The group blog of The New Republic
February 7, 2007
As Michael Barbaro and Robert Pear are reporting, at a Washington press conference scheduled for 11 a.m., Andy Stern, the president of SEIU, and Lee Scott, the CEO of Wal-Mart, are supposed to announce they agree on some basic principles for health care reform -- including universal health care by some date, likely 2012.
Some refreshing news from the world of sports: John Amaechi, who played five seasons with the Utah Jazz is coming out of the closet in a new book (I would mention his college career, but the NCAA game is just so much more boring than pro ball). Very, very few athletes have announced that they are gay, and so Amaechi's memoirs will, I think, count as a first for men's professional basketball.
Last night I was chatting with an acquaintance about her boyfriend, a fairly obscure columnist. At one point I said something about how Washington is a small town, and she misheard me as calling her man "small time." With a tone of indignation she retorted: "Oh, no--he's syndicated!"
Because who would be caught dead with someone who wasn't?