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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

So long Sarah Palin

At some point during the failed administration of George W. Bush, I wrote that only a terribly flawed political system could allow someone like him to become President.

Then Sarah Palin came along, proving the system is not only flawed but out of control.

Palin officially left her office as governor of Alaska Sunday, leaving the job a year early because, she claimed, she could do more for Alaska as a private citizen.

Actually, she did a lot for her home state by quitting. Even a state as loony as Alaska deserves better than Sarah Palin.

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Obama, lobbyists get cozy on health care

A strong force, perhaps as powerful in Congress as President Barack Obama, is keeping the drive for health care going even as lawmakers seem hopelessly at odds.

Lobbyists.

The drug industry, the American Medical Association, hospital groups and the insurance lobby are all saying Congress must make major changes this year. Television ads paid for by drug companies and insurers continued to emphasize the benefits of a health care overhaul — not the groups’ objections to some of the proposals.

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Palin goes out swinging

At times, it seemed like a flashback to the 2008 presidential campaign.

Sarah Palin stepped down as Alaska governor on Sunday with a fiery speech reminiscent of her days as running mate to Republican John McCain — when she frequently revved up crowds while attacking Democrats and the news media.

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Obama needs Republican votes on health care

President Barack Obama’s push to overhaul health care needs Republican votes, lawmakers from both parties say.

Democratic and GOP officials acknowledged Sunday that Obama’s ambitious plan would not pass without the aid of a doubtful GOP, whose members are almost united against the White House effort.

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Opponents relish health care bill delay

August means beaches and barbecues. And for some, a chance to rally the troops for this fall’s health care showdown.

Senate postponement of work on health care until September gives interest groups on both sides an entire month to whip up supporters, and pushes off crucial votes on the overhaul effort until fall — when people are likely to refocus on the issue.

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As recession lingers, small business falters

As the effects of the economic collapse began pouring down Main Street, the government last year was left holding a record $2.1 billion in write-offs of small business loans it had guaranteed. Officials expect the number of defaults to rise as the nation continues to climb out of the recession.

Records obtained under the federal Freedom of Information Act show the public is paying to offset bank losses on small business loans across the country, from a convenience story in the tiny Canadian border town of Houlton, Maine, to a graphic arts design company on the island of Hawaii, more than 5,000 miles away.

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