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Thursday, December 2, 2021

Senators target exessive insurance salaries

Democratic senators are taking aim at insurance industry executive pay as they jockey for advantage in a rare weekend session to debate President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

Republicans are showcasing the bill’s cuts to Medicare, seeking to undermine support for the legislation among seniors and others as partisan debate rages over the sweeping remake of one-sixth of the nation’s economy.

Both sides were bracing for more grueling and unpredictable debates and negotiations Saturday, with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., racing the clock to complete action on the 2,000-plus page bill by Christmas.

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Obama to banks: Lend more money

President Barack Obama on Friday prodded large U.S. banks to boost lending to Main Street and cautiously welcomed news of an unexpected drop in the unemployment rate.

Obama, whose domestic popularity has taken a hit amid frustrations over job losses, visited a metal-working plant and a community college in Allentown, Pennsylvania, as part of a series of events this week aimed at shoring up confidence in his handling of the economy.

In a town hall-style forum at the college, he said he was aware of the toll the “brutal recession” had taken on people’s lives and pledged to do all he could to spur job creation. Allentown is an industrial city hard-hit by the downturn.

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Sen. Baucus recommended girlfriend for U.S. Atttorney

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus was romantically involved with a former staffer when he recommended her earlier this year to become the next U.S. attorney for Montana, a spokesman said.

The Montana Democrat and his former state office director Melodee Hanes began their relationship in the summer of 2008 after Baucus separated from his wife, Ty Matsdorf told The Associated Press late Friday.

Baucus nominated Hanes for the U.S. attorney post in March. But she later withdrew, saying she had been presented with other opportunities she couldn’t pass up.

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