Obamacare: Rush For Supreme Court Rule

30 September 2011 |permalink | email article

The Obama administration, in a fast request, has asked the Supreme Court to hear a case involving the 2010 health care law overhaul. The administration has not explained why it did not take routine litigation steps that might have… read full story

Populist Mantle Versus Passion Gap

29 September 2011 |permalink | email article

The question is whether President Obama will campaign as a centrist, a liberal or as FDR in 1932.  Many journalists believe his clearest path to victory is to study what the president did during the Great Depression by putting… read full story

Christie Offers No 2012 Clues

28 September 2011 |permalink | email article

The governor of New Jersey has become swept up in a high-stake guessing game of will-he-or-won’t he become a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. On Tuesday night at the Reagan Library in Southern California’s Simi Valley he gave… read full story

GOP Panics; Christie Not Running

27 September 2011 |permalink | email article

Bill Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard and a leading movement conservative, suggested after Thursday’s GOP debate in Orlando that 70 percent of the activists in attendance cast a vote of no confidence on the two frontrunners for the… read full story

Brown To Sign Law As Favor To AEG

26 September 2011 |permalink | email article

When Jerry Brown ran for governor after serving two terms as governor 30 years ago he made the argument that his age and experience was what California needed to rescue it from a spiral of partisanship and financial decline… read full story

M.L.B. vs Dodgers

25 September 2011 |permalink | email article

Major League Baseball objected on Friday to a plan proposed by the Los Angeles Dodgers to auction their media rights and asked a bankruptcy court judge to authorize a sale of the team owned by Frank McCourt. The Dodgers… read full story

Cain Stuns Perry In Fla. Straw Poll

25 September 2011 |permalink | email article

In a shock Godfather Pizza executive Herman Cain dealt a major blow to GOP presidential frontrunner Rick Perry in Florida’s straw poll with 2,600 participants on Saturday even though the Texan made a strong push to win after his… read full story

GOP Florida Debate: Best Laugh Line

23 September 2011 |permalink | email article

Fox News and Google staged the latest in a series of intramural Republican presidential candidate forums in Orlando Thursday night. The clash between Rick Perry and Mitt Romney was predictable although I thought that the Texas governor at times… read full story

Rick Perry’s U.N. Overreach

22 September 2011 |permalink | email article

The Texas governor created a political firestorm Tuesday in New York by declaring that President Obama had pushed US,-Israel relations to “the precipice” via “naïve and arrogant, misguided and dangerous” policies. He went on to accuse the Obama administration’s… read full story

Obama’s Anger: The Fight For Fairness

21 September 2011 |permalink | email article

The grand bargain is back, as Slate’s John Dickerson points out, and it’s an angry Barack Obama this time. When he put forward his long-term, $3.6 trillion-deficit reduction plan Monday in the Rose Garden it was delivered in a… read full story

Clinton Global Initiative: Jobs Focus

20 September 2011 |permalink | email article

Former president Bill Clinton convenes his seventh annual Clinton Global Initiative today in New York City, where he will push corporations and nonprofit groups to create jobs as U.S. employment stalls at 9.1%. More than 50 heads of state,… read full story

Tax Plan Fairness vs “Class Warfare”

19 September 2011 |permalink | email article

It’s not surprising that Republicans on Sunday became hysterical about the notion of a new minimum tax rate for millionaires as “class warfare,” saying that the “Warren Buffett” proposal by President Obama may be intended to portray Congressional Republicans… read full story

Obama’s Jobs Package

18 September 2011 |permalink | email article

While a new CBS News/New York Times Poll on Saturday finds support for Barack Obama slipping among his base I believe what’s more relevant is reaction to the president’s jobs package by 1,452 adults across the United States. Of… read full story

Obama: Change Course Now

16 September 2011 |permalink | email article

Democratic strategist James Carville, in a CNN op-ed, had just one word of advice for President Obama: panic. On the heels of two special election wins by Republicans Bill Clinton’s brain suggested the president must make drastic changes now… read full story

Summer of American Discontent

15 September 2011 |permalink | email article

When President Obama spoke to a joint session of Congress last week, setting forth a plan to create jobs and revive the economy, he made it clear he seeks hundreds of billions of dollars in savings in Medicare and… read full story

Tea Partiers Cheer: Let Ununsured Man Die

14 September 2011 |permalink | email article

Near the end of Monday night’s CNN-Tea Party debate in Tampa a startling moment happened when a hypothetical question was posed to Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), who is also a physician.

