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Montana senator takes center stage on healthcare

Democrat Baucus fills leadership void

Max Baucus, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, has suddenly become a leading force behind legislation that liberal Democrats have longed to pass for the last half-century. Max Baucus, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, has suddenly become a leading force behind legislation that liberal Democrats have longed to pass for the last half-century. (Hyungwon Kang/ Reuters)
By Lisa Wangsness
Globe Staff / March 10, 2009

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WASHINGTON - Two hours into a recent Finance Committee hearing, every other senator had wandered off, but Chairman Max Baucus was serving notice that he would find a way to make healthcare overhaul possible, even with an economy spinning out of control - and that he needed help. (Full article: 1290 words)

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