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How often do you get to see the mistress interview her married GOP politician/lover?

Thank you for this original and interesting twist in "family values" Republican sex scandals, Rep. Souder, as we actually get to see a discussion on abstinence between Mark Souder and his mistress and part time staffer, Tracy Jackson:

No word on whether or not sex tapes will be rolling out soon...

Open Thread - Politics on a Plane Edition

ePluribus Media had a chance to get to a Blogger's meet up with Rep. Jim Himes in Norwalk, Connecticut, on Tuesday night and we hit on a bunch of topics. We have a couple of videos up on the topic of Healthcare Reform over here already and you can peek at these YouTube uploads for more (Six from this event edited so far).

But for those of you that might wonder "if Rep. Anthony Weiner is really pushing as hard as he can for Single Payer?" You might enjoy this short and humorous video from the interview below the fold:

Rep. Jim Himes On Healthcare Reform and Reconciliation

ePluribus Media - along with Connecticut Bob, Saramerica and AndersonScooper - had an opportunity to sit down and talk to Connecticut Representative Jim Himes and discuss various issues. This first part is on Healthcare Reform and Reconciliation:

Part 2 of the healthcare discussion gets a little more into what can be achieved through reconciliation and is below the fold. I will be posting more video from this as I finish editing and uploading it to YouTube.

Congressman John Murtha Dies at 77

Congressman John Murtha Dies at 77Via CBS' Political Hotsheet:

Democratic Rep. John P. Murtha, who represented Pennsylvania's 12th
district for 36 years, died today at the age of 77. He died in an
Arlington, Va. hospital with his family at his side after suffering
complications from gallbladder surgery.


Murtha earned considerable influence in Congress as head of
the powerful House Defense Appropriations subcommittee. He used his
position of power to secure billions
in federal tax dollars for his district, which has struggled with the
widespread loss of coal and steel jobs, but came under intense scrutiny
for his ties to companies for which he has secured earmarks.


Murtha, who joined Congress in 1974, was the first Vietnam
War combat veteran elected to the House. After 19 terms, he was one of
the longest-serving members of the House and the eighth-most senior
member. He was also the longest-serving member from Pennsylvania.

I know there is plenty to cover on his career, both the ups and the downs, but that will wait until later. For now, our best thoughts go out to his family and friends. [Image]

Give Weiner a Noodge in Battling AHIP Stoopid

Rep. Anthony Weiner talks about AHIP managing to make the argument for the public option for us with their really stoopid report:

At the website Rep. Weiner mentions in the interview with Dr. Nancy, countdowntohealthcare.com, he is looking for a little help in noodging healthcare reform in the right direction:

A Message From Congressman Anthony Weiner 

Today
was another big day on the road to health care reform.  The Senate
Finance Committee approved Senator Max Baucus’s health care proposal,
bringing a reform bill one step closer to a full vote on the Senate
floor.

I’ve been pretty critical of this proposal in the past.  It doesn’t
include a public option, which is the only way to provide real
competition to big insurance companies and bring down costs so that all
Americans can choose quality, affordable health care.

But this is progress.  Even the insurance lobby isn’t happy that this bill is moving forward.  As I mentioned yesterday,
that’s probably as good a sign as any that we’re taking the right steps
towards a health care system that helps American families instead of
insurance company shareholders.

This slow march won’t be complete without a true public option.  It
may not be center stage today, but like a specter in a Shakespeare
play, it looms large.

Anthony

P.S. New York Magazine calls me the “loudest and noodgiest” supporter of the public option.

Help me “noodge” my colleagues and the White House in the right
direction.

Go here and tweet or Facebook the site to help Noodge the White House in the right direction for Rep. Weiner. :)

Sen. Chris Dodd on CBO Scoring of Healthcare, Credit Card Bill and FISA

I have a tonne of video to sift through. This is the very first one that I am done editing, most of them are pretty long and there will be more from Dodd as well as some from Ned Lamont and Rosa Delauro.

Stay tuned... These events all took place on Saturday, September 26, '09.