With Congress showing some progress Wednesday in the health care reform debate, journalists discuss the political hurdles that must be cleared to reach a final deal.
In other news, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 13-6 to recommend Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor as the first Hispanic justice, and consumer confidence fell for a second straight month. Continue reading
With the days ticking down until President Obama’s target date for a deal on health care reform, the White House is pushing to convince the public and Congress that swift action is necessary. Continue reading
Lawmakers in California on Tuesday agreed on a plan to close a $26 billion budget gap, ending weeks of stalemate that left the state’s chief accountant having to issue IOUs to creditors. Ray Suarez reports. Continue reading
Question: Is California printing its own money? Paul Solman: Funny you should ask. The State of California Franchise Tax Board website currently features this statement: “We will accept registered warrants…towards the payment of tax liabilities.” State taxes, of course, not … Continue reading
In other news, California began issuing IOU notes after the governor failed to reach a deal on the state’s budget, and Vice President Joe Biden visited troops in Iraq. Continue reading
Spencer Michels reports on California’s struggles to address a $24 billion shortfall in the state budget, which lawmakers say puts the state in danger of running out of money. Continue reading
Question: I recently watched your report on the Newshour about New Deal infrastructure projects in St. Louis. You mentioned the New Deal brought us the Triborough Bridge in New York, but you didn’t mention that it is currently one of … Continue reading
In California, voters are weighing in Tuesday on ballot measures related to the state’s budget difficulties. Spencer Michels reports. Continue reading
Is a change in management enough to transform some of the worst schools in the country? New Orleans superintendent Paul Vallas seems to think so. But while charters are outperforming other schools in New Orleans, there’s evidence they may be abusing their freedom.