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Over Easy: Friday Free For All

Bacon and Eggs on a plate

Eggs over easy with bacon.

Raising the Medicare retirement age is awful policy and politics. Is Obama really considering it? How Many People Will Die If We Raise the Medicare Age to 67? This seems to be part of Obama’s negotiating strategy, and I worry that he will cave in, having shown no spine so far. Lotsa talk, no spine–yet. Last minute update: Dick Durbin says upping the Medicare age is “no longer on the table.” Can we believe it?

An essay by Dan Froomkin at HuffPo describes How the Mainstream Press Bungled the Single Biggest Story of the 2012 Campaign. Longtime centrist Congress watchers Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein were virtually ignored by the press after their book exposing the “radical right-wing, off-the-rails lurch of the Republican Party, both in terms of its agenda and its relationship to the truth.” I have read their book, and it is well worth your time. And as an aside, apparently Froomkin is no longer Senior Washington correspondent at HuffPo, but is working on launching a new accountability journalism project.

In Don’t Let the Door Hit You On the Way Out, Joe, Charlie Pierce says,

I have detected a great disturbance in The Force. There seems to be a distinct drop in the fundamental dickishness of the universe for which I cannot account.

No, wait. Now I get it. Joe Lieberman is leaving the Senate.

(Be sure to read the comments. Hilarious!)

Republican governors are under increasing pressure from conservatives to reject as much as they can of the Affordable Care Act. Conservatives Press the States to Keep Fighting “ObamaCare. “Resistance at the state level is the best tool that remains for Republican critics of the healthcare law since Obama’s reelection essentially guarantees that it will not be repealed.”

A big victory for torture: The military judge in the 9/11 trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and others granted a government request to make all mention of alleged torture in the court classified. The defense called the ruling ‘shameful.’

I’m passing up the eggs this morning because I’m lunching with friends at a neat downtown spot. But there’s plenty to go around. What’s your pleasure?

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I retired from the University of Notre Dame in the Office of Information Technology in 2010. I'm divorced, with two grown children and 8 grandchildren. I'm a lifelong liberal and a "nonbeliever."