The August Recess Is Finally Over

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After a month of angry town halls all over the country, Congress returns to Washington with its lowest public opinion ratings in 24 years. Tomorrow night, President Obama will address a joint session on healthcare reform, promising that he's "all fired up and ready to go." But there's a cold wind blowing from the Republicans and from Blue-Dog and Progressive Democrats. Next up on the legislative agenda are global warming and finance reform. What are the prospects for an ambitious agenda in an environment of political hostility?




Warren Olney