Emily Belz

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

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Big Three back before Congress

Economy | The top auto executives spend two days in Washington asking Congress for $34 billion-$9 billion more than last time
by Emily Belz
Posted 12/04/08, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON-Chastised and having driven 525 miles from Detroit in hybrids instead of flying in corporate jets, the top executives of the Big Three U.S. automakers presented renewed pleas to Congress for federal funds to save their companies.

"We're here today because we made mistakes, which we're learning from," General Motors CEO Richard Wagoner told the Senate Banking Committee on Thursday.

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Happy holidays

Economy | Instead of a bailout, Rep.
by Emily Belz
Posted 12/03/08, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON-Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson has used up almost half of the $700 billion economic bailout, and one Texas Republican proposes that the other half go back to taxpayers.

Rep. Louie Gohmert has proposed a two-month tax holiday beginning in January 2009 for all Americans-corporations excluded.

"We need to give this money to the people who earned it," said Gohmert in a statement. "I am sick of Washington millionaires trying to decide which of their cronies should get the next wad of taxpayer money."

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Thank you, Mr. President

HIV/AIDS | On World AIDS Day, Pastor Rick Warren recognizes President Bush's "underrated and misunderstood" AIDS-fighting efforts
by Emily Belz
Posted 12/01/08, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON-With the media spotlight on his successor and his Cabinet appointments, President Bush quietly received the first International Medal of PEACE for his fight against HIV/AIDS and malaria. Before a small audience of several hundred at the Saddleback Civil Forum on Global Health at the Newseum, Pastor Rick Warren presented the medal to the president on Monday, World AIDS Day.

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