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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

U.S. Official’s resignation leaves White House scrambling

A poster boy for the Obama administration’s plans for the increasingly-controversial war in Afghanistan resigned in protest last month and the departure has sent shock waves through the White House, which faces increasing criticism over its handling of the conflict.

“I have lost understanding of and confidence in the strategic purposes of the United States’ presence in Afghanistan,” Matthew Hoh wrote in his four-page resignation letter from the Foreign Service. “I have doubts and reservations about our current strategy and planned future strategy, but my resignation is based no upon how we are pursuing this war, but why and to what end.”

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Liberals to Obama: Time to put up or shut up

With public option plans now a part of health care reform bills in both the House and Senate, liberals want to know when President Barack Obama is going to grow a spine and start acting like a leader.

And they’re patience is wearing thin.

“I hope the President speaks out strongly for the public option – this health care bill really becomes his at this point,” Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown tells Politico, which is reporting that Democratic Senators and House members have been “grumbling for weeks” that the President lacks leadership on the issue.

Now they want action.

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Long term health insurance plan advances

House health care legislation expected within days is likely to include a new long-term care insurance program to help seniors and disabled people stay out of nursing homes, senior Democrats say.

The voluntary program would begin to close a gap in the social safety net overlooked in the broader health care debate, but it must overcome objections from insurance companies that sell long-term care coverage and from fiscal conservatives.

“I’m pretty confident that it will be in there,” Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., a leading sponsor, said of the provision.

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The recession is over, but…

It’s about to become official: The recession is over — but not the pain.

The government will release figures this week expected to show that the economy has awakened from its deepest slump since the 1930s and is in the early stages of a recovery. But the following week, the government will issue another set of figures expected to show unemployment continuing to rise toward and possibly above a clearly recessionary 10 percent.

How can both be possible?

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Public option possible but still not certain

The focus of the health overhaul debate now shifts to whether Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid can persuade a handful of moderate senators to get behind his new proposal for a government-sponsored insurance plan.

That’s no sure bet. Even Reid, D-Nev., didn’t claim to have the 60 votes needed to pass his proposal when he ended weeks of speculation by announcing that the Senate version of sweeping health care legislation would include a provision for the government to sell health insurance in competition with private insurers.

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