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Mo Gadhafi obviously subscribes to the view that you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar: Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi appealed directly to President Barack Obama on Wednesday to end what Gadhafi called "an unjust war." He also wished Obama good luck in his bid for re-election next year. "You are a man who has enough courage to annul a wrong and mistaken action," Gadhafi wrote in a rambling, three-page letter to Obama obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday.
The polls on health care reform has always been a little confusing, in no small part because the respondents often say such confusing things. People want change but they want to keep their insurance. They want a universal coverage system based on private coverage but they don't want an individual mandate. They want to cut health care costs but they don't like actual cuts.
In Alabama, it's about "English only." The Associated Press reports that Tim James, Republican candidate for governor, has launched an ad in which he proclaims that, if elected, he would drop the practice of giving the state driver's-license exam in eleven languages other than English. And why? "This is Alabama. We speak English. If you want to live here, learn it."
Important health care reform update from the Associated Press: Ten House Democrats say they have not ruled out the possibility of switching their earlier "no" votes to "yes" on the big health care overhaul. That's giving Democrats a glimmer of hope in the face of unyielding Republican opposition. The House members commented in interviews Monday with The Associated Press. The article does not include any names, presumably because the members all spoke with the A.P. on condition of anonymity. But this makes the information a lot more valuable.
The New Republic is live-blogging news of events in Iran today, on the eve of 22 Bahman (February 11), the anniversary of Iran’s 1979 revolution. The Iranian opposition movement is slated to co-opt the state's annual rallies to stage another mass demonstration--the largest since December's violent protests on the Shiite holy day of Ashura. February 11, 2010, 6:41 pm.
No one who has read either Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle (by Dan Senor and Saul Singer) or The Israel Test (by George Gilder) could have been surprised by the news that Israeli scientists and private investors have produced a no-nonsense electric car that meets all the myriad objections raised to other vehicles of the type. The fact is that any model automobile can be fitted for the ever-renewable battery. Yes, it has the cumbersome chargeable option.