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Slide in support for healthcare overhaul slows,poll says
By JoAnne Allen (Front Row Washington)
Submitted at 9/22/2009 7:36:42 PM
Public support for PresidentBarack Obama’s healthcarereform initiative has reboundedslightly following his speech toCongress this month, according toan NBC/Wall Street Journal pollreleased on Tuesday.Forty-five percent of Americansapprove of the president’shandling of healthcare, comparedto 46 percent who disapprove, thepoll found. In last month’sNBC/WSJ poll last month, 47percent disapproved and 41percent approved.Obama delivered a healthcarespeech to Congress on Sept. 9followed by a media blitz torevive his case for reform. Hishealthcare overhaul initiativesuffered a setback as the hot topicin a summer of raucous rallies andpublic debate.More people still believeObama’s healthcare plan is a badidea than a good one, 41 percentto 39 percent, according to theNBC/WSJ poll.However, 45 percent now say itwould be better to pass ahealthcare plan than to stick withthe current system, while 39percent don’t want any change atall.
Skelton making point on Afghanistan with turn ofphrase
By Tabassum Zakaria (Front Row Washington)
Submitted at 9/22/2009 2:47:32 PM
Sometimes it takes a colorfulphrase to get the point across.And these days when it seemsalmost everyone’s got an opinionon Afghanistan, House ArmedServices Committee Chairman IkeSkelton’s words caught attention.In a six-page letter to PresidentBarack Obama, the MissouriDemocrat bared his view thatGeneral Stanley McChrystalshould have the troops andresources he needs for the war.“The last administration alloweditself to be distracted from thefight forced on us in Afghanistanby the fight it chose in Iraq,”Skelton wrote.“I believe that this was astrategic mistake, robbing the warin Afghanistan of the necessaryresources and resulting in anapproach of ‘half-ass it and hope.’We cannot afford to continue thatpolicy.”Can bumper stickers be farbehind?Photo credit: Reuters/JoshuaRoberts (Skelton on Capitol Hillin 2008)
Gadhafi Slams SecurityCouncil - ABC News
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Submitted at 9/23/2009 9:30:10 AM
In his first U.N. appearance,Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafiissued a slashing attack on theSecurity Council and chastised theworld body on Wednesday forfailing to intervene or preventsome 65 wars since the U.N. wasfounded in 1945.Gadhafi called for reform of thecouncil — abolishing the vetopower of the five permanentmembers — or expanding thebody with additional memberstates to make it morerepresentative."It should not be called theSecurity Council, it should becalled the "terror council," hesaid.The veto-wielding SecurityCouncil powers -- the UnitedStates, Britain, China, France andRussia -- treat smaller countries as"second class, despised" nations,Gadhafi said."Now, brothers, there is norespect for the United Nations, noregard for the General Assembly,"Gadhafi said.His speech followed PresidentBarack Obama's first GeneralAssembly address, but not beforea recess of some 15 minutes wascalled by the Libyan president of the General Assembly sodiplomats could take new seats.The U.S. Mission wasrepresented at a low level by anote-taker and an African expert.U.S. Secretary of State HillaryRodham Clinton and U.S.Ambassador Susan Rice departedbefore Gadhafi ascended thepodium.After waiting for the room tosettled, Gadhafi rose and swepthis robe over him and strode tothe stage, using the handrail onhis way up. He wore a shiny black pin in the shape of Africa pinnedover his heart, on his brown andtan Bedouin robes.Gadhafi laid the yellow folder infront of him and opened some of the handwritten pages as hereceived scattered applause.The chamber was half-empty asGadhafi gave his first speech andheld a copy of the U.N. Charter inhis hands, each with a large, shinyring. For a moment, it seemed helost his place in his speech whilehe sorted through the pages of hisyellow folder.He appeared to be speakingwithout a text, looking at a set of notes before him on handwrittenpages. He was not reading fromthe TelePrompTer.
Geithner pushes for stronger financial regulation
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Submitted at 9/23/2009 8:49:03 AM
Tim Geithner, US Treasurysecretary, and Barney Frank,chairman of the House financialservices committee, onWednesday insisted that largeinstitutions would not gain animplicit government subsidyduring a sometimes testy hearingin Congress.The Treasury’s desire to preventlarge failing financial companiessuch as Lehman Brothers andAIG from threatening the entiresystem has sparked fears thatlarge companies will benefit fromlower borrowing costs becausethey are implicitly protected bythe government.
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Submitted at 9/23/2009 1:54:00 AM
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