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June 3, 2009

The 100-watt incandescent light bulb will be banned in the U.S. starting Jan. 1, 2012, under energy legislation signed by President Bush. The law bans 75-, 60- and 40-watt bulbs by 2014.
Source: Wall Street Journal

Sotomayer First ‘Hispanic?’

Q: Would Sonia Sotomayor really be the first Hispanic on the Supreme Court?
A: Depending on your point of view, the late Benjamin Cardozo might be considered “Hispanic.”

Tax Cut Ads Clip Some Details

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced on June 1 a radio ad and robo-call campaign against several congressional Republicans for voting against the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (a.k.a. the stimulus bill). However, the attacks don’t tell the whole story.
For instance, the ad aimed at Republican Rep. Peter King claim that he "opposed an $800 tax cut and opposed creating or saving 215,000 New York jobs." But King, like many Republicans, never said that. Rather,

June 2, 2009

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasters say there is a 70 percent chance of having nine to 14 named storms in the 2009 Atlantic hurricane season, which is June through November. Of those, four to seven could become hurricanes and one to three could become major hurricanes.
Source: NOAA

Health Care Battle, Infomercial-Style

The group Conservatives for Patients’ Rights has produced a 30-minute documentary-style commercial, which aired May 31 on NBC after “Meet the Press.” Hosted by former CNN anchor Gene Randall, the program, labeled “paid programming” throughout, was a very lengthy version of ads the group has run criticizing government-run health care systems in Britain and Canada.
We called one of the group’s ads “misleading,” saying that it “falsely suggests Congress wants a British-style system here in the U.S.”

June 1, 2009

Koalas are only found on mainland Australia.
Source: Phillip Island Nature Park, Australia

Supremely Civil Ads … So Far

Both the Coalition for Constitutional Values, a liberal group supporting Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court, and the Judicial Confirmation Network, a conservative organization that opposes President Obama’s choice, have ads up attempting to enhance or undermine her confirmation prospects. The ads are accurate and civil. JCN’s spot, which …