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California Gov. Jerry Brown being treated for prostate cancer


Just a quick FYI, Gov. Jerry Brown has early stage prostate cancer and is being treated with radiation:

(AP) — The 74-year-old Brown is receiving a short course of conventional radiotherapy for "localized prostate cancer," the statement said.

Brown's "prognosis is excellent, and there are not expected to be any significant side effects," University of California, San Francisco oncologist Eric Small said.

Wishing him a speedy recovery. He's got more than enough to handle here in California, so this was the last thing he needed.


George Zimmerman must keep 24-hour monitor


A quick FYI regarding the Trayvon Martin case via Michael Muskal at the L.A. Times, where there's more:

George Zimmerman, charged with the second-degree murder of an unarmed black teenager, will continue to have 24-hour-a-day electronic monitoring, a Florida judge ruled Tuesday.

At a hearing in Sanford, Fla., Circuit Judge Debra Nelson rejected a defense request to modify the conditions of Zimmerman’s release. The defense had sought to have the full-time GPS monitoring discontinued and permission to allow Zimmerman to go outside the county.

Hat Tip to Price Benowitz Criminal Defense





Today is surgery day, so Gottalaff will be working alone, I set these posts up last night. Be kind to her, and throw some good vibes or whatever you flavor is, towards Indiana for Jeff's complete recuperation and that he be cancer free afterwards. Thank you.
Image from Antony B. Golden


FYI: US Justice Department monitoring Wisconsin election



The Justice Department said Monday its poll watchers will be in Milwaukee to ensure compliance with the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and other federal voting rights laws.

The Voting Rights Act is all about discrimination based on race, color or membership in a minority language group. Under that law, Milwaukee must provide assistance to Spanish-speaking voters.


AP Sources: Democratic lawmakers may drop millionaire tax


Let. The. Bush. Tax. Cuts. Expire:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic lawmakers are considering whether to jettison their demand for a millionaires' surtax, which they had hoped to use to cover the cost of a Social Security payroll tax cut extension for millions of wage-earners, officials said Wednesday.

No decisions had been made, the officials stressed.

More at the link.

CNN is reporting that they "will", per "a source":

(CNN) - In what would be a major concession, President Obama and Senate Democrats will drop their insistence that a surtax on millionaires pay for extending the payroll tax cut, a Democratic source tells CNN.


President Obama establishes Office of Manufacturing Policy


FYI, via JSOnline:

At a time when economists say U.S. manufacturing policy is in disarray, the Obama administration said Monday it has created a new cabinet-level Office of Manufacturing Policy to be co-chaired by the Commerce Department secretary and the director of the White House National Economic Council.

"At this make or break time for the middle class and our economy, we need a strong manufacturing sector that will put Americans back to work making products stamped with three proud words: Made in America," President Barack Obama said in his announcement.

Meanwhile, I'm watching Eric Cantor tweet about pushing the Tar Sands Pipeline Disaster-In-Waiting because of all the jobs he claims it would (but actually doesn't) create.


Federal Judge Blocks Citigroup's Mortgage Settlement With S.E.C.


Via an email alert:

A federal judge in New York on Monday threw out a settlement between the Securities and Exchange Commission and Citigroup over a 2007 mortgage derivatives deal, saying that the S.E.C.’s policy of settling cases by allowing a company to neither admit nor deny the agency’s allegations did not satisfy the law.

The judge, Judge Jed S. Rakoff of the Federal District Court in Manhattan, ruled that the S.E.C.’s $285 million settlement, announced last month, is “neither fair, nor adequate, nor in the public interest” because it does not provide the court with evidence on which to judge the settlement.

The ruling could throw the S.E.C.’s enforcement efforts into chaos, because a majority of the fraud and other cases that the agency brings against Wall Street firms are settled out of court, most often with a condition that the defendant does not admit that it violated the law while also promising not to deny it.

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