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Dueling Headlines

September 29, 2009

And when I say “dueling headlines,” I don’t just mean with each other. I mean headlines dueling with the stories they supposedly describe, too.

Headline #1: Harkin says he has the votes to pass public option bill in the Senate

The Senate has the votes to pass a healthcare reform bill including a public option, a key Senate chairman said Tuesday.

But two paragraphs down:

“I have polled senators, and the vast majority of Democrats — maybe approaching 50 — support a public option,” Harkin said told the liberal “Bill Press Radio Show.” “So why shouldn’t we have a public option? We have the votes.

“Maybe approaching 50” and “the votes to pass the bill” are two very different things.

That’s via Memeorandum, of course.

Headline #2: Senate panel rejects health ‘public option’

WASHINGTON – In a long-anticipated showdown, liberal Democrats twice failed on Tuesday to inject a government-run insurance option into sweeping health care legislation taking shape in the Senate…

If you can’t get it through committee, you don’t have the votes to pass it!

Bonus line, from near the bottom of that story:

Rockefeller, whose measure was rejected, 15-8, assailed the insurance industry in withering terms. “I hate to use the word ‘rapacious,'” he said

“Hate” using the word “rapacious?” Why? That’s a great word!

Bonus, but only slightly related headline: More Americans Believe In UFOs Than Oppose A Public Option

Well, duh. Everybody believes in UFOs. A hundred percent.

Don’t they?

I got bored about five minutes ago. Can you tell?

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