Well, a story making Wonk Room isn't necessarily a story making the mainstream, but this is more than a little bit interesting:And then there's this from USAToday, which is MSM however you look at it:
Insurance Commissioner Mike Geeslin testified that his office was receiving questions about “coverage for dependents and children,” “pre-existing conditions,” “the new federal risk pool or the pre-existing condition insurance plan, and then they want information about the effective days more among the lines of what I need to do and when.” This surprised Rep. Susan King (R), who wanted to know if Texans were complaining about the new law:
KING: On the complaints…what does that mean? There has not been a single complaint?
GEESLIN: That’s not to say you can’t get 10 in the office today.
KING: But you’ve had nobody really calling and being concerned? That’s really amazing. I just didn’t know….
In 2006, GMU statistics professor, Edward Wegman, spearheaded a Congressional committee report critical of scientists' reconstructions of past climate conditions -- notably the 1999 "hockey stick" paper in Nature, which concluded that the 20th Century was the warmest one in a millennium. A National Research Council report later that year largely validated the 1999 paper's research, but the "Wegman" report has knocked around in public debate over climate ever since.
GMU spokesman Daniel Walsch confirms that the university, located in Fairfax, Va., is now investigating allegations that the Wegman report was partly plagiarized and contains fabrications. Last month, a 250-page report on the Deep Climate website written by computer scientist John Mashey of Portola Valley, Calif., raised some of these concerns. Mashey says his analysis shows that 35 of the 91 pages in the 2006 Wegman report are plagiarized (with some of the text taken from a book, Paleoclimatology: Reconstructing Climates of the Quaternary, by Raymond Bradley of the University of Massachusetts) and contain erroneous citations of data, as well.