Reid’s Debt Bill Needs GOP Votes

31 July 2011 |permalink | email article

When the Senate votes today at 1 PM (ET) Majority Leader Harry Reid will need 60 votes to overcome a Republican filibuster on the debt ceiling bill. Reid has 51 Democrats and two independents who will caucus with him… read full story

Obama 44: No Command Presence

30 July 2011 |permalink | email article

It was reassuring when President Obama asked for air time to address the country about the looming debt ceiling crisis. But once again he failed to lead, using the bully pulpit to make real news.

On Friday Joe… read full story

GOP House Vote Stall: Tea Party Balks

29 July 2011 |permalink | email article

Speaker John Boehner predicted Thursday afternoon just before the debate began that “when the House takes action today, the United States Senate will have no more excuses for inaction.” But in a major setback Thursday night the House Republican… read full story

Time to Invoke 14th Amendment

28 July 2011 |permalink | email article

As debt ceiling talks verge on collapse, and any framework to raise the nation’s debt limit by Monday will come too late to avert default, a group of House Democrats began Wednesday afternoon to urge President Obama to use… read full story

No Debt Ceiling Increase? Obama Can Raise It

27 July 2011 |permalink | email article

Andrew Ross Sorkin, a financial columnist for The New York Times, and author of the 2010 best seller, Too Big to Fail, observed Tuesday that the Obama administration has been preparing the country for the worst, with officials officially… read full story

Obama: End the Kabuki Dance

26 July 2011 |permalink | email article

The President made an unusual request to the networks Monday for air time to address the current impass over the debt limit issue and send a warning as leaders of both chambers continue to fumble around for what to… read full story

GOP’s Big Problem; L.A. Notebook

25 July 2011 |permalink | email article

Blame it on 87 rogue tea-party freshmen in the House Republican caucus, or the inept leadership of Speaker John Boehner, or pretender in waiting Eric Cantor. But, in general, the GOP has a worst credibility problem than Democrats. Last… read full story

Stark Choices: Compromise or Default?

24 July 2011 |permalink | email article

Just nine days before the Aug. 2 deadline to raise the debt ceiling the Party of No remains incapable of saying Yes.  Speaker John Boehner, unable to control his caucus, retreated from the so-called “grand bargain” with President Obama.… read full story

Huntsman Candidacy

22 July 2011 |permalink | email article

Serious new questions surface with Thursday’s announcement that Republican president candidate John Huntsman has replaced campaign manager Susie Wiles with by Matt David, the former communications director for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, and who had that title working for John… read full story

Court Fight Over State Redistricting Map?

21 July 2011 |permalink | email article

California’s first ever citizens redistricting commission is preparing for a half-million-dollar court fight over new legislative and congressional districts. But it hasn’t completed drawings yet and faces a July 28 deadline. The state’s districts are being drawn for the… read full story

Bipartisan Push Alive, GOP Bill DOA

20 July 2011 |permalink | email article

President Obama Tuesday called for a final push on an ambitious deficit-reduction deal, lauding a bipartisan package put forward hours earlier by six senators, and viewed as a sign of progress and summons for a fresh round of negotiations.

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New Redistricting Maps; Obama’s Job Punt

19 July 2011 |permalink | email article

Many in California’s 53-member House delegationare worried about the coming new Congressional district maps. In Los Angeles County, for example, Democratic Reps. Howard Berman of North Hollywood and Brad Sherman of Sherman Oaks to be drawn into the same… read full story

Debt Limit, Rebellious GOP Freshmen

18 July 2011 |permalink | email article

Senior Republican elephants are having a hard time negotiating an increase in the nation’s debt ceiling as the August 2 deadline draws closer and with the White House. A bigger problem, the National Journal notes, is the task of… read full story

Murdoch Grip Slips; U.S. Queries Next?

17 July 2011 |permalink | email article

Sunday’s arrest of Rebecca Brooks, 43, the former head of Rupert Murdock’s media operations in Britain, and the newspaper group at the heart of the phone-hacking scandal convulsing the Murdock empire, the police and the British elite, is the… read full story

Obama: It’s Decision Time

15 July 2011 |permalink | email article

After a failed fifth daily meeting at the White House late Thursday the president told congressional leaders that the framework for a deal must be in place in the next 36 hours or lawmakers will have to return to… read full story

Obama Has Enough of Cantor

14 July 2011 |permalink | email article

A Wednesday evening meeting in the White House was described as dramatic and tense in regard to the debt ceiling. President Obama repeatedly clashed with Majority Leader Eric Cantor while giving both sides a Friday deadline on either long-term… read full story

Default: No Aug. 3 Social Security Checks?

13 July 2011 |permalink | email article

Republican negotiators are gambling that President Obama will cave on taxes because he’s done it before and they believe they can make that happen, egged on by Republican presidential candidates. They may be in for a shock because all… read full story

Tabloid Shame: Goodbye to Ethics?

12 July 2011 |permalink | email article

A tantalizing question is whether the widening scandal exploding in Britain which forced Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation to close the 168-year-old News of the World will have more far global implications. Will the damage jump the Pond and hurt… read full story

Can Obama Regain His Groove?

11 July 2011 |permalink | email article

The President, in a sharp change of tone, used a Monday morning press conference to challenge Democrats and Republicans to make concessions about pressing debt limit negotiations with Congress.

It came just hours before his third meeting with… read full story

Morgan; British Scandal; Geithner

10 July 2011 |permalink | email article

With the News of the World phone-hacking scandal still spreading across all segments of Britain and showing no sign of containment – and the 30 billion dollar Murdoch media empire struggling to contain the damage to its worldwide image… read full story

Obama: Deliver Goals Now!

09 July 2011 |permalink | email article

Paul Krugman sees a political landscape in which details matter, and in regard to the deficit deal both progressives and Democrats have every right to be very concerned.

Not skipping a beat the Nobel Laureate suggests it’s getting harder… read full story

Worlds Apart: Warren Buffet, Orrin Hatch

08 July 2011 |permalink | email article

Warren Buffett is one of the very few mega-rich Americans who have emerged as an adult in the absurd controversy over raising the debt limit. He told CNBC Thursday that “we raised the debt ceiling seven times during the… read full story

Obama Flunks Twitter; Real Test Today

07 July 2011 |permalink | email article

The President’s Twitter town hall on Wednesday was an interesting if tardy experiment but only confirmed what tens of millions of users already know: 140 characters or less. Obama took questions sent via Twitter, but answered them the old… read full story

Will GOP Blow Debt Limit Edge?

06 July 2011 |permalink | email article

David Brooks, the New York Times’ moderately conservative columnist, makes a point that the Republicans have changed American politics since they took control of the House of Representatives. They have put spending restraints and debt reduction at the top… read full story

Time running out. Deal still possible?

05 July 2011 |permalink | email article

Now, in less than a month the federal government will hit its legal debt limit. The conventional wisdom is that, commentators aside, politicians will do what they have done in the past and raise the limit.

But as… read full story

Budget Talks: Nothing Off The Table

03 July 2011 |permalink | email article

It’s far from clear, with both Democrats and Republicans dug in, how any compromise can be reached before Aug. 2 to avoid defaulting on the government’s financial obligations, with the debt limit now at $14.3 trillion, for the first… read full story

Cuomo and Brown; Halperin Gaffe

01 July 2011 |permalink | email article

The Wall Street Journal’s take on how two Democrat governors – Andrew Cuomo in New York and Jerry Brown in California – are dealing with huge budget deficits is a must read.

Each, preceded as governors by their fathers,… read full story

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