House Democratic leaders abandoned a long struggle to appease the most
ardent abortion opponents in their ranks, gambling Thursday that they
can secure the support for President Barack Obama's sweeping health
care legislation with showdown votes looming next week.
New York Gov. David Paterson broke his silence Wednesday, saying that
he didn't try to persuade a woman to drop a domestic violence complaint
against a top aide and that his appointee to the U.S. Senate threw him
"under the bus."
With a fresh sense of urgency, President Barack Obama sought to
reassure seniors Monday about health care legislation approaching a
final vote in Congress, pledging it would make preventive care
cost-free and close a gap in Medicare prescription drug coverage. "This
proposal adds almost a decade of solvency to Medicare," Obama said in a
visit to a senior center.
This sprawling metropolis is built atop one of the richest oil basins
in the world. Wells dot the city landscape, some hidden behind hollow
building facades much like a Hollywood movie set, or, in the case of
Beverly Hills High School, encased in a tower painted with flowers.
President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats are pulling together
a final version of a health care overhaul bill and pushing for House
votes as early as this coming week. Democrats are awaiting cost
assessments from the Congressional Budget Office that will allow them
to finish details.