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10:14 AM, Feb 8, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
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This weekend, the Left freaked out at the revelation that Sarah Palin had notes on her hand during her speech in Nashville. I truly have no idea why this is an issue for the supporters of Capt. TelePrompter, but there you have it.

The next day, Palin struck back, scribbling "Hi, Mom!" on her hand at a Rick Perry rally. Ha.

Why should health insurance be sold across state lines?

Chris Christie's election has consequences: "The proposals would require workers and retirees at all levels of government and local school districts to contribute to their own health care costs, ban part-time workers at the state and local levels from participating in the underfunded state pension system, cap sick leave payouts for all public employees and constitutionally require the state to fully fund its pension obligations each year."

Heart-ache: Press corps feels neglected in favor of YouTube, TV.

New Orleans goes post-racial: "When he takes office May 6, Landrieu will become the city's first white chief executive since his father, Moon Landrieu, left the job in 1978. Early analysis shows that Mitch Landrieu's victory owed to widespread crossover voting by African-Americans, who make up two-thirds of the city's residents."

"America is not ungovernable. Her President has simply not been up to the job."

E.J. Dionne says health-care reform is going to be just like an awesome kitchen renovation. I'm not sure he means to compare Congress to a crooked contractor, but if the wrench fits...

The primary race heats up in Nevada. Saul Anuzis gets behind Sue Lowden.

Beyond parody: Obama picked the Colts and the Saints to win the Super Bowl?

Or, did he jinx the Colts?

Toward a different fiscal future: "Tax increases cannot plausibly make these problems go away. If taxes were increased sufficiently to accommodate the CBO's projected increase in entitlement spending, long-term U.S. GDP growth rates would be reduced between a half and a full percentage point (an estimate derived from widely cited research by Mr. Engen and Jonathan Skinner of Dartmouth), unacceptably lowering our future living standards. This would be equivalent to erasing all the "growth dividend" gains of the great productivity boom of the 1990s."

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