Does Healthcare Reform Face an Endless Summer?
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President Obama is pulling out all the stops to get healthcare reform, including a news conference tonight in prime time. What challenges will he still face when he continues his campaign tomorrow? Also, gun-control advocates win a close vote in the Senate, and genetic testing of employees by employers will become illegal in the US this coming November. What will that mean for Major League Baseball?
Banner image: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks at a news conference on health care reform with House Democrats and patients affected by a lack of healthcare. Photo:Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images
Gun Control Advocates Win a Close Senate Vote ()
Gun control advocates won a rare victory today in the US Senate, but not by much. An amendment to the defense spending bill failed on a vote of 58 to 39, just two votes short of the 60 it needed. The issue was permits to carry concealed weapons. Martin Kady is Deputy Congressional Editor for Politico.com.
Does Healthcare Reform Face an Endless Summer? ()
Barack Obama is staking his first term as President on achieving healthcare reform. Despite Republicans dragging their heels and Democrats being divided, he yesterday had an upbeat assessment of progress. At tonight's prime-time news conference, the White House says the President will address the questions Americans want answered. We address the political and economic realities that will still face the President and the Congress tomorrow morning. What are the hardest choices that will have to be made? What are special interest lobbyists up to? What if there's no bill by the Congressional recess in August?
- Karen Tumulty: National Political Correspondent, Time, @ktumulty
- Marc Goldwein: Policy Director, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget
- John C. Goodman: President, National Center for Policy Analysis
- Matt Miller: Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress, @mattmillernow
DNA Testing in Baseball Raises Questions ()
Last week, the New York Yankees cancelled a signed deal with a hot young prospect from the Dominican Republic. DNA evidence showed he had misrepresented his identity, but such tests soon may be illegal under federal law. Just last year, President Bush signed into law a prohibition on companies testing their employees' DNA. It will take effect on November 21. Major League Baseball has told the New York Times that teams have been conducting such testing for several years. Michael Schmidt co-wrote the story.
- Michael Schmidt: Sports Reporter, New York Times
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