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His health bill stalled, President Obama juggles an altered agenda

New York Times, January 29, 2010

With President Obama's healthcare overhaul stalled on Capitol Hill, Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff, said that Democrats would try to act first on job creation, reducing the deficit, and imposing tighter regulation on banks before returning to the health measure, the New York Times reports. But with Republicans increasingly confident of their prospects after the Massachusetts Senate victory, the party is disinclined to give ground in policy debates and appear willing to stick with their near-unanimous opposition to major initiatives unless Democrats offer significant concessions, reports the Times.