Emily Belz

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

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Rescue bill passes

Money | Political winds and public opinion changed enough since Monday to push the legislation through the House
by Emily Belz
Posted 10/03/08, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON-With the world watching Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed by a wide margin, 263-171, the $700 billion economic rescue package. The question of the bill's success still hung in the air minutes before the vote took place, though House leaders had expressed confidence about its passage.

"We have been criticized for not deciding affirmatively," said Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. "What we did decide is that [the] initial failure should not stand."

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Meet me in St. Louis

Campaign 2008 | All eyes are on Thursday night's vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin
by Emily Belz
Posted 10/02/08, 12:00 am

Voter interest in Thursday night's vice-presidential debate between Republican Sarah Palin and Democrat Joe Biden is sky-high, partly because of the political significance and partly because of theatrics. Both candidates' gaffes in speaking candidly have been the subject of media attention the last several weeks-and for Biden, who has been in the Senate and the national spotlight for over 30 years, longer.

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Finding converts

Money | House leaders worked hard Thursday to get enough "yes" votes to pass the $700 billion financial industry bailout bill-with added pork-Friday
by Emily Belz
Posted 10/02/08, 12:00 am

Desperate to avoid another market-crushing defeat, leaders in the House of Representatives won key converts Thursday to the $700 billion financial industry bailout bill on the eve of a make-or-break second vote, after the Senate sent the legislation back with its approval and some pork tucked in.

President Bush and congressional leaders lobbied furiously for the dozen or so supporters they'd need to reverse Monday's stunning defeat of the bill and approve a massive rescue plan designed to stave off national economic disaster.

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