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Consumers Opt for Green Power Despite Price Tag

In the absence of genuine government policy, more and more consumers are spending their own cash to support green energy.  Utility companies in 36 states offer energy from renewable sources to their customers for an added fee.  Despite increasingly high energy costs, enrollment in such programs is up 20%, according to the Energy Department.

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Stalinesque Terror Detainee Bill Proposed by Bush

From the AP: “U.S. citizens suspected of terror ties might be detained indefinitely and barred from access to civilian courts under legislation proposed by the Bush administration.”

  • This is apparently an attempted end run around the Supreme Court’s Hamdan decision, which barred Bush’s military tribunals.

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    Sprinkling the Poor, Showering the Rich

    House Republicans tacked a cut in estate taxes onto a bill to raise the minimum wage. Yeah, you read that correctly: The economically distressed would get an additional $2.10 an hour, whereas the Walton kids and the Hilton sisters would get untold millions.
    Must be that compassionate conservatism we’ve heard so much about.

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    Denmark Is Happiest Country, Study Says

    According to a scientist at the University of Leicester in England, Burundi is the unhappiest country in the world, and the U.S. came in 23rd out of 178 countries ranked.

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    Campaign Finance Effort Resumes, Without McCain

    The Arizona senator has withdrawn his co-sponsorship of a public financing bill that he and Sen. Russ Feingold (along with two House reps) had long championed. People close to the situation say McCain dropped his support because he is likely to run for president and may end up not abiding by public financing rules.
    We’ve known for some time that McCain has been doing all sorts of unseemly things in an attempt to lock up the nomination.

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    From Baby Talk

    Readers Shocked, SHOCKED at Magazine’s Breast Cover

    Puritanism is reigning supreme once again as many readers of BabyTalk magazine were offended en masse by the sight of—horror of horrors—a breast offering sustenance to an infant on the magazine’s cover.

     

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    Networking Sites, Chat Rooms Face Banishment

    In an effort to combat sexual predators’ use of social networking websites, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would effectively make sites like Amazon and MySpace inaccessible at public spaces.
    This is well-intentioned but horribly executed. Let’s hope the worse-than-“Do Nothing” Senate can keep this one from becoming law.

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    Teens Will ‘Huff’ Anything These Days

    Two teenagers in France fell ill after sniffing mothballs as a recreational drug. One developed scaly skin on her legs and hands.
    Developed scaly skin after a close encounter with an insect? Sounds like Jeff Goldblum’s transformation in “The Fly.”

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    Move Along… There’s No Reform to See Here…

    After promising fast action on lobbying reform in the wake of numerous scandals, the Senate and the House have proved unable to put together a reform bill that both can live with—so instead they’ve made plans to adopt vastly scaled-back versions.
    No wonder: USA Today reports that our Congress is on track to spending fewer days in session than the infamous 1948 “Do Nothing” Congress.

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    Sen. Stevens Open to ‘Daily Show’ Appearance

    The Alaska senator whom Jon Stewart (and much of the world) has mocked mercilessly for his infamous “series of tubes” diatribe on Internet fundamentals, says he’d consider appearing on “The Daily Show” to defend himself. Stewart has yet to extend the offer….

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