Obama’s Choice: Bold Or Small Jobs Plan

31 August 2011 |permalink | email article

Addressing an American Legion convention Tuesday the president focused on post-military jobs for returning veterans, didn’t reveal any new proposals, and vowed to create 100,000 jobs for returning soldiers. But the real issue in his post-Labor Day speech is… read full story

Vetting Governor “Shuck And Jive”

30 August 2011 |permalink | email article

Rick Perry, to his great surprise, finds himself under the microscope. Here’s the Texas governor in Iowa with a cocky take on the subject. “There’s going to be a lot of probin’ and a lot of feelin’ and touchin’… read full story

Hurricane Irene: Ron Paul

29 August 2011 |permalink | email article

You have to conclude, based on the facts, that Texas Rep. Ron Paul, the libertarian Republican candidate for president, lives in a parallel universe.
Even before Hurricane Irene made landfall President Obama declared a federal emergency for Connecticut,… read full story

Annals of Law

27 August 2011 |permalink | email article

A must read in the August 29 issue of The New Yorker, by Jeffrey Toobin, raises the question as to whether Clarence and Virginia Thomas will succeed in killing Obama’s health-care plan—and other troubling issues. Two revealing excerpts:

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Cantor Ties Disaster Relief To Budget Cuts

26 August 2011 |permalink | email article

A Body Politic blog on Thursday called attention to the pivotal role of Rep. Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, and how he would respond to two pivotal national concerns—the earthquake epicenter in his own Congressional district, and Hurricane… read full story

Quakes, Hurricanes, Jobs, Fed Role

25 August 2011 |permalink | email article

Mineral,Va., with a tiny population of 450, acquired sudden fame on Tuesday as an earthquake’s epicenter which rattled a large section of the Northeast. The town is in the Congressional district of Rep. Eric Cantor, the House majority leader read full story

Feingold to Democratic Six: Stand Up to GOP

24 August 2011 |permalink | email article

Former Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold senses a new effort by the six Republican blocks of granite on the super budget committee, set to convene by Sept. 16, to game their Democratic counterparts again as they did earlier this summer.… read full story

Mitt Skips Cal GOP Convention. Why?

23 August 2011 |permalink | email article

GOP 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney has been fundraising in California and making plans to expand his $12 million La Jolla mansion just north of San Diego. But, as San Francisco Chronicle’s Carla Marinucci wrote, he will skip the… read full story

Obama’s Job Speech: Not Left Or Right

22 August 2011 |permalink | email article

John Cassidy, The New Yorker’s economics reporter, wrote that the “real barrier to a meaningful jobs program is not the markets or the ratings agencies but the GOP. If the Republicans were to vote down a jobs bill, however,… read full story

Super Committee: A Bumpy Ride Ahead

21 August 2011 |permalink | email article

The “super committee” on deficit reduction, launched on the fly, has been granted unheard of new power to chart the country’s budget and policy decisions for the next decade. But there are no clear rules yet to govern the… read full story

Is Longshot Huntsman Coming Alive?

20 August 2011 |permalink | email article

Jon Huntsman, until now, has not been taken very seriously as a GOP presidential candidate, and his polls numbers do little to discourage that perception. One party strategist, who for obvious reasons did not want to be quoted, called… read full story

Perry’s Electablity: GOP Establishment Unsure

19 August 2011 |permalink | email article

The New York Times’ Nate Silver, who writes the paper’s Political Calculus column, has been pondering the electability of Texas Gov. Rick Perry, but it’s far too early to tell. Part of Silver’s analysis is that only two firms… read full story

At Last: Jobs. Jobs, Jobs?

18 August 2011 |permalink | email article

In a “new grand bargain” President Obama finally pivots to job creation. The supercommittee’s agenda next month is slashing the national debt, but the president will press them with a limited but substantial new spending measure to change the… read full story

Perry, Rove Tiff; Is Ryan Dark Horse?

17 August 2011 |permalink | email article

Rick Perry, turning his rhetorical fire on Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Monday in Iowa by saying the chairman – who was high in the Bush administration – would be committing a “treasonous” act as if he tried… read full story

Debt Super Committee: Dead on Arrival?

