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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Peter Roskam
Pressing an election-year point, Republicans pushed yet another bill through the House on Wednesday to repeal the nation's two-year-old health care law, a maneuver that forced Democrats to choose between President Obama's signature domestic achievement and a public that is persistently skeptical of its value.
President Obama winked and nodded his intention Wednesday to close tax loopholes in exchange for lower tax rates. It was just for show. One day later, the commander in chief flew Air Force One to Florida to reiterate his support for expanding tax carve-outs for his political allies.
Less than a year ago, Rep. Nancy Pelosi was forced to move across the second floor hall of the Capitol, leaving behind the magnificent speaker's balcony that overlooks the National Mall. With the possibility of retaking control of the House of Representatives growing more remote by the day, the California Democrat will have to get used to the east-front view of parked cars and the visitors' center entrance as her Democratic colleagues abandon ship.
Facing criticism from the nation's governors, President Obama on Monday said he's willing to give states much more leeway to opt out of key planks of last year's health care law — as long as they still meet his overall benchmarks of covering more people and controlling costs.
Some Americans may pine for "The Star-Spangled Banner" to be sung at public events without showbiz flourishes and in a manner perhaps familiar to its creator, Francis Scott Key. The dazzling factor should be prominent, however, at Super Bowl XLV, when chanteuse Christina Aguilera delivers the national anthem.
FILE - In this May 17, 2013 file photo, Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington.
But Illinois Rep. Peter Roskam said before joining other Republicans in Wednesday's House vote: "Here's the good news.