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Last Build Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2009 22:33:12 -0400

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Obama's health care plan: Just more of the same?

Wed, 22 Jul 2009 22:33:00 -0400

While he was an Illinois legislator just a few years ago, Barack Obama spoke favorably of a "single-payer" or government-run system for health insurance like other wealthy nations.(image)



NYC teacher pension tensions put off by Bloomberg

Sun, 19 Jul 2009 19:13:00 -0400

Six months ago, it was noted here that despite investment collapses worldwide, active and retired participants in New York City's teacher pension system draw an exceptional taxpayer-guaranteed return of 8.25 percent annually on savings funds known as 403(b) plans.(image)



Obama, Sotomayor work the fine art of sidestepping

Thu, 16 Jul 2009 22:18:00 -0400

Only a year ago, Barack Obama was doing the same thing on the campaign trail that Sonia Sotomayor did this week in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He scrambled to keep some of his past positions and words from serving as ammunition for Republicans seeking evidence of radical stealth agendas.(image)



Ethnicity underlies Sotomayor hearing

Wed, 15 Jul 2009 23:26:00 -0400

The question was never whether, but always how, ethnicity would come up.(image)



Sotomayor hearing a publicity opportunity for senators

Tue, 14 Jul 2009 21:43:00 -0400

She jots notes on every question. She blinks quickly as she speaks, leans forward a bit on the table and gestures slowly. She smiles at jokes alertly and on cue. She pauses before delivering cool, crafty and lawyerly responses to pointed questions.(image)



Sotomayor confirmation is likely a sure thing

Mon, 13 Jul 2009 23:38:00 -0400

Cesar Perales was seated early, before the Senate hearing room filled up. He stayed, just a couple of rows back from Judge Sonia Sotomayor and her relatives, all the way through the hours of speechmaking that consumed the first day of her confirmation process for a seat on the nation's highest court.(image)


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Paterson's lieutenant governor move now looks rash

Mon, 13 Jul 2009 14:13:00 -0400

Especially with the State Senate crisis ebbing, Gov. David A. Paterson's move to make Richard Ravitch his lieutenant governor looks now more like a rash political stunt than a sober government action.(image)



Skelos sure shook things up in Albany

Mon, 13 Jul 2009 14:13:00 -0400

Viewing the drama from afar, many will see Republican Senate leader Dean Skelos' famous Albany power play as having cost the public a month of obstruction, fake sessions, busted deadlines and confusion that sent the house's reputation from the basement to the subbasement.(image)



Skelos sure shook things up in Albany

Thu, 9 Jul 2009 23:03:00 -0400

Viewing the drama from afar, many will see Republican Senate leader Dean Skelos' famous Albany power play as having cost the public a month of obstruction, fake sessions, busted deadlines and confusion that sent the house's reputation from the basement to the subbasement.(image)



For Paterson, court is where resolution may lie

Wed, 8 Jul 2009 22:43:00 -0400

Trying to figure out Gov. David A. Paterson's end game has become an Albany pastime. But in this crisis it seems clear he is determined to push the monthlong, first-of-its-kind State Senate deadlock toward a resolution in court. And for his immediate purposes, winning or losing in court may even be beside the point, just so long as it gets decided.(image)