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Crowley’s Time to Lead Has Arrived

Roll Call

By Tory Newmyer

Rep. Joe Crowley (N.Y.) has spent a decade toiling as an ambitious lieutenant to House Democratic leaders. Today, finally, he takes command of his own company.

The Queens Democrat is stepping into the chairmanship of the New Democrat Coalition, an increasingly influential 68-member bloc trying to ensure a mostly liberal Caucus doesn’t bulldoze business interests.

Obama Creates Irish ‘Dream Team’

Irish Abroad

SENATOR Barack Obama’s campaign has announced the formation of a new high level advisory panel on Irish issues, comprised of seven well known Irish American political heavyweights, to shore up Obama’s somewhat frayed relationship with Irish America.

Senate Passes 9/11 Health Bill

After years of fierce lobbying and debate, Congress approved a bill on Wednesday to cover the cost of medical care for rescue workers and others who became sick from toxic fumes, dust and smoke after the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center.

The $4.3 billion bill cleared its biggest hurdle early in the afternoon when the Senate unexpectedly approved it just 12 days after Republican senators had blocked a more expensive House version from coming to the floor of the Senate for a vote.

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