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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Daily Democratic Wire 8-15-2009

George Wenschhof

Today, President Barack Obama will attend another town hall meeting on health care - this time in Grand Junction, Colorado. The President and his family will also tour Yellowstone National Park. You can read more here.


John Podesta suggests strategy to President on health care reform bill passage - the former Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton feels an end line needs to be set. In addition, certain measures within the bill such as a public option needs to receive clear support from the White House or a decision made to scrap this provision. has more here.


Has the absence of Senator Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) had an impact on health care reform? - the Senator is battling brain cancer which was diagnosed last year. Health care reform has been a career focus of Kennedy. The other question is what has been the effect of former senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle not being the person shepherding the health care bill through Congress. Daschle withdrew from consideration for HHS Secretary when some tax issues surfaced during his confirmation hearing. The absence of both Kennedy and Daschle working on the approval of this bill has to be felt. has more here.


Hillary Clinton heads home after 11 day trip to Africa - seven nations were visited by the Secretary of State, including yesterday's visit of Liberia with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first democratically elected woman leader in Africa. has more here.


Afghanistan election on the horizon - little publicity has been given to this election on August 20. President Hamid Karzai who has received the support of the U.S. is on shaky ground as the election nears. Fears of added and targeted violence on election day by the Taliban is high among citizens. You can read more here.


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