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Medicare expansion could morph into single payer health care

Senate Democrats looking to find a way to pass health care legislation have proposed a a Medicare "buy-in" proposal as part of the health care legislation. A major aspect of the proposal would be that individuals between the ages of 55 and 64 would be able to enroll in the medicare program. The Federation of American Hospitals opposes it as does the Mayo Clinic.

Kevin Jennings's longtime foe, 'Mass Resistance'

Safe Schools Czar Kevin Jennings is in the news again over an event known as "fist-gate" that made news almost a decade ago when Brian Camenker's Massachusetts group, Mass Resistance, recorded audio from Mr. Jennings' former group the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN) conference in 2000. At the conference, students as young as 12 years old were given graphic instruction on homosexual sex acts by state employees.

Local news blogging: NJ Senate committee clears gay marriage bill

The New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee narrowly passed a same-sex marriage bill Monday night.  The full Senate will vote on the measure Thursday and then, if it passes, it will reach final vote at the Assembly. Supporters say they do not yet have the 21 total votes needed to pass the Senate, according to the New York Times.  

Obama tries to unite hill Dems, makes no mention of public option

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) asked President Barack Obama to meet with Senate Democrats and two Independents in a closed door meeting today to discuss passing the pending Senate health care bill.  Democrats only need to unite all sixty votes from their caucus in order to break any filibuster that could endanger the passage of the bill.   

Video: Killing jobs at the White House jobs summit

The White House hosted a jobs summit on Thursday. A large portion of the jobs summit involved pushing what has become known as “green jobs.”  Apparently, the Obama administration’s strategy is to kill jobs in an entire industry like coal, so he can prop up his friends in the green energy industry.