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.
"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."
Ha! Good one!
@Bob - Another great monday morning rouser. Just the right pace for today.
If Frank Rich is to be believed, the briefings with bible quotes are real. Wow.