Archive for July 15th, 2010

On my travels through FaceBook today, I came across an astounding announcement over at the National ACLU site. It isn’t yet on their webpage. It said:

ACLU Nationwide: BREAKING: Obama shockingly adds abortion coverage ban to new insurance pools for women with pre-existing conditions. More soon.2 hours ago


Looking for any source, I found two.

Earned Media, a rightist site reported:

Administration Reiterates That No Federal Funds Will Be Used for Abortion

“Despite Claims by Republican Groups, High Risk Pools will not pay for Abortion”


Then there was NARAL:

Pro-Choice America Speaks Out!


Statement on Obama Administration Policy Excluding Abortion Coverage from High-Risk Pools

[Washington, D.C. – Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, called the Obama administration’s decision today to exclude abortion coverage from newly created high-risk pools wrongheaded and inexplicable….]


Bemusedly, I looked for any announcements from the White House, but there was only one up to the time of this blog, an Executive Order on March 24th.

Now I don’t know about you, but I thought it was pretty clear from the Order in March, even if you didn’t grasp all of the nuances of the , so recently in our memory, that existing conditions for women were never part of the final deal. That’s just one more reason the Act was so heinous for women. In March, over at the Confluence, people were having this kind of discussion about it.

RH Reality check had the best discussion of today’s debate HERE.

So, what is with these groups? Are they really so slow on the uptake? Or is something else going on? If Nancy (I don’t believe in abortion, but I run NARAL and spent big bucks to get Obama elected and drop kick Clinton) is screaming, it must be about something else? Koolaid withdrawals? The start of a new battle?

Hey what do I know, I’m just one of those low information working class voters, with dial-up. Someone out there in blog land, enlighten me.

No enlightenment thus far. Maybe it’s as mundane as basic “Velveteen Rabbit” legaleze. It’s not real until you rub it’s fur off and pull its eyes out, and the PA kurfluffle is a first test. If that’s the case why not present it like that instead of pretending it’s some new horribleness?

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SacBee is reporting HERE, that the BP gulf oil cap has stopped the oil gusher in the Gulf. No news yet on the permanency of the cap, but so far so good.

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Update -Politico is reporting that the bill has passed, 60-39. As soon as I get the roll call vote I’ll provide a link.

Politico is reporting that the bill is set for a final vote this afternoon.

Reg reform bill hits homestretch

By: Carrie Budoff Brown

July 15, 2010 11:38 AM EDT

President Barack Obama moved closer Thursday to securing his second major legislative victory, as financial reform legislation cleared another significant hurdle in the Senate on its way to final passage.

By a tighter margin than either party predicted months ago, the Senate voted 60 to 38 to end debate on the bill, setting up a final vote scheduled for 2 p.m.


The final bill up for Senate vote is entitled “Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010”, and it’s identification is H.R. 4173, a House of Representatives designation. Text from the Senate bill S.3217 was inserted into H.R 4173 prior to this final vote. The record of Congressional Actions indicating how we got to this point is HERE.

The bill is available in PDF. Go HERE to download it. It is number 5 on the list and is 1616 pages. It was 2.4 MB and took a few minutes on dial up.

I’m only just starting to read it. (See what OpenCongress says HERE.)Starting from the last pages, I see that we are introducing a protocol for monitoring and deterring the introduction of rare minerals from the Congo and nearby regions. Although the stated primary reason is to reduce the money supply to rebels and terrorists, it is likely to also help to protect habitat for gorillas. It’s amazing what they will stick in at the end.

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