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Nov 11, 2009 4 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Washington Times: An insurance plan championed by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy that would help elderly or disabled people avoid nursing homes ironically adds yet another sticking point to the comprehensive health care reform plans for which the Massachusetts Democrat fought through much of his career. The Community Living Services and Support (CLASS) Act is designed to help ...

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Nov 10, 2009 1 Comment ›› Pat Dollard

Politico: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) doesn't have a health care bill, cost estimates or 60 votes to pass it - but he said Tuesday that he does expect to begin a floor debate next week on the legislation. Reid also said he will deliver a final bill to the president by Christmas, meeting the White ...

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Nov 9, 2009 7 Comments ›› Erik Wong

The New York Times: In an odd coincidence, the House debate on Saturday to overhaul health care took place on the third anniversary of the 2006 election that gave Democrats majority control after 12 years of Republican dominance. It fell to President Obama and to Congressional leaders to persuade those Democrats still sweating the final vote ...

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Nov 9, 2009 5 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

WASHINGTON (AP) - Don't look for the Senate to quickly follow the House on health care overhaul. A government health insurance plan included in the House bill is unacceptable to a few Democratic moderates who hold the balance of power in the Senate. They're locked in a battle with liberals, with the fate of President Barack ...

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Nov 9, 2009 2 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

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Nov 6, 2009 4 Comments ›› Erik Wong

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Nov 6, 2009 7 Comments ›› Erik Wong

The Weekly Standard: Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office tells THE WEEKLY STANDARD that the speaker will not allow the final language of the health care to be posted online for 72 hours before bringing the bill to a vote on the House floor, despite her September 24 statement that she was "absolutely" committed to doing so. House members ...

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Nov 6, 2009 4 Comments ›› Erik Wong

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. jobless rate unexpectedly jumped to a 26-1/2-year high of 10.2 percent last month, adding to pressure on the Obama administration to do more to tackle unemployment even as signs of recovery mount. The Labor Department said Friday that employers cut 190,000 jobs in October, more than the 175,000 markets had expected ...

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Nov 5, 2009 4 Comments ›› Erik Wong

American Thinker: President Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and their Democratic followers in Congress have a rather draconian message for the private sector: Speak now, and we'll make you forever hold your peace. Up until a few weeks ago, America's health insurers were sheepishly on board with the Obama-Pelosi health care reform plan. Perhaps the industry ...

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Nov 5, 2009 Comments Off Erik Wong

Fox News: In addition to a six-month wait to qualify for the health insurance program, there's a more fundamental issue -- whether $5 billion set aside for the three-year program is enough. WASHINGTON - You're afraid your cancer is back, and a health insurance company just turned you down. Under the health care bills in Congress, you could ...

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Nov 4, 2009 1 Comment ›› Erik Wong

Wall Street Journal: WASHINGTON -- Republicans and Democrats began readjusting strategies as they sifted through the results of Tuesday's off-year elections for clues about how to gain ground in next year's nationwide Congressional campaigns. In the meantime, the debate in Washington on issues such as health care, climate change and immigration could be affected by the way ...

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Nov 4, 2009 Comments Off Erik Wong

ABC: Vast economic discontent marked the mood of Tuesday's off-year voters, portending potential trouble for incumbents generally and Democrats in particular in 2010. Still the gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey looked less like a referendum on Barack Obama than a reflection of their own candidates and issues. The gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New ...

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Nov 4, 2009 7 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

NY Post: CHRIS Christie’s gutsy win in New Jersey puts the arrogant big spender Jon Corzine in his place. But it is the election in Virginia that probably has more to say to marginal Democratic congressmen considering how to vote on health-care reform. Obviously, Christie’s victory is a body blow to Obama after Corzine outspent the Republican ...

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Nov 3, 2009 3 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Fox News: Despite President Obama's goal of signing healthcare reform legislation this year -- one backed by assurances from congressional Democrats -- Senate Democratic leaders Tuesday subtly acknowledged that's not likely to happen as they started the delicate dance of walking back expectations. Putting the legislation together has proved exceedingly difficult, and most aides now say there ...

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Nov 3, 2009 4 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

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Nov 3, 2009 1 Comment ›› Pat Dollard

WASHINGTON (AP) – The health care bill headed for a vote in the House this week costs $1.2 trillion or more over a decade, according to numerous Democratic officials and figures contained in an analysis by congressional budget experts, far higher than the $900 billion cited by President Barack Obama as a price tag for ...

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Nov 2, 2009 8 Comments ›› Erik Wong

Human Events: The United States has largest energy reserves on Earth, according to a report from the Congressional Research Service. As shown in the charts below, the U.S. has 1,321 billion barrels of oil (or barrels of oil equivalent for other sources of energy) when combining its recoverable natural gas, oil and coal reserves. While Russia is a ...

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Nov 2, 2009 1 Comment ›› Erik Wong

The Heritage Foundation: The new House health care plan released by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) contains more tax increases than were in the original House plans known as the "tri-committee bill." While Blue Dog Democrats can take some consolation in the fact that a few more small businesses will be exempt from the employer mandate, Blue ...

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Nov 2, 2009 13 Comments ›› Erik Wong

Facebook: As the vice president knows, I have always advocated an all-of-the-above approach to American energy independence. Among other things, my alternative energy goal for Alaska sits at 50 percent because Alaska reached more than 20 percent during my term in office. The Obama-Biden administration, on the other hand, recently announced a renewable goal of only ...

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Nov 2, 2009 5 Comments ›› Erik Wong

The Business Insider: A year ago it was revealed to the American people that our banking system is a legalized Ponzi scheme in which bank and insurance CEOs pay themselves billions of dollars in personal compensation to lend and insure assets with money they don't have to customers who can't pay back the loans. In those dark ...

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Nov 2, 2009 5 Comments ›› Erik Wong

Weekly Standard: Here's the list, per a release from Rep. Mike Pence's office. My personal favorite -- #108, the "Program for treatment of child sexual abuse victims and perpetrators." Personally, I kind of like Gov. Jindal's program for the treatment of child sexual abuse perpetrators. I am curious, though, as to what Pelosi has in mind. Maybe ...

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Nov 1, 2009 Comments Off Pat Dollard

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - In a Republican Party struggling to find its identity, the surprise withdrawal of the chosen GOP candidate for a New York congressional race—forced by a rising conservative upstart—renews a lingering national debate: Are moderates welcome in today's Grand Old Party? The question became even more relevant Sunday when the ex-candidate, state Assemblywoman ...

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Nov 1, 2009 2 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

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