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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 […]

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 […]

Idaho: Screw mandatory health care insurance

Idaho: Screw mandatory health care insurance

Idaho is leading the charge in a states-rights push to defeat a proposal in Congress that would require people to buy health insurance, a key piece of reforms being pushed by President Barack Obama. Republican Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter used a ceremony Wednesday afternoon to become the first governor to sign into law a measure […]

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 […]

Uncle Sam paid big bonuses to auditors

Uncle Sam paid big bonuses to auditors

Banks weren’t the only ones giving big bonuses in the boom years before the worst financial crisis in generations. The government also was handing out millions of dollars to bank regulators, rewarding “superior” work even as an avalanche of risky mortgages helped create the meltdown. The payments, detailed in payroll data released to The Associated […]

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. […]

Rielle Hunter ‘upset’ over racy photos

Rielle Hunter ‘upset’ over racy photos

If Rielle Hunter, John Edwards‘ bedmate, expected to create public sympathy with her photo spread in GQ magazine, her judgment was as lacking as her clothing. Hunter chose to appear in the magazine clad only in a man’s dress shirt and nothing else. The photos prompted an immediately outcry that the “other woman” who helped […]

Democrats lack the votes to pass health care reform

Democrats lack the votes to pass health care reform

The House’s chief Democratic headcounter said Sunday he hadn’t rounded up enough votes to pass President Barack Obama‘s health care overhaul heading into a make-or-break week, even as the White House’s top political adviser said he was “absolutely confident” in its prospects. The administration gave signs of retreating on its demands that senators jettison special […]

White House wants simple up or down vote on health care reform

White House wants simple up or down vote on health care reform

The White House called for a “simple up-or-down” vote on health care legislation Sunday as Speaker Nancy Pelosi appealed to House Democrats to get behind President Barack Obama’s chief domestic priority even it if threatens their political careers. In voicing support for a simple majority vote, White House health reform director Nancy-Ann DeParle signaled Obama’s […]