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Obama Meets Chinese President Amid Rising Trade Tensions
President Obama sat down with Chinese President Hu Jintao in New York today amid rising tensions between their two nations over recent trade decisions. Earlier this month, the Obama administration announced it would impose tariffs of up to 35 percent over the next three years on Chinese tires for
Baucus health care bill gets lukewarm reception
A long-awaited plan to revamp health care got a tepid response from lawmakers Wednesday, underscoring the challenge President Obama confronts as his top priority enters a critical new phase. The proposal, estimated by Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., to cost $856 billion in the first 10 years, is the last
AFL -CIO Chief: Public Option ‘Essential’ to Health Care Reform
Amid reports that the White House may drop its insistence on a “public option” that would compete with private health insurers, the incoming president of the AFL-CIO said today that his organization continues to view the concept as “essential” to health care reform.
Labor Chief to Democratic Opponents of a Public Option: 'Do So at Your Peril'
The incoming president of the AFL-CIO threw down the gauntlet Tuesday, warning fellow Democrats to get behind the creation of a government insurance option or face political "peril" in 2010.
Kennedy hailed for more than achievements
Sen. Edward Kennedy could rally liberal Democrats with booming oratory and also quietly win over Republicans to pass some of the most important laws of the past half century. Friends, colleagues and world leaders hailed him Wednesday for his intellect, passion for the underdog and ability to find
The Note: Summer Heat -- Shouting It Out Over Health Care
If the first 100 days was about the arrival of hope, the second 100 days has been about how to shout it out of the building. We’re now at the point where rudeness rules the debate -- where both sides are shouting, and not a lot of listening is going on. National discussion, meet national mayhem. ...
Labor Leaders Push Obama for Second Stimulus Package
In a meeting with President Obama today at the White House, top labor leaders pushed for a second stimulus package to create more jobs.
'08 Candidates Avoid Immigration Talk
USA Today: Most presidential candidates stay out of immigration deal brokering
The Note: The Politics of Gustav
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- To think we worried that this convention week would be dull. To the pile of history-making events in this remarkable political year, we add another: There will be no Republican National Convention, essentially, on Monday. There might not be one on Tuesday, either -- not really,
Two former Bush Advisers Now Advising Obama, Will Appear at Economic Meeting Today
ABC News has learned that two former administration officials for President George W. Bush will appear with Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, at an economic meeting today, having signed up to be Obama economic advisers. Bush administration veterans former Treasury Secretary...