16 August 2011 |permalink | email article

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday her three appointees to the bipartisan “debt ‘super committee,’ making the panel’s 12-member roster now complete. It represents a wide range of ideological points of view, from House Republican Chairman Jeb Hensarling… read full story

Two Faced Bachmann, Stimulus Issue

15 August 2011 |permalink | email article

On “Meet the Press” Sunday and in other network interviews fiscally conservative Michele Bachmann, winner of the Iowa Straw Poll, decried President Obama’s big government spending message, insisting Americans support her opposition to raising the federal debt limit despite… read full story

Bachmann Wins, Perry’s In

14 August 2011 |permalink | email article

Despite the distraction of Gov. Rick Perry of Texas announcing his candidacy for president the same day in South Carolina, Iowa’s native daughter, Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn.), won the Ames Straw Poll on Saturday with 4,823 votes. But she defeated… read full story

The Many Worlds of Phil Anschutz

13 August 2011 |permalink | email article

One interesting sidebar in Thursday night’s Republican presidential primary debate on the campus of Iowa State University was the surprise identity of the event’s co-sponsor, in addition to right-leaning Fox News. Turns out that The Washington Examiner’s chief political… read full story

Iowa Donnybrook: Tim vs. Michele

12 August 2011 |permalink | email article

The lead in Thursday night’s Republican presidential debate in Ames, Iowa was the bitter slugfest between Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann in what the Washington Post described as the last vestiges of “Minnesota nice.”

Both candidates, with perhaps the… read full story

Is $1.5 Trillion in Savings Possible?

11 August 2011 |permalink | email article

The “Super Congress” deficit reduction committee began to gather steam Wednesday as Capital Hill hopes that the 12 appointees – six from each party – will prove the ability of Congress to function during the current crisis, with a… read full story

Passion for a New Vision?

10 August 2011 |permalink | email article

President Obama tried on Monday to restore the plunging confidence of investors, insisting that whatever Standard & Poors might believe, the U.S. remains a triple-A country. That didn’t work Neither did it click with ordinary Americans living from one… read full story

Wanted: An Economic War Council

09 August 2011 |permalink | email article

Barack Obama, unlike when he ran for president in 2008 as an outsider, faces a much more serious challenge this time. Dragged down by House Republicans in the fiscal and personal nightmare that was the debt ceiling debate, S&P… read full story

Obama 44: Seize the Moment Now

08 August 2011 |permalink | email article

President Obama’s brief address today did almost nothing to reassure the country, the markets – let alone the world – he’s on top of the crisis. He mentioned hope and plans he will unveil in coming weeks to indicate… read full story

S&P Downgrade: Some GOP Wanted Default

08 August 2011 |permalink | email article

GREG Sargent, who writes The Plum Line blog in the Washington Post, wonders putting aside the question of whether we should accord any credibility to the Standard and Poors’ downgrade, “it’s hard to see how conservatives can claim S&P’s… read full story

Notable Saturday Quotes

06 August 2011 |permalink | email article

CNBC’s Jim Cramer, on MSNBC’s Hardball, expressing disbelief when told by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor that the Republican caucus would oppose extending federal unemployment benefits to workers. Does the shadow speaker feel the same about Congress extending the… read full story

Obama’s Priority: Bold Jobs Program

05 August 2011 |permalink | email article

A compelling perception about Barack Obama’s role in the bitter partisan debate over raising the debt ceiling limit is he failed to present himself as a leader and consensus builder – compromising too much with a Tea Party-tainted Republican… read full story

Obama: Regain 2008 Groove!

04 August 2011 |permalink | email article

JOBS were mentioned a dozen times by President Obama in the Rose Garden on Tuesday when he signed the compromise debt plan. The word has been endlessly repeated for more than two years by the White House because a… read full story

Tea Party, GOP, Democrats: Mano a Mano

03 August 2011 |permalink | email article

A grim President Obama, speaking after the Senate voted to raise the debt ceiling, said that the measure had averted an economic calamity but warned that it would do little to revive the lagging economy because it cuts government… read full story

Time to Take Charge; Giffords

02 August 2011 |permalink | email article

Paul Krugman accused President Obama in his Monday New York Times column of surrendering to Tea Party-led Republicans who remain emboldened by the way he keeps folding in the face of their threats
He sees a pattern here. … read full story

A Budget Deal but Exhale Slowly

01 August 2011 |permalink | email article

YOU have to wonder whether if President Obama had not been asleep at the switch and quietly raised the nation’s borrowing limit months ago, as previous presidents have done for 50 years, there would have been a peep. And… read full story

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