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Obama demands ‘up or down vote’ on health reform

In his most unequivocal terms yet, President Barack Obama championed the use of budget reconciliation to approve a final motion on the extensively-debated health care reform legislation stalled in Congress. “So, no matter which approach you favor, I believe the United States Congress owes the American people a final vote…

Obama plan: $50M for friendly media in Pakistan

New US-sponsored Pakistani media will raise awareness and build a brand for America, according to sources in the international press. The Obama administration is set to spend $50 million on media in Pakistan. The goal is to raise awareness of projects aimed at reversing anti-American sentiments. The US Special Representative…

Obama mulls health care plan that would cover 15 million fewer

WaPo health columnist counters: ‘no Plan B, everyone knows it’ President Barack Obama and his aides have prepared a scaled-back healthcare reform proposal should they not have the votes in Congress to pass a broader measure, according to a report Thursday. The new proposal would help insure roughly 15 million,…

Public option still MIA from Obama’s health care overhaul

Proposal includes ‘Republican ideas’; faces uncertain future The White House released its latest plan for health care reform Monday but a key element is missing. The plan, put together by the Obama administration with help from Democratic leadership, offers a health care exchange but contains no public option. Republican leaders…

Obama plans to relaunch health reform legislation

In a crucial week of high wire politics, Barack Obama is seeking to transform his top priority health care plan, now a liability for his presidency, into a trump card to outwit Republicans. But ahead of the president’s bipartisan health “summit” on Thursday, Republicans also think they may have a…

Israel PM aims to restore Jewish holy sites in West Bank

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday he hopes to include two hotly contested West Bank Jewish holy places in a plan to restore national heritage sites. Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem and the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron, two holy sites inside Palestinian towns in the…

White House says it will back public option if Senate passes

Eighteen senators now aboard push Eighteen Democratic senators have now signed onto a proposal pushing the party’s leadership to pass a public option health care plan using a Senate procedure that requires fewer than sixty votes. The latest senator to join the push is Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). The letter,…

Obama: Stimulus package prevented another depression

On the anniversary of his huge stimulus bill, President Barack Obama admitted Wednesday that millions of Americans had yet to feel the economic recovery, but insisted he had staved off a depression. Obama also lashed out at Republicans he accused of misrepresenting the aims and achievements of the $862-billion mix…

Critics: Hollywood ‘stock exchange’ could ruin movies

A plan to create a “stock exchange” where investors can speculate on the success of upcoming movies could have the perverse effect of making bad or unpopular movies profitable, critics of the plan say. Since 1998, investment firm Cantor Fitzgerald has been running the Hollywood Stock Exchange, a place where…

Clinton-era aides watch health care debate in horror

WASHINGTON — Shock and awe. That’s what survivors of the Clinton-era health care collapse are feeling as President Barack Obama’s overhaul legislation wobbles in Congress. Aides who shaped Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 1990s plan to cover all Americans, then labored in vain to pass it into law, are adamant…

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