21 graphs that show America’s health-care prices are ludicrous

If seeing’s believing, Ezra Klein has 21 views of out of whack medical costs in the U.S.

This is the fundamental fact of American health care: We pay much, much more than other countries do for the exact same things. For a detailed explanation of why, see this article. But this post isn’t about the why. It’s about the prices, and the graphs.

Believe. (WaPo)

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The Navy’s Back Plan for the F-35C

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WIRED reports that if the F-35C doesn’t work out for the Navy, there’s a back up plan. It would mean buying fewer of the fifth-generation fighters and upgrading the workhorse F/A-18 Superhornet (pictured here).

The plan reportedly calls for beefing up weapons and adding stealth abilities to the F-18’s decidedly 1970s lines.  (Wired)



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Michele Bachmann Punchline

Best political one-liner of the day.



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IRS: Mistake to Have Filmed a ‘Star Trek’ Parody

C’mon. They were using TNG uniforms on a TOS set. The IRS was just asking for an audit on this one.




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Poll: Conservatives don’t think Roberts Court is conservative

As if the 2012 election, Karl Rove’s unwillingness to call it for President Obama on FOX News and the general dismissing of Nate Silver didn’t already show conservatives have become bad at math, now there’s this from Salon.








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Defense Contractors and Taylor Swift Tickets

"Better than Revenge’ — with missiles?



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Beyond a Tipping Point

Is the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling a moot point even before the Justices hear it?


The latest ABC-Washington Post poll shows widening support for marriage equality, and suggests it’s become a readily acceptable belief of the American people.

From the Washington Post


Even Republicans are beginning they may have to come around to supporting it if they are to remain politically viable in the future.
And you may find the most conservative elements of the GOP trying to couch the issue in taxes, spending and money issues rather than in individual freedoms.

The ABC-Washington Post poll also found “nearly two-thirds of all Americans say the matter should be decided for all states on the basis of the U.S. Constitution, not with each state making its own laws.”  Americans may very well be seeing gay marriage close to the same way we see, and accept, interracial marriages.


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In a nonbinding, 75-24 vote, the Senate signaled its support Friday for legislation giving states the power to collect taxes on purchases consumers make from Internet companies. In symbolic vote, Senate signals support for letting states collect taxes on Internet sales

Zuckerberg Launching Immigration Reform Effort

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is joining with other business leaders to push for comprehensive immigration reform.  From Politico:

The sources said Zuckerberg and other tech executives have enlisted the help of Democratic and Republican strategists to create the group that would advocate long-term economic issues.






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Despite an improving economy, President Obama is losing his edge on the economy to Republicans in the polls.  From fivethirtyeight.com:

From fivethirtyeight.com

More from Micah Cohen at the NY Times:

As a result —  unless the polls shift again — neither Mr. Obama nor Congressional Republicans will be able to count on having a significant advantage in public support in upcoming budget fights.


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Those Who Fail to Learn from History…

Career pollster Andrew Kohut says the Republican Party is creating a generation of it’s own McGoverns, Mondales and Dukakises.

Does GOP Owe Media an Apology?

Howard Kurtz has filed the Republican Party “Autopsy Report” in his “We Told You So File.”

Bloomberg Opens Fire on NRA-Backed Senators

State Rep thinks cyclists pollute

A Washington state lawmaker wants to tax cyclists  “since CO2 is deemed a greenhouse gas and a pollutant, bicyclists are actually polluting when they ride.”  Think it’ll pass?  Don’t hold your breath.

Maintaining street cred by voting against VAWA

Roll Call reports that Republicans up for a Senate race in 2014 my have voted against the Violence Against Women Act to shore up their chances in GOP primaries: