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‘King of Pop’ dies, but the rest of us muddle on

A few relevant links today that have nothing to do with Michael Jackson:

The U.S. Supreme Court says school officials can’t strip search students who pose no clear threat of danger to others; seems like a gimme, but Justice Clarence Thomas dissents.

Senate Democrats keep cutting health-care reform costs, while Republicans insist any public option is a dealbreaker.

The Assembly tries to buy some time before California must start issuing IOUs, but the state Senate smacks it down.

The GOP continues to claim climate-change legislation will cost each American family up to $3,100 per year. But, no.

Heh, heh. [chortle] BwahAHAHAHA!

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • RR, Uninvited Columnist

    Will M Jackson have outlived Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears and Paris Hilton? Only time will tell. Another colossal waste of talent self-destructs (Jackson). He’ll be talked about long after these political controversies are forgotten.

  • Elwood

    One less freak.

  • John W

    Plot thickens on M.J. story with release of 911 tape and his physician missing. Strange person, but great talent.

  • John W

    No brainer on the strip search decision. I have to get on the SCOTUS website and see what possible reason Thomas had for dissenting.

  • John W

    Breaking news: Obama and Senate Democrats drastically scale back health care reform. Now proposing to issue two aspirin to all making less than $250k with recommendation for lots of rest and exercise. Republicans denounce it as government takeover of medicine, rationing, European-style socialism and nanny-statism.

  • Arne Simonsen

    Funny, Josh! Very funny! I love your sense that there are much more important things going on that ‘chatting’ and ‘fretting’ over Michael Jackson’s death. I’ll remember June 25, 2009 as the day we lost Farah Fawcett; not that other guy.