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February 11, 2009



A federal appeals court
has ruled its okay for the Miami-Dade School system to remove 49 copies of a book about Cuba it considered too positive about the island nation. Said the ACLU's Howard Simon, "Censorship, is censorship. I'm sorry, there is no way to evade that


The Seminal
- One of the names that continues to churn the rumor mill as a candidate for [the HSS] position is Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen. He would be the wrong choice for HHS. As Governor, he gut TennCare, the state’s health care program, throwing almost 200,000 people off the rolls. But that’s not the worst part. Via Ezra Klein: "In 2005, Andrea Conte, Bredesen’s wife, embarked on a renovation of the governor’s mansion. The total project would cost $9.4 million, and Conte quickly set about raising the required funds. The largest donor? Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee."
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, which provides health insurance for state employees, donated $150,000. Corrections Corporation of America, which runs several prisons for the state, donated $50,000.


NY Times
- Sirius XM, the satellite radio company. . . has hired advisers to prepare for a possible bankruptcy filing, people involved in the process said. . . It is unclear how a bankruptcy would affect customers. Service is unlikely to be interrupted, but the company might have to terminate contracts with high-priced talent like Mr. Stern or Martha Stewart. A bankruptcy would make Sirius XM one of the largest casualties of the credit squeeze. With over $5 billion in assets, it would be the second-largest Chapter 11 filing so far this year, according to Capital IQ. The filing by Smurfit-Stone, with assets of $7 billion, has been the year’s biggest to date.

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