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April 1, 2010 - by Eric Naing

It’s another slow day with Congress on break. Lawmakers are still arguing over the politics of President Obama’s offshore drilling announcement and the policy of climate change. Back home, many lawmakers are also struggling with the politics and policy of health care. Until they all get back, spend your time with today’s edition of Congress Links:

  • Dan Froomkin chronicles several ways that health insurance companies are trying to work their way around various provisions of the Affordable Care Act. (The Huffington Post)
  • Matt Yglesias leans heavily on the sarcasm button as he unloads on the structural dysfunction of the U.S. Senate. (The American Prospect)
  • Is Barack Obama the intellectual father of the Affordable Care Act? Maybe it’s Bill Clinton or Lyndon Johnson. Or could it be Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney? (The Christian Science Monitor)
  • In the face of anti-government hysteria, Rep. Patrick McHenry [R, NC-10] implores his fellow conservatives to fill out their Census forms. (RedState)
  • The battle over health care reform is really only just beginning. Suzy Khimm explains how efforts at the state level could undermine the Affordable Care Act as it just gets off the ground. (Mother Jones)
  • Chris Hayes provides another helpful overview of the financial regulation fight. (The Nation)
  • I usually hate all fake April Fool’s news stories but this one is admittedly kind of great: “Obama Considers Reconciliation to Get Kansas Back in the NCAA Tournament.” (Fox News)
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  • zetinebrotciv 04/02/2010 6:55am

    Will the Obama Administration reveal what they received in exchanged for its concession to open up off-shore drilling?

    As a progressive, it seems the Obama Administration has broken a campaign promise and the recent Health Care Reform win is not enough to overlook it. Although, I could see value in off-shore drilling if the argument was tied to job creation and economic recovery and the numbers demonstrated it. Long-term recovery and job creation will be in green technology innovations and aggressively adopting those new technologies.

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