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WASHINGTON (AP) — Three years after campaigning on a vow to "repeal and replace" President Barack Obama's health care law, House Republicans have yet to advance an alternative for the system they have voted more than three dozen times to abolish in whole or in part.
Officially, the effort is "in progress" — and has been since Jan. 19, 2011. That's according to GOP.gov, a leadership-run website.
But internal divisions, disagreement about political tactics and Obama's 2012 re-election add up to uncertainty over whether Republicans will vote on a plan of their own before the 2014 elections.
Or, if not by then, perhaps before the president leaves office, more than six years after the original promise.
Sixteen months before the midterm elections, some Republicans cite no need to offer an alternative.
WASHINGTON (AP) — There seems little appetite from either Democrats or Republicans in Washington for a federal rescue of the birthplace of the automobile industry. Detroit now stands as the largest American city ever to file for bankruptcy protection.
During the bleakest days of the Great Recession, Congress agreed in bipartisan votes to bail out two of Detroit's biggest businesses, General Motors and Chrysler.
Such a bailout would be huge, perhaps as much as $20 billion. Federal resources are strained, with the national debt at $16.7 trillion and the federal government struggling under the constraints of automatic spending cuts that took effect in March.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Six months ago, President Barack Obama stood on the steps of the United States Capitol and offered a soaring liberal vision for his second term.
But the intervening months have showcased the political limits of Obama's ambitions. The result has been an uneven and sometimes disjointed start to what could arguably be the most important year of his second term.
Legislative victories have been scarce.
The president's gun control measures were vanquished on Capitol Hill, prospects for a grand deficit reduction deal are slim, and an immigration overhaul faces an uncertain future. Domestic troubles and foreign policy crises have also thrown the White House off course and into a defensive crouch.
The president's top advisers insist they came into the year clear-eyed about the potential pitfalls, particularly on Capitol Hill.