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This will be a short diary. Earlier today, the International AIDS Society selected the United States of America as the host for the 19th Annual International AIDS Conference.

30 November 2009 (Washington, DC) — At the White House today, the International AIDS Society (IAS) announced that the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) will be held in Washington, DC, in July 2012.

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And why has the International AIDS Conference not been held in the United States since 1990, you might ask?

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I will make this quick and dirty. A Harvard University study released this week states that 1.46 million of our veterans go without health insurance every day, leading to 2,266 preventable deaths annually for veterans under the age of 65.

A research team at Harvard Medical School estimates 2,266 U.S. military veterans under the age of 65 died last year because they lacked health insurance and thus had reduced access to care. That figure is more than 14 times the number of deaths (155) suffered by U.S. troops in Afghanistan in 2008, and more than twice as many as have died (911 as of Oct. 31) since the war began in 2001.

http://www.pnhp.org/...

I have a simple question. Why not make our soldiers and veterans immediately eligible for lifelong enrollment in Medicare?

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My best friend from college, a Conservative, a Republican, and also an incredibly nice and very reasonable guy, wrote to me to ask my opinion about health care reform as he is "trying to keep an open mind." Here was his email:

So - being a doctor and a liberal - what is your opinion about the current health care debate? I kind of can read between the lines, but in an attempt to have an open mind and better educate myself, I want to hear it from the "horse's mouth." :-)

I have been doing a lot of thinking about the moral imperative of health care reform, so...

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As most of you know, Chris Dodd has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. You might think that this would engender an empathic response from political friend and foe alike.

And, well, you would be wrong.

Let me offer a sampling of some of the comments in the "Comments Section" from the article in the Hartford Courant:

Sadly I can't believe anything this man says anymore. My first thought when I saw this headline was, wow what a desperate PR stunt.

JaneDoe1977 (07/31/2009, 12:30 PM )

That, unfortunately, as about as good as it gets.

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Sanjay Gupta was on Larry King Live tonight and withdrew from consideration to be our next Surgeon-General.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent, has withdrawn his name from consideration as surgeon general of the United States, he said Thursday.

"This is more about my family and my surgical career," Gupta told CNN's "Larry King Live."

The neurosurgeon said he would likely have had to give up practicing had he taken the job as the nation's top doctor.

So. With that little near-misstep behind us. Can somebody from the Obama Administration PLEASE get Howard Dean on the line?

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Kudos to the Senate for actually getting something productive done today. (I'm not exactly sure when they had time to get to all of this, but good for them for doing so.) Seven Cabinet members have been confirmed this afternoon.

As pointed out by Kos yesterday, CQ Politics has a great scorecard here.

Introducing our seven new Cabinet members below:

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By now, you have all seen this.

The Bush administration today issued a sweeping new regulation that protects a broad range of health-care workers -- from doctors to janitors -- who refuse to participate in providing services that they believe violate their personal, moral or religious beliefs.

The controversial rule empowers federal health officials to cut off federal funding for any state or local government, hospital, clinic, health plan, doctor's office or other entity if it does not accommodate employees who exercise their "right of conscience."

I am a physician. I am Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, and I am currently working as an Internist in a major, urban tertiary care center.

I would like to make an announcement.

If any of you reading this use cocaine, then STAY THE HELL OUT OF MY HOSPITAL.

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We did this once before:

http://www.dailykos.com/...

In light of the bailout of Citibank earlier today, I'm calling on this community to cancel a credit card once again - this time, specifically, a credit card issued by Citibank.

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Many are calling this a landslide. I disagree. This election was a very close contest, fought right down to the last minute until all 50 states had voted and until every vote had been counted.

We should all join in and congratulate the second place finisher in the 2008 Presidential Election, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

After all, after yesterday, there can be no doubt that had she been our nominee, she would have handily beaten John McCain yesterday. Perhaps the margin would have been a bit closer (and perhaps not), but there can be no doubt that Hillary would have won.

There can be no doubt that had our country, and our Party, not shattered one glass ceiling yesterday, then we certainly would have shattered another.

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Forgive what will be a rather brief diary, but I just came across the following from the Charlotte Observer:

Mayor 'just curious' if Obama is antichrist

FORT MILL, S.C. -- Fort Mill Mayor Danny Funderburk says he was "just curious" when he forwarded a chain e-mail suggesting Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama is the biblical antichrist. "I was just curious if there was any validity to it," Funderburk said in a telephone interview. "I was trying to get documentation if there was any scripture to back it up."

Sigh.

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I know that many of you will dismiss the following diary as premature, but with all of the uproar about Sarah Palin, there is a point that has been lost here. We, in the Democratic Party, remain the more favorable party for female candidates in politics by almost any measure. And we, the Democratic Party, have numerous up-and-coming female candidates that will absolutely be in the running for our Presidential nomination in 2016.

Some are better known than others; most will be well-known within a decade.  But we, as a Party, should recognize that gender equality in politics is not the politics of tokenism, of appointing someone hopelessly overmatched for the position solely on the basis of gender. Rather, gender equality in politics is a Senate and Congress composed of equal parts men and women. Gender equality is a slate of Presidential candidates comprised of equal numbers of men and women.

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Tue Jan 29, 2008 at 11:00 AM PST

President Joe Lieberman

by betterdonkeys

Joe Lieberman was on Tucker Carlson on MSNBC about an hour ago, and Lieberman closed with a sentence that sent chills down my spine:

If John McCain wins Florida tonight, I'm sure that he will get the nomination, and if he gets the nomination, I'm sure that he will be elected.

Now maybe my tinfoil hat is fitted just a bit too tightly today, but to me, Lieberman seemed to say this with an air of "I know something that you all don't know." And while this is a thought that seems too repulsive to comprehend, maybe this is a consideration that ought to be capturing the attention and energy of progressive Democrats everywhere:

Could we be facing a scenario that could actually give us a President Joe Lieberman?

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