Just how powerful is Medicare as a political weapon? So powerful that for the past two election cycles it's been a favorite cudgel for both Republicans and Democrats.
And the election of Democrat Kathy Hochul to fill a traditionally GOP seat in upstate New York in May is just the latest demonstration.
Hochul and the national Democratic party ran a campaign based on large part on the House Republican Budget passed in April that would essential privatize the government program for the elderly and disabled. And their campaign worked.
Smucker's purchased Cafe Bustelo for $360 million in May.
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The J.M. Smucker Company claims its food empire started with apple butter squeezed straight from apples planted by Johnny Appleseed. But the newest addition to that empire might not exactly fit in with the company lore.
Smucker's bought up the Rowland Coffee Roasters in May, and with it came Cafe Bustelo — an iconic Miami brand of Cuban coffee. The acquisition could mean more coffee in more places as the Cuban-American population continues to expand nationwide.
After a generation of absorbing foreign capital and technology, China is now beginning to export them. It has found the export of infrastructure especially profitable, both economically and politically. China is building high-speed rail links in Turkey, Venezuela and Saudi Arabia, and has expressed interest in bidding for projects in the United States.
Authorities in Europe are trying to pin down the cause of a widespread and deadly outbreak of food poisoning. In the U.S., the Obama Administration is wrestling with a proposal to screen hamburger for additional varieties of deadly E.coli bacteria.
"LeBron Lashes Out," read the words on ESPN's screen, part of its scroll of headlines that fall like droplets from an icicle, reassuring sports fans that highlights of a game they care about is no more than three or four drip, drip, drips away.
The pressure on Rep. Anthony Weiner to quit Congress increased hugely Monday with President Obama telling NBC News' Ann Curry that if he were in the disgraced congressman place, he would resign.
The president was interviewed by NBC News' Ann Curry during a visit to Durham, N.C. which he visited to talk up the role "green" jobs could play in economic growth. NBC is scheduled to air the segment Tuesday on the "Today" show.
Here's the exchange:
ANN CURRY: Should Congressman Anthony Weiner resign?
A couple of elk escape the wildfire in the forest around the Lee Valley Recreational area in the Apache National Forest during back burn operations as the Wallow Fire continues to burn June 12, 2011 in Big Lake, Arizona.
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New numbers just out from the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) confirm what the flames and smoke in Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas have already suggested. 2011 is already one of the worst wildfire seasons in the last decade and the hot summer months that are typically the worst of the season are still ahead.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate is expected to vote on an amendment to kill federal tax incentives for the ethanol industry. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., pushed for the vote to cut the 45-cent-per-gallon tax credit, worth about $6 billion a year, for refiners and gasoline blenders.
People with congestive heart failure are often given pacemakers to help their hearts pump more efficiently. But doctors have been puzzled by about 40 percent of people given those devices who don't get any better.
They often wind up in the hospital, or they die. Now researchers say they've got the problem figured out. It was a matter of giving the devices to patients whose hearts just weren't that out of sync to begin with.