The president visited the senator's home state Friday, even as Baucus works to get GOP support for healthcare reform. Both men are being blasted from the left and the right.
The Hyundai engineer, who has been held since March, was released after the company's chairwoman traveled to Pyongyang Monday.
A 'public option' is popular with the left – and is supposed to serve, too, as a brake on medical costs. But charges that it is unfair to private insurers appear likely to sink it.
Reform advocates are adapting to conservatives' tactics and aim to flood audiences to give Democrats cover from attacks.
The healthcare battle has helped push immigration reform into next year, when midterm elections may make the task even harder.
This time, it's about politics, not an Argentine mistress. A state senator is investigating whether the governor used state money inappropriately on his travels.