A Nation In Waiting
CNN: Report: Helicopters fire on Libya protesters
WSJ: Royal Rift, Absent Saudis Beset U.S.
WSJ: Death Toll Mounts in Gulf
MANAMA, Bahrain—Soldiers fired live rounds on thousands of marching protesters in this Persian Gulf emirate, dramatically escalating the conflict in one of the world's key energy corridors on a day when deadly clashes also mounted in Libya and Yemen. CNN: Report: Helicopters fire on Libya protesters
YFrog: Richard Engel, of NBC News, posts picture of protesters celebrating after reclaiming Bahrain's Pearl Square
(are we next?) NPR: Public Employee Unions' Power Riles States
Also, our good friend rj at the Global Glass Onion, sends us these items this morning.
If you haven't visited his blog yet, do check it out!
Cost Estimate for H.R. 2, Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act - CBO Director's Blog - This afternoon, CBO issued two letters related to health care legislation:
* An estimate of the budgetary effects of H.R. 2, a bill to repeal the major health care legislation that was enacted last year—specifically, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and the provisions of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 that are related to health care. (H.R. 2 was passed by the House of Representatives on January 19.) It is a more detailed estimate than the preliminary estimate for H.R. 2 that CBO issued on January 6. This letter is discussed below under the heading “Estimate for H.R. 2 Relative to Current Law.”
* An analysis of the budgetary effects of H.R. 2 over the 2022-2031 period (pdf) , assuming that certain provisions of PPACA and the Reconciliation Act would, as a result of subsequent legislation, not have taken effect as currently specified in law. That letter is discussed below under the heading “Analysis of the Long-Term Budgetary Impact of H.R. 2 Assuming Certain Provisions of Law Do Not Take Effect.”
this is the bottom line on the above:
CBO on HR2, repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - From Congressional Budget Office (pdf), in a letter dated today:
...CBO and JCT [Joint Committee on Taxation] estimate that, on balance, the direct spending and revenue effects of enacting H.R. 2 would cause a net increase in federal budget deficits of $210 billion over the 2012-2021 period ....
TheTrench: U.S. Foreign Policy Running in Circles
ForeclosureHamlet: So Sorry! Please Forgive! Your House Was Accidentally Sold Out From Under You
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WashingtonBlog: Dodd, Chomsky, Celente and Military Brass Warn of Revolution in America...
Alternet: The Real Reason Glenn Beck Hates Google
Beck has a Google conspiracy theory. What he doesn't tell you is that his boss, Rupert Murdoch, has it in for the search-engine giant.BBC: Libya protest deaths 'rise to 84'
Weekend Odds and Ends!
BusinessInsider: There Are Fears Of A Massive Run On The Banks In A Country You'd Never Suspect
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BusinessInsurance: Natural disasters triple in Germany since 1970
ModernSurvivalOnline: Free online garden planner & resource
speaking of gardening, I'm going to go ahead and post so I can go out and work in the greenhouse with my neighbor, I'll be back and maybe add more to the post later. Y'all have good day!