The Senate clash over the unemployment benefits ended just before midnight Thursday with Senator Jim Bunning, Republican of Kentucky, refusing to lift his objection, meaning the jobless aid – for however short a time – will run out Sunday night unless a deal is reached Friday. As the fight drew to a close, Mr. Bunning complained he had been ambushed by the Democrats and was forced to miss the Kentucky-South Carolina basketball game. ...Caucus NYT
... Today, Democrats and Republicans live in different universes, both intellectually and morally. ...Bipartisanship is now a foolish dream. How can the parties agree on policy when they have utterly different visions of how the economy works, when one party feels for the unemployed, while the other weeps over affluent victims of the “death tax”?
Which brings us to the central political issue right now: health care reform. If Congress enacts reform in the next few weeks — and the odds are growing that it will — it will do so without any Republican votes. Some people will decry this, insisting that President Obama should have tried harder to gain bipartisan support. But that isn’t going to happen, on health care or anything else, for years to come.
Someday, somehow, we as a nation will once again find ourselves living on the same planet. But for now, we aren’t. And that’s just the way it is. ...Paul Krugman
Kentucky's inside power more than compensated for Devan Downey's scoring.In other words, what was expected to happen at South Carolina last month came to pass in Rupp Arena on Thursday night. UK beat South Carolina 82-61 as DeMarcus Cousins and Patrick Patterson dominated around the basket. ...KentuckySports.com