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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…

‘We want our money back,’ Obama tells banks

President Barack Obama’s message to banks on Thursday was simple. “We want our money back,” he said, during “a brief appearance with advisers at the White House,” the Associated Press reports. “We are already hearing a hue and cry from Wall Street, suggesting that this proposed fee is not only…

Israel to pump millions more into West Bank settlements

Israel approved Sunday listing some Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank as zones that entitle the communities to millions of dollars of extra state funding. The cabinet decision was seen as a gesture toward settlers furious about a 10-month moratorium on new building permits in settlements after months of…

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