Who's Opposed to Healthcare Reform?
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With Congress, and now the Senate, at home for the August recess, what's the status of healthcare reform? Why is it being proposed in the first place? Why are angry protesters gathered around the country, before President Obama has even signed on to a final proposal? Also, the July jobs report may signal a new direction, and yesterday's Twitter outage and the lessons for cybersecurity.
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July Jobs Report May Signal a New Direction ()
Some 247,000 Americans lost their jobs last month, but that's better than had been expected, and the unemployment rate actually declined by one tenth of a point, down to 9.4 percent. President Obama says, "The worst is behind us." Brian Blackstone is economics correspondent for Dow Jones.
Who's Opposed to Healthcare Reform? ()
Tampa, St. Louis, Houston, Austin, Denver and Milan, Michigan are just some of the cities to see rowdy protests in the past few hours. White House aides told Senators on their way home for the August recess, "If you get hit, punch back twice as hard." But the Democrats are still squabbling over details, so there's no coherent message either for them or a President whose approval ratings are on the decline. The Republican message is "just say ‘No'" to some variation of "socialized medicine." Could the protests backfire? Will the Democrats strike back in kind? When the August recess is over, will it be too late for the President to reset the agenda?
- Ezra Klein: Staff Writer, Washington Post, @ezraklein
- Jonathan Alter: Senior Editor and Columnist, Newsweek, @jonathanalter
- David Winston: Republican pollster and strategist, Winston Group, @dhwinston
- Steve Kornacki: Political Columnist, New York Observer, @SteveKornacki
Twitter Outage Has Social Network Users Atwitter ()
The micro-blogging site Twitter was out of business for most of yesterday and other sites were affected as well. One person was responsible for yesterday's outage, a blogger who favors the nation of Georgia and who was the subject of a denial of service attack that caused problems elsewhere on the Internet. Elinor Mills, senior writer for CNET News at CBS Interactive, explains how it happened and what it means for the future.
- Elinor Mills: Senior Writer, CNET News
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