Lauren Bacall Has Died At Age 89

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LAUREN BACALL

Lauren Bacall med close left shoulder 40sActress Lauren Bacall passed away yesterday at the age of 89 in her hometown of New York City. The word “Legend” is tossed around these days until the point that it’s become meaningless. But Bacall was a bona fide Hollywood LEGEND who then went on to become a bona fide Broadway LEGEND, winning two Tony Awards for Best Actress.

I have been a lifelong fan of Bacall’s and I always loved her and Bogie together. I am a native New Yorker — as she was — and I patterned myself after her when I was young. She was “Betty” — a Jewish girl from the Bronx who became a model and then an actress, known for her beauty, class and sass. Her voice was unique, as was her trademark facial expression that became known famously as “The Look”.

I could say so much about Bacall in this blog post, but I wouldLauren Bacall med close straight ahead 40s rather let the obituaries speak about her numerous screen and stage credits. Let’s enjoy the photos and the short video clip, and remember her life and legend.

I’m so sorry to see Lauren Bacall leave this earth, but I am thankful knowing that she is now reunited with her Bogie, sharing a drink, a cigarette, and trading quips with him — He was also a native New Yorker and they were a perfect match. Betty Bacall, you will be missed! May you Rest In Peace, and may your strong spirit soar!

Lauren Bacall How To Marry A Millionaire 1953Lauren Bacall dies at 89; Iconic film legend known as “The Look” — Washington Post 8/12/14

Lauren Bacall Accepting Honorary Oscar 2009

Lauren Bacall Dies at 89; In a Bygone Hollywood, She Purred Every Word — New York Times 8/12/14

Lauren Bacall in 2012 age 87My blog post from 2012 showing Lauren Bacall at age 87:
“Weathered Celebrity Faces”

Lauren Bacall: 23 Unforgettable Moments From A Dazzling Life — Yahoo Movies 8/13/14

Bogie & Bacall To Have and Have Not

LAUREN BACALL DANCES OFF
“TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT”

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News Bag

LEGAL MARIJUANA

Marijuana Leaf Kaleidoscope

There will be a cannabis industry expo in October 2014 in Denver, CO: “The Indo Expo Trade Show looks to assist in building relationships between wholesalers,retailers, and the public. This show will provide a safe business environment as well as a forum for constructing business relationships and exchanging ideas and information. In addition, the Indo Expo will support the growth of the industry both locally and nationally by bringing together industry professionals from around the country.”Indo Expo 2014

Oregon puts Legalization initiative on the 2014 ballot: “Oregon voters will decide this November in favor of a statewide initiative to regulate the commercial production and retail sale of marijuana.

“State election officials today announced that petitioners, New Approach Oregon, had submitted enough valid signatures from registered voters to qualify the measure for the November ballot.”NORML 7/22/14

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REPUBLICAN LAWSUIT AGAINST OBAMA

Republicans in the House of Representatives vote to sueObama & Boehner - So Sue Me President Obama: “The House voted mostly along party lines Wednesday to authorize suing President Barack Obama, which Republicans called a principled move to rein in an increasingly lawless president and Democrats and the White House dismissed as a taxpayer-financed political stunt.

“The resolution, adopted 225-201, would authorize a lawsuit against the president over his implementation of the Affordable Care Act, with five Republicans joining all the Democrats in opposition … “

“GOP leaders plan to sue over his decision to delay the employer mandate without authorization from Congress.

“Republicans say the unilateral employer mandate delay is just one example of the White House’s disregard for the rule of law.”Roll Call 7/30/14

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DETROIT WATER SHUTOFF

Detroit Water Shutoff Protest July 2014Detroit wins major victory in water battle: “The City of Detroit has been turning off water service for residents and businesses with severely delinquent bills.”

[T]he unelected emergency manager who was appointed by Michigan’s Republican Governor Rick Snyder, issued an order relinquishing some of his control over the Detroit Water and Sewage Department (DWSD) and giving that authority back to the duly elected Mayor Mike Duggan, who has not been in charge of the Detroit Water Department during this crisis. According to the order, which takes effect immediately, Mayor Duggan now has the authority to manage the DWSD and make appoints to its board. Partial power has been restored to the people.” — PoliticusUSA 7/30/14

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News: Obama Lawsuit, Minimum Wage, UAW

HOUSE LAWSUIT AGAINST OBAMA

Obama & Boehner - So Sue MeSpeaker of the House John Boehner initiates lawsuit against Pres. Obama: “Here’s the complete text of the letter Speaker John A. Boehner sent Wednesday to House members, regarding his decision to initiate a lawsuit on behalf of the House against President Barack Obama over the administration’s use of executive actions. — (Read complete text at =>) Roll Call 6/25/14

Obama to Republicans: “So sue me”: “President Barack Obama dared Republicans to follow through on their threats to bring a lawsuit against his administration over his use of executive action.

