Deutch Wins FL Seat Easily In First Post-Health Care Special Election
“Republican backlash over President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul had little effect in the nation’s first U.S. House race of 2010,” the AP writes. “Florida Democratic state Sen. Ted Deutch handily won Tuesday’s special election to replace retiring Democratic U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler after his underdog GOP opponent attempted to make the contest a referendum on the massive health care bill.”
Retail Sales Climb in March Despite Debt and Job Woes
Published: April 14, 2010
In another sign that American consumers are gaining confidence, retail sales rose more than expected in March, the Commerce Department said Wednesday.
Sales climbed 1.6 percent last month compared with February, the department said, largely because of strong car sales. Analysts had expected a 1.2 percent increase. March sales were 7.6 percent higher than the same month a year ago.
The report provided the latest piece of evidence that consumers were beginning to spend again, despite weak job prospects and large debt burdens. Last week, major American retailers reported their strongest monthly gains in a decade, with collective sales climbing 9.1 percent.
Climate bill would curb EPA
By LISA LERER
4/14/10 5:16 AM EDT
Efforts to limit the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate greenhouse gases has emerged as a major battleground in the climate debate, as three key senators move toward releasing the first draft of their revamped climate bill.
Recent drafts of the legislation would hobble the EPA by limiting the agency’s regulatory powers under the Clean Air Act, according to lawmakers and lobbyists familiar with the bill.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who’s crafting the climate bill with Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), says the provision is necessary to win business backing for the bill.
McCain: Time to ‘pull the trigger’ with Iran
BY ANNE GEARAN, AP National Security Writer
WASHINGTON – Senator John McCain says the United States has been backing away from a brewing fight with Iran, while that country moves ever closer to having nuclear weapons.
McCain opened a Senate hearing Wednesday by saying that Iran will get the bomb unless the United States acts more boldly.
Speaking figuratively, the Arizona Republican says the U.S. keeps pointing a loaded gun at Iran but failing to “pull the trigger.”