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Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) ‘Very Concerned’ GOP Leadership Broke Promise To Offer ‘Replacement’ Health Bill

“Freshman Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) promised during his campaign that he would only repeal health reform after finding a solution to replace it. However, he told a town hall meeting in his district this week that GOP leaders had convinced him to vote for repeal first, ensuring him that a replacement would be on its way. GOP leaders, Duffy said, told him that a replacement bill would be ready by the Spring. The fact that nothing has been proposed or debated all year has Duffy “very concerned”.”

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Top Republican Economist: Default Would Be An Economic Disaster

“Contradicting GOP lawmakers who have suggested a US default would not lead to economic disaster, a bipartisan group of budget officials warned on Tuesday that even a brief lapse in payments could trigger a crisis. Among them were Douglas Holtz-Eakin, former CBO director under President Bush and a frequently cited Republican economic advisor.

“It’s a bad idea,” Holtz-Eakin said at a panel discussion of former CBO heads in Washington. “Little defaults, big defaults; default’s a bad idea period and there should be no one who believes otherwise.”

Airport Security Might Scan Your Eyes Instead Of Your Body

“A top U.S. travel security official said Tuesday that a proposed system to link passenger ‘risk profiles’ embedded in computer chips to scans of their irises is “something that’s long overdue.”

The Transportation Security Administration’s John Pistole told the Associated Press Tuesday that the International Air Transport Association’s proposal to link scans of passengers’ eyes to their risk profiles embedded in computer chips in their passports is something that the TSA is working toward.”

NY GOPer: I’ll Only Vote For Marriage Equality If Churches Are Exempt

“A key player in New York’s gay marriage debate has indicated that he’s not likely to support a bill unless religious institutions are exempted.

“If you’re going to pass a marriage bill, real religious exemptions and carveouts to protect the Catholic Church and other religious groups need to be included,” state Senator Greg Ball (R) told Celeste Katz of the New York Daily News. “Short of that, I don’t think you’ll see a marriage bill pass.””

Orrin Hatch: Wisconsin Gov. Walker “Did A Great Job”

“Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker stopped by the Hill today to discuss his accomplishments with Senate Republicans, seeking to garner support for the embattled state senators facing recall petitions in the aftermath of a vote to seriously curtail public employee bargaining rights.”

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Part 1 Of ‘The Sissy Boy Experiment’: The Consequences Of Ex-Gay Therapy

“Tonight, CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 aired the first part of a three-part series called, “The Sissy Boy Experiment,” examining the effects of government-funded gender-normalizing therapy on a five-year old boy named Kirk Murphy in 1970. The therapy was carried out by disgraced Family Research Council co-founder George Rekers, whose three decade career in the conservative social movement came to an end last year, after reporters from the Miami New Times caught him traveling with a gay escort.

After ten months of treatment, Rekers pronounced that Kirk’s feminine behavior was “gone” and he used the case to launch his career.”

Rep. Broun Fine With 250,000 Public Employees Being Laid Off, Says They Should ‘Get A Real Job’

“Congressional and White House negotiators are currently trying to hash out a deal under which the United States will raise its debt ceiling, which is normally a non-controversial process that simply requires a vote on a clean bill to hike the limit.

Some obstinate conservatives have decried raising the debt ceiling, saying they will vote against any hike. Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) is one of these conservatives. Appearing on conservative radio host Martha Zoller’s show today, Broun not only pledged to vote against raising the debt ceiling, but he also shrugged off the potential loss of a quarter million jobs as a result of doing so. Claiming that these employees would largely be public sector workers, he told Zoller that they should get a real job, anyway.”

Snyder ‘Emergency Manager’ Prepares To Void First Labor Contract In Michigan

“The NPR affiliate in Michigan is reporting that, “for the first time, a state appointed emergency manager has permission to void a union contract in a Michigan city.” Gov. Rich Snyder (R-MI) created a new “financial martial law” system that allows him to appoint managers to cities with the power to terminate collective bargaining agreements. The city of Pontiac’s emergency manager is threatening to use this power for the first time and void the labor contract between the city and its police dispatcher’s union.”

Crews Try To Keep Flames From Reaching Ariz. Towns

“Officials are hoping their efforts overnight will keep a mammoth forest fire from cresting a ridge and racing into two eastern Arizona towns, giving firefighters the upper hand on the 11th day of what has proved to be an overwhelming battle.”

Fed Chief: Growth Will Pick Up Later In Year

“Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said temporary factors, such as higher gas prices and the crisis in Japan, are the main causes of a softening U.S. economy. He made no mention of any new steps the Fed might take to boost the economy, but said low interest rates were still needed.”

Read More: Jobs report aside, Bernanke sees rosier second half of 2011

Prescription for health care shopping: aspirin

“When Shirley Abraham needed a nuclear stress test on her heart, she and husband Jim tried to be cautious consumers, since their insurance required they pay 20 percent out of pocket. They were particularly wary because several years before, Jim had undergone an MRI at a Baptist Health South Florida facility — and was flabbergasted to see a charge of $25,000 for a test that costs about $5,000 in southwestern Michigan.”

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U.S. aid to Afghanistan needs sharper focus: study

“WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The benefits of U.S. foreign aid for Afghanistan could melt away with a planned U.S. troop withdrawal, according to a congressional study that recommends the Obama administration focus on long-term, sustainable development.”

Syria faces new EU and UN sanctions

“Draft resolution being recommended by Britain and France stops short of Libya-style no-fly zone”

Satire: Editors Of ‘401 Best Soups’ Cookbook Still Fighting

“Six years after the book’s release, the editors of 401 Best Soups have reportedly been unable to set aside their disagreements over which recipes were included in the volume. “[Chef Andrew] Darcy thinks his very workable beef stock recipe got passed over for a flashier, trendier tripe and fish stock, while [Chef Harold] Brister won’t shut up about the inclusion of two supposedly inferior gazpachos,” literary agent Joe Palmento told reporters”

Good News: Oh, The Things You Can Do With A Farm-Share Box

“I stared at the box brimming with vegetables, wondering what I’d gotten myself into. Unidentifiable greens, tiny round potatoes, a clutch of dirt-dusted, perfectly red radishes, a small container of wild strawberries — all this bounty was mine, if only I could figure out what to do with it.

Welcome to cooking from a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share. You might not always recognize every item in your weekly box, but it’s almost certain to inspire.”

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