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Sen. Boxer to form congressional ‘climate change caucus,’ which should do the trick

Grist

barbara_boxer.jpgSen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) has decided that this is the perfect moment to launch a brand new congressional caucus. From The Hill:

[Boxer] said Tuesday that she’s forming a “climate change caucus,” and argues that Hurricane Sandy “changed a lot of minds” on the topic.

The move signals that Democrats might again be ready to aggressively promote bills to curb greenhouse gas emissions, even as the political prospects for global warming legislation remain remote in Congress.

“I am going to form a climate change caucus, because people are coming up to me, they really want to get into this. I think Sandy changed a lot of minds,” Boxer told reporters in the Capitol.

Pack it in, Chevron. Peace out, coal industry. Ya burnt, so to speak. After all, nothing gets things done like a congressional caucus.

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Florida Senate: No Health-Insurance Exchange

CBS Miami

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CBSMiami) – The Florida Senate launched a webpage Monday about the federal Affordable Care Act, reiterating that the state will not run a health-insurance exchange in January 2014.

The News Service of Florida reports states have a Friday deadline for notifying the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services about their exchange plans. House and Senate leaders have already said the state cannot make a decision on an exchange until the 2013 legislative session.

A question-and-answer section of the new webpage made clear the state wouldn’t be ready to run an exchange in 2014, even if it wanted to do so.

Federal officials initially set a November deadline but gave states another month. “Florida, and several other states, did not submit a letter to the Secretary of Health and Human Services by the November deadline to indicate an intention to operate a state based exchange for health care…

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Great Piece!

Bob Schwartz

Roman Hruska
Roman Hruska was United States Senator from Nebraska from 1954 to 1976. He was a leading conservative, and was anything but a mediocre legislator. But when Richard Nixon appointed G. Harold Carswell to the Supreme Court in 1970, Hruska had this to say about claims that Carswell was less than qualified:

“Even if he were mediocre, there are a lot of mediocre judges and people and lawyers. They are entitled to a little representation, aren’t they, and a little chance? We can’t have all Brandeises, Frankfurters and Cardozos.”

Carswell was not confirmed. And despite Hruska’s accomplishments, he is best known today for his defense of public mediocrity.

As we watch many in Congress talk and talk and talk about why they are not doing anything—except talking—we might remember what Lincoln said: “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” Or we…

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Voter: Obama, Congress Holding Country ‘Hostage’ Over Fiscal Cliff

CBS Connecticut

HOOKSET, N.H. (AP) — Fear and frustration course through the lunch crowd at Robie’s Country Store and Deli, a popular outpost 500 miles from where Washington is again locked in tense negotiations over taxes and spending as a critical deadline looms.

“I’m worried,” Lorraine Cadren of nearby Manchester says between bites of her chicken sandwich. Her doubt in the nation’s elected leaders is palpable: “I’m not sure what’s going to come out of Washington next.” Not that she has the time to pay much attention; the 64-year-old is unemployed and preoccupied with finding a new job as Christmas approaches.

A few tables away, John Pfeifle shares Cadren’s angst while trying to enjoy his $6.99 chicken parmesan special.

“Somebody’s gotta have some smarts,” says the 63-year-old business owner, complaining that both President Barack Obama and House Republicans seem willing to allow the nation to go over the “fiscal cliff,” triggering broad…

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