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  • Quote of the Day: Rush Limbaugh

    "I'll just tell you this, if this passes and it's five years from now and all that stuff gets implemented—I am leaving the country. I'll go to Costa Rica." —Rush Limbaugh, speaking about health reform during his radio show Tuesday
  • The Quote of the Day

    "I am showering, naked as a jaybird, and here comes Rahm Emanuel, not even with a towel wrapped around his tush, poking his finger in my chest, yelling at me." -- Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY) describes a confrontation with Emanuel in a shower. Massa claims fellow Democrats ousted him because of his position on health care.    
  • Quote of the Day: Eric Massa

    "In the incredibly toxic atmosphere that is Washington D.C., with the destruction of our elected leaders having become a blood sport, especially in talk radio and on the internet, there is also no doubt that an Ethics investigation would tear my family and my staff apart. " —Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) in a statement announcing that he will resign Monday and denying any ethical improprieties.
  • Quote of the Day: Kesha Rogers

    "I am leading a war against the British Empire. I'm not worried about what Democratic Party hacks say or do." —Kesha Rogers, an acolyte of Lyndon LaRouche who won the Democratic primary in Texas's 22nd congressional district Wednesday.
  • From Gaggle: The Liberal Case for gun Control Doesn't get Far in the Supreme Court

    Over at The Gaggle Ben Adler writes: The McDonald v Chicago Supreme Court case, argued on Tuesday morning, was a good opportunity for liberal advocates of gun rights to present their case in briefs. But they probably won't win the decision. In fact, there is not a single justice that will necessarily side with them. No liberal proponent of gun rights presented to the Court. The side that they have taken was presented by the petitioner, Alan Gura, on behalf of the Second Amendment Foundation. Ten minutes of his 30 was given to the NRA to present their more traditional case for gun rights. Click here to read the whole post
  • Newsverse: Don't Pat the Bunning

    Every week our Newsverse minionsRead the papers, sift opinions,Surf the Web to find reliableNews that meets NewsversifiableStandards. We cannot waste time withStuff we cannot make a rhyme with.Mitch McConnell—sure he’s funnyBut we’ll lay you even moneyYou can’t versify his nameWithout doing something lame.This is Newsverse, not some game!Which is why we thought it stunningThe opportunities for punning When we read about Jim BunningHall of Famer, R-KentuckyBoy, did we feel glad and lucky.For his sheer ferocity.Like Wordsworth with the daffodilOr Keats, observing time stood stillFor the lovers on the urnNow, at last, was our turnFor immortality.Yes, we admit it, we were avidTo make a rhyme with “Bunning Rabid”And passed the hours counting jugs And other things that rhyme with “Bugs.”Don’t Pat the Bunning. He might chopYour fingers off. The Bunning hop . . . Well, anyway, you get the gistAnd with a simple verbal twistThe Bunning turns into a TigerSetting off our humor GeigerCounter, we...
  • The Quote of the Day

    So this is our proposal. This is where we’ve ended up. It’s an approach that has been debated and changed and I believe improved over the last year. It incorporates the best ideas from Democrats and Republicans—including some of the ideas that Republicans offered during the health-care summit, like funding state grants on medical-malpractice reform and curbing waste, fraud, and abuse in the health-care system. My proposal also gets rid of many of the provisions that had no place in health-care reform—provisions that were more about winning individual votes in Congress than improving health care for all Americans. —President Obama's remarks on health-insurance reform 
  • 'Ushahidi' Technology Saves Lives in Haiti and Chile

    By Jessica Ramirez In 2008, Kenyan blogger Ory Okolloh was covering the post-election violence in Kenya when she blogged, "Any techies out there willing to do a mash up of where the violence and destruction is occurring using Google Maps?" Within days, two such techies wrote software code for an open-source, Web-based platform that would come to be known as Ushahidi. The name—Swahili for testimony—more or less describes how the platform has been used in places like Gaza, Afghanistan, Haiti, and now Chile.The Ushahidi program provides a way for volunteers to collect information from sources like text messages, blog posts, videos, phone calls, and pictures, which are then mapped in near real time. It can be used to plot everything from disasters to wars. And unlike older forms of crisis-mapping software, Ushahidi is advanced enough to paint an accurate portrait of events while remaining incredibly user friendly and easy to build on.The end result is a crisis map that...
  • Quote of the Day: Kay Bailey Hutchison

    "I have had a wonderful last week of campaigning. So many people have said, I voted for you, I want you there. We need leadership in Austin. Most certainly, people think 14 years are too long for Governor Perry, and it's time for a change ... I think there's just time for politicians to realize that people want real people." —Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas, who is expected to lose her Republican primary challenge to incumbent Gov. Rick Perry today.
  • 'The District': Obama Gets Tough

