Tales from the Trail

Who wins on U.S. healthcare reform? Washington’s lobbyists, for starters

March 26, 2010

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While pundits try to figure out whether Republicans or Democrats will benefit most from healthcare reform come November’s congressional elections, what seems mighty clear already is that Washington’s lobbyists are undisputed winners in the epic debate.

Happy Birthday Madam Speaker

March 26, 2010

She gets to have her cake and eat it too…

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi got a big birthday surprise when House Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller carried a luscious looking chocolate birthday cake into the signing ceremony for the final piece of historic healthcare overhaul legislation.pelosilaughing2

What’s next on healthcare reform? — Enroll America

March 25, 2010

Democrats are still celebrating their historic achievement on healthcare reform, but the looming question is what’s next?

Obama: no ‘Armageddon’ as healthcare becomes law

March 25, 2010

USA-HEALTHCARE/OBAMAPresident Barack Obama, campaigning in Iowa on Thursday to sell his landmark healthcare overhaul, couldn’t resist mocking Republicans for warning that the reform would provoke “Armageddon” and other tactics he rejects as alarmist scaremongering.

House Democrat wants GOP apology for threats and violence

March 25, 2010

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House Democrat Barney Frank says Republican leaders should apologize for threats and vandalism against Democrats who’ve had the temerity to back President Barack Obama’s legislative agenda.

Is McCain taking his toys and going home?

March 24, 2010

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Is Republican Senator John McCain bringing playground  logic to Washington’s bitter partisan divide?

Palin using her star power against selected House Democrats

March 24, 2010

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Sarah Palin really has the 2010 congressional elections in her cross hairs now.

As President Barack Obama signed healthcare reform into law, the potential 2012 Republican White House wannabe was out on Facebook with her own campaign to unseat 20 House Democrats who voted for the legislation. The page identifies targeted congressional districts via a map of the United States dotted by white and red cross hairs.

Does Obama’s healthcare victory point to future legislative strategy?

March 23, 2010

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When President Barack Obama signed healthcare reform into law today, was he also endorsing the preferred White House strategy for legislation to come?

Are Republicans admitting defeat before the timorous Democrats?

March 18, 2010

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Republicans who urged anti-healthcare supporters to help them “kill the bill” only days ago suddenly seem to be shouting “repeal the bill,” as if Democrats are truly destined for victory. Yet their Democratic opponents in the House seem too scared to say ‘yea’ without more than a little hand-holding.

Kennedy is watching over healthcare week, Obama says

March 17, 2010

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The late Senator Ted Kennedy, who was a long-time advocate for U.S. healthcare reform, is watching over Congress this week, President Barack Obama said, as it moves to take the last steps on legislation to  revamp the massive health industry.