What do you tell a guy who is… read full story

Perry Target Of Attacks, Still Leads

13 September 2011 |permalink | email article

Monday night’s Tea Party Republican debate in Florida, co-sponsored by CNN, was far more interesting than the one at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley early this month co-sponsored by NBC and Politico – the most spirited clash… read full story

Will Brown Sign AB900?

12 September 2011 |permalink | email article

After state lawmakers OK’d a bill that would soften parts of a landmark, decades-old environmental law that that could pave the way for quick approval of large developments across California the question is whether environmentalist Gov. Jerry Brown will… read full story

Krugman Post 9/11: Shame, Not Unity

11 September 2011 |permalink | email article

Is it just me, or are the 9/11 commemorations oddly subdued?

Actually, I don’t think it’s me, and it’s not really that odd.

What happened after 9/11 – and I think even people on the right know this, whether… read full story

Obama to Congress: Help the Economy

09 September 2011 |permalink | email article

Facing a stalled economy, a hostile Congress and a disenchanted public a fired up President Obama challenged lawmakers in a blunt address Thursday evening to enact a sweeping package of tax cuts and new spending designed to recharge a… read full story

Perry vs. Romney: Two-Person Race?

08 September 2011 |permalink | email article

The battle for the Republican presidential nomination began sharply narrowing as Gov. Rick Perry and Mitt Romney traded sharp blows in an ideological debate at the Reagan Presidential Library Wednesday night in Simi Valley. Calif. Perry assailed Social Security… read full story

Rick Perry’s National Audition

07 September 2011 |permalink | email article

He is the longest serving Texas governor, but voters there view him as a reluctant debater since only four times in the decade during which he’s served as chief executive as he gone head-to-head with rivals – and skipped… read full story

Palin: The Long Goodbye

06 September 2011 |permalink | email article

Despite Sarah Palin’s continuing rope-a-dope the odds of her making a late entry into the Republican presidential primary campaign appear anywhere from slim to none.

An astonishing 71% of Republican voters in a new Fox News poll say… read full story

Mistakes: Shouts Beyond O44 Lib Critics

05 September 2011 |permalink | email article

“This has been the summer that liberal discontent with Obama has finally crystallized, Jonathan Chait, a senior editor for The New Republic, writes in the Sunday New York Times Magazine.

“The truly decisive move that broke the arc of… read full story

Debt Super Committee: Blame Democrats?

04 September 2011 |permalink | email article

HOURS before President Obama delivers a critical prime-time national address this Thursday which will change the focus to a new round of economic stimulus measures12 members of the new joint deficit Super Committee will hold its first hearing on… read full story

Deadline for L.A. Stadium Plan

03 September 2011 |permalink | email article

WITH only four working days next week to act on legislation for the year many California legislators had not see a bill that would expedite challenges about a proposed football stadium in downtown Los Angeles and fast-track special treatment… read full story

O44: The Fierce Urgency Is Now

02 September 2011 |permalink | email article

What’s apparent, in terms of the President Obama’s latest accommodation to the “party of no,” is the absence of command presence in the White House. Let’s be blunt: chief strategist David Axelrod, campaign manager David Plouffe, and chief of… read full story

Obama On Jobs vs. GOP Debate

01 September 2011 |permalink | email article

As Talking Points Memo put it America is concerned about jobs while the national press corps cares about the 2012 presidential race. So which topic will draw the bigger audience?

President Obama on Wednesday called for a joint session… read full story

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