The public option may be in the dustbin of history, but there are still four Senators determined to squeeze even the last bit of reform the bill might hold.  Senator Sherrod Brown is caving to the pressure on the grounds that there’s still some “good stuff” in the bill.  No word yet from Sanders or Feingold, however, we may be getting a dose of principle from a very unlikely source.  We’ll see how long that lasts.

No word from the House Progressive Caucus that I can find.

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Meanwhile, the Chamber of Commerce is offering opportunities to win gift certificates to Hooters.  All you have to do is oppose health care reform.  Unlike the purported Blue Cross/Blue Shield ads, this offer does not incentivise action; you just have to accept their emails.

Blue Cross is claiming that the Facebook ads offering opportunities to win video games in return for sending an anti-reform email are fake.  The same story notes ads offering opportunities to win a TV.  Blue Cross has suspended all online advertising until they can “investigate” the matter.

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The executive director of the Arizona Republican Party has been charged with stalking.  He’s accused of using the party’s database to stalk a female grad student.  Mum from McCain so far.

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Add Chuck Schumer to the list of Limousine Liberals who have trouble getting along with the little people.  I consider the Stewardess a heroine if she managed to slow up the HCR sell-out for a few hours.

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In a surprise move, Time Magazine named a warm body as Person of the Year.

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Naomi Klein is in Copenhagen.  What she says in the video about “a deal” applies also to the health care debate.  Synchronicity?

She’s also telling Obama not to bother with Copenhagen because he’s already blown the opportunity.  I haven’t kept up on the story to be able to discuss the details.

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Is Obama going for the long ball in Afghanistan?

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After last week’s tomato incident, Salt Lake City’s Costco isn’t taking any changes ahead of today’s book signing event.  They’re removing the tomatoes.

No word on the eggs.

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The Iranian guerrilla blogs have received much well-deserved coverage.  Apparently it’s taking off in Cuba too.  But the Cuban government seems to have more success in keeping the lid on the phenomenon.

According to the National Office of Statistics (which doesn’t count anything outside of formal channels), out of a Cuban population of more than 11 million, only 1.5 million use the Internet. Online connections made through student or work centers ban “pornographic and counter-revolutionary” sites, creating an incriminating nexus between those two words, and denying access to almost everything published by Cubans abroad. Domestic connections authorized for individual government officials are, in practice, also domesticated: portals such as Cubanet and Cuba Encuentro, both exile news services, are blocked by the Cuban government, as are various proxy servers. Cuban national servers, such as Infomed and Cubarte only allow browsing on “.cu” domains, which are exclusively Cuban State pages and as such are a kind of cyber chastity belt euphemistically referred to as the “Intranet.” In practice what this means is that most of the few Cubans who have online access don’t, in fact, have access to the Worldwide Web at all—only to e-mail.

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Lastly, Barbara Ehrenreich posted a column calling for a new woman’s health movement in the aftermath of the new mamogram guidelines.

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Addendum: The subtle differences between liberal pols and conservatives – the former can’t get along with them while the latter just screw them over.  I guess the reward was in the honor?

“Don’t talk to her unless she talks to you first.”  I wonder if that rule came down after the Couric interview.

Also, I guess we are expected to take comfort in this.  This kos poster argues that profound political sellouts are part of the history of every president, even liberal heroes like FDR.