NY gov: He’ll step aside only ‘in a box’
New York Gov. David Paterson, defying calls from even fellow Democrats to drop out of the race for a full term, said Tuesday that he would leave only if the voters turned him out through the ballot box, or he’s carried out “in a box.” Paterson spoke to reporters after several days of rumors sweeping the state Capitol about carousing in the governor’s mansion, all of which Paterson strongly denied. A few months after Paterson took over from his predecessor, who resigned in a prostitution scandal, his popularity plummeted and many Democrats voiced their preference that Attorney General Andrew Cuomo run for governor when Paterson’s term is up. (Continue Reading…)

Obama to meet with Black leaders on the economy
It’s a light public day for President Barack Obama as Washington deals with its second snowstorm in less than a week. In the morning, the president is scheduled to meet with black leaders in the Oval Office to talk about the economy and jobs. Among those expected to attend are Benjamin Jealous of the NAACP, Marc Morial of the National Urban League, the Rev. Al Sharpton of the National Action Network and Dr. Dorothy Height of the National Council of Negro Women. (Continue Reading…)

First lady on health care: ‘Doing nothing … not an option’
Michelle Obama expressed confidence Tuesday that Congress will enact some sort of change to improve the nation’s health care system. “We don’t have a choice,” the first lady told CNN’s Larry King in an interview that aired Tuesday night. “When we look at these statistics, we’re spending billions of dollars on preventable diseases, and new health care legislation could go a long way to improving prevention, first and foremost.” She addressed the need for people to have access to specialists such as pediatricians who can gather critical information and track it. (Continue Reading..)

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