Eco-News Roundup: Wednesday, July 29

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Blue-Marble-ish posts on our other blogs, for your Wednesday morning reading pleasure:

Obama not following doctor’s orders? Obama’s GP thinks the president is wrong about healthcare.

O’Reilly: oh, really? Bill O’Reilly thinks Americans don’t live as long as Canadians because “we have ten times as many people as you do. That translates to ten times as many accidents, crimes, down the line.” Really.

Cash for kidneys: The case for paying people to donate organs might be logical, but Kevin Drum isn’t convinced.

Blue Dogs won’t budge: Lawmakers who oppose a public healthcare option often represent the very districts that would benefit most from such a plan.

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