WASHINGTON – WASHINGTON (AP) - Black, Latino and Asian lawmakers want President Barack Obama to focus more on racial disparities reported in medical treatment as the White House works toward overhauling the health care system.
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus sent Obama a letter last week calling for more attention to minority health problems. They are expected to join lawmakers from Hispanic and Asian caucuses today at a news conference on Capitol Hill to call attention to the issue.
WASHINGTON – WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration says its economic recovery plan remains on track despite rising unemployment.
Jared Bernstein and other White House economists predicted four months ago the jobless rate now would be about 8 percent. It's actually nearly a point and a half higher. Critics are calling it fuzzy math.
Obama says critics should talk to business owners who decided not to cut jobs because of the stimulus plan.
MINNEAPOLIS – MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - New recommendations by Midwestern governors for a carbon cap-and-trade system include aggressive reduction goals that could bring big changes to a region that relies heavily on coal and manufacturing.
The plan calls for a nearly 20 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade, and an 80 percent reduction by the middle of the century. That's from year 2005 levels.
CHICAGO – CHICAGO (AP) - Jose Contreras allowed one hit in eight strong innings in his return to the majors, getting his first win in nearly a year as the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 6-1 to earn a split in their day-night double header.
Alexei Ramirez, Scott Podsednik and Jim Thome homered for the White Sox in the second game after Detroit won the opener 5-4 as Brandon Inge hit a go-ahead RBI single in the ninth.