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Dec 2, 2009 3 Comments ›› Erik Wong

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Dec 2, 2009 5 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

The Hill: Senate Democrats threatened to pull out the procedural stops to force votes on amendments to the healthcare reform bill on the floor as the GOP continues to object to advancing the legislation. Moreover, Senate Democrats said after huddling on floor strategy Wednesday, the majority party is prepared to keep the Senate in session until Christmas ...

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Dec 2, 2009 27 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

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Dec 2, 2009 2 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

CNS News: (CNSNews.com) – Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, is calling on Chairman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) to conduct hearings on a possible conspiracy between some of the world’s most prominent climatologists to, among other things, manipulate data on so-called global warming. Inhofe said the recent disclosure ...

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Dec 2, 2009 10 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Daily Express: MORE than 50 million African workers are to be invited to Europe in a far-reaching secretive migration deal, the Daily Express can reveal today.  A controversial taxpayer-funded “job centre” opened in Mali this week is just the first step towards promoting “free movement of people in Africa and the EU”. Brussels economists claim Britain and other ...

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Dec 1, 2009 8 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

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Dec 1, 2009 5 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

New York Times: General Electric has reached a tentative agreement with the French media conglomerate Vivendi that clears the way for the sale of NBC Universal, including the flagship NBC network, to Comcast, the nation’s largest cable operator, people briefed on the deal said Monday. Under terms of the deal, G.E. will buy Vivendi’s 20 percent stake ...

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Dec 1, 2009 2 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

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Dec 1, 2009 3 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

The Hill: Talk about using budget reconciliation to pass healthcare reform in the Senate has faded from public view, but Democratic leaders continue to hang the threat over centrists in private. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) discussed reconciliation with wavering centrists before an important procedural vote to begin debate on healthcare reform. On Saturday, Nov. 21, three ...

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Nov 30, 2009 15 Comments ›› Erik Wong

The Washington Times: After years of putting the cost of war on the nation's credit card, liberal members of Congress say the time has come to impose a new war tax and drive home to average Americans how expensive it is to keep fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. The call for a tax on high-income earners, coming ...

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Nov 30, 2009 5 Comments ›› Erik Wong

Politico: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) spent $2,993 in taxpayer money on flowers between June and October. House Majority Whip James Clyburn has a thing for Chantilly Donuts, spending about $265 at the Virginia shop in the past quarter. And Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minn.), a fiscal conservative, decided to give about $2,000 in unused office funds ...

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Nov 30, 2009 1 Comment ›› Pat Dollard

The Hill: Individual insurance premiums would increase by an average of 10 percent or more, according to an analysis of the Senate healthcare bill. The long-awaited report by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) also concluded that subsidies provided by the legislation would make coverage cheaper for those who qualify. The report, ...

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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 on Harry Reid Seeks To Close Deal On Public Option 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 on World Markets Being Rocked: Dubai Leaves Struggling Company On Its Own 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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