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Abortion could still kill health care deal

Democrats are close enough to taste victory in their quest to remake the nation's health care system, but differences between the House and Senate on abortion could still blow it…

Bill creates new health insurance program

A new government insurance program that would help the elderly and disabled stay in their homes is headed for passage in the U.S. Senate's sweeping healthcare revamp despite doubts about…

Republicans cave on health care vote stall

Jubilant Democrats are ready to push President Barack Obama's health care overhaul past one last 60-vote hurdle to final Christmas Eve passage, and Republicans concede they're powerless to stop it.

"It…

Christmas Eve vote set to raise debt limit

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday set a Christmas Eve vote on final congressional approval of a bill to provide a two-month increase in the federal debt limit.

The measure, passed last…

Obama, Democrats confident of health care success

The White House and Democrats are confidently predicting Senate passage of President Barack Obama's health overhaul by Christmas after the bill cleared its second 60-vote test.

"The finish line is in…

Abortion still a sticky point in health care bill

Twice now, abortion was almost a dealbreaker. This time, it was a dealmaker. But of hundreds of deals cut so health care legislation can stay alive, the hardest to keep…

Senate gears up for second crucial vote on health care

One 60-vote hurdle down, two to go for President Barack Obama's health care overhaul in the Senate.

The second vote was set for early Tuesday morning as exhausted but happy Democratic…

Nelson: Health care bill faces public backlash

It was the concern of Nebraska's Republican governor over expanded Medicaid costs in the proposed Senate health care overhaul bill that led to a compromise to cover his state's estimated…

Health care bill clears hurdle on party line vote

Sen. Harry Reid Democrats in the Senate won a crucial test vote on President Barack Obama's health…

Senate passes ‘must-do’ bill on defense, jobless

The Senate cleared its year-end plate of some must-do work Saturday as it passed a critical budget bill that blends money for the Pentagon with additional help for the jobless.

The…