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Baucus to support government negotiation for prescription drugs for its Medicare patients?

Montana Headlines – in reply to Jeff Mangan’s urging of Senate Republican leadership to compromise – says the burden of compromise should rest on Senate Democrats. (And you wonder why nothing’s getting done in Helena?)

And then MH comments on the “hot partisanship” in Helena. I’m not sure I’d blame both sides equally in this fight. After all, it was Scott Sales who started this session with a declaration of war. And why split the budget bill – HB 2 – into six, seven, or eight (I forget exactly) separate bills? That was just a thumb on the nose. Democrats are showing strong resistance, but I think that kind of unity is just what’s called for.

The Chamber of Commerce blog – Montana Main Street blog – objects to the Good Guv’s veto of the wireless tax bill. Jeff Mangan clarifies the Good Guv’s veto.

Wulfgar! mulls the server-exemption for minimum wage, guns, and the Pickle Barrel brouhaha.

Moorcat mulls the guns that you should have.

Wait! I thought there was supposed to be a debate between Gingrich and Kerry on climate change…but didn’t Gingrich acknowledge the reality of the problem and call for green conservatism to help curb carbon emissions? It ain’t a debate when both sides agree, is it?

Princeton Professor Walter Murphy’s presence on the watch list might have been by chance, not intent.

So far, if crowd size is any indication, Democrats are in for a big year in 2008.

Alberto Gonzalez subpoened.

The WaPo gives Bill Mercer little lovin’. (Hat tip to Matt Singer.)

Why it’s not likely the Bush administration would win a court battle over executive privilege and the prosecutor purge.

Navy vet and private contractor and former Bush supporter David Vance tells the story of his torture at the hands of US officials: “If they can do this to a former Navy man and an American, what is happening to people in facilities all over the world run by the American government?”

Matthew Yglesias on David Broder’s column, which calls for Congressional Democrats to “compromise” with Bush on Iraq war funding: “the Democrats should basically give in to Bush’s demands, in exchange for which Bush will continue to implement Bush’s war policy absent formal fetters but will suddenly start doing so in the manner of a mature, serious person rather than, say, George W. Bush.”

Iraqi official pens book on all of the missteps made in Iraq by the US.

And now the cost of the war is filtering down to the states.

Tens of thousands of Iraqis take to the streets to protest US occupation.

Jon Stewart on John McCain’s stroll through Baghdad.

Surprise! This isn’t the first time Imus went after a black woman.

Obama appears on Letterman.

The Notorious Mark T chips in on the future of blogging.

Iraq: Why the media failed.

The BBC has made a documentary of the Westboro Baptists. Interesting watch, highly recommended.

Johnny Hart dies, twenty years after his comic strip.




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