These are fat times in politics. Literally.
A major earthquake vibrated deep in Indonesia’s Banda Sea on Saturday night, but the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center predicted the quake would not be destructive. The officials didn’t want their names used because they were not authorized to speak on the record
With the passage of health-care-reform legislation out of the Senate Finance Committee expected on Tuesday, the debate moves into a new and delicate stage. It is one that will test the legislative and political skills of Senate majority leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on a scale that no congressional leadership team has had to face in at least four decades.
It has not been lost on many that Ted Kennedy’s death came at a moment when the cause he described as the greatest one of his public life universal health care seems to be stumbling just short of the goal line. Kennedy’s absence has been felt all year on Capitol Hill, and there are many on both sides who believe that health reform might be closer to becoming a reality if he had been in any shape to bring his negotiating skills to bear. So what effect will his passing have on the prospects for health reform?
House Republicans on Wednesday presented what they called a "sorely needed" alternative to Democrats’ proposals to overhaul health care.