Health care overhaul could raise Medicare Rx cost – AP

In this photo taken Sept. 30, 2009, Chicago businessman Stewart Grill, 75, poses in his downtown condominium. The congressional plans for health care overhaul could mean a major restructuring of Medicare. What many seniors want to know, including Grill, is this: Can lawmakers pull this off without reducing benefits? (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
 
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Obama’s Olympic failure will only add to doubts about his presidency – Times Online

October 2, 2009
Obama’s Olympic failure will only add to doubts about his presidency
Tim Reid in Washington
Barack Obama fails to make the case for Chicago to the IOC in Copenhagen
There has been a growing narrative taking hold about Barack Obama’s presidency in recent weeks: that he is loved by many, but feared by none; that he [...]

Chart of the day, hours-worked edition Felix Salmon

October 2nd, 2009
Chart of the day, hours-worked edition
Jake is on fire with employment charts this morning in the wake of the atrocious payrolls report. This one in particular is new to me, and extremely sobering:
Even at the worst points of the worst recessions of the 1970s and 1980s, never has the number of hours worked [...]

Megyn Kelly – The Truth About A.C.O.R.N. – Interview With Wade Rathke – VIDEO

Megyn Kelly – The Truth About ACORN.Exclusive Interview With Wade Rathke

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Greta The Best Of The Rest – Rush Limbaugh Rants Obama – VIDEO

Greta – Rush Limbaugh: No gold metal for Obama. Not to Chicago Olympics

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U.S. Job Losses May Be Even Larger as Labor’s Model Breaks Down – Bloomberg.com

Updated:  New York, Oct 02 14:45 
U.S. Job Losses May Be Even Larger as Labor’s Model Breaks Down
By Carlos Torres
Oct. 2 (Bloomberg) — The U.S. economic slump earlier this year was so severe it short-circuited the government’s model for calculating payrolls, raising the risk that today’s jobs report may be too optimistic.
About 824,000 more jobs may be [...]

Rio wins right to host the 2016 Olympics

Rio fans celebrate after their city made it through another round for the nomination of host city for the 2016 Olympics at the Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Friday, Oct. 2, 2009. Rio de Janeiro, represented in Copenhagen by President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva , delivered a passionate appeal for South America to [...]

BREAKING NEWS – Israeli Gilad Shalit video released – 10/02/09 VIDEO

The video shows Gilad Shalit sitting in a chair, reading a newspaper dated September 14, 2009. “For a long time I’ve been waiting for the day to be released,” Shalit says. “I feel well in health terms and I’m being treated very well.”

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Unemployment Rate Hits 9.8 Percent – AP VIDEO

The unemployment rate rose to 9.8 percent in September as employers cut far more jobs than expected, evidence that the longest recession since the 1930s is still inflicting widespread pain. (Oct. 2)

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Importance of Issues – Rasmussen Reports™

Importance of Issues
Government Ethics Edges Out Economy As Top Issue Among Voters
Thursday, October 01, 2009 
 
For nearly two years, economic issues have held the top spot in terms of importance among voters.
But the latest national telephone survey shows that 83% now view government ethics and corruption as very important, placing it just ahead of the economy [...]