Missed this one last week. Alveda King, niece of slain civil rights legend Dr. Martin Luther King and loony genocide obsessed anti-gay activist, wins the Bronze Medal for Keith Olbermann's "Worst Person in the World." Serial adulterer Newt Gingrich wins the silver, watch the clip WHEN YOU JUMP ...
In last night's Oval Office address, the President vowed to deploy all resources to fight the oil disaster and keep the pressure on BP. "We will fight this spill with everything we've got for as long it takes," Obama said after two consecutive days surveying the Gulf Coast, which is threatened by a massive oil spill that began April 20.
Was the speech "too little, too late"? Many critics say the President painted himself into a corner after reneging on his long-term opposition to offshore drilling. Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews, longtime Obama cheerleaders at MSNBC, were even more incensed. "Where is the how in this speech when the nation is crying out for how?"
The bill includes a version of the "public option" preferred by moderates and raises Medicaid eligibility levels to 150 percent of the federal poverty level for all adults, a steeper increase than in earlier drafts....The House legislation aims to provide health insurance of one form or another to 96 percent of all Americans at an expected cost just below $900 billion over 10 years, without increasing the federal budget deficit for at least 20 years, House Democrats said. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he will include a similar public provision in the Senate bill with an "opt out" clause for states that don't want to participate.
Four page summary here. The full text here. The top 14 provisions that take effect immediately here. The implementation timeline here.
The stronger, Medicare plus 5% provision was solidly backed by House progressives but lacked enough votes to pass. WaPo adds: "Rural Democrats strongly opposed that approach because of the potentially ruinous effect on doctors and hospitals in their districts, where Medicare rates are generally well below the national average."
While Medicare +5 would have been stronger, negotiated rates are not the worst thing. But many progressives are not enthused and question if too many concessions were made.
Via MSNBC, watch Pelosi introduce the bill, Howard Dean on Olbermann critique the bill and fabulous Rep. Alan Grayson on The Ed Show support the plan AFTER THE JUMP.
Olbermann mocked the the incredibly ineffective and latest anti-gay chairman of the Republican National Committee chairman on last night's Countdown: "In this country, weddings are a $70 billion a year industry. B, billion, as in Bridezilla. Seventy billion. ... Legalizing gay marriage is a gold mine to jump starting a lousy economy. Like, say, the one you Republicans gave us."
If you've followed much of the news coverage around the latest addition to the family of Dick and Lynne Cheney, you may not have even realized their daughter Mary is a lesbian and that she has a longtime partner. You may not have even realized this was Mary's child, because the White House has only released photos of the Vice President and his wife holding the baby and none showing the two mommies.
Via After Elton is MSNBC's Keith Olbermann, who provides some much-needed context to viewers who do not understand the impact of anti-gay, "family values" legislation.
Heather Poe, Mary Cheney's partner of fifteen years, is not permitted any legal connection to the child whatsoever—can't adopt as a second parent, can't legally exist. To the folks that keep that law on the books, let me see if I've got this right—your political or religious beliefs are more important than this one kid having a loving, two-parent home. Not theory here, not abstractions... this particular little boy, on day one facing all the crap life has to offer him and everybody else. He doesn't get two parents and this makes you feel better about yourself, how?
For this, Olbermann awarded the Government of the State of Virginia as the day's "Worst Person in the World." That dishonor is usually reserved for the likes of Ann Coulter, Bill O'Reilly or grandpa Dick Cheney.