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Undaunted by Comcast court victory, FCC moves ahead with broadband plans

The Federal Communications Commission said Thursday that it intends to move forward quickly with key recommendations in its national broadband plan — even though a federal appeals court this week undermined the agency’s legal authority to regulate high-speed Internet access. The FCC needs that authority to push ahead with many…

Newborn denied health coverage over ‘pre-existing condition’

Children might not receive protection from ‘pre-existing exclusion’ until 2014: AP Houston Tracy was only a few days old when he ran into one of the most controversial elements of the US health care system: Being denied coverage for a “pre-existing condition.” The newborn from Crowley, Texas, near Fort Worth,…

US House passes Senate health care reform bill

The United States House of Representatives on Sunday night passed Senate Democrats’ health care reform legislation by a vote of 219 to 212. Not a single Republican voted for the bill, and they were joined by 34 Democrats in opposing it. Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC), introducing the House speaker moments…

Obama says historic health plan will pass

US President Barack Obama led Democrats in a triumphant, fist-pumping rally Saturday and confidently predicted Congress would rise to a century-old challenge and pass his health care overhaul.…

Axelrod: Israeli settlement plan ‘an insult’

The Obama administration isn’t backing down on criticisms of an Israeli plan to build 1600 new homes in East Jerusalem. Israel announced the plan just as Vice President Joe Biden was visiting the country. President Obama’s chief political adviser condemned the move Sunday. “This was an affront, it was an…

Nearly half of Kansas City’s public schools set to close

KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Nearly half the public schools in Kansas City, Missouri are slated for closure as the cash-strapped district struggles to address years of declining enrollment and poor performance. The predominantly African American school district has seen numbers cut in half over the past 10 years as parents…

Obama: Mail from senior citizens shows confusion on Medicare

Jokes that “half of these letters call me an idiot!” WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President Barack Obama joked on Wednesday that half of the 40,000 letters that pour into the White House each day brand him an “idiot.” Tongue-in-cheek, the president remarked that his staff did not spare him the…

Poll: Only four percent don’t want any health care reform

Americans and their lawmakers are dramatically out of sync on health care, with large majorities of people looking for bipartisan cooperation that’s nowhere in sight. A new Associated Press-GfK Poll finds a widespread hunger for improvements to the health care system, which suggests President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies…

ACLU to Obama: ‘Change or more of the same?’

The American Civil Liberties Union has never treated the Obama administration with kid gloves, but with their latest ad buy it’s become increasingly clear that their patience for the continuance of some Bush-era policies has run quite thin. “What will it be Mr. President?” the ACLU asks in a full-page…

General Motors offers to reinstate 661 US dealerships

General Motors on Friday offered to reinstate 661 US dealerships slated for closure under its massive restructuring plan, amid legal challenges from the dealers and pressure from lawmakers. GM sought to shut down about 2,000 dealers – or about a quarter of its network – in order to increase profitability…

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