October 30, 2009 The big news Thursday was that the recession appears to be over, but if you believe that, you're probably an economist. Not a politician. Economists know that a recession is two consecutive quarters of negative growth: The economy gets smaller in...
October 29, 2009 Recasting the public option as a consumer option is unlikely to garner a wave of political support for a government-sponsored plan as part of health overhaul.
October 20, 2009 The Washington Post has headlined a story about a poll it took with ABC News showing that the "public option" feature of the health care debate is supported by a clear majority of Americans.
But does that mean the public option will be in the fin...
Vice President Joe Biden speaks about the economic recovery, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2009, at the St. Louis County Police and Fire Training Center in Wellston, Mo.
October 16, 2009 The vice president has emerged as the face of policymaking on the biggest foreign policy decision of the young Obama presidency: the direction and scope of the mission in Afghanistan.
September 25, 2009 Whoever leaked the McChrystal report wanted to force the White House to accelerate its decision on Afghanistan, regardless of the cost to other administration priorities.
September 18, 2009 On black radio, the assumption is that the president is getting pushback — because he's black. On conservative radio, nothing could be further from the truth. Both sides are nearing a boiling point, and in both cases, anger feeds on fear.
September 11, 2009 President Obama's speech to Congress and the nation this week recalled the heights his rhetorical power reached in last year's campaign. It also made clear he has abandoned any hope of a health care bill that's bipartisan enough to get 70 votes or...
In this photo taken circa 1962, U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy (from left) talks with his brothers U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy and President John F. Kennedy.
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August 26, 2009 Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts died Tuesday night of complications related to a cancerous brain tumor. The 77-year-old Democrat was surrounded by family members at his home in Hyannis Port, Mass. Universally known as Teddy, he had served in the Senate since 1962.
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August 13, 2009 In their search for a comeback in the 2010 midterm elections, conservatives appear to be following a path not unlike what led to the Republican takeover of Congress in 1994. In '94, as with today's health care protests, the key demographic mobiliz...
August 10, 2009 NPR's It's All Politics podcast features Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving and Political Editor Ken Rudin. They dissect the latest news from inside the Beltway, along with other political stories from around the country.
July 27, 2009 When President Obama held a prime-time news conference last week, he hoped to push along the revision of the nation's health care system. Instead, the next 48 hours saw House leaders draw back from a planned floor vote.
July 22, 2009 President Obama says an overhaul of health insurance is central to fixing the nation's economy. The comments came in his prime-time news conference on health care.
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July 22, 2009 President Obama on Wednesday is pushing his health care agenda at a prime-time news conference. Obama is trying to take control of the much-criticized effort to overhaul health care.
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July 22, 2009 It's not every day that a Senate vote affecting a few aircraft and a couple of billion dollars gets on Page 1 or makes the TV news. But then it's not every day that the Senate makes a tough call against its own self-interest.
Whatever else the Se...
July 17, 2009 Pity the poor Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee. They had to sit through four days of Sonia Sotomayor hearings under those hot TV lights, watching the Republicans have all the fun.
Oh sure, when it comes to the votes, the Democrats wil...
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