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U.S. Falls Short on Health Goals

Minority and low-income groups continue to be less likely to have a regular source of health care when compared to the general population, despite efforts over the past decade to remedy the situation. Such health disparities persist across race, ethnicity, income level, and education, according to the final review of Healthy People 2010, which was released on Thursday.

Healthy People 2010 set goals in November 2000 to improve the health of all Americans, and the report details how the country did.  

Posted: Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 12:40pm

Quotes From Obama's Press Conference

Below, we're providing up-to-the-minute quotes from President Obama's press conference.

(RELATED: Obama's Big Sigh | Obama Demands Passage of $447 Billion Jobs Bill | Obama on the Issues)

Posted: Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 12:40pm

Obama on the Issues

President Obama held a news conference on Thursday in the East Room. His opening remarks covered a now familiar topic: his jobs bill. In his opening remarks he called on the Senate to pass his bill. Here's a look at what the president said on the issues during the question period of the news conference: 

ECONOMY

"We know this jobs bill could grow the economy … almost 2 percent. … Do they [congressional Republicans] have a plan that would have a similar impact? because if they do I'm happy to hear it."

Posted: Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 12:40pm

Paul Ryan: Supreme Court Will Knock Down Health Care Mandate

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., says he thinks the Supreme Court will strike down the individual mandate in President Obama’s health care law. And while this thinking may be driven partially by his own wishes, Ryan said that doesn’t mean he opposes the idea of universal health care in general.

(FULL COVERAGE: More from the Atlantic Ideas Forum)

Posted: Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 12:40pm

Boehner Wants to Tango With Obama

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said on Thursday that he is “disappointed” with President Obama as a negotiating partner.

“Mr. President, why have you given up on the country and decided to campaign full-time?” Boehner asked at the Washington Ideas Forum, at the same time that the president was holding his own press conference at the White House.

Working with the president has at times been frustrating, especially in efforts to come up with a “big deal” in budget and deficit negotiations, Boehner said.

Posted: Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 11:40am

Obama Demands Passage of $447 Billion Jobs Bill

President Obama, again pushing his $447 billion jobs plan, acknowledged on Thursday that economic “growth has slowed” in the United States and cast the economy as so “fragile” it desperately needs his controversial bill.

“People really need help right now," Obama said at a news conference in the East Room. “Our economy really needs a jolt right now. It is not a game. This is not the time for the usual political gridlock.”

Posted: Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 11:40am

FCC Seeks Dismissal Of Verizon Net Neutrality Lawsuit

The Federal Communications Commission is moving to dismiss Verizon's challenge to the agency's open Internet rules.

The FCC filed a motion Wednesday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to dismiss Verizon's lawsuit challenging rules barring wireline broadband providers from discriminating against Internet content, services or applications.

Posted: Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 11:40am

Quotes From Obama's Press Conference

Below, we're providing up-to-the-minute quotes from President Obama's press conference.

(RELATED: Obama Demands Passage of $447 Billion Jobs Bill)

"The reason I keep going around the country talking about this jobs bill is because people really need help right now, our economy really needs a jolt right now. This is not a game. It’s not time for the usual political gridlock." 

Posted: Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 11:40am

Departing Pentagon Official Warns Against Cutting Cybersecurity Funding

If Congress fails to broker a deficit-reduction deal, the Pentagon will be forced to halt information-technology upgrades and shrink military forces, but still will have to boost funding for cybersecurity, warns outgoing Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III.

Posted: Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 11:40am

Rep. Ryan: Supreme Court Will Knock Down Healthcare Mandate

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., says he thinks the Supreme Court will strike down the individual mandate in President Obama’s healthcare law. And while this thinking may be driven partially by desire, Ryan said that doesn’t mean he opposes the idea of universal healthcare in general.

(FULL COVERAGE: More from the Atlantic Ideas Forum)

Posted: Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 11:40am