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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States said on Friday it would allow a senior North Korean official to visit this month, a move analysts said could be a first step toward talks between the two on ending Pyongyang’s nuclear programs.

The United States hopes a bilateral dialogue may bring North Korea, which carried out its second nuclear test in May, back to wider talks on abandoning its nuclear programs.

And, in other news..

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No extra troops to Afghanistan, says Sarkozy 

You know, if I didn’t know better, I’d think that the French had no respect for Obama. I’d think that Sarkozy believes Obama is an empty suit (except for all the hot air, that is). I’d also think that Sarkozy called Obama out on being a hypocrite in front of the whooooole world.

But you see, I do know better. I know better, because Newsweek told me so. 

By Christopher Dickey | NEWSWEEK
So there.

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or “Pass the Popcorn

This is just so sad, I can hardly bring myself to watch. The Blue Dogs and the Yellow Dogs are at each others throats over ideological differences (between their respective campaign donors) and the fur is beginning to fly.

The Blue Dogs are torn between conflicting desires.

1. Stick it to The Rich.

2. Protect their union masters.

Senators favor taxing so-called “Cadillac” insurance plans – those costing more than $8,000 annually for individuals and $21,000 for families. They argue that the cost of paying for health care legislation should come from within the health care system, and that the insurance plan tax has the benefit of nudging people to use fewer medical services, which would get at the problem of overutilization of care, a major factor in the country’s spiraling medical costs.

The Cadillac plan tax faces major opposition in the House, where more than 100 Democrats oppose it. Some of the opposition stems from organized labor which fears its members could be subject to the tax. House members say their approach – a tax on individuals making more than $500,000 a year and households making more than $1 million – is a fairer way to go and would find more favor with the public.  

Translation: Stick it to the rich guys, woohoo! No, wait! Not our rich guys, the other rich guys! Yeah, yeah the non-union rich guys. The ones that create jobs. Yeah, them. The Fat Cats.

The Yellow Dogs are also torn between conflicting desires.

1. Get their way at all costs.

2. Escape blame when their legislation sucks America down the crapper.

“This is going to be hard to pull off.” snarled Yellow Dog at Blue Dog. “Lessee….how do we knock over the 90 pound trash can and blame it on the cat?” *scratches left ear, licks crotch, gnaws Bush doll thoughtfully..*

The only hope we Fat Cats have (please click on an ad or two while you’re here and keep me out of the po’ house, thanks) is that the Dems will be too busy squabbling over their respective bones to pull anything together.

Forever and ever.

Amen.

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