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  • Health-care reform bill to help you decide between Big Mac, salad at the drive-through

     
    A new law buried in the depths of the massive health-care reform bill signed by President Obama on Tuesday is intended to help you think twice when ordering that $5 Starbucks latte, indulging on a Bloomin' Onion or supersizing that Big Mac value meal....
  • 'Repeal and replace' as a campaign ploy

     
    by Mark Silva A narrative quickly formed this week for an election campaign. It's called "repeal and replace.'' It involves repealing the healthcare legislation that President Barack Obama signed into law this week -- which won't be repealed anytime soon....
  • Deficit worries spook Democrats

     
    by Janet Hook With voter anger about the federal deficit intensifying in this election year, Democrats in Congress are edging away from one of their long-held articles of faith -- government spending on social programs such as education and relief......
  • Michael Hiltzik: Academia and the profit motive

     
    The rise of the publicly traded for-profit university has led quite properly to questions about where the student's welfare ranks among the priorities of these institutions. Spokespersons for companies such as the University of Phoenix and Kaplan...
  • Obama backers: 'Card check a gut check'

     
    by Mark Silva Three Chicago billionaires who supported President Barack Obama's election campaign are fighting legislation which the president supports that would make it easier for unions to organize hotels that his supports own, Bloomberg News reports....
  • Senate's slavery apology: 'Another step'

     
    by Mark Silva The Senate today apologized for slavery. A little late, some may say. But it is a historic gesture, nonetheless, at a time when a nation that once condoned the enslavement of workers and sanctioned racial discrimination for......
  • Euthanasia, evil and 'making things up'

     
    by Mark Silva The doctor is in: Howard Dean, former Democratic National Committee chairman, onetime candidate for his party's presidential nomination, former governor of Vermont - and a physician -- says there is nothing to Republican Sarah Palin's...
  • 'Silent majority:' Health care coming

     
    by Mark Silva It's been quite some time since we heard from "the silent majority.'' It was then-President Richard Nixon who maintained, 40 years ago, that there were a lot of Americans who did not sympathize with all the protests......
  • Obama: We are on the healthcare 'precipice,' but he meant that in a good way

     
    Full text. Democrat takes no questions after senators' meeting, but he really liked a recent New Yorker article....
  • What healthcare pork looks like

     
    By now you've no doubt encountered some of the sputtering outrage over the deals that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) struck on healthcare reform to solidify the supermajority needed to overcome a GOP filibuster. The Times editorial board added...
  • Who received Obama's presidential calls after today's Senate healthcare vote (Hint: Not Mitch McConnell)

     
    The president called 14 people including the widow of Ted Kennedy. But he added one surprise call in there too....