Emily Belz

Emily is a senior reporter for WORLD Magazine based in New York City. Follow Emily on Twitter @emlybelz.

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Pro-anti-abortion

Abortion | Barack Obama has promised to remove restrictions on abortion as president-and reduce the number of abortions nationally
by Emily Belz
Posted 11/20/08, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON-Barack Obama said in 2007 that his first executive order if elected president would be to sign the Freedom of Choice Act, which would deny the government any "interference" with a woman's decision to have an abortion, essentially overturning all restrictions on the practice. The bill has never made it through Congress.

Obama himself, while supporting no government restrictions on abortions-even partial-birth abortions, has obliquely said he wants to see the number of abortions decline.

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'Show us the plan'

Economy | And Congress may then decide to show the auto industry the money when it reconvenes in December
by Emily Belz
Posted 11/20/08, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON-A $25 billion bailout for the auto industry fell flat Thursday when Senate and House leadership decided to postpone the legislation. Lawmakers demanded that the auto chiefs present more specific plans on how they would use the money to the House and Senate banking committees by Dec. 2. Congress plans to reconvene Dec. 8 to reconsider the legislation.

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At the dealer

Economy | Automakers seek taxpayer money to avoid failure in the coming months
by Emily Belz
Posted 11/18/08, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON-Detroit's Big Three automakers pleaded with Congress on Tuesday for a $25 billion lifeline to save their once-proud companies from collapse, warning of broader peril for the national economy as well.

Facing the Senate Banking Committee, the leaders of General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler presented the dire economic outcome of their failure, even as the $25 billion legislation, which would dip into the $700 billion bailout, looked doomed in Congress due to opposition from Republicans and President Bush.

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