FROM Jackie Calmes
State of the Union: The Soldier Who Stole the Show The most memorable moment of President Obama’s State of the Union Address was when he introduced Sgt. First Class Cory Remsburg to the country. The 30-year-old Army Ranger was nearly killed in a roadside bomb during one of his 10 deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. We hear about Remsburg’s life and how it intersected with the president’s several times.
Conservative House Republicans Reject Boehner's Plan B The Obama White House is "as incredulous and bewildered as the rest of Washington" that House Speaker John Boehner had to cancel his vote on what he called "Plan B" because he failed to get the support of all his Republican caucus members. That's according the Jackie Calmes, White House correspondent for the New York Times .
The GOP Candidate in What's Supposed to Be a 'Democratic Year' George Bush has a disapproval rating of 69% , the worst presidential rating in the history of the Gallup Poll. The Wall Street Journal/NBC survey shows that just 27% of voters like the Republican Party. But it also indicates that the Republicans' presumptive presidential nominee, John McCain , who promises more of the same, runs nearly even against Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama . Are the political media giving McCain a free ride? Is he really the "maverick" he's made out to be? We hear about tax cuts, the economy and what he means by "victory" in Iraq. Once the Democrats resolve their nomination fight, will the campaign focus on issues, or will it all be about personality and image?
New Poll Shows Record-Low Ratings for GOP Some Republicans have been skeptical of public opinion polls from the New York Times and Gallup . But now the Wall Street Journal's latest survey shows President Bush and his party in worse shape than the Democrats were when they lost control of Capitol Hill in 1994.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?