The Democrats built their majority on gains made in conservative-leaning areas. Now, those lawmakers are getting cold feet about the cost of the plan.
The House's caucus of conservative Democrats has long threatened its party's leadership only to fall in line. But Blue Dogs are taking a harder line on healthcare.
Independents now make up 34 percent of the electorate. Polls suggest they're worried about the cost of reform, but are not averse to a public option.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is now scheduled to vote on the Supreme Court nominee on July 28. She is expected to win approval both there and in the full Senate.
Halfway to President Obama’s deadline, basic aspects of the closure are undecided.
The date for closure is still January, but deciding which detainees are dangerous and which should be prosecuted is difficult.
In public speeches and back-room arm-twisting, the president is still pushing to have a bill done as soon as possible. But his real deadline is the end of the year.
The senator said healthcare would be Obama's 'Waterloo' – if Obama lost, it would break him. Now, Obama is using the comment as an example of crass Beltway obstructionism.