Skeptical Democrats not sold on Obama’s latest health care plan

Skeptical Democrats not sold on Obama’s latest health care plan

President Barack Obama faces skepticism on his latest revised health care plan not only from Republicans but also from Democrats who have one eye on polls and the other on a tough re-election campaign in 2010. Obama Wednesday called on Congress to put aside a year of partisanship and bitter divisions over his faltering health […]

Anti-abortion Democrats threaten health care bill

Anti-abortion Democrats threaten health care bill

The fate of President Barack Obama‘s signature health care bill in Congress could lie in the hands of a dozen Democrats who oppose abortion and who want a provision barring it. Michigan Democratic Rep. Bob Stupak says he and his fellow anti-abortion Democrats are prepared to take the heat if they can sink the bill. […]

Rangel steps down as Ways and Means Committee chairman

Rangel steps down as Ways and Means Committee chairman

Rep. Charles B. Rangel threw in the towel Wednesday, agreeing to temporarily step down from his post as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee amid escalating investigations into ethical lapses. After first refusing Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi‘s urging that he give up his seat until his mounting ethical problems could be […]

Is Rahm Emanuel undermining his boss?

Is Rahm Emanuel undermining his boss?

A growing number of political insiders in Washington believe embattled White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is orchestrating a calculated campaign of press leaks and planted stories to save his job and restore his power inside the West Wing. For two weeks, stories and opinion columns have suggested President Barack Obama’s falling approval ratings, […]

Bunning blinks, allowing passage of highway, jobs bill

Embattled, bitter Kentucky GOP Senator Jim Bunning folded his one-man blockade of federal highway programs and extension of unemployment benefits Tuesday, allowing the Senate to finally pass a $10 billion bill to finance the activities. President Barack Obama immediately signed the measure into law, allowing 2,000 Department of Transportation workers to return to work and […]

Supreme Court leaning to extension of gun owner rights

Supreme Court leaning to extension of gun owner rights

The Supreme Court Tuesday sent out signals that it would strike down laws that ban hand guns outright but suggested some limits could remain — a partial move that will keep alive the furious debate over the “right to bear arms.” Justices indicated a desire to extend its 2008 ruling revoking Washington, DC’s ban of […]

Obama offers more scraps to Republicans

Obama offers more scraps to Republicans

President Barack Obama plans to offer Republicans a few more concessions on health care “reform” when he announced his latest revised plan Wednesday. Obama will include a handful of GOP desires into his plan but Republicans say the offer is more political theater than reality. “If the President simply adds a couple of Republican solutions […]

Rangel: ‘Hell no, I won’t go’

Ethics-challenged Democratic Congressman Charles Rangel of New York Tuesday denied reports he would step down, at least temporarily, from chairmanship of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee until he deals with ethics questions over his acceptance of corporate-paid junkets, failures to disclose assets and problems with the IRS. Rangel, after a private meeting with […]