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Obama Gives Up, Nominates Tavenner to Head CMS

President Obama said on Wednesday he plans to nominate Marilyn Tavenner as administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to replace Dr. Donald Berwick, who has never won the support of Congress.

Obama sidestepped the traditional confirmation process in July 2010 to make a recess appointment of Berwick.

Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 2:40pm

The Dems' Money Problems

It is becoming obvious that the outside groups that will raise and spend hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of Republican candidates are going to outraise those groups spending money for Democratic candidates. That's going to be a complicating factor in President Obama's bid for re-election -- and Democrats have only themselves to blame.

Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 2:40pm

Five State Turkey Pardons

You saw President Obama pardon Liberty and Peace on Wednesday morning. But did you know that a few states also have their governors pardon turkeys?

Utah: Gov. Gary Herbert (R) pardoned 47-pound Lucky Tom on Nov. 22 at an attraction called Thanksgiving Point in Lehi.

Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 2:40pm

President Obama Pardons Turkeys Liberty and Peace

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Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 2:40pm

The False Debate Over False Equivalencies

My post yesterday on the so-called super committee's so-real failure ("Shame On Us, Washington") drew criticism from the White House, its Democratic allies and some journalists.

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Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 2:40pm

Report: Lobbyist Bundled $17.1 Million Since 2009

Lobbyists have bundled $17.1 million for 76 recipients since 2009, according to a Sunlight Foundation examination of Federal Election Commission filings. Five of the 12 Super Committee members have received bundled contributions, but Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) was the only one who has received this type of money during this election cycle, according to a Sunlight blog.

Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 2:40pm

QUICK TAKE: Romney Picks Up Thune Endorsement -- Reports

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., chairman of the Senate's Republican Policy Committee, will endorse GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney on Wednesday, The Hill and others report.

Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 10:40am

The Last Friendly Pakistani

Husain Haqqani was at once the benign face of Pakistan’s U.S.-friendly civilian government and one of his country’s most trenchant critics when it came to the enduring power of the Pakistani military. Now he has been forced to resign as ambassador to the U.S., the victim of allegations at home that he sought to enlist Washington’s help in forestalling a Pakistani military coup.

Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 7:40am

Poll: Obama’s Job Approval Still Underwater

A new Quinnipiac Poll released on Wednesday underscores the deep challenges facing President Obama next year, particularly when it comes to the groups he needs to win over for his reelection.

Only 44 percent of registered voters approve of Obama’s performance, while half of the country disapproves of his performance, according to the survey. His job-approval rating is only at 42 percent among independents.

Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 7:40am

For Health Care, Americans Pay More and Get Less

The U.S. vastly outspends other countries on health care but still ranks low when it comes to the health status of its residents, according to a report comparing developed countries.

By every measure, the U.S. pays more for its medical system—more dollars per person, a greater percentage of GDP, and higher prices for doctors, hospitals, administrative costs, and drugs. Total health care spending costs about $8,000 per person here, compared with the second-biggest spender, Norway, which spends less than $5,500 per person. 

Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 7:40am