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Conrad: Reconciliation won’t work for health care

February 28, 2010

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Sen. Kent Conrad, the Democratic chair of the Senate Budget Committee said on Face the Nation that reconciliation is not a viable method of passing comprehensive health care reform. His comments via the Atlantic: “…reconciliation cannot be used to pass comprehensive health care reform. It won’t work. It won’t work because it was never designed […]

Quake hits Chile

February 28, 2010

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Another devastating quake has rocked the Western Hemisphere, this time hitting the South American nation of Chile. The quake hit yesterday with a magnitude of 8.8, and Chilean President Michelle Bachalet said the death toll stood at 708 and called for calm as looters and concerns over food and water heightened tensions. As with Haiti, […]

Obama releases his $1 trillion health care package

February 22, 2010

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The White House today unveiled a $1 trillion, 10-year health care proposal ahead of a televised health care summit on Thursday. The cost is only an advertised estimate as the CBO will not have time to score the bill before the summit. The biggest addition is the creation of a federal insurance regulator, the Health […]

Scott Brown joins Dems for cloture on jobs bill

February 22, 2010

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A needless tizzy has erupted over Scott Brown’s vote today that put him with the Democratic majority to end debate on a jobs bill. Some on the left are smirking about the supposed seduction of Brown to their side, and some on the right are whipping themselves into a frenzy about this supposed RINO. Both sets […]

Huckabee slams CPAC

February 22, 2010

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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee had some harsh criticism for the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) after being asked why he didn’t attend this year by Geraldo Rivera. Huckabee said the conference was becoming “more libertarian and less Republican,” and that the tea party movement was “taking the oxygen out of the room.” He also accused […]

More Dems pushing for unilateral reconciliation vote on health care

February 18, 2010

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The number of Democrat Senators who have signed on to a letter pushing for a public option to be rammed through via a reconciliation vote has jumped to 16. Senators Barbara Boxer and Tom Udall have joined Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown and others in support for the unilateral measure that requires only 51 votes for […]

Don’t use the Austin plane crash for political smearing

February 18, 2010

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The big news today is the deliberate crash of a small plane into an IRS building in Austin, TX where 200 people worked. The pilot, Joseph Black, was upset with taxes, among other things, and appears to have left a lengthy suicide note/manifesto that we assume is authentic. Black was quite obviously a nutcase, yet the nature […]