March 2012

Mar 26, 2012

Employers Monitor Health Care Law Arguments

With David Wessel, Wall Street Journal

The Supreme Court won't rule on President Obama's health care case until June. Republicans vow to repeal the law if they win big in November. David Wessel, economics editor of The Wall Street Journal, talks to David Greene about how the ruling could affect doctors, hospitals, employers and consumers.

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Obama Says U.S. Reducing Nuclear Arsenal Won’t Harm Security

By Margaret Talev and Julianna Goldman, Bloomberg News

President Barack Obama committed to further reduce America’s nuclear stockpile, saying his country had more nuclear weapons than it needed and that it wouldn’t compromise national security. Obama, who spoke at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, said the U.S. will seek talks with Russia on steps to reduce their arsenals of strategic and tactical nuclear weapons, as well as the number of warheads they have in reserve.
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Supreme Court Hears Historic Healthcare Law

By Joan Biskupic and James Vicini, Reuters

President Barack Obama's sweeping healthcare overhaul on Monday went before the U.S. Supreme Court where the nine justices began hearing arguments in a historic test of the law's validity under the U.S. Constitution. The sweeping law intended to transform healthcare for millions of people in the United States has generated fierce political debate. Republican presidential hopefuls and members of Congress have vowed to roll back the March 23, 2010, law they say will financially burden states, businesses and individuals.
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Supreme Court Unlikely to Delay Obama Healthcare Ruling

By Joan Biskupic and James Vicini, Reuters

The Supreme Court on Monday appeared prepared to decide the fate of President Barack Obama's sweeping healthcare law soon, rather than delaying for years a ruling on the mandate that Americans buy insurance or pay a penalty.
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Mar 23, 2012

GOPs Campaign in Louisiana

With John Harwood, CNBC

CNBC's John Harwood has the story on GOP hopefuls gearing up for the Louisiana primary as some are calling for candidates to drop out.

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Cybersecurity Bill: Vital Need Or Just More Rules?

By Tom Gjelten, NPR

Consider what Hurricane Katrina did to New Orleans, and you get an idea of the consequences of a cyberattack on critical U.S. infrastructure: No electricity. No water. No transportation. Terrorists or enemy adversaries with computer skills could conceivably take down a power grid, a nuclear station, a water treatment center or a chemical manufacturing plant.

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Afghanistan Shooting Suspect to Be Charged

With Martha Raddatz, ABC News

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales will be officially charged with 17 counts of murder.

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Why Supreme Court may uphold healthcare law

By Joan Biskupic, Reuters

Conventional political wisdom holds that the Supreme Court, scheduled to hear a challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law beginning on Monday, is likely to strike it down on partisan lines. The court's Republican appointees enjoy a 5-4 majority. But a review of lower court rulings by conservative judges, subtle signals from individual justices, and interviews with professors and judges across the ideological spectrum suggest that presumption is wrong - and that the court will uphold the law.
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Romney Needs the Little Guy, Not Another Big Fish

By Beth Reinhard, National Journal

Former Gov. Jeb Bush's endorsement of Mitt Romney on Tuesday, which sent the message that it's time for Republicans to rally behind their likely nominee, also raised a question: Who's next? Speculation immediately centered on South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, one of the most popular leaders in the conservative movement, when word leaked Wednesday that he was meeting with Romney on Capitol Hill.
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Mar 22, 2012

Republicans Want Romney to Close the Deal

By Naureen Khan and Beth Reinhard, National Journal

Hoisting his newest trophies — a landslide win in Illinois and an endorsement from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush — Mitt Romney came to this Baltimore suburb on Wednesday for a victory lap aimed at bringing the marathon Republican primary to a close. The rout in the Midwest, followed hours later by the blessing from one of the GOP’s most respected figures, amplified calls by the Romney campaign and its allies for his flagging rivals to bow out.
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Obama Tours Four States to Defend Energy Policy

By Jackie Calmes, New York Times

Against the desert backdrop of the nation’s largest solar energy installation, President Obama on Wednesday assailed Republican critics of his clean energy policies as “the flat earth society” even as he sought to demonstrate his own support for domestic oil and gas production.
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Military Accident Caught on Tape

With Martha Raddatz, ABC News

Martha Raddatz on the video of an apache helicopter crashing in Afghanistan.

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