But there's more heavy political lifting ahead. Liberals in the House are set to fight for a public option.
Meanwhile, Congress is now likely to add sexual orientation to federal hate crimes law, and President Obama will address a major gay-rights organization Saturday night.
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been stripped off his immunity from prosecution, but political analysts say his government is unlikely fall.
Radio host David Webb, black and Republican, challenges Janeane Garofalo to back up her claim that 'white power movement' underlies Tea Party protests.
Forty-six percent of voters still prefer a Democratic candidate, compared with 44 who'd go for a Republican, Gallup says. But the Dems' margin was bigger in July.
President Obama has pressed Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and four other prominent Republicans to speak out in favor of healthcare reform. If they sway one GOP senator, the effort will have been worth it.
Democrats have chided Republicans for not offering their own healthcare ideas. But GOP attempts to turn the debate toward more incentives and fewer mandates have been rebuffed.
The attempt to remove Charles Rangel from his seat as chairman of an influential House committee keeps allegations of bribery in the public eye.
GOP's Mike Castle of Delaware, nine-term congressman, puts Republicans in strong position to pick up a Senate seat in 2010, whether or not Beau Biden (D) enters the race.