Midday Coffee Break

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I did not know this, but federal anti-trust laws do not apply to private health insurance companies, according to Salon Wires. The Democrats want to include it as part of any healthcare reform plan.

This is scary: The FAA wants to levy fines against United Airlines and US Airways for safety violations, according to the Associated Press. US Airways operated eight planes on a total of 1,647 flights from October 2008 to January 2009. United operated one of its aircraft on more than 200 flights after the company “violated its own maintenance procedures on one of the plane’s engines.” Yikes!

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law a bill that will let 17-year-olds pre-register to vote, according to the New America Foundation. The registration will automatically kick in once they turn 18.

Unfortunately, the governator vetoed a bill that would have prohibited the sales of expired baby food and over the counter medication in the state, according to the Consumer Federation of California. Next time you are in the drugstore, check those expiration dates, ladies!

The Washington Post wrote an article on D.C. student reaction to recent layoffs that included the dismissal of 388 teachers and staff.

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Tuesday Morning Open Thread

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I heart Jennifer Weiner. The author of Good In Bed and Little Earthquakes wrote an hilarious piece about her neurotic friend Elizabeth for Glamour magazine. The photo of the two women is adorable.

Salon’s Broadsheet has a big debate going on about United Airlines’s new policy to charge overweight passengers for two seats. As the long thread pointed out, Southwest Airlines already has the same policy in place, although it is illegal for the airlines to do so in Canada because it is viewed as discrimination.

In case you missed it, Oprah Winfrey pulled her show about the Columbine shootings because it focused too much on the killers. She left a note on Oprah.com. Also in Oprah: Sex expert Dr. Laura Berman — and Oprah — recently agreed that moms should buy their teen girls vibrators. ParentDish had a recap of the fascinating discussion and topic.

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