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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Daily Democratic Wire 7-30-2009

George Wenschhof

This afternoon, President Barack Obama will welcome Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to the White House - they will discuss security issues and the dealing with Islamic terrorists. Climate change is also a topic for discussion. You can read more here.

Early evening, it's happy hour time with Sgt. Crowley and Professor Gates - turns out the President is a Bud man - same as me.


Unemployment Claims up - the latest Labor Department figures showed an increase of 25,000 initial claims for a total of 584,000. Auto plant shut downs and the sluggish economy continue to impact American workers. has more here.


Health care vote planned for September - seems the only agreement Congressional leaders could reach is to delay the vote until after the August recess. Blue Dog Democrats in the House continue to stymie reform efforts and in the Senate, the public option for health care is rapidly fading. has more here.

The fear many have is a watered down negotiated agreement will have little effect on improving health care for Americans and the resulting bill will be wasted money.


Ethan Axelrod hired by Huffington Post - he happens to be the son of David Axelrod who is a senior White House adviser. His father was also a reporter so it runs in the family. has more here.


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