PERMALINK

"The only thing Reagan's mug should be associated with is our current deficit."

If that is the case, I guess the Democratic Congress that was in power during the Reagan Years will be on the back of the fifty. Or perhaps just Tip O'Neill.

And if you are a supporter of Obama and you chastise Reagan for deficits, you are a hypocrite, a very extreme hypocrite.

Posted by: Obama is a pathetic joke and so are his worshipers on March 3, 2010 at 7:04 PM | PERMALINK

Can't we get Taft - he'd fill the $50 bill!

Posted by: royalblue_tom on March 3, 2010 at 7:28 PM | PERMALINK

Dear "Obama is a pathetic joke and so are his worshipers"

We all have our crosses to bear. My condolences on yours.

Posted by: Palin is a pathetic joke and so are her worshipers on March 3, 2010 at 7:28 PM | PERMALINK

Blago continues to have entertainment value. He, Cyndi Lauper (yaay!) and others will be on the next "Apprentice" Season.

Iraq: Does this mean Newsweek's latest Cover, with a rehabilitated George Bush walking proudly away from a "Mission Accomplished" banner, is off track somehow? My ...

Posted by: neil b on March 3, 2010 at 7:38 PM | PERMALINK

Marriage equality reaches the nation's capital. Western civilization remains unaffected.

Correction: Western civilization became a little more civilized.

Posted by: MAJeff on March 3, 2010 at 8:23 PM | PERMALINK

New ballot fraud operation of Republicans revealed:
http://www.bradblog.com/?p=7723

Posted by: neil b on March 3, 2010 at 8:43 PM | PERMALINK

Karl Rove is still lying about the Bushies predetermination to invade Iraq, WMD or no WMD, but his mendacity has evolved.
http://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/03/03/karl-rove-admits-mistake-in-advising-bush-on-iraq-invasion-respo/

Posted by: robert on March 3, 2010 at 9:07 PM | PERMALINK

Republicans drove the national debt into the tens of trillions, whether there was a Republican OR Democratic Congress. In fact, the worst of it happened with a Republican House AND Senate.

$9.5 trillion of the current total $12.5 trillion came from Reagan and the two Bushes.

Posted by: hby on March 3, 2010 at 9:16 PM | PERMALINK

Reagan belongs on toilet paper.

Posted by: JPS on March 3, 2010 at 9:18 PM | PERMALINK

Put Reagan on the dollar coin.

His rabid fans would make durn sure it would stay in circulation and we could finally drop kick the $1 greenback.

Put their inexplicable deification to good use.


Posted by: toowearyforoutrage on March 3, 2010 at 9:41 PM | PERMALINK

Make a pink $3.00 bill, and put Reagan's picture on that... gotta love cognitive dissonance

Posted by: RepubAnon on March 3, 2010 at 10:22 PM | PERMALINK

Put Reagan's face on the front of the bill and the back of his head on the back.

Republicans would find this so strange they'd never be able to look at it or handle it. It would just be wrong.

Posted by: cld on March 3, 2010 at 11:34 PM | PERMALINK

"Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, is threatening to vote with far-right Republicans to kill health care reform. This isn't the first time Grijalva has talked like this."

All of these guys have a price, and there is unlimited stimulus funding to spread around.

Posted by: bob h on March 4, 2010 at 6:15 AM | PERMALINK
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