WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican lawmakers are heaping praise on a former nurse picked by President Barack Obama to run Medicare and Medicaid, and also oversee his health care law.
If the Senate confirms Marilyn Tavenner, as expected, it may be the closest thing to a truce in the nation's political wars over health care.
Tuesday's confirmation hearing before the Senate Finance Committee went so smoothly that a happy Tavenner later said — quote — "they were great to me today."
Among her fans was Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, the panel's ranking Republican.
Starting out as a nurse, Tavenner, 61, worked her way up to hospital chain executive. She served as Virginia's health secretary before joining the administration.
Currently acting chief of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, she promises a businesslike approach.
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Mack Brown's attorney and the university's new athletics director say the Texas coach has not resigned, denying a report that Brown was ready to step down after 16 seasons with the Longhorns.
A large majority of the crowd that poured into Austin City Hall on Tuesday night was disappointed with the Parks and Recreation Department's decision to approve a smaller off leash area at Auditorium Shores.
The top prosecutor in Travis County found herself on the witness stand Tuesday to answer questions about her professional and personal history along with her history of alcohol.
A proposal to build a highway in south Austin is getting mixed reviews from neighbors.
An Austin man has been convicted in a human smuggling case in which a teen says she was forced to wear revealing clothes and sexually assaulted while bound for New Jersey.
An historic early December cold spell is slowly waning, but temperatures will remain well below average for a couple more days.