“Middle-class families can’t wait for Republicans in Congress to do stuff. So sue me,” Obama said Tuesday at an event in Washington.” — CNN Politics 7/1/14

Boehner: Why we must sue Obama: “Every member of Congress swore an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. So did President Barack Obama.

“But too often over the past five years, the President has circumvented the American people and their elected representatives through executive action …”

“That’s why, later this month, we will bring legislation to the House floor that would authorize the House of Representatives to file suit in an effort to compel President Obama to follow his oath of office and faithfully execute the laws of our country.

“The President’s response: “So sue me.”CNN Opinion 7/7/14

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MINIMUM WAGE

States that raised their minimum wage experiencing faster job growth: “Think a higher minimum wage is a job killer? Think again: TheMinimum Wage states that raised their minimum wages on January 1 have seen higher employment growth since then than the states that kept theirs at the same rate.

“The minimum wage went up in 13 states — Arizona, Connecticut, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington …”

“[A]ll but one of those states are experiencing increases in employment, and nine of them have seen growth above the median rate.” — Think Progress 7/3/14

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UAW AND VOLKSWAGEN

UAW logoUAW is back in Chattanooga, Tennessee: The UAW today announced the formation of UAW Local 42, a new local union providing representation for employees at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga.

“Organized by Volkswagen employees, Local 42 offers workers the opportunity for a voice in the workplace through the German automaker’s “works council” approach to employee engagement. Volkswagen’s business model is premised on employee representation, and Local 42 will represent any interested employees who join the local as members. No employees will be required to join.”UAW News 7/10/14

Why Volkswagen agreed to UAW local in Chattanooga: “In a move that’s unusual but not unprecedented, the United Auto Workers union has sidestepped its loss in a worker vote in February and created a local union to represent workers at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee.

“And what’s surprising, considering decades of fierce anti-union efforts from the other foreign transplant automakers in the South, this time the union had the tacit approval of Volkswagen itself.”USA Today 7/11/14

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Supreme Court Decisions

               SUPREME COURT RULES IN FAVOR OF HOBBY LOBBY AGAINST OBAMACARE

Supreme Court Justices

Supreme Court rules against Obamacare contraception mandate: “A sharply divided Supreme Court on Monday ruled that “closely held” for-profit corporations cannot be forced to abide by Obamacare’s mandate to cover contraception for female employees in their insurance plans at no extra cost.

“The decision is a major victory for Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood, two businesses with Christian owners which sued for relief from having to cover emergency contraceptives like Ella and Plan B due to their religious beliefs. The ruling is narrower than it could have been” — Talking Points Memo 6/30/14

Supreme Court sides with employers over birth control mandate: “The Supreme Court struck down a key part of President Obama’s health-care law Monday, ruling that family-owned businesses do not have to offer their employees contraceptive coverage that conflicts with the owners’ religious beliefs.

“The decision deeply split the court, not only on its holding that the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) protects some businesses from offering contraceptive coverage but also on how broadly the ruling will apply to other challenges in which businesses say laws impose on their religious beliefs.”Washington Post 6/30/14

Supreme Court BuildingSCOTUS sides with Hobby Lobby: “Obamacare’s contraception mandate infringes on religious liberty and must be waived for some business owners, the Supreme Court said in a 5-4 ruling Monday. 

“Certain employers cannot be forced to include contraception in their health care plans if doing so would violate their religious beliefs, the Court said. The justices did not strike down the birth-control mandate altogether, but their decision will weaken the policy’s reach.

“Writing for the majority, Justice Samuel Alito said the decision applied only to closely held corporations, like the two firms that filed this challenge.”National Journal 6/30/14

Boston Women protest SCOTUS decision

Meet the companies and institutions you should avoid after Hobby Lobby: “It’s not just Hobby Lobby. There are one hundred cases that have been filed for the right to discriminate against women’s healthcare. NOW calls them the “Dirty 100″.

“Here they are in all of their infamy: The following is a list of plaintiffs in the 100 cases that have been filed in opposition to the birth control mandate in the Affordable Care Act, as provided by the National Organization for Women.” PoliticusUSA 7/1/14

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News: Food Stamps, Labor Unions, Gay Rights

FOOD STAMPS

NY State EBT CardCongress passes $8.7 billion food stamp cut: “It’s official: 850,000 households across the country are set to lose an average of $90 per month in food stamp benefits.

