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Friday, September 12, 2008

The Morning News

posted by on September 12 at 8:17 AM

Partial Reprieve: Edmonds school district students who fall behind on lunch payments to get milk with their cold cheese sandwich.

Success!: Bush administration declares bin Laden was not the “mastermind” of 9/11, and that the bad guy is already in jail. War on Terrorism: Won!

In the Water: Drugs are in drinking water of at least 46 million Americans.

Yikes: Coastal areas of Texas evacuated in anticipation of Hurricane Ike.

Tax-and-spend: McCain wants workers to pay tax on employer-provided health care coverage.

Cocky wacko”: Palin, according to Lincoln Chafee.

Dirty Tricks: Michigan GOP seeks to disenfranchise (mostly black) voters whose houses have been foreclosed.

Elitist: Photos surface of McCain celebrating his 70th birthday on yacht of convicted felon Raffaello Follieri.

Whiner: Palin asks “Purpose Driven Life” author Rick Warren to “send her some Bible verses on how do you deal with the unfair, unjust attacks and the mean-spirited criticism that comes in.”

Well, That Seems Reasonable: As WaMu stock tanks, new CEO gets $20 million pay package.

Taking the Lead: New Zealand adopts cap-and-trade system.

Meh: Burner releases economic plan built around middle-class tax cuts, “fiscal discipline.”

Recipe of the Day: Braised Romano Beans (recipe and photo via Smitten Kitchen)


1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup minced celery
1/2 cup minced carrot
1 cup minced red onion
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon tomato paste
1 cup peeled, crushed ripe tomatoes, preferably plum tomatoes, with their juices
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 pounds romano beans (flat green beans), ends trimmed (or fresh cranberry beans in their shells).

1. Heat oil in a deep skillet or a shallow three-quart saucepan. Add celery, carrot and onion and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until vegetables barely begin to brown, about 25 minutes. Add garlic and rosemary and cook until fragrant, a few minutes. Stir in tomato paste and tomatoes. Bring to a simmer. Season with salt and pepper. Simmer until mixture is well combined, about 5 minutes.

2. Add beans, setting them in pan all in one direction. Add 1/2 cup water. Bring to a simmer. Baste beans, season with salt, reduce heat to low. Cook gently, partly covered, turning beans in sauce from time to time, until beans are very tender, about 40 minutes. Adjust seasoning and serve hot or at room temperature.

Yield: 6 servings.

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The phrase "with their juices" sounds gross, regardless if what it refers to.

Posted by Aislinn | September 12, 2008 8:33 AM

Slog Happy! TONIGHT! Woo hoo! I'm psyched!!!

Posted by Cookie W. Monster | September 12, 2008 8:49 AM
Tax-and-spend: McCain wants workers to pay tax on employer-provided health care coverage.

For starters, McCain's been talking about taxing employer-provided health care benefits for months now.  It's not exactly news.

But nevermind that.  The whole point of McCain's plan is to balance the tax on benefits with a universal tax credit.

It's a shitty, fucked-up, every-man-for-himself free-market-ideologue plan, and we can attack it for being a shitty, fucked-up, every-man-for-himself free-market-ideologue plan, but can we please not stoop to lying about it?!

Posted by lostboy | September 12, 2008 9:24 AM

I love Lincoln Chaffee.

Posted by Mike in MO | September 12, 2008 9:24 AM

Like Obama, Burner's middle class tax cuts only really benefit familes with kids. There's nothing to help small businesses, single folks, capital gains tax cuts to help seniors with dividend income or anyone who sells investemnts to help themselves out of a mess. Add to that that she'd rather run a campaign than to help her son with the ramifications their house fire trauma is appalling.

Posted by raindrop | September 12, 2008 9:30 AM

lostboy, what's free market ideologue about taxing and crediting things?

Posted by Bellevue Ave | September 12, 2008 10:44 AM


Capital gains taxes are already ridiculously low. Are you stupid or something? Oh right, you are.

Posted by keshmeshi | September 12, 2008 11:05 AM

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