Now that House Republicans have upheld their election promise by voting to repeal President Obama's health care law — a largely symbolic act — their real work begins: trying to replace the law with what Majority Leader Eric Cantor calls a "better alternative."
But GOP leaders remain mum on which provisions they intend to replace — or how long it may take to deliver new legislation.
On Thursday, the House directed four committees to begin drafting alternative proposals. The resolution got the support of 14 Democrats.
I sat down this afternoon for a quick chat with Jasmine Garsd of NPR Music (the co-host of Alt Latino) and Andrew Wallenstein (a frequent NPR contributor on all things entertainment and a senior editor at Paid Content), which airs this afternoon on All Things Considered.
President Hamid Karzai has put off seating Afghanistan's new parliament for at least another month, just days before the planned inauguration. A legal battle has continued ever since the ballots were cast in September.
Now, Afghans are asking if it's time to move ahead with a flawed election, or let the dispute drag on in an attempt to correct the results. In the meantime, Karzai is in a position to rule by decree.
"A new species of giant crayfish [has] literally crawled out from under a rock in Tennessee, proving that large new species of animals can be found in highly populated and well-explored places," Reuters reports.