“The Senate on Tuesday voted 68-32 to send the 2014 Farm Bill – which includes an $8.7 billion cut to food stamps – to President Obama’s desk. Nine Democrats opposed the bill, and 46 members of the Democratic caucus voted for it, joining 22 Republicans.

“The House passed the law by a similarly commanding margin last Wednesday. After the House vote, White House press secretary Jay Carney made clear that the president would sign off on the legislation.”MSNBC 2/4/14

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LABOR UNIONS

Unions claim lawmakers deprived workers of their rights UAW logoby interfering with Volkswagen vote: “On Friday, the United Auto Workers (UAW) union filed an appeal with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) of a recent vote to unionize in a Volkswagen (VW) plant in Tennessee, claiming a “firestorm of interference from politicians and special interest groups” interfered and made it impossible to have a free election.

“The week before, workers narrowly defeated an attempt to unionize the plant in Chattanooga, which would have also led to the creation of the first-ever works council in an American plant, a formalized structure for employers to share information with workers and for workers to give feedback on workplace safety and productivity. The failed vote came as somewhat of a surprise, given that VW had vowed to remain neutral and organizers believed a majority of workers supported the idea of a union.

“But it also came after strong statements from some Tennessee lawmakers against the campaign to organize.”Think Progress 2/24/14

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GLBT RIGHTS

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Exposing the Christian Right’s new strategy for reversing progress on Gay Rights: “With LGBT rights activists winning court victories in state after state, the Christian Right has opened a new battlefield in the nation’s cultural war, and they’re leaving nothing behind in their effort to enact Jim Crow-era laws against gay Americans.”

“… Republican lawmakers have pushed a slew of bills under the guise of “religious freedom.” This means businesses or individuals would be granted not only the right to deny services or employment to LGBT American[s], but also immunity against prosecution for discrimination.”AlterNet 2/21/14

The “Religious Liberty” bill fight continues in Georgia and other states: “With a defeat in Kansas and now a defeat in Arizona, the “religious liberty” movement gets set for Battleground: Georgia, with other states soon to follow, including Missouri, Mississippi, and Oklahoma.”

“Jim Crow hits the nail on the head. As Ian Millhiser wrote the other day on ThinkProgress, “religious liberty” was once “used to justify racism instead of homophobia.”” — PoliticusUSA 2/28/14

Antigay laws gain global attention: “After Uganda criminalized homosexuality, the White House immediately warned that the law would “complicate” the country’s relationship with Washington, and the Netherlands and Norway cut off bits of development aid.”

“The issue of gay rights has catapulted up the diplomatic agenda in recent years, as international organizations have extended rights protections to gays and lesbians and donor nations have faced new challenges in dealing with governments that discriminate.”New York Times 3/1/14

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Legal Marijuana In the U.S.

Here is a brief look at what has happened so far this year since two states in the U.S. — Washington and Colorado — legalized the sale and regulation of marijuana.

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World’s first state-licensed marijuana retailers open doors in Colorado: “The world’s first state-licensed marijuana retailers legally permitted to sell pot for recreational use opened for business in Colorado on Wednesday with long lines of customers, marking a new chapter in America’s drug culture.

“Roughly three dozen former medical marijuana dispensaries newly cleared by state regulators to sell pot to consumers interested in nothing more than its mind- and mood-altering properties began welcoming customers as early as 8 a.m.”

“Hundreds of patrons, some from distant states and many huddling outside in the bitter cold and snow for hours, cued up to be among the first buyers.”Yahoo News 1/1/14

Rethinking Pot The First Sales

Legal Weed Sales Bring Long Lines To Colorado: “Long lines and blustery winter weather greeted Colorado marijuana shoppers testing the nation’s first legal recreational pot shops Wednesday.”

“The world was watching as Colorado unveiled the modern world’s first fully legal marijuana industry — no doctor’s note required (as in 18 states and Washington, D.C.) and no unregulated production of the drug (as in the Netherlands). Uruguay has fully legalized pot but hasn’t yet set up its system.

“Colorado had 24 shops open Wednesday, most of them in Denver, and aside from long lines and sporadic reports of shoppers cited for smoking pot in public, there were few problems.”Talking Points Memo 1/2/14

Marijuana Leaf6 Things You Should Know About Buying Pot In Colorado: “January 1 marked a high point for Colorado’s Amendment 64 — the first day recreational marijuana businesses can legally operate in the state. A little more than a year after Colorado passed its ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana, individuals can for the first time sell, produce, and purchase marijuana legally, even without a doctor’s prescription. But to both those eager to light up and those fearful of the consequences, it is worth remembering that there remain more restrictions on the marijuana industry than there are allowances, which proponents hope will better control the health and safety of the industry. With Colorado’s law, federal law, and local law all affecting regulation, here are some key facts about Wednesday’s roll-out:”AlterNet 1/1/14

See History Being Made: 6 Scenes of Americans Buying Marijuana Leaf KaleidoscopeMarijuana on 1st Day of Legalization: “It’s been one mighty historic week of legal marijuana business transactions in Colorado to begin the New Year.

