Here's your Monday morning rouser: Boogie heaven. Just like Mondays.
I spy Paul Shaffer directing traffic, and a young Ron Wood not being old and creepy looking.
Such a mess, yet I can't help but notice the budget deficit was known to all when the session started last winter. Might it have been different if the sense of urgency for a solution had gripped the Capitol then, rather than in the last days of the session? Discuss.
More and more the timeline is raising the question of why, if the torture was to prevent terrorist attacks, it seemed to happen mainly during the period when the Bush crowd was looking for what was essentially political information to justify the invasion of Iraq.
Dowd says she got it from a friend, which means at the very least, she plagiarized her friend.
What we're doing
That's 1-800-227 28.... Oh, wait. That's over. Back to work!
Midmorning - It's easier to say you will reduce health care costs, as some big health care firms did earlier this month, than to actually do it. In the second hour: Rita Dove.
Midday -- These are the days Midday fans live for. A huge story at the Capitol, and Gary Eichten taking his show there. He'll feature interviews with all four legislative leaders, key committee chairs and political analysts. On opening day, Gov. Pawlenty was absent from the show. Might he show up today? I'm guessing not. I'll live-blog it here and chat with you about these last few days.
Talk of the Nation - Ralph Eubanks tells the story of his grandparents and three generations of his family, on the black side, and the white side.
All Things Considered -- With the clock ticking closer to
Armageddon the end of the legislative session, Tim Post will look at what higher education got out of the session, Tom Scheck will follow the action during the day, and Brandt Williams covers the start of the Fong Lee shooting trial in Minneapolis.
Debbie Elliot has an interesting story: Prepaying for college. In Alabama, parents can pay for tuition while their kids are still young, locking in tomorrow's education and today's price. But the trust fund, it was reported recently, has lost 45 percent of its value. It sounds like educational Social Security.(3 Comments)
So here we are, hours away from the end of a legislative session that appears to be ending in chaos. Let's talk about it as we listen to Gary Eichten on Midday talking to most of the principals involved.(1 Comments)
Emergency medical personnel don't take women seriously. That's the takeaway from a University of Pennsylvania study released today that found no differences in the time of EMS care given to African Americans and white patients, but found women don't get the same medical care when exhibiting signs of heart attacks.
The researchers looked at whether patients got aspirin and nitroglycerin -- two immediate treatments for chest pain, and whether they were put on heart monitors and had IV lines put in while enroute to the hospital.
"Results showed that women were significantly less likely than men to receive aspirin while in the care of EMS - 24 percent of them were given the drug, compared to 32 percent of men," according to a report.(1 Comments)
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America does not appear to be moving toward endorsing the role of homosexuals in relationships as pastors. Under the current rules, homosexuals can be ministers in the church if they promise to be celibate.
In August, ELCA's national convention in Minneapolis will consider whether to leave that up to each of the 65 synods nationwide.
On Sunday, the Northwest Minnesota Synod approved a resolution rejecting a proposal that non-celibate gays be allowed to serve as clergy members. The resolution rejecting the proposal passed by just two votes (See resolution).
"I'm not surprised that it was close," Bishop Larry Wohlrabe told the Worthington Daily News (registration required). "I'm a little amazed that it was that close."
Before passing the resolution, however, delegates struck a provision that declared "a majority of ELCA members and most Christian churches -- including most in the Lutheran World Federation -- believe that marriage is a lifelong covenant between one man and one woman."
At the same time, the synod voted against a resolution that would have rejected ELCA's social statement, "Human Sexuality Gift and Trust. " (See report), which says after "many years of study and conversation, this church does not have consensus regarding loving and committed same-gender relationships." But the draft says the church "supports legislation and policies to protect civil rights and to prohibit discrimination in housing, employment and public services. It has called upon congregations and members to welcome, care for, and support same-gender couples and their families, and to advocate for their legal protection."
The ELCA social statement rejected by the synod was drafted by a task force headed by Rev. Peter Strommen, of Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church in Prior Lake.
By way of background, City Pages profiled four people last summer who have a particular interest in the question.(6 Comments)