* The ping-pong match in the press over the public option continues. Nobody can figure out whether or not Pelosi has the votes, whether or not Obama supports an Olympia-Snowe-style trigger, or just what will happen with the cloture vote in the Senate. Ezra Klein compares the likely House and Senate bills, which leads Matt Yglesias to suggest a best-of-both-worlds approach. Meanwhile a Daily Kos/Research 2000 poll shows that public support for the public option remains steady at around 60%, which would be important if the Senate were a properly representative body.
* Lots of buzz today about Neill Blomkamp's next film after District 9, described by SCI FI Wire as a balls-out sci-fi epic.
* 'A Mid-Atlantic Miracle': Keeping public university costs down in Maryland.
* A judge has ruled the war crimes case against Blackwater/Xe will go forward.
* 'Living on $500,000 a Year': Reading F. Scott Fitzgerald's tax returns. John Scalzi compares Fitzgerald's income and lifestyle to a writer's today.
* Fox News CEO Roger Ailes for president? This would take "fair and balanced" to a whole new level.
* And your entirely random chart of the day: The Population of Rome Through History. Via Kottke.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Posted by Gerry Canavan at 2:16 PM
Labels: academia, balls-out sci-fi epics, Blackwater, District 9, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Fox News, health care, Maryland, Nancy Pelosi, Neill Blomkamp, Olympia Snowe, politics, polls, public option, Rome, science fiction, the filibuster, the Senate, war crimes, writing