Smell the Truth‘s fearless leader David Downs reported live from all the snow and festivities, bringing words and pictures throughout New Years day, while also managing to enjoy bushel upon bushel of legal ganja. Here are a few of the images he grabbed of the opening madness that started the morning of January 1 at 8 a.m.” — AlterNet 1/2/14

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News Mix

RIGHT-WING GROUPS

Shadow MenSocial Conservatives make big money plans: On a recent snowy day in the Washington suburb of Tysons Corner in Northern Virginia, some of the religious right’s wealthiest backers and top operatives gathered at the Ritz-Carlton to plot their entry into the conservative civil war.

“Their plan: take a page out of the playbooks of Karl Rove and the Koch brothers by raising millions of dollars, coordinating their political spending and assiduously courting megadonors.”

“It’s all geared toward elevating the place of social issues like abortion and gay marriage in conservative politics. They’ve been largely relegated to the sidelines as the business wing of the GOP establishment wages a bitter and expensive struggle against the tea party for the soul of the Republican Party.”POLITICO 1/2/14

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UNEMPLOYMENT

10 Reasons why long-term unemployment is a national Unemployed worker with signcatastrophe: “Unemployment is bad. Obviously long-term unemployment is worse. But it’s not just a little worse, it’s horrifically worse. As a companion to our eight charts that describe the problem, here are the top ten reasons why long-term unemployment is such a national catastrophe:

1. It’s way higher than it’s ever been before. When the headline unemployment rate peaked in 2010, it was actually a bit lower than the peak during the 1980 recession and only a point higher than the 1973 recession. As bad as it was, it was something we’d faced before. But the long-term unemployment rate is a whole different story. It peaked at a rate nearly double the worst we’d ever seen in the past, and it’s been coming down only slowly ever since.” — Read more at => Mother Jones 12/23/13

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MINIMUM WAGE

Minimum WageSeattle will raise minimum wage to $15.00: “Just three days on the job, Seattle’s new mayor Ed Murray, announced plans to raise the minimum wage for city workers.

“Today I will issue an executive order directing my department heads to develop a comprehensive strategy to implementing a $15 minimum wage in the City of Seattle for city employees,” Murray said in a news conference Friday morning.”

“Getting a $15/hr minimum wage for all of Seattle is going to take longer, but it is going to happen or be put to the voters.”Daily Kos 1/3/14

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PARTY AFFILIATION

Record high number of Americans identify as Republicans vs. Democratsindependents: “Forty-two percent of Americans, on average, identified as political independents in 2013, the highest Gallup has measured since it began conducting interviews by telephone 25 years ago. Meanwhile, Republican identification fell to 25%, the lowest over that time span. At 31%, Democratic identification is unchanged from the last four years but down from 36% in 2008.”

“Americans’ increasing shift to independent status has come more at the expense of the Republican Party than the Democratic Party. Republican identification peaked at 34% in 2004, the year George W. Bush won a second term in office. Since then, it has fallen nine percentage points, with most of that decline coming during Bush’s troubled second term.”Gallup 1/8/14

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News: Marijuana Policy, Jobs and Unemployment

MARIJUANA POLICY

Marijuana Leaf Kaleidoscope

2013: The Year In Review – NORML’s Top 10 Events That Shaped Marijuana Policy:

#1 Public Support For Legalizing Marijuana Hits Historic Highs: An unprecedented 58 percent of Americans believe that marijuana ought to be “made legal” for adult consumption, according to survey data reported in October by Gallup. The percentage is the highest level of support ever recorded by Gallup, which has been inquiring on the issue since 1969, and marks a ten percent increase in voter approval since 2012. Regional polls conducted this year in several states, including California, Louisiana, and Texas, also reported majority support for legalization.

#2 Nation Of Uruguay Passes Legislation Regulating Cannabis Use: Lawmakers in the South American nation of Uruguay enacted legislation authorizing the licensed production and retail sale of cannabis to all citizens age 18 and older. Residents will be able to legally purchase up to 40 grams of cannabis per month from state-licensed stores at a price of $1 per gram. Uruguay is the first country in modern history to officially legalize and regulate the licensed production and retail sale of cannabis.

