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Afghan Reconciliation Efforts Have Failed

Jul 2, 2011
In 2005, the US-backed Afghan government instituted a reconciliation program aimed at reintegrating insurgents who aggressively opposed the U invasion of their country With minimal political support and inadequate funding, that program failed, and many who voluntarily left groups such as the Taliban have received none of the promised benefits .

Obama Tells Congress to Get Health Care Reform Done Already

Mar 4, 2010
During a speech at the White House on Wednesday, President Barack Obama hinted at the possibility that congressional Democrats would soon be obliged to play the reconciliation card to ensure that health care reform legislation reaches the finish line and he pushed Congress to "finish its work" -- as in pronto -- on that crucial and contentious issue.

Reid Tells Republicans to ‘Stop Crying’

Feb 24, 2010
With more Senate Democrats urging Harry Reid to revive the public option and pass health care reform through budget reconciliation, the Senate majority leader said Republicans "should stop crying about reconciliation as if it's never been done before." Reid said the maneuver is used nearly every year, usually by Republicans.