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  • 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....
  • Freeze? What freeze? FDA in line for another budget boost

     
    The Food and Drug Administration is a screaming exception to the Obama administration’s freeze on discretionary spending in the 2011 budget. Overall, the FDA budget could grow by as much as 23% to just over $4 billion from the current......
  • 'Now what?' Obama asks fellow Democrats (Video)

     
    Five days after meeting with Republican House members, Democrat Obama has a long chat with his party's senators....
  • How U.S. Senate resembles Westminster Dog Show

     
    They all have professional handlers, experts hired to create buzz and show them off to advantage. No, not the animals at the 134th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Arguably, the pets have more dignity. We're talking about the U.S.......
  • Healthcare vote: 'What elections are for'

     
    Posted at 7 am EST, updated at 5:30 pm President Barack Obama closed a bipartisan summit on healthcare today the way he opened it, with a speech about how much the Democrats and Republicans actually agree upon -- or should......
  • Full texts of healthcare summit opening remarks: Obama, Alexander, Pelosi, Reid (Updated)

     
    Three Democrats and one Republican speak at the start of the healthcare summit....
  • 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...