#3 Feds Pledge Not To Interfere In State-Licensed Retail Sales Of Cannabis: Deputy Attorney General James Cole issued a three-page memorandum in August affirming that the US Justice Department will allow Colorado and Washington to move forward with statewide efforts to license and regulate the adult marijuana market. Cole later reaffirmed the agency’s position in testimony before the US Senate, stating, “We will not … seek to preempt state ballot initiatives.”

Read the rest of the list here => NORML 12/26/13

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JOBS AND UNEMPLOYMENT

Jobless March

Older Americans Are Getting Booted from Their Jobs and Denied New Opportunities: In every corner of America, millions of people are terrified of losing their jobs and falling into financial ruin. Men and women with impressive professional achievements and credentials are being let go, nudged out and pushed aside. They are pounding the pavement and scouring the job sites, but find themselves turned away even for the most basic retail jobs. Not because they aren’t competent. Not because they lack skills. But simply because they have a gray hair or two.

“This is not just a story of people in their 60s or 70s. Workers as young as 50 are shocked to find themselves suddenly tossed onto the employment rubbish heap, just when they felt on top of their game. They’re feeling stressed, angry and betrayed by a society which has benefited greatly from their contributions.”AlterNet — 12/22/13

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News Bag

GUN RIGHTS

No GunsGun advocates upset over NFL’s rejection of assault rifle ad: “A year after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, America’s gun nuts are in a major tizzy over what may be the biggest and most unlikely victory for sane firearms policy in 2013: the National Football League’s rejection of an assault rifle TV ad in the upcoming Super Bowl. “AlterNet 12/6/13

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UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE

Vermont approves Single-Payer health care: “The Patient Protection & Affordable Care ActAffordable Care Act continues to plow ahead, despite Republican attempts to fight it at every turn.”

“The biggest downside of the ACA is the reliance on the private insurance industry.  It does not have to be this way, however.  There is yet another provision in the Affordable Care Act that can open the door for states to institute their own single-payer healthcare system.”

“The ACA provided states with federal funds to institute a Medicaid expansion. The states [that] chose to expand the program also were able to set up their own state exchanges, which were relatively free from the problems the federal site had. Vermont decided to take it a step further by setting up their very own single payer system.”Truthout 12/7/13

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LEGAL MARIJUANA

Marijuana LeafUruguay: Lawmakers authorize marijuana production and sales: “Members of the Uruguay Senate approved legislation this week authorizing the licensed production and retail sale of cannabis to all citizens age 18 and older. Members of Uruguay’s House had previously approved the measure months earlier. The bill now goes to President José Mujica, who intends to sign the measure into law in the coming days.

“Once adopted, Uruguay will be the first nation in modern history to regulate the licensed production and sale of cannabis.

“This is an attempt to bring an end to the illegal drugs trade by identifying the market and bringing it into the light of day,” said President Mujica in a statement.”NORML 12/12/13

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LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE RUNS FOR TEXAS LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

Leticia Van de Putte announcement

Van de Putte joins race for Lt. Governor: “Long rumored to be a contender, state Sen. Leticia Van De Putte has now made it official: She is running for lieutenant governor.

“I want to be your lieutenant governor because Mama ain’t happy — because Texas, we can do better,” Van de Putte said in a roughly 25-minute speech Saturday that touched heavily on the importance of family in her life.”Texas Tribune 11/23/13

Leticia Van de Putte Declares For Texas Lt. Governor

More on Leticia Van de Putte: Texas blogger Charles Kuffner has a roundup of articles about State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte and her announcement to run for Texas Lt. Governor on the Democratic ticket joining State Sen. Wendy Davis, the candidate for Governor => Off the Kuff 11/26/13

Wendy & Leticia It's A New Day For Texas

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SUPREME COURT RULES ON OBAMACARE

Supreme Court dismisses challenge to Obamacare Supreme Court Buildingmandate: “The last, great hope of Republicans to see Obamacare killed outright is officially dead. They haven’t been able to repeal it. They ran a presidential campaign on ending it, and were overwhelmingly rejected. The Supreme Court decided not to overturn the entire law once already, and has now dismissed the last big case challenging the underpinnings of the law.”

“They’re not going to kill it outright. They’re officially out of opportunities. They’re out of time legislatively, since they’re going on the long recess on December 13. They’ll have to change strategies now, because after January 1 repeal means taking people’s insurance away, something even most Republicans will recognize isn’t politically smart.  So now it’s going to be more efforts to chip away, to refuse to allow any fixes, to create as many obstacles as possible at the state level for implementation.”Daily Kos 12/2/13

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