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Sep 21, 2009 5 Comments ›› Erik Wong

CBS News: Addressing suggestions that recent criticism of his health care reform efforts has been grounded in racism, President Obama this afternoon quipped, "I think it's important to realize that I was actually black before the election." The comment, which the president made in an afternoon taping of CBS' "The Late Show," promoted host David Letterman to ...

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Sep 18, 2009 9 Comments ›› Erik Wong

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Sep 18, 2009 39 Comments ›› Erik Wong

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Sep 18, 2009 5 Comments ›› Erik Wong

The Hill: House Republican Leader John Boehner (Ohio) stressed Thursday night that none of the healthcare bills advanced recently by Democrats — including Sen. Max Baucus's (D-Mont.) new proposal — "can pass in any way, shape or form." Rather, Democrats would be more likely to secure GOP votes if they hit the debate's "reset" button, said Boehner, ...

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Sep 18, 2009 11 Comments ›› Erik Wong

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Sep 16, 2009 17 Comments ›› Erik Wong

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Sep 16, 2009 6 Comments ›› Erik Wong

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Sep 16, 2009 2 Comments ›› Erik Wong

The Hill: Senate Democrats are going to have to move forward on healthcare without a single Republican supporter after Sen. Olympia Snowe said Tuesday she could not back the Finance Committee’s bill. Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) failed to win any Republican backer despite weeks of intense negotiations behind closed doors to strike a deal. Snowe (Maine), who was ...

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Sep 14, 2009 17 Comments ›› Erik Wong

CNN: AMMAN, Jordan -- A 12-year-old Yemeni girl, who was forced into marriage, died during a painful childbirth that also killed her baby, a children's rights group said Monday. Fawziya Ammodi struggled for three days in labor, before dying of severe bleeding at a hospital on Friday, said the Seyaj Organization for the Protection of Children. "Although the ...

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Sep 14, 2009 16 Comments ›› Erik Wong

LOS ANGELES – Patrick Swayze, the hunky actor who danced his way into viewers' hearts with "Dirty Dancing" and then broke them with "Ghost," died Monday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 57. "Patrick Swayze passed away peacefully today with family at his side after facing the challenges of his illness for the last ...

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Sep 13, 2009 2 Comments ›› Erik Wong

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Sep 13, 2009 13 Comments ›› Erik Wong

Bloomberg Sept. 13 -- Republican Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine said there is “no way” a health-care overhaul that includes a public option can pass the Senate. Snowe, one of six negotiators on the Senate Finance Committee, said that to gain more Republican support, President Barack Obama should explicitly drop the idea of a federally backed ...

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Sep 13, 2009 7 Comments ›› Erik Wong

Real Clear Politics: Toward the end of his speech on health care Wednesday night, President Obama said that he had been thinking a lot about the phrase "the character of our country." Too bad the president's speech had all the character of a free lunch. Obama argued for the moral imperative of providing quality health care for ...

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Sep 12, 2009 12 Comments ›› Erik Wong

CNSNews.com In his address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday night, President Barack Obama said the health care plan he is pushing will not provide federal money for abortions. But pro-life congressmen and Planned Parenthood agree that abortion would be covered under the plan under an amendment sponsored by Rep. Lois Capps (D.-Calif.). “One more ...

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Sep 11, 2009 9 Comments ›› Erik Wong

NewsMax: Senators closing in on a comprehensive health care bill have whittled away all but the most contentious issues and one of those loomed large Friday: coverage for illegal immigrants. Negotiators on the Senate Finance Committee thought they'd already resolved the question. That was before Republican Rep. Joe Wilson's shout of "You lie!" as President Barack Obama ...

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Sep 11, 2009 7 Comments ›› Erik Wong

The Denver Post: Those who claim that President Barack Obama's speech on health care this week wasn't a glorious success are fooling themselves. A Washington takeover of health care never sounded so enticing or fun. Just ignore the specifics. Because when the president says he welcomes substantive new ideas, he means that if you have the nerve ...

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Sep 11, 2009 3 Comments ›› Erik Wong

IBD Editorials: Reform: Millions of Americans finally got to hear the Democrats' pitch on health care reform, made by their top salesman. But they heard nothing new — just a lot of discredited myths recycled as the truth. For the record, we support improving our health care system. As is, it has too many rules, too much ...

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Sep 11, 2009 9 Comments ›› Erik Wong

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Sep 11, 2009 10 Comments ›› Erik Wong

MLive: OWOSSO, Michigan -- State police at the Corunna post have confirmed a well-known anti-abortion activist was shot multiple times and killed this morning in front of Owosso High School. The victim's identity has not yet been released but the shooting occurred around 7:30 a.m., after most students were off the buses and safely inside the building, ...

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Sep 10, 2009 9 Comments ›› Erik Wong

National Review Online: The day after President Obama’s impassioned speech for big-government health care, Wall Street bet heavily that the so-called government-insurance option he supports is dead. In a strong stock market on Thursday — the market’s fifth-straight daily rise (so much for the September swoon) — health-insurer shares advanced significantly. Cigna increased 5 percent; Health Net ...

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Sep 10, 2009 10 Comments ›› Erik Wong

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Sep 10, 2009 15 Comments ›› Erik Wong

PajamasMedia: Obama’s problem with warning Americans about bickering, partisan politics, lying, and misrepresentation last night is that his green advisor Van Jones just left after it was disclosed that he called Republicans “a–holes”, whites polluters / more prone to mass murder in schools, and charged the former President with involvement in 9/11. Obama said nothing about ...

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Sep 10, 2009 17 Comments ›› Erik Wong

Washington Times: Kennedy, Roosevelt, Lincoln — President Obama matched them all. At least that is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's take on the president's health care speech Wednesday night. "Last night, President Obama delivered what I believe to be one of the greatest speeches ever delivered in the Congress of the United States," the speaker told reporters Thursday at ...

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Sep 10, 2009 13 Comments ›› Erik Wong

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