Barack Obama

Are Dems close to sealing health care deal?

Are Dems close to sealing health care deal?

Top Democrats say they are resolving disputes over President Barack Obama‘s health overhaul plan, but they face decisions on subsidizing coverage and are still hunting votes to push the vast package through Congress. House Democrats were meeting again Friday to discuss the still-evolving plan and for leaders to try to soothe lawmakers worried about the […]

Obama, Dems close to deal on health care

Obama, Dems close to deal on health care

A final agreement nearly in hand, President Barack Obama and Democratic leaders are about to embark on one last sales job that will determine the outcome of the president’s signature health care overhaul. It will come down to a phenomenal effort by congressional leaders and the White House to win over skittish lawmakers after a […]

Can Republicans stop reconciliation ploy?

Can Republicans stop reconciliation ploy?

Democrats are tying the fate of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul to a fast-track process that will make the bill tough for Republicans to derail in the Senate. But GOP lawmakers will still be able to force votes and make arguments that could give them ammunition for November’s congressional elections. Some questions and answers […]

The never-ending debate over abortion

The never-ending debate over abortion

President Barack Obama’s health care bill would change federal policy on abortion, but not open the spigot of taxpayer dollars that some abortion opponents fear. Abortion rights groups such as Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America say the House and Senate versions of the bill represent the biggest expansion of abortion restrictions in years, yet […]

Axelrod: ‘I don’t give a flying…’

Axelrod: ‘I don’t give a flying…’

David Axelrod, President Barack Obama‘s image manager, says he doesn’t give a “flying fuck” what critics say about the White House and its failures but while Axelrod puts forward a defiant face, others say the level of concern is rising over the administration’s failure to stay on message. “The Obama White House has lost the […]

Bitter partisanship not new in America

Bitter partisanship not new in America

The current partisan divide is as stark and nasty as any in recent history and on almost every issue — from health care to energy independence to reviving the economy — there’s little or no effort to find common ground. But fierce political battle is also a tradition ingrained in American history. If today’s hostile […]

Obama ups the sales pitch on health care

Obama ups the sales pitch on health care

President Barack Obama, facing a public that no longer trusts him, Republicans who dog his every move and Democrats who prefer re-election to supporting the leader of their party, bumped up the rhetoric Saturday in a last-ditch effort to sell his faltering health care program. In his Saturday radio and Internet address, Obama honed in […]

Karl Rove’s memoir based on fantasy?

Karl Rove’s memoir based on fantasy?

Karl Rove, shifting from strategist to apologist for the failed administration of his former boss, George W. Bush, claims in a new book that the White House did not lie about that non-existent weapons of mass destruction that served as the centerpiece for the rationale for invading Iraq in 2003. The man who was called […]

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 […]