On an Afghanistan trip shrouded in secrecy, President Barack
Obama demanded accountability from the country's leaders,
greater vigilance against corruption and better governing as
he widens America's commitment to the 8-year-old war he
inherited and then dramatically escalated.
President Barack Obama has scored the biggest victory of his
presidency as Congress approved his signature health care
reform bill, bringing near-universal coverage to a wealthy
country in which tens of millions of people are uninsured.
It was hardly surprising that by late last week, President
Barack Obama, of the United States, appeared to be playing
down the so-called "worst crisis since 1975" in relations
between his country and Israel.
The Democratic-controlled Congress has handed President
Barack Obama a huge victory, extending health care to tens of
millions of uninsured Americans and cracking down on
insurance company abuses, a climactic chapter in the
century-long quest for near universal coverage.
Democratic House leaders predicted today the
final tally on President Barack Obama's historic health care
bill will meet or exceed the 216 votes required for passage.
Still at issue were the votes of a handful of members
concerned about the abortion issue.
President Barack Obama accused insurance companies of placing
profits over people and said Republicans ignored
long-festering problems when they held power as he sought to
build support for swift passage of health care legislation
stalled in Congress.
President Barack Obama urged Congress today to vote "up
or down" on sweeping health care legislation in the next few
weeks, endorsing a plan that denies Senate Republicans the
right to kill the bill by stalling with a filibuster.
United States President Barack Obama hasn't kicked the
smoking habit, takes anti-inflammatory medication to relieve
chronic tendinitis in his left knee and should eat better to
lower his cholesterol, his team of doctors concluded after
the 48-year-old's first medical checkup as commander in