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Bart Stupak: People still ‘b*tch me out’ in airports for helping pass health care

Retired Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) said in an interview that he still gets “accosted” and “bitch[ed] out” in airports for his role in helping pass health care reform one year ago in the final stretch. “I still get accosted,” Stupak told The Atlantic‘s Chris Good. “It’s been amazing to me…

Bamboo Review: C Street

With Election Day drawing near, it’s probably a good time for a solid reminder of exactly how scary the agenda being pushed by the Republican party is. And I have just the book for that, Jeff Sharlet’s follow-up to his bestseller The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of…

Pentagon buys $82 million a month in fuel from BP, despite spill

Defense Department says it has $980 million in contracts with BP for current fiscal year; Oil giant was largest provider of fuel to Pentagon in the world in 2009 The organization charged with helping BP plug and clean up a leaking oil drill hole in the Gulf is also providing…

Multiple warning signs preceded BP blast: inquiry

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Multiple warnings signs preceded an explosion that tore through a BP-leased oil rig, killing 11 and precipitating a massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, US lawmakers have said. Citing a preliminary BP inquiry into the disaster, Representatives Henry Waxman and Bart Stupak said there were…

Gulf oil gusher ‘ten times worse’ than previously estimated, experts say

Obama wants higher oil company taxes, pledges $58 million for cleanup efforts Update (below): Democrats align to ban offshore drilling along west coast So this is why BP’s release of video showing the Gulf oil gusher was mysteriously delayed. According to a scientific analysis of footage from the bottom of…

BP finally releases oil spill video, but lies about delay

Experts say criminal charges ‘just a matter of time.’ BP officials finally made an underwater video of its broken well gushing oil into the Gulf of Mexico, after being pressured to do so by media outlets and the White House, and then claiming they hadn’t received requests for the footage.…

Seamless garment wingnuttery

Even though Bart Stupak claims that the tea baggers dogging him had no influence on his decision to retire, it still matters that the tea baggers were dogging him. Why? Because Stupak is probably full of shit, as is his habit? In part, sure. It’s always fun to make fun…

And this one’s for the readers

Thank god for the Twitters, by the way. I’m using Tweet Deck on my iPhone now, and once we landed in NYC, it was hard to get Safari to work to keep up with the health care frenzy. But Tweet Deck works like a charm, so I’ve been following the…

Why “inconsequential” isn’t an argument

The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services has released a report demonstrating that progressives weren’t kidding around when we said that the Stupak-Pitts amendment was going to deprive all insured women of abortion coverage over time. The report concludes that “the treatment exclusions required under the…

Oh, Yes, Blogging!

Sorry I’ve been gone, guys – it’s been a hard past couple of weeks (2L year, a breakup, that night I went out drinking with Bart Stupak and bet him that the House of Representatives would never be so stupid as to effectively ban all private insurers from voluntarily covering…

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