Tea Party vows payback over health care reform

Tea Party vows payback over health care reform

If you thought Tea Party activists were mad before, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Instead of being discouraged by passage of health care reform, tea party activists across the country say the defeat is a rallying cry that makes them more focused than ever on voting out any lawmaker who supported the measure. “We’re not […]

Fed mull weapons charges against Blackwater mercenaries

Fed mull weapons charges against Blackwater mercenaries

Federal prosecutors are considering filing weapons charges against former top officials of the Blackwater Worldwide private security company over allegations they illegally stockpiled automatic rifles at the company’s North Carolina headquarters, The Associated Press has learned. Senior Justice Department officials are reviewing a draft indictment against former president Gary Jackson, former Blackwater lawyer Andrew Howell, […]

Will America buy the flawed premise of health care ‘reform?’

Will America buy the flawed premise of health care ‘reform?’

The initial blush of President Barack Obama‘s health care triumph immediately gives way to a sober political reality — he must sell the landmark legislation to an angry and unpredictable electorate, still reeling from the recession. Voters may not buy it. And that could mean a disastrous midterm election year for Obama and his fellow […]

Obama succeeded where so many others failed

Obama succeeded where so many others failed

Rarely does the government, that big, clumsy, poorly regarded oaf, pull off anything short of war that touches all lives with one act, one stroke of a president’s pen. Such a moment has come. After a year of riotous argument, decades of failure and a century of spoiled hopes, the United States is reaching for […]

Obama buys health care passage with executive order on abortion

Obama buys health care passage with executive order on abortion

President Barack Obama and House Democratic leaders struck a last-minute deal Sunday with abortion foes to secure the final few votes needed to remake America’s health care system, writing a climactic chapter in a century-old quest for near universal coverage. The House argued its way through a thicket of Republican objections toward an evening vote […]

Obama makes his final pitch

Obama makes his final pitch

Claiming unstoppable momentum but still short of the goal line, President Barack Obama is heading to Capitol Hill to rally House Democrats for a final push on landmark health care legislation. The battle tilted in Obama’s direction Friday as more Democrats revealed their positions. But with a hardly a vote to spare, the divisive issue […]

Final health care plan falls short of Obama’s promises

Final health care plan falls short of Obama’s promises

It was a bold response to skyrocketing health insurance premiums. President Barack Obama would give federal authorities the power to block unreasonable rate hikes. Yet when Democrats unveiled the final, incarnation of their health care bill this week, the proposal was nowhere to be found. Ditto with several Republican ideas that Obama had said he […]

Dems close in magic number for health care bill

Dems close in magic number for health care bill

Slowly but steadily, support is building behind President Barack Obama‘s health care legislation in the House, the result of intense lobbying and politically targeted changes aimed at reassuring waverers and winning over critics. Obama himself was to talk up the sweeping overhaul in a midday speech Friday in Virginia, his fourth outside-the-Beltway event in two […]

Obama to Dems: Health vote a make or break decision

Obama to Dems: Health vote a make or break decision

In seeking enough votes to overhaul the nation’s health care system, President Barack Obama is telling nervous Democratic lawmakers that their political fates are linked to the bill’s passage, discouraging the notion that they can save themselves by opposing it, House members say. They also say the president’s not asking lawmakers to save his skin […]

Health care vote delayed until Sunday

Health care vote delayed until Sunday

Pushing toward a history-making vote, Democrats struggled to eliminate lingering complications standing in the way of House action this weekend on President Barack Obama‘s landmark health care overhaul. Their drive to change the way health care is administered and extend coverage to millions of uninsured Americans took on a growing sense of inevitability, picking up […]