Tales from the Trail

from Summit Notebook:

Washington divided, more trouble ahead for Obama?

October 19, 2009

Washington insiders say that not since the 1890's have the people that represent the U.S. been so divided. From Gay rights to Afghanistan lawmakers are at polar opposites on issues that are on the Obama administration's agenda. What's next? And, what's likely to get the green light or the stop sign?

The First Draft: $829 billion — and that’s the good news

October 8, 2009

KOREA/You’ve no doubt heard the old saying about money and Washington: a billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you’re talking about real money. That seems to be the case for fixing U.S. healthcare.

Senate recess shortened, Reid says there’s work to do

September 30, 2009

Things are really getting serious in the U.S. Congress. Telltale sign: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Wednesday shortened the Columbus Day recess.

Healthcare reform debate: Is it “czar” or “czarina”?

September 25, 2009

It is day four of the Senate Finance Committee consideration of a sweeping overhaul of the $2.5 trillion U.S. healthcare system in an effort to rein in soaring costs and expand medical coverage to millions of uninsured people. The debate has turned to White House czars. RUSSIA

The First Draft: Bill Clinton on race and the healthcare debate

September 22, 2009

Bill Clinton has tons of respect for Jimmy Carter. But he doesn’t agree that racism is a driving factor behind angry opposition to President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform agenda. OBAMA/

from Global News Journal:

U.S. Hispanics riled over immigrants’ healthcare exclusion

September 18, 2009

By Tim Gaynor

President Barack Obama's signature battle to overhaul the United States' $2.5 trillion healthcare industry to extend coverage and lower costs for Americans has met fierce opposition from Republicans.

The First Draft: Obama scaling back European missile shield

September 17, 2009

President Barack Obama is abandoning a Bush administration plan to build a big, fixed U.S. missile defense in Eastern Europe.

The First Draft: Healthcare, anger and race

September 16, 2009

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus is due to release a proposal Wednesday for reforming the $2.5 trillion U.S. healthcare system, giving a boost to President Barack Obama’s top domestic policy goal.

The Day After: a numbers game

September 10, 2009

It’s all about the numbers on the day after President Barack Obama’s speech to Congress on his vision for healthcare reform.

Obama loves nurses, but his wife the lawyer understands

September 10, 2009

OBAMA/It is hard to imagine a friendlier audience for Barack Obama’s healthcare plan than the roomful of nurses the president rallied on Thursday morning to go out and spread the reform message he delivered to Congress the night before.