Yesterday, StateImpact liveblogged the Joint Economic Session. Members of the House and Senate Finance and Ways and Means Committees gathered for hours to hear economists offer projections on where the global, national, and state economies are headed in 2012.
Every since I was a young boy, I played the... gumball? The Gumball Pinball Machine is a real-life mashup of two iconic machines - turn the gumball machine handle and three candies roll onto a baseball-themed pinball board.
Sadly, losing a ball doesn't mean snack time - it goes back into the rotation.
On a slightly related note, I found what may be the world's greatest pinball dance while writing this column. If the lighting had been better, total meme fodder. Dancing Pinball Player never tilts!
Writers Russell Banks, Ann Patchett and Jeffrey Eugenides all have new novels out. Horror writer Stephen King has a new thriller based on the Kennedy assassination, while notables Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly and Chris Matthews tell the true story of Presidents Washington, Lincoln and Kennedy. We’ll look at the books that may be under your Christmas tree this holiday season.
The jobs that come with selling stuff delivered over 3,000 new jobs in November and strictly speaking, more than just Christmas shopping drove the numbers. Seasonal adjustments are designed to filter out that sort of impact.
The hospital delivery room is not a fun place for surprises - the more parents and medical staff know going in, the better the outcome usually is. The Predibirth system helps keep surprises to a minimum by MRI-scanning Junior in the womb* and running virtual simulations of labor - if it sees a potentially serious problem, like baby's head being bigger than expected, doctors can consider planning a c-section in advance.
Our Issue Tuesday Series continues with a look at where the Republican Presidential candidates stand on health care. All of them firmly oppose President Obama’s new health care law, saying they’d repeal it. They favor a more market-based approach, with ideas ranging from tort reform to tax credits to technology. But there are a lot of areas in which they differ as well. We’ll explore their positions on everything to prescriptions plans to entitlement programs to their overall philosophies on who should get care and how much they should pay.