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Sep 25, 2009 2 Comments ›› Erik Wong

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Sep 25, 2009 28 Comments ›› Erik Wong

Politico: Americans who fail to pay the penalty for not buying insurance would face legal action from the Internal Revenue Service, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation. The remarks Thursday from the committee's chief of staff, Thomas Barthold, seems to further weaken President Barack Obama's contention last week that the individual mandate penalty, which could go ...

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Sep 24, 2009 19 Comments ›› Erik Wong

FOX News: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was taken to the Washington Hospital Center Thursday evening after feeling ill in her Chambers earlier in the day, according to a statement issued by The Supreme Court. Ginsburg, 76, felt ill about an hour after receiving treatment for iron deficiency anemia. Ginsburg complained of light-headedness, fatigue, ...

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Sep 24, 2009 6 Comments ›› Erik Wong

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Sep 24, 2009 2 Comments ›› Erik Wong

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Sep 24, 2009 4 Comments ›› Erik Wong

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Sep 24, 2009 1 Comment ›› Erik Wong

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wants talks between Iranian and US experts to allay fears about his country's nuclear program as international pressure mounts on Tehran. In an interview with the Washington Post and Newsweek magazine Wednesday, Ahmadinejad also said Iran would offer to purchase enriched uranium for medical purposes from the United States at talks with ...

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Sep 23, 2009 13 Comments ›› Erik Wong

CNS News: As a candidate for president, Barack Obama decried the financial toll that the Iraq war was taking on the economy, but Obama’s proposed spending on welfare through 2010 will eclipse Bush’s war spending by more than $260 billion. “Because of the Bush-McCain policies, our debt has ballooned,” then-Sen. Barack Obama told a Charleston, W.V., ...

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Sep 23, 2009 6 Comments ›› Erik Wong

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Sep 23, 2009 8 Comments ›› Erik Wong

The Washington Times: Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday turned back a Republican amendment to wait 72 hours and require a full cost estimate before the final committee vote on the health care reform bill. It was the committee's first vote out of more than 500 amendments awaiting them, in what has already been a ...

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Sep 23, 2009 1 Comment ›› Erik Wong

CBS: When House leadership brings a final health care bill to the full House floor, it may be more liberal than moderate House Democrats expected, according to reports. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is planning to include in the bill a tax on wealthy Americans, as well as a more robust government-run health insurance plan (or ...

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Sep 23, 2009 1 Comment ›› Pat Dollard

WASHINGTON – Republicans argued health legislation would hurt seniors and Democrats said it would do nothing of the sort as the Senate Finance Committee resumed debate Wednesday on a bill to remake the nation's health care system. The second day of Chairman Max Baucus' meeting on his nearly $900 billion, 10-year bill to enact President Barack ...

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Sep 23, 2009 3 Comments ›› Erik Wong

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Sep 21, 2009 4 Comments ›› Erik Wong

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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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