December 15th, 2009
04:57 AM ET
7 months ago

Murtha hospitalized with gallbladder problem

Rep. Murtha rested in a hospital Monday after being admitted the previous night.
Rep. Murtha rested in a hospital Monday after being admitted the previous night.

Washington (CNN) - U.S. Rep. John Murtha rested in a hospital Monday after being admitted the previous night due to abdominal pains caused by a gallbladder issue, his spokesman said.

"He's currently resting and doing well," said Matt Mazonkey, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Democrat.

Murtha is chairman of the House appropriations subcommittee on defense, and a strong critic of President Barack Obama's recent decision to deploy an additional 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan.

He was scheduled to chair a subcommittee hearing Tuesday addressed by Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Due to Murtha's illness, the hearing has been canceled.


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December 15th, 2009
04:54 AM ET
7 months ago

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CNN: Sources: Medicare buy-in likely to be dropped from health care bill Senate
Democrats are preparing to drop a compromise health-care plan that would allow 55- to 64-year-olds to buy into Medicare because of opposition from Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, two senior Democratic sources said Monday.

Bloomberg: ‘Disaster’ Health Plan Breaks Obama Cost-Cut Vow
President Barack Obama’s $1 trillion health-care overhaul won’t buy corporate America relief from medical costs that more than doubled in the last decade, chief executive officers of more than a dozen U.S. companies said.

Chicago Tribune: Illinois to take Gitmo detainees
President Barack Obama has directed the federal government to buy the near-empty state prison in rural Thomson, Ill., to house federal inmates and up to 100 detainees from the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, officials said late Monday.

NY Daily News: Bankers remember to take commercial planes to meet with Obama, but forget to check the weather
Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, Morgan Stanley CEO John Mack and Citigroup Chairman Richard Parsons were all no-shows at a big White House meeting after their commercial flights were grounded in New York because of fog in the nation's capital. …The sitdown came a day after Obama ramped up his rhetoric on financial institutions, telling CBS' "60 Minutes" in an interview aired Sunday night: "I did not run for office to be helping out a bunch of fat-cat bankers."

CNN: Millions of Bush administration e-mails recovered
Computer technicians have recovered about 22 million Bush administration e-mails that the Bush White House had said were missing, two watchdog groups that sued over the documents announced Monday.

CNN: U.S. is 'pragmatic' with China, Russia
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has been criticized as being too soft on human rights issues, said the "pragmatic" Obama administration approach is designed to make a difference, not prove a point.

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