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Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 03:44 PM PDT

AP: Kathleen Sebelius Resigning

by Heavy Mettle

Not much out yet about this except for this:

WASHINGTON (AP) — AP source: HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius resigning after rocky health care law rollout.

Now that Obamacare is officially a success, the timing is interesting.

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It doesn't matter that it's true. Call out Republican racism, and not only will you get fired but your employer will apologize profusely to the offended Republicans.

Chairman Priebus recently spoke by phone with MSNBC President Phil Griffin.
Mr. Griffin apologized for the network’s offensive tweet from Saturday night. As outlined in the letter below, his network has taken corrective action.

We appreciate Mr. Griffin’s admission that their comment was demeaning and disgusting, and the Chairman accepted his apology. We will aggressively monitor the network to see whether their pattern of unacceptable behavior actually changes.

We don’t expect their liberal bias to change, but we will call them out when political commentary devolves into personal and belittling attacks.

Thank you to everyone who joined in our efforts today.

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As part of Super Bowl Media Frenzy Week ™, Gov. Christie along with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell toured a newly renovated Boys and Girls Club in Newark, NJ (Cory Booker's old stomping grounds as a matter of fact). He doesn't even have the decency to let a 13 year old win.

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Remember during the Presidential campaign Mitt Romney (and other GOP candidates) refuted the claim that Americans do not have unequal opportunities for health care - the Emergency Room is there for anyone to get their healthcare.

"Well, we do provide care for people who don't have insurance," Romney told interviewer Scott Pelley. "If someone has a heart attack, they don't sit in their apartment and -- and die. We pick them up in an ambulance, and take them to the hospital, and give them care. And different states have different ways of providing for that care."
As an apartment dweller, this quote always got under my skin, the way he singled out apartment dwellers as the people who would need to call ambulances for health care, his little dogwhistle there.
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Did you know that Hammerman and Gainer, a contractor doing the bulk of the Hurricane Sandy reconstruction work, was quietly fired by Gov. Chris Christie, back in December? Me neither!

Turns out an enterprising reporter at New Jersey Public Radio, Matt Katz, just dug up this little nugget by combing the state's website. I couldn't find anything else about it in a Google search.

This politically connected firm's lawyers made a $25K contribution to the Republican Governor's Association, which Christie heads, and the RGA contributed $1.7 Milllion  to Christie's reelection campaign.

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Seems Chris Christie used the Port Authority funds to pay for transportation projects in New Jersey. The NJ state transportation fund is notoriously depleted and in a state which refuses to raise gasoline taxes to pay for its roads and car usage, diverting money from a bi-state agency appears to be the way to go. And, assigning that money that helped Christie politically.

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As the entire news division at NBC is under scrutiny, the newly hired news boss Deborah Turness, brought in to shake up the moribund news division, is eyeing cutbacks in the DC bureau, which produces Meet The Press and provides political news coverage to NBC's Nightly News with Brian Williams.

Meet the Press dropped to a 21 year low in the ratings this past summer compared to ABC's This Week and CBS's Face the Nation.

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Oh my goodness! I just noticed that I am a subscriber! I have no idea how long that has been there because I don't check my profile or emails often - not even sure if you get a notice or not. I hope it hasn't been there forever and I just didn't notice or else I would be really red-faced.

I know these thank you diaries get a little tedious but I don't know who to thank and how, and I don't want you to think it went unnoticed or unappreciated, so - THANK YOU

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I continue to be amazed by the loyalty of dogs. Here is a case of a blind man's guide dog, who went right after the man after he got too close to the edge of the subway platform and fell onto the tracks.

The blind man who survived a harrowing tumble onto the subway tracks in Harlem yesterday morning insists his guide dog was not to blame for the mishap—in fact, he says the devoted hound saved his life. Cecil Williams, 61, was feeling faint on his way to the dentist when he got too close to the edge of the platform at the 125th Street A/B/D station. "He was just walking toward the yellow line and all of a sudden and we heard him say, 'Oh no!' and slip and fall onto the tracks," witness Ashley Prenza told us yesterday.

The dog, Orlando, jumped down into the tracks to join Williams, who told the AP from his hospital bed, "The dog saved my life." Just before his fall, Williams says Orlando was trying to hold him up. Once they were both down on the tracks, an MTA worker urged Williams to lie down in the shallow trench between the rails. He heeded the advice, and kept Orlando down too; as a result, both survived an incoming A train that roared into the station soon after.

Williams, who is on Insulin and other medication, was not struck by the train, which covered him and Orlando by about one and a half car lengths. He sustained a minor head injury in the fall, and was soon extricated by the FDNY. "I'm feeling amazed," Williams told the AP. "I feel that God, the powers that be, have something in store for me. They didn't take me away this time. I'm here for a reason."

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Well that was a short-lived, slap on the wrist, time out! Leave of absence my eye! It's the new nopology, the noleave of abscence. Logan and her discredited Benghaaaaaazi producer are already booking camera crews for early next year, picking up where they left off with unfinished projects before their 'vacations'. Even though a CBS spokesman has said no firm date for their return has been scheduled. Odd that they would be scheduling crews without knowing if they have a job.

Lara Logan and Max McClellan, the '60 Minutes' journalists who were put on a leave of absence following their now-retracted report on Benghazi, are set to return to the program early next year, POLITICO has learned.

Logan and her producer, who had unfinished projects in the works when they left in November, have started booking camera crews for news packages, network sources said. Their return could come as early as next month.

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After the roughshod treatment of Dan Rather by CBS including them leaving him out of any of their special reporting on the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination, despite his integral part in reporting the original  story for them, I am glad to hear him finally speaking out on the relative treatment by them of him vs Lara Logan. Logan is well known for her agenda driven, yet discredited,  60 Minutes report on Benghazi for which she subsequently was quietly asked to take a 'leave of absence'.

"CBS News has a lot to answer for this, there's a lot of questions, they've answered some of them. I don't want to in any way add to their burden, I know what it feels like to be the correspondent who is the center of controversy, when there are people both above and below you [having] plenty of questions asked of them."

Rather was clearly referencing his own incident at CBS, which centered around the much-scrutinized 2004 report on George W. Bush's Air National Guard service record. In speaking with Morgan, Monday's guest offered a specifc distinction between his situation, and the one currently plaguing correspondent Lara Logan:

"I will make this point: with our story, the one that led to our difficulty, no question the story was true...while most of us eventually lost our jobs, it was 'okay, your story was true, but the way you got to the truth, was flawed, the process was flawed,'" explained Rather. "That's not the case with the Benghazi story. Unfortunately, and there's no joy in saying it, they were taken in by a man who was a fraud."

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Tue Dec 10, 2013 at 10:37 AM PST

Who Pays For Obamacare?

by Heavy Mettle

About two thirds, or one trillion dollars over the next decade, is money out of the government treasury. The rest is from major sources of revenue and program cuts. From TNR:

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