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C-SPAN Asks to Televise Health Care Negotiations

January 5, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

President Obama has repeatedly promised to televise health care negotiations on C-SPAN so that the public can watch along. Now, C-CPAN's CEO, Brian Lamb, is asking Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress to help Obama keep his promise.

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Ping Pong It Is

January 4, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

Rather than go through the delay and procedural hurdles that could result from taking the health care bill to a conference committee, the Democrats have decided to reach a deal on the bill informally and then "ping-pong" it quickly through the House and the Senate.

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A Tax Break for Pet Owners

January 4, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

Promoting social policy with the tax code is nothing new. The federal government gives tax deductions for first-time homebuyers, renewable energy, charitable giving and much more. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter [R, MI-11] has a novel idea for a new tax deduction. He wants to let pet owners deduct their pet care expenses to help them care for their pets in the economic crisis.

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