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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 […]

Racism, bigotry in health care protest

Racism, bigotry in health care protest

Racism and anti-gay bigotry reared their ugly heads Saturday as Tea Party participants protested the health care vote that is scheduled for a historic vote Sunday. Protesters taunted openly-day Democratic Congressman Barney Frank with “faggot,” “homo” and other homophobic slurs and called African-American Georgia Congressman John Lewis a “nigger” as he left the Cannon House […]

Dems: We have the votes

Dems: We have the votes

The chairman of the Democratic caucus in the House says his party has the 216 votes needed to pass President Barack Obama‘s historic health care bill. Speaking Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Connecticut Rep. John Larson said, in his words, “We have the votes now — as we speak.” House Democrats are predicting that a […]

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 […]

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 […]

Obama missed self-imposed immigration deadline

Obama missed self-imposed immigration deadline

President Barack Obama promised to make overhauling the immigration system a top priority in his first year as president. He’s now in Year Two, and the odds that he’ll get to sign a bill before the November midterm elections appear long. Grass-roots activists are frustrated by the wait for a new system and are organizing […]

Political hardball dominates bitter health care bill lobbying

Political hardball dominates bitter health care bill lobbying

With time and tempers short, everyone’s playing hardball in the drive to pass — or stop — President Barack Obama‘s massive health care legislation by the weekend. Business groups are spending $1 million a day to depict the bill as a job killer in television ads in the home districts of 26 wavering House Democrats. […]

Reid’s wife, daughter injured in traffic crash

Reid’s wife, daughter injured in traffic crash

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid‘s wife remained hospitalized Friday with serious injuries suffered when a tractor-trailer rear-ended the minivan she and their daughter were riding in on a suburban Virginia interstate, officials said. Landra Reid, 69, suffered a broken back and neck in Thursday’s crash, but her injuries were not believed to be life-threatening. Mrs. […]