Despite being sidelined with a brain tumor, Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) has been “orchestrating meetings with lobbyists and lawmakers from both parties to craft legislation that would greet the new president with a plan to provide affordable medical coverage to all Americans, a measure he has called ‘the cause of my life.’” Kennedy’s goal is to introduce the bill as soon as the new Congress convenes in 2009.
35 percent: The share of Americans who are “now ‘very concerned’ that they or someone else in their household will be out of work and looking for a job within the next twelve months,” according to a new CBS News/New York Times poll. The percentage is a 12 point increase from last week.
Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) said President Bush should consider nominating his successor’s Treasury secretary to facilitate a “seamless transition” during the financial crisis. Dodd said Bush should send the nomination to the Senate in time for a “lame-duck” session in mid-November.
According to Los Angeles Times, Gov. Sarah Palin’s “approach to government was business as usual.” One quarter of state posts went to campaign donors or relatives — “without regard to qualifications.” Leading donors “received state-subsidized industrial development loans” and an ethics complaint is pending against Palin “for allegedly helping another donor and fundraiser land a state job.”
11 days to go: John McCain talks to voters in the Colorado towns of Denver and Durango, while Sarah Palin is in Pittsburgh. Barack Obama is in Hawaii with his ailing grandmother, and Joe Biden is campaigning in Charleston, WV. Read the rest of this entry »