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Sadly, this isn't exactly shocking, merely dismaying:

President Obama's national health care law will cost $1.76 trillion over a decade, according to a new projection released today by the Congressional Budget Office, rather than the $940 billion forecast when it was signed into law.


This is rich. Jane Fonda is one three "feminist activists" who think the government should crack down on Rush Limbaugh:

Their argument is that Mr. Limbaugh’s use of the words “slut” and “prostitute” to describe Georgetown University Law student Sandra Fluke is par for Rush’s rhetorical course. He uses words like that all the time, they say.

Common ground

Good thing the Supreme Court has already upheld Indiana's voter ID law -- the Justice Department is serious about challenging states who have more recently adopted the requirements. About the fight in Texas, this observer notes that neither side's claims ring completely true. Fraud surely isn't as big a probelm as Republicans claim, and disenfranchisement on the scale claimed by Democrats is preposterous. And all that aside:

The hits just keep coming

It's a gun world

America, locked & loaded:


Thirty years after a powerful gun-control movement swept the country, Americans are embracing the idea of owning and carrying firearms with a zeal rarely seen since the days of muskets and militias.

Let it be

Two legal scholars debate whether we should have a new constitutional convention and start from scratch. University of Texas law professor Sanford Levinson says yes, noting that Thomas Jefferson himself warned against treating the Constitution as "too sacred to be touched." But I'm more persuaded by the arguments of New York University law professsor Richard Epstein, who says a convention would introduce a degree of uncertainty that would make matters worse rather than better:

Green, green

Juxtaposition of the day. Make of it what you will.

Presidential clout:

Thursday’s squeaker of a Senate vote on the Keystone XL pipeline serves both as a warning to President Barack Obama that a majority of both houses of Congress supports the pipeline and as encouragement to Republicans to keep pushing the issue.

Spring forward, once

On Sunday, it will be time to set your clocks an hour ahead, but don't wait till then or you'll be doomed!

To keep your sleep schedule on track through the time change, Loyola University sleep specialist Dr. Sunita Kumar recommends gradually pushing your bedtime earlier in increments of 10 to 15 minutes on the days leading up to it — it’s how astronauts prepare for space travel.

That's with a 'b'

Nice to see we have our share of the wealth. Four Hoosiers are among the new Forbes list of the world's top billionaires:

Ranking the highest among Hoosiers, Gayle Cook, 78, the widow of medical device maker and philanthropist William Cook, took the place of her late husband in the 330th spot with a fortune of $3.4 billion.


Did you feel the effects this morning of the solar storm that shook our magnetic fields "like a snow globe"?

After hurtling through space for a day and a half, a massive cloud of charged particles is due to arrive early Thursday and could disrupt utility grids, airline flights, satellite networks and GPS services, especially in northern areas. But the same blast could also paint colorful auroras farther from the poles than normal.