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Today is the anniversary of D-Day, which back in my previous blogospheric life would cause a surge of traffic on my website, to the extent that I would have to put up a disclaimer about how this wasn’t a site about the invasion of Normandy Beach, but a political blog. I don’t have that problem these days, but I should also stress that this isn’t a site about the invasion of Normandy Beach. I will agree that they fought on the beaches for the right to privatized health care.

• Now the word is that Ali Abdullah Saleh’s injuries are extensive, including burns to 40% of his body. So he’s not going back to Yemen anytime soon, if at all.

• Israeli forces attacked protesters yesterday in the Golan Heights, and they claim that Syria is merely trying to distract from their own internal troubles in hyping the incident. No, Syria is trying to distract byreporting on ambushes of their police forces on state-run TV. What happened here is that a group of protesters massed along the border, and someone on the Israeli said got the notion that they were about to cross, so they started shooting.

• Christina Romer’s history of her time in the Obama Administration and a look at the future for the economy is chock full of interesting tidbits.

• The state Supreme Court of Wisconsin held a hearing over whether they should jump in to rule on the anti-union law that a Dane County judge ruled was invalid because of procedural missteps.

• Gun Checks Save Lives is the latest effort to close the gun show loophole. The fact that Al Qaeda operatives are actually talking up these loopholes as a way for jihadists to acquire guns should lend credence to their efforts.

• Wisconsin Dem Party chair Mike Tate says that the Ryan budget will factor heavily in next month’s recall elections, which I think is actually a bad move, considering that state legislators have no role to play in Medicare decisions. If they look at Mediciad, however, that would be an interesting target for attack.

• Inmate releases of nonviolent offenders in California, as per Supreme Court order, would save billions of dollars. Furthermore, the current level of draconian sentencing had little to no impact on crime reduction in the state, according to expert analysts.

• Adam Levitin on securitization fail, or the growing evidence of widespread mistakes in how mortgages were packaged into securities, which could open up the banks to massive exposure.

• Between 200,000-400,000 workers in Connecticut will get mandatory paid sick leave under a new bill about to be signed by Gov. Dan Malloy. Connecticut will be the first state in the nation to mandate paid sick leave for some portion of its workers; San Francisco and Washington DC have similar policies.

• Another Al Qaeda leader killed, this time in a drone strike. Those drone strikes are almost certainly not going away. Just look at the headline to the linked story here.

• Wow, if Paul Ryan’s lost Louie Gohmert… Maybe he read Krugman’s column today.

• Libyan rebels retake a town in the west of the country, close to Tripoli. NATO wants greater participationfrom member states in the operation, but with Britain already committing attack helicopters, how much more participation do you need?

• Wow, Ed Rollins is working for Michele Bachmann’s Presidential campaign.

• Jon Huntsman says he won’t compete in Iowa because they won’t approve of his stance against ethanol subsidies. First of all, Tim Pawlenty, Sarah Palin and even Rep. Steve King of Iowa have talked about being against ethanol subsidies, and Pawlenty at least is still competing in Iowa, and King still lives there. Second, is Huntsman aware that Iowa is a swing state at the national level, and disrespecting them now will mean giving up on that state in the general election?

• Even Herman Cain – Herman Cain! – doesn’t agree with Eric Cantor that disaster relief funds have to be offset.

• The warming planet represents a major threat to the world’s food supply.

• James Surowiecki on Elizabeth Warren.

• White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer will address Netroots Nation next week. I’ll be there as well, addressing pretty much no one.

• Remember when Meredith Whitney said that dozens of municipalities would go bankrupt this year due to their pension obligations? She took it back.

• Remember when right wingers decided that union sanitation workers intentionally slowed down in response to the blizzard this winter, in an attempt to get contract concessions from the city? Yeah, that didn’t happen, either.

• Grover Norquist, boy hero in the fight against any tax increases ever.

• A couple threatens foreclosure on a Bank of America branch, gets their bills paid by the bank. Awesome.

• Ron Paul still has the ability to raise lots of cash, especially if he rips Mitt Romney in the process.

• New redistricting website from Professor Justin Levitt.

• Alabama may be moving in a good direction on health care, but on immigration they just passed a worse bill than even Arizona’s.

• DSK pleads not guilty.

• Frank Gaffney for President would be hysterical.

 

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Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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