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A Choice We Shouldn’t Have to Make

On Monday, Mike the Mad Biologist posted about the sheer idiocy of “choice-based health care,” which seems to be so en vogue today in the Republican party and elsewhere. He writes: One of the most ridiculous ideas to come down the pike is the notion that most people, who are woefully ignorant of medicine and…

Along with thousands of other bloggers, I’m observing the inaugural Blog Action Day by blogging about the environment today. We heard some good news out of California on Saturday. Going against pressure from his own party and particularly from the National Rifle Association (NRA), governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law AB 821 (the Ridley-Tree Condor…

Uh oh, it looks like there’s trouble in paradise. From Roll Call (subscription required): Frustration among House Republicans over sluggish fundraising, staff strife and other internal operations at the National Republican Congressional Committee came to a head this month — with Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) demanding that changes be made. The tension reached a…

New Attack Ad Sets Dangerous Precedent

Political campaigning can be a cynical business, but this takes things to a whole new level. Check out this ad by Republican Timothy Hugo of the Virginia House of Delegates. The ad quotes “others” as saying that Democrat Rex Simmons ran “the most cowardly campaign I have ever seen…. Rex was spreading lies….. Rex has…

The Jena Who What Huh?

While thousands march today in protest of modern day racial injustice, it’s pretty difficult to not be aware of the Jena Six. Certainly all of the Democratic presidential candidates are. Apparently, though, staying up to date on current events isn’t a prerequisite for the Republicans. Asked about the Jena Six case today on his way…

Geez, Congressman Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma) sure is a busy guy. Since I mentioned his fundraising scam for the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC)–the “Congressional Order of Merit”–last month, myriad new reports of Cole’s activities have emerged. For proof, just check out the comments on the earlier post. If that’s not enough, though, there’s plenty more…

After the House passed its expansion of the Children’s Health Insurance Program on Wednesday, the Senate passed its version late Thursday. Although the House version passed along party lines, against strong Republican opposition, the Senate version enjoyed more bipartisan support, passing 68-31 (although all 31 “no” votes came from Republicans, with no Democrats voting against…

House Passes CHIP Expansion

Here’s some good news from Congress, where the House of Representatives yesterday passed HR 3162, the Children’s Health and Medicare Protection Act of 2007. This is the expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP or SCHIP) that I’ve been blogging about recently. For more information on CHIP check out these previous entries. CHIP…

Ira Flatow, of NPR’s Science Friday, reports on the Science Friday blog about being the target of an interesting Republican Party scam, specifically one involving the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC): The phone message on my machine from the NRCC office said that the Congressman [Tom Cole, (R – Oklahoma)] wanted to “recognize me with…

First, the good news, though. Phil Plait (of the Bad Astronomy Blog) reports today at The Huffington Post that the House just passed HR 985, the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act. As he notes, scientists have plenty of reasons to be happy about this: Scientists in government agencies (NASA, NOAA, FDA, etc), laboring for years under…