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As Occupy Wall Street protesters continue to clash with police in New York and elsewhere around the nation, a quieter Occupy Healthcare movement is burgeoning online in websites, blogs and Twitter chats. Here’s a closer look at this virtual protest.

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A columnist calls for a more "humane" health care spending plan, a seventh-grader tries to start a lunch revolution, and food prices are going up for lots of unexpected reasons as we close out the week in the Daily Briefing.

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President Obama’s support for a bill that would let states opt out of national health reform mandates early to come up with their own plans has been described variously as “a bomb,” a “major concession” to reform’s critics, or “calling the Republicans’ bluff.”  

But is it any single one of these things? Not so much. Here’s some context and a look at some analysis of Obama’s highly-publicized support for the Wyden-Brown state waiver bill, which he announced to the nation’s state governors on Monday.

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Why is Disney invading hospital maternity wards? Plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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Here's a recap of the latest developments on the health reform front, along with some helpful resources and story ideas for your community.

March 21, 2010, 10 p.m. PST

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Sorry, Jody Ranck. I’m giving up on NetVibes for right now and will stick to my Google and Yahoo readers.

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UPDATE: 9:54 p.m., Jan. 19

The phrase "stunning upset" doesn't even begin to capture the national political shockwaves as Republican Scott Brown defeats Martha Coakley for the late Sen. Edward Kennedy's seat. The "what happens to health reform now?" political analysis below remains relevant. In the meantime, here's a quick roundup of the latest coverage and analysis:

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