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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 2009

TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2009


About Obama's picks

Barack Obama got his pick for Commerce Secretary on the third try. That would be former Washington Gov. Gary Locke, who was confirmed today.He's doing not quite so well on his picks for the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, where he's picked 33 out of the…

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MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2009

SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 2009

Lots of interest in that birth certificate 71 

Anyone who thought questions about Barack Obama’s citizenship were laid to rest by the election or a series of court decisions tossing out lawsuits trying to challenge the election on that issue might have been surprised by a question Chief Justice John Roberts got during…

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FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2009

How are Obama's picks holding up? 

Wondering about the president's picks?No, not his picks for cabinet or subcabinet posts, but the really important ones. His picks in the NCAA Men's Basketball tournament.President Obama currently has picked 16 correct, as of Friday afternoon. Respectable, to be sure, but that puts him tied…

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Today's Video: Obama does Leno

For those who forgot to set the DVR, then fell asleep with the TV on and didn't wake up until Jimmy Fallon was on, here's President Obama's appearance on the Tonight Show.They talk about a range of topics, from AIG to puppies.Question for discussion: Would…

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THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2009

OMG: Obama did what?

Conservative media are abuzz with the fact that President Obama has filled out his bracket for the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. Some are talking heads and members of Congress are even aghast.Aghast, you say, because he filled out a Men's bracket and not a women's…

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Do you know?

Today is the sixth anniversary of a pretty big event. It made really big headlines at the time, although now, not so much and not so often.Do you know what that event is?Answer inside the blog.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2009

Obama statement on VA Health benefits

Here's the official White House statement sending a proposal to change VA health benefits to the round file.You know, the Deep Six, the 86, the kybosh. Sounds like this SNAFU was FUBAR. Whatever, It's toast. Statement from Press Secretary Robert Gibbs on the President’s Strong…

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Obama on VA health changes: Never Mind 

The Obama Administration is dropping a proposal that would have allowed the Veterans Affairs Department to bill a vets' insurance company for treating service-connected disabilities and injuries.That's the word from Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., who is one of the top members of the Senate Veterans…

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Today's video: Tea'd off?

Fox News reports on anger and discontent brewing among the populace. The plan: Tea bag the White House.Those with a local interest in such protests might check out the Spokane Tea Party's Facebook page. (They don't have a separate Web site, apparently.)Much as Spin Control…

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Murray on VA changes: DOA 

Sen. Patty Murray had some harsh words for a proposal being floated by the Obama Administration that would change health care benefits for veterans.You can listen to her opening statement hereand her questioning of former Gen. Shinseki, the VA secretary, hereor go inside the blog…

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MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2009

Today's fun video: White GOP rapper 

Something you may have thought you'd never see or hear: a White Republican rapper.Hi-Caliber is a former Jersey construction worker. So what do you think? Should he get a contract, cut some CDs and tour? Or should he not have quit his day job?

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SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2009


Roberts leans on Lincoln

MOSCOW, Idaho – John Roberts isn’t too concerned that more people can name the judges on “American Idol” than can name him or the other members of the U.S. Supreme Court. “It’s nice to be not always recognizable,” the chief justice of the United States…

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 (The Spokesman-Review)

Two bond issues, two results

Asking for voters for more money in a recession is a difficult task. The government entities that made that request last week probably didn’t know how bad the economy was going to look by election day, so most of them had to be at least…

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THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2009

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 2009

This is a revised version of the map showing the difference between yes votes for the District 81 school bond issue and yes votes for the city's public safety bond issue. (The Spokesman-Review)

The difference between bond issues

Although it's too early to declare the Spokane School District's bond issue a winner, it is clear that it did considerably better than the City of Spokane's bond issue.It pulled more votes out of almost every city precinct that the two proposals shared. Sometimes lots…

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Come on by

Sen. Patty Murray wants the nation's new energy czar to come West for a visit.A visit to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, that is. At a budget hearing Wednesday, Murray, D-Wash., extended the invite to Energy Secretary Steven Chu to stop by Hanford and the Pacific…

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Left wing, right wing, middle of the bird? 

The National Journal has developed a great resource for figuring out where your congressional delegation stands on on the political spectrum, an interactive graphic that combines the scores of several rating groups, then ranks the honorables with their photos.Rating systems aren't new, of course, but…

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TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 2009

 (The Spokesman-Review)

Dist 81 bond cruises

The Spokane School District bond issue received strong support all over the city. Even in parts of the city where it didn't receive the required super majority, voters in many precincts gave it a simple majority.Note that some of the strongest support comes in areas…

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