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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Daily Political Wire

George Wenschhof

Clinton Presses For Truce - a bomb exploded in a bus in Tel Aviv, wounding 27 as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in the region to help mediate a cease fire to the latest violence in Gaza. 

President Barack Obama also spoke with Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi for the third time in a 24-hour period while flying back from a trip to southeast Asia aboard Air Force One.
Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said the call was to continue the discussions both presidents have had about Egypt's ability to help end the rocket-fire in Gaza. You can read more here.

Boehner Adds Affordable Care Act to Debt Talks - throwing cold water on the fiscal cliff discussions underway, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said in an op-ed, he wants the Affordable Care Act on the table for discussions.  You can read more here.


Obama Administration Defines Benefits Under Affordable Care Act - “Thanks to the health care law, no one will be discriminated against because of a pre-existing condition,” said Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services, who issued the rules with Phyllis C. Borzi, an assistant secretary of labor, and Steven T. Miller, the acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service.
The rules lay out 10 broad categories of essential health benefits, but allow each state to specify the benefits within those categories, at least for 2014 and 2015. Thus, the required benefits will vary from state to state, contrary to what many members of Congress had assumed when the law was adopted. The NY Times has more here.
Obama Ranked Ninth in Electoral Vote - the 332 electoral votes won by President Obama, in the 2012 election, earned him ninth place among the 44 candidates since 1896.  Mitt Romney's 203 electoral votes put him at 22 of the 44 candidates. has a complete list here.
Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. Announcement Imminent - rumors abound over what will be said from the Democratic lawmaker who has been hospitalized for depression and who has been under investigation over misuse of campaign funds.  Speculation includes his resignation from Congress being part of a plea deal negotiated with prosecutors. has more here.
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