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  • This is big of us:
    The United States has backed a United Nations draft resolution favoring universal healthcare coverage.

    The nonbinding measure calls on U.N. member states to ensure citizens' access to health insurance, and was approved by the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday.

  • This is about a dozen kinds of wrong:
    The Kansas City Star has told reporters Karen Dillon and Dawn Bormann that one of them has to leave the paper, and they — not management — have to decide who goes.
  • Good question:
    If a notable woman dies and a major national newspaper doesn't report it, did it actually happen?

    Big papers' lists of significant deaths in 2012 overwhelmingly feature men. The Washington Post put 18 women and 48 men on its list. On the other side of the country, the Los Angeles Times listed 36 women and 114 men. And lest you think this is some kind of freak 2012 phenomenon, the New York Times has consistently listed many more men than women over the last five years.

  • Oh, look. One of Sarah Palin's spawn is undermining the sanctity of traditional shotgun weddings.
  • And in more spawn-of-Sarah news:
    The continuing move of the entire Palin family into reality television careers is an amusing downfall story, but it took a serious turn today with the news that the state of Alaska had provided $354,348 in subsidies to Bristol Palin’s most recent venture into the genre, her Lifetime show Bristol Palin: Life’s A Tripp, which had such dreadful ratings it was yanked from its slot after two episodes. It’s one thing for the entertainment industry to effectively subsidize the Palins’ careers, given the relatively limited appeal they have in the aftermath of Sarah Palin’s political career. But it’s another for Alaska to spend money to attract a show to the state that probably would have filmed there anyway.
  • Oh great. Another reason to be pissed at George Lucas.
  • This happened:
    Car thieves in Youngstown, Ohio, crashed the car they stole after they discovered they had a passenger in the back seat: Penelope, a nearly 300-pound pot belly pig.
  • Condolences:
    Joe L. Allbritton, the founder of Allbritton Communications, the parent company of ABC7, NewsChannel 8 and POLITICO, died Wednesday, just 17 days shy of his 88th birthday.
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, the Fiscal Thingy debate rages on, the House dithers, and Boehner negotiates for a caucus that might not even be on his side. Greg Dworkin on polling that says despite the pundits (again), the President really does have a mandate, while Gop voters won't give an inch, and a majority insists they must. The so-called "Right to Work" issue reminds us of the Newt Gingrich's Orwellian framing work. On filibuster reform, an open letter from academics, clarifying the constitutional grounds and Senate precedents for changing the rules by majority vote.

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