    The ace NEWSWEEK video team is back with another exclusive installment of The District, the mock reality series chronicling what's going down, and who's talking smack, in Washington. In this episode, the president heads up to the Jersey Shore for some tips on how to get tough with Congress. Then he pulls out the big guns at his bipartisan health-care summit. Fist-pounds abound.
  • HIV Still Plagues the U.S.: Some Areas Have Higher Rates Than Africa

     By Jaime Cunningham In December, NEWSWEEK argued that new signs of life were showing in the AIDS activism movement. Let's hope so. Recent research published in The New England Journal of Medicine shows that within certain populations in America, the prevalence of HIV-infected people is higher than in certain parts of Africa:More than 1 in 30 adults in Washington, D.C., are HIV-infected—a prevalence higher than that reported in Ethiopia, Nigeria, or Rwanda. Certain U.S. subpopulations are particularly hard hit. In New York City, 1 in 40 blacks, 1 in 10 men who have sex with men, and 1 in 8 injection-drug users are HIV-infected, as are 1 in 16 black men in Washington, D.C. In several U.S. urban areas, the HIV prevalence among men who have sex with men is as high as 30%—as compared with a general-population prevalence of 7.8% in Kenya and 16.9% in South Africa.What’s interesting is that the research shows that a person’s sexual network, more than just his or her lifestyle choices...
  • Newsverse: Ode to a Hummer

    By Jerry Adler  "General Motors said on Wednesday that it would shut down Hummer, the brand of big sport utility vehicles that became synonymous with the term gas guzzler, after a deal to sell it to a Chinese manufacturer fell apart." —The New York Times, Feb. 25, 2010
  • The Link Between Engineers and Jihad

    By Benjamin Sutherland Intelligence agencies tasked with profiling the terrorist mind, and figuring out where future extremists might be found, have begun focusing on a surprising target: science students. As it turns out, many recruits in extremist groups such as Al Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood, Hizbullah, and Hamas have backgrounds in medicine, engineering, and other hard sciences. In one study by Oxford sociologists -Diego Gambetta and Steffen Hertog, who will be publishing a book on the subject next year, out of 178 terrorists with higher education, almost half studied math or science. And the phenomenon is not limited to Islamists--strong links to science and engineering studies have been found among neo-Nazis, too, and engineers disproportionately supported Hitler and Mussolini during World War II....
  • Quote of the Day: Rep. Louise Slaughter

    "I even had one constituent—you will not believe this, and I know you won't, but it's true—her sister died. This poor woman had no dentures—she wore her dead sister's teeth, which of course were uncomfortable, did not fit. Did you ever believe that in America that that's where we would be? This is the last chance as far as I'm concerned, particularly on the export business. We have fallen behind, we're no longer the biggest manufacturer in the world, we've lost our technological edge. We have an opportunity to do that, but a major part of the success of that is getting this health care passed." --Rep. Louise Slaughter of New York, speaking at this afternoon's health-care summit.
  • McCain vs. Obama: The Panel Renders Its Scores

    The most exciting moment in the otherwise rather dull health-care summit today (so far!) has been a somewhat contentious exchange between President Obama and Sen. John McCain. After McCain called for reform to start again from scratch, Obama snapped back: "Let me just make this point, John, because we're not campaigning anymore. The election's over." McCain, with a clipped laugh and tight smile, responded, "I'm reminded of that every day," as Obama continued, "We can spend the remainder of the time with our respective talking points going back and forth. We were supposed to be talking about insurance." (The video is here.)...
  • Quote of the Day: Rep. Anthony Weiner

    "The Republican Party is a wholly owned subsidiary of the insurance industry." —Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) during a House vote to repeal the antitrust exemption currently granted to health-insurance companies.
  • Quote of the Day: David Brooks

    So we've sunk another level in our tawdry tale. The White House, to its enormous credit, has tried to think about the long term. But it has been dragged ever lower into the mire by Congressional special interests that are parochial in the extreme. This bill may be deficit-neutral on paper. But it has just become a fiscal time bomb. The revenue will never come. Compromises have to be made to keep it (barely) alive. But responsibility ebbs. Politics wins. --Columnist David Brooks on the latest health-care reform proposal, which delays an excise tax on expensive health plans.
  • Palin Wins Duel with Fox's Family Guy

    Now that the melee has died down over Sarah Palin's rebuke of Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, who approved a joke aimed at Palin's son who has Down syndrome, NEWSWEEK media critic Joshua Alston sorts out who was in the right. His answer: Palin. Not only was the joke in poor taste, but even if you weren't offended, it simply wasn't funny. Here's Josh:While both Palin and MacFarlane seem to benefit from the controversy...
  • The Quote of the Day

    “It’s disappointing that Democrats in Washington either aren't listening, or are completely ignoring what Americans across the country have been saying. Our constituents don't want yet another partisan, back-room bill that slashes Medicare for our seniors, raises a half-trillion dollars in new taxes, fines them if they don't buy the right insurance and further expands the role of government in their personal decisions." -- U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement regarding the President’s decision to move forward with a health care bill.