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.
Industrial production edged up 0.1 percent in February, beating
expectations and marking the eighth straight monthly increase. But the
key manufacturing sector produced less —for months a rare bright spot —
produced less, muting hopes for a speedy recovery.
A group of Republican senators is questioning high salaries and
expensive travel bills for executives at the Boys & Girls Clubs of
America, raising issues that could jeopardize millions in federal
funding for the national charity.
In recusing himself after two weeks of investigating Gov. David
Paterson, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said there was no "technical
conflict" but described the probe thus far as preliminary and bowed to
pressure that included sinking approval ratings for the man widely
expected to run for governor.