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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released new guidelines today, requiring that insurance companies ensure women are provided preventive health services at no additional cost. “Developed by the independent Institute of Medicine, the new guidelines require new health insurance plans to cover women’s preventive services such as well-woman visits, breastfeeding support, domestic violence screening, and contraception without charging a co-payment, co-insurance or a deductible,” read an HHS press release.
In announcing that a bipartisan deal had been reached to both raise the debt limit and reduce the national deficit, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) acknowledged that, because the deal was unlikely to please every member of both parties, the deal would desperately need votes on both sides of the aisle. He quoted the late President Lyndon Johnson: “There are no problems we cannot solve together, and very few that we can solve by ourselves.”
On Sunday, President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) separately announced the agreement of Congressional leaders on a bipartisan deal to increase the debt limit and reduce the deficit.
Vice President Joseph Biden Jr. is collecting rent from the U.S. Secret Service, according to The Washington Times.
Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) says that the government’s “Race to the Top” education initiative allows too much Federal influence on the country’s school system.
Rational debate is a dying art. It occurs only rarely in Washington, where the primary goal is to score points for a political party with an eye toward re-election. Concerns about America and Americans are secondary to the political elite. Party politics trumps all.
Several prominent figures in the Tea Party movement have been highly critical of House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) handling of the debt ceiling.
For the record, the White House’s official position is that President Barack Obama has no intention of invoking the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution in order to raise the debt ceiling. “Our position hasn’t changed,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said.