Washington (CNN) - At least one company and the National Republican Senatorial Committee have been issued subpoenas requesting documents in a federal grand jury investigation related to Sen. John Ensign, R-Nevada.
The Senate Ethics Committee also is investigating Ensign, who has been dogged by allegations of improper conduct stemming from an affair with the wife of a former aide. An Ethics Committee spokesman has declined to comment on precisely what its members are looking into.
A spokesman for the NRSC, which works to elect Republicans to the U.S. Senate, said the organization had received a subpoena related to Ensign.
Another NRSC official, general counsel Sean Cairncross, would not confirm that the subject of the subpoena was Ensign, but he noted that the 2008 election was cycle was the time when Ensign chaired the committee.
"NRSC has responded appropriately to questions concerning matters related to the 2008 election cycle timeframe," Cairncross said.
The U.S. Attorney's office had no immediate comment. Neither did Ensign's staff.
A source from one of the companies linked to the probe into Ensign's business dealings told CNN that the company had been issued a subpoena to produce documents to a federal grand jury.
(CNN) - The New York Times is contesting Gov. David Paterson's claim he was the paper's source for a recent story that ultimately led to an ethics investigation, the departure of top aides, and the abandonment of his election bid.
Paterson told New York radio station WOR Thursday that he was the person who informed the Times he interceded in an assault case involving his aide, David Johnson.
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But in a blog post Thursday, Times reporters Danny Hakim and Nicholas Confessore say that's not true.
"In the course of reporting, The Times learned that the governor had called Ms. Booker, but that information did not come from the governor," wrote Hakim and Confessore.
The Times reporters also said the governor's office only acknowledged Paterson made the phone call after the paper informed them it had learned of the communication.
"The administration subsequently clarified that the call took place on Feb. 7, but it did so only after being told that The Times was aware that a telephone conversation between the governor and Ms. Booker had taken place," the reporters wrote.
Washington (CNN) - Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-California, hopes to keep her seat. But a fresh poll suggests she may have a steep hill to climb.
In the latest Field Poll released Thursday, a slight majority of Californians hold a negative view of her.
Fifty-one percent view the senator unfavorably, with just 38 percent having favorable views of her. That's a 12-point jump in Boxer's unfavorable rating in the poll in January.
Meanwhile, Boxer appears to be losing ground in hypothetical match-ups between her and three potential Republican challengers: Rep. Tom Campbell, R-California, former Hewlett-Packard Chairman and CEO, Carly Fiorina, and Assemblyman Chuck DeVore.
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Whip James Clyburn tout their health care reform legislation at a news conference at the U.S. Capitol. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Update 3:00 p.m.: Read the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010 and a section by section analysis prepared by Committees on Ways & Means, Energy & Commerce, and Education & Labor.
Washington (CNN) – A group of Republican doctors-turned-lawmakers charged Thursday that the Democratic health care bill will decrease quality of care and access to doctors without lowering health care costs.
"It doesn't address the real symptoms of the disease," Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma, said during a Capitol Hill news conference. "The disease is health care costs too much." Coburn is a family physician and OB/GYN.
The GOP doctors repeatedly pointed to their own experience treating patients, and predicted that the Democratic bill will not expand care.
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"The president continues to talk about making sure more people are covered but that doesn't mean more people will get care," Sen. John Barasso, R-Wyoming, said. "And there's a fundamental disconnect when [Obama] says he's going to solve this by putting 15 million more people on Medicaid," said the orthopedic surgeon.
The Republican physicians also referred to a recent New York Times report about the challenges facing the Medicaid program and argued that expanding enrollment in the federal program was not the cure to the country's rising health care costs and tens of millions of uninsured.
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New York (CNN) – New York Gov. David Paterson said he was the source of information for the story that led to an ethics investigation and the departure of five top members of his administration.
While appearing on WOR radio in New York this morning, Paterson told talk show host John Gambling that he was the person who informed the press that he interceded in an assault case involving his aide, David Johnson.
In an awkward exchange filled with moments of uncomfortable silence, Gambling said the situation "might not have come out if we didn't have the press write the story about this, right?" Paterson responded, "No, that's actually not true, that's actually not true."
After a few seconds of silence, Gambling asked, "Ummm, why?" Paterson said, "Uh, well, I don't want to go into it but the person who informed others that there was such a conversation was me." Sounding surprised, Gambling asked, "You informed the news?" The governor said, "Correct. That's all I'm going to say about it. And it's not my surmise. It's an actual fact. But the individual who first made it clear that there had been a conversation was myself."
Washington (CNN) - Senior White House adviser David Axelrod brought the White House bully pulpit to bear Wednesday on Rep. Mark Kirk, the Republican hoping to capture Barack Obama's old Senate seat in November.
In an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, Axelrod criticized Kirk for telling a group of Republicans last week that if elected, he will, "lead the effort to repeal this [health care] bill."
"As an Illinoisan, I have to say, I find his remarks disappointing," Axelrod told the Sun-Times. "Given the great challenges America, and families across Illinois face today, the last thing we need is another Republican senator in Washington who is more focused on tearing down the President than he is on solving problems."
This isn't the first time that the White House has lent its support to Alexi Giannoulias, the Illinois state treasurer that will face Kirk in November.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama is postponing a trip to Indonesia and Australia to remain in Washington for the expected House vote on the health care bill, a spokesman said Thursday.
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Obama is likely to make the visit in June. The president had been scheduled to leave for the trip Sunday.
The House of Representatives is expected to vote this weekend on the health care bill passed by the Senate in December.
"The president greatly regrets the delay. ... The passage of health insurance reform is of paramount importance, and the president is determined to see this battle through," Gibbs said.
Obama believes the measure will pass, Gibbs added.
Gibbs also announced a state dinner for Mexican President Felipe Calderon on May 19.
Updated: 1:50 p.m.
Washington (CNN) - President Obama has repeatedly said that failure to pass a health care reform bill is simply not an option.
But Democratic leaders are facing an uphill battle in convincing some of their own members to push the legislation forward - and hoping history doesn't repeat itself.
There's a lot at stake for Obama's future, political observers say, including the ability to get other key pieces of his legislative agenda passed and signed into law: banking regulation, climate change, economic measures and immigration.
Republicans have marched nearly lockstep against Obama's policy proposals, especially on financial matters, and indicate that they will continue to do so.
The bill's failure could also spell trouble for Democrats facing tough election battles this year. Whether or not the bill is passed, Republicans have threatened to use it against Democratic opponents, noting its cost and effect on the deficit.
(CNN) - Claims that health care reform would use taxpayer dollars to fund abortions just aren't true, according to a new ad from a liberal Catholic organization.
The 30-second ad from Catholics United launches Thursday and targets pro-life legislators who are undecided on the Senate bill with this message:
"Analysts agree the reform bill prohibits federal funding for abortion. It's endorsed by pro-life advocates, like the Catholic Health Association…And it defends human life at all stages by covering 30 million uninsured…"
The Catholic group's six-figure ad buy will air in the districts of Democratic Reps. Christopher Carney and Kathy Dahlkemper of Pennsylvania, Joe Donnelly and Brad Ellsworth of Indiana, Steve Dreihaus of Ohio, Daniel Lipinski of Illinois, Tom Perriello of Virginia and Bart Stupak of Michigan.
"It is our sincere hope that pro-life Americans will see through the false charges and lend their support to this important legislation," said Chris Korzen, executive director of Catholics United. "We are just days away from making history."