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  • Danation: The Health and Happiness Show

    Huzzah! After a last-minute vote in the wee hours of Monday morning, one that followed the last-minute appeal of Republican Sen. Tom Coburn that God smite some Democratic senator, so they wouldn’t have the 60 votes they needed, the Senate voted to...
  • Nitty-gritty on healthcare reform: Issues and key players

    Nitty-gritty on healthcare reform: Issues and key players
    As the Obama administration and Congress prepare to wrestle with the divisive issue of healthcare reform, here is a checklist of the issues and key players to watch in the forthcoming weeks. Obama has said he wants to sign a bill this year, which means...
  • Nitty-gritty on healthcare reform: Key players

    Nitty-gritty on healthcare reform: Key players
    Though Democrats control the House of Representatives, they have not united around any one proposal. They also face opposition from conservative Republicans on several key points: Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said there aren't enough votes to pass healthcare...
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  • Senate Passes Healthcare Overhaul

    Senate Passes Healthcare Overhaul
    Senate Democrats this morning passed a sweeping healthcare overhaul bill, setting the stage for reconciliation early next year with similarly historic legislation passed by the House last month. The vote was 60-39. It came after months of bitter partisan...
  • Lieberman: Stance On Iraq War Making It Difficult For Independent To Be A 'Bridge Builder'

    As the Senate prepared for its all-night debate on Iraq last month, Joseph Lieberman stood with Republicans and lambasted war opponents, most of them Democrats. ``They're already asleep about the consequences of an American defeat in Iraq for our...
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  • Senate 'gang's' new energy plan

     
    by Frank James In the Senate, it nowadays apparently takes a self-appointed, biparitsan "gang" of senators to get past the partisan gridlock. For instance, there was the Gang of 14 group of senators who helped the Senate get beyond an......
  • 'Vintage Obama:' Budget kickoff in Senate

     
    by Mark Silva and Janet Hook President Barack Obama, pressing Congress for a record $3.55-trillion federal budget boosting spending on education, energy and health care, made a personal and private appeal today on Capitol Hill, where Democratic leaders...
  • U.S. has farmer-soldiers in Afghanistan

     
    by Frank James Listening to congressional testimony is among the best ways to learn about programs that don't get a lot of attention. Example: yesterday Gen. David Petraeus, commander in chief of Central Command, was asked about an effort in......
  • Congress to Obama: Not all at once

     
    by Janet Hook The broad outline of the $3.5-trillion spending blueprint that Congress approved this week hews closely to President Obama's spending targets and pays homage to his ambitious agenda. But the fine print contains a sobering warning about his.....