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Jobs & Jobless II

11:48 pm Feb. 28, 2010

Democrats will try again this week to approve jobs legislation and extend long term jobless and COBRA health benefits for the unemployed.  Simmering beneath both items is a fight over whether items like this should be paid for, or added to the deficit. The jobs bill is on the schedule …

Reconciliation History, Part 1

11:41 pm Feb. 28, 2010

There has been a lot of finger pointing in recent days between the two parties about the arcane budget process known as budget reconciliation, and whether it should be used for something like health care reform.  So let’s take a trip down memory lane. The year was 1996.  Bill Clinton …

Health Care Numbers

11:40 pm Feb. 28, 2010

The numbers game gets more and more interesting every day in the Congress, as you need a program to keep up with Election Year changes in the House – and how they will impact efforts by Democrats to get a health care bill through the Congress. As everyone knows from …

Health Reform Tango

11:38 pm Feb. 28, 2010

As Democrats start figuring out exactly what they are going to put into a re-designed health care reform bill, they also have before them an extraordinarily difficult legislative assignment to actually get a plan to the President’s desk. The White House says President Obama is likely this week to chart …

Obama on Quake/Tsunami

2:19 pm Feb. 27, 2010

Here is the transcript of President Obama’s remarks on Saturday about the earthquake in Chile and the tsunami threat to Hawaii and the Pacific. THE WHITE HOUSE   Office of the Press Secretary ______________________________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release                                                      February 27, 2010     REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT ON THE EARTHQUAKE IN …

Health Care Fight

11:58 pm Feb. 25, 2010

The Health Care Summit wasn’t expected to produce a bipartisan agreement on health reform, and it did not, but it did produce some interesting moments when both parties weren’t spouting their usual talking points on health legislation. “I really appreciate this exchange,” said Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY).”It would have been …

Obama v McCain

11:57 pm Feb. 25, 2010

As soon as President Obama jabbed Sen. John McCain at the Health Care Summit on Thursday, the event took on a much different focus, as their exchanges became obvious ingredients for anyone writing a story about that political gathering. McCain got the juices rolling when he zeroed in on a …

Jobs & Jobless Battle

11:56 pm Feb. 25, 2010

Overshadowed by all of the coverage of the Health Care Summit was a battle among Democrats over a jobs bill and a nasty spat on the Senate floor on a short term extension of extended jobless benefits and health aid for the unemployed. The jobs battle was over that $15 …

Summit Postgame Report

5:21 pm Feb. 25, 2010

The Health Summit is over, and the logical question to ask is – which side won?  I will let you answer that for yourself, based on your on views.  How about where does this bill go from here? President Obama made it clear at several points in the summit that …

Summit Halftime Report

1:25 pm Feb. 25, 2010

It’s been an interesting first session of the Health Care Summit put on by the White House, as President Obama has urged lawmakers to find ways to “bridge the gaps” on health policy that exist between the two parties. For any news reporter or producer worth his or her salt, …