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Capitol Briefing: August 9, 2009 - August 15, 2009

Grassley and Grandma

By Perry Bacon Jr. PANORA, Iowa -- A day after President Obama condemned conservative critics for suggesting that a provision in health-care legislation would "basically pull the plug on Grandma," controversy over the issue bubbled up at a town hall meeting here. Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), who was holding...

By Washington Post Editor  |  August 12, 2009; 8:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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Polite Debate at Grassley's Iowa Town Halls

By Perry Bacon AFTON, Iowa -- As Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) travels to town halls in his state, it seems conservative Iowans are either too polite to shout at him or really like their longtime senator, even as he has remains one of the few Republicans negotiating with President Obama...

By Kendra Nichols  |  August 12, 2009; 3:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
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Town Hall Talk: Disruption in Mo., Pa.

Yesterday in Hillsboro, Mo., Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) had to threaten her constituents with her "mom voice" if they didn't stop yelling. But Sen. Arlen Specter (D) might have had it worse in Lebanon, Pa., as one health-care reform opponent invoked what Specter's prospects will be when he's ultimately judged...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  August 12, 2009; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Town Hall Talk: Recap of Growing Unrest

Here's a flavor of the latest bites taken at congressmen for their positions on health-care reform and a rundown of upcoming town hall meetings to monitor: McMinnville, Ore. -- Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.) held the first of four town halls this week on Monday evening, and if the meeting is...

By washingtonpost.com  |  August 11, 2009; 2:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Town Hall Talk: Protesters in Baltimore

At a town hall meeting in Baltimore on Monday August 10, Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) faced strong opposition to health-care reform. Protesters shouted and drowned out much of what Cardin tried to say....

By washingtonpost.com  |  August 11, 2009; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Town Hall Talk: The Health-Care Reform Debate

Here's a flavor of the latest bites taken at congressmen for their positions on health-care reform and a rundown of upcoming town hall meetings to monitor: Updated 3:20 p.m. ET Mount Vernon, Wash.-- Rep. Rick Larsen (D) took to Skagit County, Wash., to address constituents' concerns about health-care reform. KOMO...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  August 10, 2009; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Today on the Hill

Both the Senate and House are in recess through September 7. Visit Today in Congress for more information on the House and Senate, including vote history and member profiles....

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  August 10, 2009; 9:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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