Healthcare Reform: Will a Milestone Turn Into a Millstone?
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Healthcare reform was an uphill battle for the President and Democrats in the Congress. Will the Senate go along? Will Republicans be the real winners, or will the bill turn out to be a lot more popular than expected? Also, Secretary of State Clinton reassures Israel, but stands firm on objections to new settlements. On Reporter's Notebook, even before all the votes are counted, Iraq's Prime Minister has called for a recount, predicting possible violence. What are the prospects for a peaceful transfer of power?
Banner image: President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and senior staff react in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, as the House passes the healthcare reform bill,, March 21, 2010. Official White House photo: Pete Souza
Clinton Reassures Israel, but Stands Firm on Objections ()
Hillary Clinton addressed the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, today, repeating Obama Administration unhappiness over settlement-building in East Jerusalem. The big news may be that there was no booing. Ron Kampeas is Washington Bureau chief for JTA, a wire service covering Jewish-community issues.
- Ron Kampeas: Washington Bureau Chief, JTA
Healthcare Reform: Will a Milestone Turn Into a Millstone? ()
Two months ago, healthcare reform seemed all but dead, and there was talk that, despite Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress, President Obama might be unable to govern. Late last night, after House Democrats passed massive healthcare reform, he proclaimed that his party had overcome partisanship, special interests, cynicism and fear. While nobody disagrees that House Democrats made history, Republicans are already talking "repeal" and predicting they'll take back the Congress in the November elections. Will they be the ultimate winners, or can Democrats persuade the voters that specific provisions are in their best interests after all?
- Noam Levey: Reporter, Los Angeles Times, @NoamLevey
- Judy Chu: Congresswoman (D-CA)
- Lawrence O'Donnell: former Democratic Chief of Staff, Senate Finance Committee, @Lawrence
- Rich Galen: Communications Strategist, then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich, @richgalen
- Barry Friedman: Vice Dean, New York University Law School
PM al-Maliki Warns of Violence, Calls for Iraqi Election Recount ()
With the vote-counting almost over in Iraq's national election, challenger Ayad Allawi is slightly ahead of the current Prime Minister. Will Nouri al-Maliki give up power without a fight? Both men are Shiites, but Allawi's support comes largely from Sunnis. Al-Maliki claims fraud and says if there's not a manual recount, there could be violence. The electoral commission has refused. Brian Katulis is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress.
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