Occupy Movement in California; Cain

30 November 2011 |permalink | email article

A New Field Poll finds that Californians are almost evenly split, largely along ideological lines, over whether they identify with the Occupy movement. The poll found 46% of the state’s voting public identifies a lot or some with the… read full story

Sen. Dianne Feinstein Gets a Challenger

29 November 2011 |permalink | email article

A Year before the November 2012 election, a Republican challenger to Democratic U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein has emerged. The Sacramento Bee reported it’s Elizabeth Emken, 48, of Danville, a longtime advocate for children with autism who loaned her 2010… read full story

Obamacare: Supreme Court Battle

28 November 2011 |permalink | email article

An unprecedented phenomenon is about to take place relative to the Obama health care case before the Supreme Court. Republican lawmakers and conservative interest groups want Justice Elena Kagan off the case; Liberals and Democrats in Congress say Justice… read full story

Obama’s Error on Simpson-Bowles

27 November 2011 |permalink | email article

The failure of the bipartisan Super Committee to agree on anything, thanks to lobbyist Grover Norquist’s iron grip on Republicans to honor their pledge not to raise taxes on the wealthy, was a win for President Obama. But it… read full story

Talks Crumble; Obama Takes Charge

22 November 2011 |permalink | email article

An enduring criticism of Barack Obama is that, unlike Lyndon Johnson who never hesitated to button-hole members of Congress to achieve a victory, the 44th President has taken a different tact as the “super” committee imploded. It’s a stunning… read full story

Grover Norquist: Unelected GOP Rep

21 November 2011 |permalink | email article

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), a member of the deficit supercommittee, echoing a broad segment of support in polls by both Democrats and a strong segment of Republicans, suggested a major obstacle to progress was Grover Norquist and his anti-tax… read full story

Supercommittee Meltdown: Tax Pledge

20 November 2011 |permalink | email article

THE ODDS increase the supercommittee, a bipartisan group of legislators, will fail to meet their deadline well before Wednesday. The so-called “Grand Bargain” has capsized and, as the columnist Paul Krugman wrote, in this case “failure is good.” Turns… read full story

Obama: Poll Uptick On Key Issues

18 November 2011 |permalink | email article

A new Pew poll (Nov. 9-14) confirms a trend that’s been apparent for several weeks. With constant changes in the GOP primary race, President Obama has seen an uptick in a few key metrics if not the economy, Talking… read full story

What’s Next for Occupy Wall Street?

17 November 2011 |permalink | email article

Possibly encouraged by similar actions in Oakland and Portland Mayor Michael Bloomberg finally accomplished what he had long wanted to do: clearing the Occupy Wall Street protesters from Zuccotti Park. The larger question is where at the O.W.S movement… read full story

Newt’s Freddie Mac History Gig

16 November 2011 |permalink | email article

Bloomberg News cited the kind of scrutiny that you draw when you want to be taken seriously as a presidential candidate. In the Nov. 9 debate Newt Gingrich said that he earned a $300,000 fee to advise Freddie Mac… read full story

Newt’s Turn: Can He Stop Mitt?

15 November 2011 |permalink | email article

Would be Republican presidential nominees fall back from challenging Mitt Romney—Rick Perry and Herman Cain come to mind—but former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is making his move in the backstretch. Jeff Greenfield, a past analyst for three networks and… read full story

On Parsing California Politics

14 November 2011 |permalink | email article

LAST week at a Politico event in San Francisco Democratic activist Christine Pelosi joined with Democratic strategist Chris Lehane, Republican strategist Steve Schmidt, along with Politico’s JimVandeHei and Mike Allen, in discussing California politics and what it might mean… read full story

GOP S.C. Debate; Obama Hit, Perry on Israel

13 November 2011 |permalink | email article

SATURDAY night’s Republican debate in South Carolina, hosted by CBS News and the National Journal, aside from helping Rick Perry redeem himself from amnesia in Michigan and joke about his gaffe, centered on foreign policy issues.

If Democrats… read full story

Veterans Day: GOP Still Blocks Major Jobs Bill

11 November 2011 |permalink | email article

THE SENATE on Thursday finally emerged from its political slumber by overwhelming passing two modest pieces of President Obama’s jobs bill. The final vote, with one senator voting “present,” is expected to pass the House. The legislation will provide… read full story

Debate: Cain Dodges, Perry Stumbles

10 November 2011 |permalink | email article

Wednesday night’s CNBC Republican debate in a Detroit suburb was different from previous network debates in many ways, notably for tough questions asked by John Harwood, Maria Bartiromo and Jim Cramer. Bartiromo didn’t hesitate to confront Herman Cain about… read full story

GOP Debate Turmoil; Obamacare Fed Win

09 November 2011 |permalink | email article

WEDNESDAY night’s Republican debate in Michigan is supposed to focus on the economy but is likely to be sidetracked for the first time because of allegations of sexual impropriety which has rocked Herman Cain’s presidential bid. His troubles loom… read full story

Ohio Vote: Preview of 2012 Campaign?

08 November 2011 |permalink | email article

POLLING suggests Ohio Democrats and public employee unions likely will score a major victory Tuesday in the referendum on Republican Gov. John Kasich’s anti-public union bill, SB-5.

Politico cited a new Public Policy Polling survey showing that only 36%… read full story

Search for Next Reagan Fades

07 November 2011 |permalink | email article

Bill Kristol, a deeply respected conservative voice, appears to have thrown in the towel about recruiting a 2012 candidate who could appeal to the party elites in the Ronald Reagan model, Politico reported. Founder of The National Standard and… read full story

GOP Blocks Key Part of Obama Jobs Bill

04 November 2011 |permalink | email article

With Senate minority leader Mitch (No) McConnell leading the charge, on Thursday the body shot down another component of President Obama’s $447 billion jobs bill. With a stalemated Congress lawmakers fumble through motions in a lackluster legislative effort to… read full story

Romney Ties Perry to Brown

03 November 2011 |permalink | email article

The Republican presidential candidates have finally figured out a way to try and link Gov. Jerry Brown to the 2012 nomination battle. Mitt Romney, for example, is out with a new Web video tying Texas Gov. Rick Perry to… read full story

New Government Shutdown?

02 November 2011 |permalink | email article

Another donnybrook threat looms and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer and a vast majority of Democrats have signed a letter to Speaker John Boehner pushing him to strip partisan policy riders out of must-pass legislation to fund the government after… read full story

Eric Cantor: Top Givers Are Wall Street

01 November 2011 |permalink | email article

Yes, the House Majority Leader has a vested interest in the outcome of the Occupy Wall Street movement. As Cantor said recently: “I for one am increasingly concerned about the growing mobs occupying Wall Street and other cities around… read full story

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