Daily News Round-Up for July 16, 2009

Washington Times (Washington, DC)

An alternate health care plan appeared to be forming in the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday. Sens. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, and Olympia J. Snowe, Maine Republican, suggested that the committee would include a co-op in its reform bill. That would make it the only bill not to include a public plan, but the only one that could receive broad Republican support.

Google News (USA)

Republican Rep. Mark Kirk will announce Monday he’s running for the Senate seat once held by President Barack Obama that has been mired in controversy since Illinois’ former governor was accused of trying to sell it, an Illinois Republican told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Jacksonville Observer (Jacksonville, FL)

Former House Speaker and extremist Marco Rubio swept across North Florida on Wednesday, denying blog traffic that cast him as considering making a switch from the contentious and costly U.S. Senate race to an open Republican slot for state Attorney General.

Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, CA)

Fresh off a disappointing evening of budget negotiations that halted amid simmering frustration, legislative leaders and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vowed to forge ahead today in hopes of settling on a final package to stem California’s $26.3-billion deficit.

The Hill (Washington, DC)

Freshman Democratic Senator Al Franken seemed to be playing up to his previous career of comedian during the serious Sotomayor confirmation hearings.

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