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January 28, 2010 | By Noam N. Levey
Laying out a possible path to approving healthcare legislation, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) said Wednesday that the House should pass the Senate's version and then use a process known as "budget reconciliation" to make the changes some lawmakers are demanding. The politically fraught strategy might allow Democrats to salvage a version of the overhaul that senior lawmakers pushed through the House and Senate late last year. Because budget reconciliation requires only a simple majority in the Senate, it could enable Democrats to circumvent a threatened GOP filibuster.
January 4, 2009 | Edmund Sanders
In a sun-drenched valley of central Kenya, a few dozen villagers gather each Saturday to sit under the trees and conduct the painstaking work of reconciliation that their government leaders seem happy to avoid. These traumatized victims of Kenya's post-election clashes meet to talk, pray, sing and -- they hope -- heal.
September 18, 2007
Re "Reconciliation needed -- in D.C.," Opinion, Sept. 12 Ronald Brownstein's article asking how can we expect political reconciliation between the Sunnis and the Shiites in Iraq if we don't have it between Democrats and Republicans in Washington overlooks a key point: Reconciliation does not mean agreeing with each other, it means talking with each other toward a common goal. We have peaceful, albeit sometimes acrimonious, talking in our capital; we have violence and wanton murder in Iraq.
May 12, 1985
Reagan's visit to a German cemetery was planned as a recognition of the reconciliation that has taken place between our two countries. We have changed from enemies to allies. The visit has not reopened old wounds as much as it has revealed that many old wounds have never healed. Apparently some of our people harbor such hatred that they cannot share in a spirit of reconciliation, even after 40 years. GEORGE L. CLARK SR. Manhattan Beach
February 27, 2007
Re "Iraq's delay on reconciliation frustrates U.S.," Feb. 24 Our troops should not be allowed to remain in Iraq while our Iraqi allies refuse to implement President Bush's reform plan. Originally, U.S. officials and our Iraqi allies aggressively barred former Baathist Party members from government service, but now Bush's reform calls for easing the rules and for reconciliation between Sunnis and Shiites. However, the vast majority of Shiites and Kurds oppose Bush's plan. Shiites have only deepened their hold on the civil service and security forces.
March 21, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Somalia's new government, backed by the United Nations, appealed for financial and political support from around the world to bolster the fragile peace process in the country. At a Security Council meeting, the Somali foreign minister and the U.N. envoy to Somalia called for funding for African Union peacekeepers and fledgling domestic security forces in the violence-torn nation and cooperation with the new authorities. Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed was elected president in January under a U.N.-brokered reconciliation process.
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