Health Care Reform, White House Style: In new health care legislation being rolled out by the White House today, President Barack Obama will propose giving the federal government new power to block excessive rate increases by health insurance companies. The New York Times reports that the legislation seeks to overcome the differences between the health care reform bills passed by the Senate and House last year.
Toyota on the Hill, Lobbyists in Tow: The Washington Post looks at the lobbyists dispatched by Toyota as the company prepares for its first round of congressional hearings. In addition to the 32 lobbyists the company already had on the Hill, Toyota has hired crisis management teams from Quinn Gillespie & Associates and Glover Park Group. The National Law Journal wrote about the car company's lobbying effort here.
Deadly Hot Dogs? The American Academy of Pediatrics has called for a warning label to be put on foods like hot dogs, not because of nutritional concerns but because the narrow, cylindrical shape of hot dogs poses a choking hazard. USA Today reports that the academy also says that foods such as hot dogs "redesigned" so their size, shape and texture make them less likely to lodge in a child's throat.
USA Tops Canada in Hockey: The underdog U.S. hockey team stunned their Canadian rivals in a 5-3 victory last night, The Washington Post reports. The victory pushed the United States into the gold-medal discussion. For the Canadian team, which was viewed as an almost sure-thing medal contender, the loss has shocked the team's fans across its home country.