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11:52 AM, Mar 8, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
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The trouble with all those "public loves the public option polls": The trouble with these sort of polls is that they almost never ask the right followup questions: How much would you be willing to see your insurance premiums rise if "insurers [are banned] from excluding people because of pre-existing conditions"? Do you understand that if "insurers [are banned] from excluding people because of pre-existing conditions," there will have to be a government mandate that healthy young people buy insurance?

In Florida, an environmental crusade just happens to benefit special interests: "Nearly two years later, the governor’s ambitious plan to reclaim the river of grass, as the famed wetlands are known, is instead on track to rescue the fortunes of United States Sugar."

The double-cross? "Mr. Obama's closing arguments are lending credence to rank-and-file fears that they're getting played. Democrats are telling reporters that Mr. Obama has been telling them in private meetings that his Presidency, and the party's claim to any achievement, rests on passing a bill. With barely any mention of substance, the right bill is any bill, by any political means necessary."

Farewell, Rep. Massa. You shall be missed: "Rahm Emanuel is son of the devil’s spawn."

Beware the other public option.

Yep, Rangel's and Paterson's problems are caused by...Republicans? "Republicans may have gone too damn far, and people are looking at this."

A Jewish wedding for Chelsea Clinton?

Kathy Griffin's jokes are so classless, they manage to make news a year and a half after they would have even have been considered topical. Talent!

I may be willing to give this whole Hollywood thing another chance after last night.

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