13 million vs. 4 million

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Gabrielle Giffords in an interview with Diane Sawyer.

Number of viewers who watched the ABC 20/20 special featuring a Diane Sawyer interview with Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, versus the number of viewers who watched a NBC Rock Center special featuring a Bob Costas interview of former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky (via Hollywood Reporter)

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I wonder how much Rep. Shuster has collected from airlines for his campaign accounts? I'm a consumer, and I'm not at all interested in the "base fare". I want to know what the total out-of-pocket is going to be for me to take the trip, including all the taxes, fees, add-ons and little gouges the airlines can dream up. My pocket pays the whole total, and when I compare I want what the whole total will be for different airlines over the trip I'm planning. That's the only useful number, and right now its damnably hard to get at. The Shuster bill appears aimed at making that bottom-line total amount even harder to add up, when it can and should be done for me by any airline ticket selling functionary. Why is our Congress sold out to these corporate lobbyists trying to extract business advantages by making things more obscure and difficult for their customers, in the name of spurious "transparency"?
Somehow I'm not surprised to find that Rep. Shuster is a Republican, of course.