A few years ago, municipal broadband seemed like a progressive's dream. Instead of relying on the likes of AT&T and Comcast to deliver high-speed internet to people at a reasonable price, towns and cities could just do it themselves. But some of the high-profile projects didn't go so well. The most ambitious plan -- to turn Philadelphia into a giant wireless hotspot with low-cost access for everyone, courtesy of of a partnership between the city and Earthlink -- turned into something of a boondoggle, and eventually was dismantled.
ViaSteve Benen, we see that congressional Republicans have initiated a not-at-all gimmicky initiative called "YouCut," in which you can vote online for which programs you'd like to cut; Republicans will introduce an actual piece of legislation to cut whichever program wins.
Are you a "mainstream" American? Probably not, according to TheWashington Post's Kathleen Parker. In a column today criticizing President Obama's pick of Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court, Parker writes that Kagan just isn't mainstream enough: