In a fascinating attempt to gain the political high ground, freshmen House Republicans have asked President Obama, and by extension, his fellow Democrats, to stop using what the GOP members call Medicare scare tactics to try and gain political advantage.
The plea for civility comes after Obama and other Democrats have pounded House Republicans for supporting a GOP 2012 budget proposal that would privatize the Medicare program for future seniors, forcing anyone under 55 to buy health coverage from private insurers when they become eligible for the benefit.
Raj Rajaratnam, billionaire co- founder of Galleon Group, enters Manhattan federal court, Wednesday, May 11, 2011
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Raj Rajaratnam was found guilty of fraud and conspiracy, today, by a federal jury in Manhattan. Rajaratnam is the billionaire investor who founded Galleon Group, one of the biggest hedge funds in the United States. Prosecutors alleged the the Sri Lanka-born Rajaratnam was relying on corporate tipsters who were feeding him insider information that led to what looked at the time as savvy and extremely successful investments.
Lawmakers in nearly every state this year have introduced measures that would restrict abortion, from cutting funding to providers to requiring waiting periods. Host Michel Martin continues today's conversation on abortion legislation with NPR National Correspondent Kathy Lohr, who has covered abortion issues for 20 years and says the current set of laws is the largest she has ever seen.