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A congresswoman is in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the head, six people are dead and 12 others are wounded after a gunman opened fire at an official event Saturday (more)A congresswoman is in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the head, six people are dead and 12 others are wounded after a gunman opened fire at an official event Saturday.

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Alabama Rep. Parker Griffith, a freshman congressman who formerly figured among the famous "Blue Dog" Democrats in Congress, has reportedly decided to defect to the GOP after breaking with his party over health care reform. This shift in the Democratic ranks could spell trouble for the 2010 election, especially if Rep. Griffith's switchover inspires others to follow suit.

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When I heard Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., floating the idea of a tax on health benefits in order to raise revenue for health-care reform, I was baffled; how could this be?

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