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Wednesday DAYBOOK: 'Death Panel' Rule Changed, Mark Twain Revised, 'Huff Post' Defended, Groban Does Kanye, More | The Nation

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Wednesday DAYBOOK: 'Death Panel' Rule Changed, Mark Twain Revised, 'Huff Post' Defended, Groban Does Kanye, More

WELCOME TO DAYBOOK, our daily collection of media and politics hits/misses plus fun videos and (at the bottom) a music pick. Return for updates. Keep up with fresh items via @gregmitch at Twitter. E-mail me at: epic1934@aol.com.

MORNING ROAST

Birthright citizenship fight looms as next battle on immigration.

Publisher announces new edition of Mark Twain's "Huckleberry Finn" will replace word "nigger" (which appears 219 times) with "slave." 

As "death panel" chant starts to grow again, Obama revises new healthcare Medicare rule to stem (unfair) protest.

New cable via Norway paper's WikiLeaks cache: Israel told US in 1968 that it would keep Gaza "in a state of collapse." 

The new Vanity Fair with Justin Bieber on the cover has a big Assange article but also a probe of Huff Post's founding—two are suing over it—and here is Huff Post response today:  "It’s a great story—if you read it backwards.  At the end of the article, the writer takes apart Boyce and Daou’s case piece by piece, leaving it in tatters—and rendering everything that has come before it pointless. The only question is, why, when the writer’s own reporting makes it clear that there is no there there, Vanity Fair not only went ahead and published this nonstory but decided to promote it on the cover? The proper response would have been to kill it.  And, as we’ve said before, it defies reason and human nature, if they really believed they had created the Huffington Post, that they would wait six years before speaking up. At some point over the last 72 months, they would have contacted us to complain or asked us to credit them somewhere on the site or insisted on getting stock. Something. Anything! But they didn’t, because they know that they have absolutely no claim to ownership."

Econ blogger Barry Ritholtz rips Rep. Issa for sending letters to business interests asking which regulations they'd like cut. "Whoring." 

WIKILEAKS NOW—AND FOREVER?  Yes, I'm still live-blogging WikiLeaks today, now in day 39. I guess someone's gotta do it.  Yesterday's edition here. Some highlights from early today: First US diplomatic casualty of cablegate may be our ambassador to Libya—recalled after that "voluptuous nurse" memo... BBC reports:   "The White House is telling US agencies to create 'insider threat' programmes to ferret out disgruntled workers who may leak state secrets, reports say. The move follows the leaking of thousands of secret US cables to the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks. An 11-page memo by US intelligence officials detailing the advice has been published by US broadcaster NBC."

THERE HE GOES AGAIN  NYT editorial slams Justice Scalia for statement on women not covered by certain key non-discrimination notion.

FREED AT LAST After thirty years in TX prison for a crime he didn't commit, Cornelius Dupree to be cleared Tuesday.

TODAY's LAFF

Josh Groban sings Kanye West's.... tweets.

 

TODAY's MUSIC

Good report today of first Robbie Robertson album in thirteen years, with Tom Morello. But Gerry Rafferty of "Stuck in the Middle With You" (with Stealer's Wheel) died yesterday in the UK at age 63. Here is his top solo hit, "Baker Street." 

 

 

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