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CNN: Economic uptick plays key role in health care debate
President Obama built his push for a sweeping overhaul of the health care system on the premise that reform is essential for economic recovery.
CNN: Fears fuel emotional health care protests
Beyond the noise of raucous crowds and angry protesters who have turned town hall meetings into shouting matches is genuine concern from ordinary citizens who are afraid that President Obama's health care proposals would only make things harder for them, experts say.
CNN: Republican senator hears health care concerns back home
It's the Republicans' turn to face the health care debate back home.
CNN: Congressman: Hate mail, Nazi graffiti follow health care protests
A Georgia congressman said Wednesday he's received death threats and found Nazi graffiti outside his office in the aftermath of heated protests about health care reform.
CNN Poll: Favorable view of Palin dipping
Americans appear to be souring on Sarah Palin, according to a new national poll.
CNN: Sanford: It's 'hard' living alone in governor's mansion
South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford opened up about the state of his family on Wednesday — the first time he has done so since his wife, Jenny, moved out of the governor's mansion last week.
(CNN) - South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford opened up about the state of his family on Wednesday - the first time he has done so since his wife, Jenny, moved out of the governor's mansion last week.
Asked during a radio interview how he's coping with being alone in the mansion, Sanford responded: "That part's hard."
"But there are consequences for any mess-up that we have in life, and that's one of them," the governor told Columbia-based WVOC radio. "That's probably the most bitter part of it."
Sanford said he and Jenny decided to move his four boys to Charleston for the school year because "they deserve to be out of the fishbowl they've been in."
"They've been subjected to a lot this summer," he said. "That was a result of my actions, but nonetheless it put them in a spot they really didn't want to be."
"The aftermath of any of these things is not going to be ideal," Sanford added, referring to his admission of an extramarital affair and the ensuing political fallout. "We take it a day at a time."
The governor did a round of local radio interviews Wednesday and spent much of his time responding to reports that he violated state law by booking expensive international flights and using state planes for personal and political business.