Emily Belz

Emily is a senior reporter for WORLD Magazine. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and previously reported for the The New York Daily News, The Indianapolis Star, and Philanthropy magazine. Emily resides in New York City. Follow her on Twitter @emlybelz.

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Choice revokers

Politics | Democrats work to kill a school voucher program that has helped many of their own constituents
by Emily Belz
Posted 3/28/09, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON, D.C.-The first and only federal school voucher program, one that serves 1,900 children, is about to die a quiet death at the hands of Congress, despite its enormous popularity.

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War on words

War On Terror | When it comes to fighting terrorism, the Obama administration may be changing the name but will the strategy remain the same?
by Emily Belz
Posted 3/25/09, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON-The new administration has dodged the phrase "war on terror" since President Obama took office. Reports emerged yesterday that the president's Office of Management and Budget (OMB) had instructed Pentagon staff to no longer use the phrase but instead call U.S. military action abroad an "overseas contingency operation."

On the phone Wednesday morning the head of the OMB, Peter Orszag, said, "I sometimes am amused by things that I read in the press. . . . I am not aware of any communication that I've had on that topic."

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Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind. (AP/Photo by Alex Brandon)

Hunting the Blue Dogs

Politics | Liberal groups plan to campaign against conservative Democrats who have concerns about President Obama's budget
by Emily Belz
Posted 3/24/09, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON-Capitol Hill has its own version of March Madness: negotiating a budget. Some Democrats in the Senate are upset about provisions like climate-change legislation that may be tacked on, bypassing the regular process. Now some liberal groups are taking these Blue Dog Democrats to task for it.

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