It’s been a long day. I may go to bed. 🙂

• A turnaround in New Jersey, as the marriage equality proposal will get a vote next week. Given how high hopes were deflated in New York yesterday I’m not getting my hopes up, but you never know. Along a similar vein, backers of a vote to repeal Prop. 8 in California don’t want to move it in 2010. There’s still an initiative out in the field, and if by chance it passes, everyone will have to go in to try and pass it.

• In the least surprising outcome ever, the Honduran Congress rejected Mel Zelaya’s bid to be reinstated as President. So the US pressured Honduras for a deal, they made one with a huge loophole, the US accepted it, and then the deal fell through. Sigh.

• A slight majority supports Obama’s way forward on Afghanistan. Usually after formal speeches you see a bigger boost than that.

• Calculated Risk brings up something about Ben Bernanke’s horrible hearing today. The Fed chair says that we can’t audit their balance sheet because it would undermine their independence. Then he goes ahead and makes pronouncements on taxes and entitlements, talking about fiscal policy and… undermining the independence of the Fed chairman! If you want independence, you have to lead by example.

• Robert Reich has a fairly dour take on the jobs summit. I look forward to his post-summit take.

No student loan bill this year. That’s a shame. If it’s supposed to be put forward under reconciliation, I don’t see why they can’t do it in the course of an hour.

• New stem cell lines have been OK’d for research, using federal funds. We may have waited too late and lost the competitive advantage on this globally.

• Everyone still wants to know about the nature of that July 2011 date, and how long the commitment may last after that. It’s become a huge political football. Bob Gates was clearer on Guantanamo today; closure is “in its final stages”.

• More studies of that dark Bush era: one, a look at the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, and another, examining the White House role in destroying the torture tapes.

• Lou Dobbs wasn’t hateful enough to immigrants in his immediate post-resignation media tour, so his xenophobic base dropped him.

• Democrats stand their ground on those USPSTF recommendations on mammograms, saying that the science must be supported. That’s the first time they’ve gone out in front of them, to my knowledge.

• Brian Leubitz has a good report about the LA Auto Show, where I spent a little bit of time on Wednesday. The auto industry is actually pleased with the White House decision on clean cars because of the predictability it added to their business, and they are surging forward with all sorts of green technology.

• Republicans are really pissed off that Al Franken apparently forced them to side with rapists. Apparently, you can only force your opponent into a bad vote if you’re a Republican.

• Dave Weigel went to the “Tea Party” movie premiere. Just read it.

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