Latin music influences – including salsa, merengue, and samba – are seeping into the concert hall as directors seek to broaden the appeal.
With House passage of the health care bill late Sunday, President Obama has succeeded where presidents going back decades before him have failed. But it was a hard-fought victory, costing him dearly in public approval and political capital.
Everybody from tea partiers to Republican lawmakers to GOP chief Michael Steele is listing their political priorities and goals. Republicans are hoping to repeat Newt Gingrich's 1994 success in taking over the House with his 'Contract With America.'
The job approval rating for Obama has now fallen below 50 percent in a Gallup poll – amid issues of jobs, healthcare reform, and Afghanistan strategy.
Getting healthcare reform done – the biggest legislative challenge in decades – depends on how well Obama and his team can win over key members of Congress.
In his speech Wednesday night, Obama has promised clarity on key issues and will try to regain control of the healthcare debate.
In addition to healthcare, there are two wars, Iran, North Korea, and climate change, plus the economy.
By the end of July, it should be clear whether his top legislative initiatives – healthcare reform and climate-change legislation – are on track.
Most elected Republicans distance themselves from incendiary comments by Limbaugh, Gingrich, and others.