I thought I had researched the root cause concerning the implosion of our capital markets last year quite thoroughly until a friend of mine passed on a link published in Rolling Stone on October 14, 2009. The eight page article by Matt Taibbi caused my blood to turn to icewater upon reading it. It is a story of nine days that changed the world and the destiny of the United States forever.
We had a primary server meltdown Thursday night and I have to move Capitol Hill Blue to a new server in the wee hours of Friday morning.
I was able to move the primary content management system and get back online but it will take most of the day to restore the backups from the rest of the site (including more than 10 years worth of static html files).
Please bear with us if some links don’t work during the transition.
Expectations are mounting in Washington that President Barack Obama may be moving towards a commitment to send more troops to Afghanistan, following an exhaustive review of US war strategy.
But the exact timing of a decision, the make-up and size of any US reinforcements, and their reconfigured mission remain unclear, pending a conclusion to a high-level policy review.
Obama has said he may choose a new plan, which would involve a ruling on war commander General Stanley McChrystal’s request for thousands more counter-insurgency troops, before the Afghan run-off election on November 7.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi counted votes Thursday night and determined she could not pass a “robust public option” — the most aggressive of the three forms of a public option House Democrats have been considering as part of a national overhaul of health care.
Pelosi’s decision—coupled with a significant turn of events yesterday during a private White House meeting—points to an increasingly likely compromise for a “trigger” option for a government plan.
A White House effort to undermine conservative critics is generating a backlash on Capitol Hill — and not just from Republicans.
“It’s a mistake,” said Rep. Jason Altmire, a moderate Democrat from western Pennsylvania. “I think it’s beneath the White House to get into a tit for tat with news organizations.”
The Senate has long been seen as opposed to the federal government selling health insurance in competition with private industry, but now senior Senate Democrats and White House officials are strongly considering including such a measure in health care overhaul legislation, officials say.
The provision would permit individual states to drop out of the system, a design that could make it more palatable to moderates who have opposed the “public option.”
Liberals in Congress view a public option as an essential ingredient to overhaul the nation’s health care system, and President Barack Obama has said frequently he favors it. But he has also made clear it is not essential to the legislation he seeks, a gesture to Democratic moderates who have opposed it.
Sens. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., and Kent Conrad, D-N.D., said in separate interviews they had been told the plan was drawing interest in private negotiations led by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who is merging health bills passed by two separate committees into a final package to bring to the floor.