Senator BidenDespite Obama’s pledge for “change,” his pick for vice-presidential running mate, Senator Joseph Biden (D-Del.), is the clearest signal yet that an Obama presidency would be little more than old wine in new bottles.

Riot police1968. For nostalgic, aging radicals, that year is fondly remembered as the zenith of their glory days, when their demonstrations against the Vietnam War and the American “system” reached a fever pitch, culminating in the televised violence and riots at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. For most other Americans old enough to remember that time 40 years ago, it is marked as one of the darkest in American history, a year of riots, revolution, murder, and mayhem.

Mike LeavittThe Bush administration plans to enforce a regulation that will prevent healthcare workers who object to abortion from being forced to perform abortion-related services that violate their beliefs. Under the rule, federal officials can deny funding to hundreds of thousands of health care providers if they do not allow employees to opt out from providing care that violates their personal, moral or religious beliefs.

Hospital Compare WebsiteThe Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a federal agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, has made available online a new tool for comparing how well thousands of American hospitals do in keeping very sick patients alive. The new tool, available on the Website entitled “Hospital Compare,” while not intended to be the sole means by which consumers should judge the quality of care available at U.S. hospitals, nevertheless gives patients an extra tool to measure the competency of their local hospital.

Capitol HillWith an unpopular Republican president presiding over a slumping economy, soaring fuel prices, and two wars in the Middle East, Republicans face an uphill battle in many of this year’s Senate races.

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