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Nov 30, 2009 2 Comments ›› Erik Wong

Politico: Presidential politics is about storytelling. Presented with a vivid storyline, voters naturally tend to fit every new event or piece of information into a picture that is already neatly framed in their minds. No one understands this better than Barack Obama and his team, who won the 2008 election in part because they were better storytellers ...

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Nov 30, 2009 Comments Off Pat Dollard

Politico: After months of buildup, the historic debate on health care reform opens on the Senate floor Monday — but the C-SPAN cameras won’t see the real action. The next phase in the Democrats’ health care push will be waged in the privacy of the Senate leadership office, where Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will attempt to ...

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Nov 30, 2009 Comments Off Pat Dollard

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - The heavily indebted Dubai World is not guaranteed by the emirate's government, a top financial official from the city state said Monday, offering little direction to anxious investors on a day when the United Arab Emirates registered a record fall on the back of Dubai's debt mess. On the first ...

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Nov 23, 2009 11 Comments ›› Erik Wong

The Washington Times: "Green energy" is proving to be no miracle solution to the nation's monumental unemployment problems, and it is doing little to help the economy emerge from its deepest recession in decades, economists say. A large part of this year's $786 billion stimulus bill was devoted to green or renewable energy projects, with President Obama, ...

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Nov 23, 2009 6 Comments ›› Erik Wong

The Hill: Politicians have lobbed “garlic milkshakes,” described “Orwellian” behavior and questioned someone’s qualifications as a “black man” while attempting to score points in this year’s healthcare debate. We’ve heard a House Republican accuse President Barack Obama of lying, while a House Democrat suggested he was tying to get “half-pregnant” on the issue. There’ve been comparisons to Nazis ...

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Nov 23, 2009 10 Comments ›› Erik Wong

News Busters: At the end of CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday, host Bob Schieffer fretted over massive government spending but avoided blaming current Democratic proposals: “I’m not even talking about the cost of health care....It is now costing $1 million a year to keep one U.S. soldier on the ground in Afghanistan, not to mention ...

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Nov 23, 2009 9 Comments ›› Erik Wong

Now I know that none of you care... But never pass up an opportunity to laugh at a celebrity's misfortune.

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Nov 23, 2009 2 Comments ›› Erik Wong

CNBC: According to the government's broadest measure of unemployment, some 17.5 percent are either without a job entirely or underemployed. The so-called U-6 number is at the highest rate since becoming an official labor statistic in 1994. The number dwarfs the statistic most people pay attention to—the U-3 rate—which most recently showed unemployment at 10.2 percent for ...

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Nov 22, 2009 10 Comments ›› Erik Wong

Politico: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid eked out 60 votes on a procedural motion to start the health care debate Saturday night – but there’s no guarantee he can pass a bill on the merits. And as he struggles, the reasons are clear: deep divides among Democrats on a public insurance plan, abortion, tax hikes and cost-cutting. ...

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Nov 22, 2009 7 Comments ›› Erik Wong

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Nov 21, 2009 33 Comments ›› Erik Wong

Fox News: WASHINGTON -- Sweeping health care legislation has cleared its first hurdle in the full Senate on a party-line vote. The 60-39 vote clears the way for a historic debate after Thanksgiving on the legislation. The measure is designed to extend coverage to an estimated 31 million Americans who lack it and crack down on insurance ...

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Nov 20, 2009 3 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Fox News: The community organizing group ACORN mismanaged about $200,000 received from the Justice Department, which failed to track how the allocated money was used, according to a report by the department's watchdog. The news is the latest blow to a group whose public image has taken a beating in recent months after some of its employees ...

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Nov 20, 2009 3 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Fox News: More Americans continue to oppose the health care reform legislation than support it, according to a Fox News poll released Friday. In addition, half favor banning the use of federal funds for abortions. By 51 percent to 35 percent, the public opposes the reform legislation being considered right now by Congress. Last month, a majority ...

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Nov 20, 2009 4 Comments ›› Erik Wong

Bloomberg: Nov. 20 -- Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said higher-income Americans should be taxed to pay for additional troops sent to Afghanistan and that NATO should provide half of the new soldiers. An “additional income tax to the upper brackets, folks earning more than $200,000 or $250,000,” could fund more troops, Levin, ...

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Nov 20, 2009 11 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

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Nov 20, 2009 4 Comments ›› Erik Wong

CNN: Washington - Nearly two years into the recession, opinion about which political party is responsible for the severe economic downturn is shifting, according to a new national poll. A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday morning indicates that 38 percent of the public blames Republicans for the country's current economic problems. That's down 15 points from ...

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Nov 20, 2009 3 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

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Nov 19, 2009 1 Comment ›› Erik Wong

LOS ANGELES (Reuters Life!) – Concerns over the environment and terrorism have not only affected how people lived in the past decade but also their language, with "global warming" and "9/11" topping a list of the most used words of the 2000s. The Global Language Monitor, which uses a math formula to track the frequency of ...

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Nov 19, 2009 Comments Off Pat Dollard

Fox News: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid claims that his health care bill costs about $848 billion in the first 10 years, well under President Obama's $900 billion target. That's for 10 years of revenue-gathering, but only six years of service, according to the analysis by the Congressional Budget Office. Adding in expenses beyond the 10-year mark ...

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Nov 19, 2009 8 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

The Hill: The Senate is headed for a rare Saturday vote to advance its major healthcare reform bill without a guarantee of success, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) indicated Thursday. At a rally with supporters of the healthcare reform bill, Reid would not say he had secured commitments from all 60 members of the Democratic Conference to ...

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Nov 19, 2009 9 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Los Angeles Times: About 30 students stormed UCLA’s Campbell Hall and barricaded the doors with chains and bike locks early this morning to protest a student fee increase that is expected to be endorsed by the University of California’s Board of Regents today. [Updated at 8:39 a.m.: The UC Regents have started to meet, and hundreds of ...

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Nov 19, 2009 5 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

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Nov 19, 2009 18 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

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Nov 19, 2009 6 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Fox News: WASHINGTON -- After months of maneuvering, the Senate stands at the brink of a historic battle over health care with President Barack Obama and his allies on one side and Republicans, outnumbered but unflinching, on the other. "Now it's America's turn, and this will not be a short debate," Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the ...

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Nov 19, 2009 Comments Off Pat Dollard

Wall Street Journal: At least funny bones are being stimulated by the Obama Administration's $787 billion economic stimulus bill. To wit, how many Americans does it take to make nine pairs of work boots? According to the White House's recovery.gov site, an $890 shoe order for the Army Corps of Engineers, courtesy of the stimulus package, created ...

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