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  • Congress Armed For Health Care Battle During Recess
    Congress won't be in session, but that doesn't mean politics stops for the summer. In fact, August is when political battles can heat up. And both sides will be bringing the fight home to their constituents.
  • Health Care Costs Measured In Cupcakes
    Health care costs are killing small businesses, which pay substantially more in premiums than large firms do. The owner of a cupcake business in Seattle pays as much in health insurance for her employees as she does in rent for four choice Seattle storefronts.
  • 6 GOP Senators To Vote In Favor Of Sotomayor
    The U.S. Senate vote on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor may tell us more about the Republican party than it does about the nominee. Just six Republicans have so far announced their support for Sotomayor. The latest is Tennessee's Lamar Alexander.
  • Dobbs' Focus On Obama Birth Draws Fire To CNN
    CNN positions itself as the cable news channel that sticks to the facts — distinguishing itself from rivals MSNBC on the left and Fox News on the right. But CNN host Lou Dobbs has put his employer on the defensive by focusing on repeated, unfounded claims that President Obama wasn't born in the U.S.
  • One Beer Doesn't Solve Racial Divide
    President Obama invited two men at the center of a racially-charged controversy to share a beer with him Thursday evening in the Rose Garden. Afterwards, one of the men called it a positive step for the whole country.
  • Deportation Dilemmas Deepen For U.S. Hospitals
    A Florida jury recently decided that a hospital acted "reasonably" when it deported a patient who was an illegal immigrant to Guatemala. Some experts think the case could make hospitals warier in the future about treating undocumented patients.
  • Turf Wars And Details Bog Down A Banking Overhaul
    Lawmakers are months behind the original goal of making sweeping changes to the nation's financial regulations. Leaders agree that changes are needed, but they just don't see eye to eye on what those changes might be.
  • 'Cash For Clunkers' Lacks Cash For Clunkers
    The White House says it's reviewing options for keeping the "cash for clunkers" program going. Auto dealers already may have surpassed the 250,000 vehicle sales funded by the $950 million program. The White House says any valid deals already made will be honored.
  • Chevron's Second-Quarter Profits Plunge
    Chevron Corp. reported a 71 percent drop in quarterly profit Friday. Exxon and Shell announced Thursday that their profits had dropped by two-thirds. One concern is that if companies pull back on exploration and production, there could be supply shortages and higher prices down the road.
  • Canada's Real Estate Market Heating Up, Eh?
    Statistics this week suggest the U.S. housing market may have hit bottom and begun to rebound. But in Canada, real estate is red hot. Bidding wars are driving prices through the roof in Toronto.

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