Jerry Brown, Agenda Incomplete, in 2014?

30 April 2012 |permalink | email article

California’s governor, on “Face the Nation,” was asked by CBS’ Bob Schieffer for any advice he might have for politicians about managing expectations. “I’ve learned you don’t get things done overnight. It does take time.” Brown said the things… read full story

Mitt’s Sugar Daddies

29 April 2012 |permalink | email article

Frank Rich, in New York (April 30), has a must read article on the “Sugar Daddies,” the old, white rich men who are buying this election for Mitt Romney. “They are the vulture capitalists, throwbacks less to the relatively… read full story

Joe Biden as Attack Dog

27 April 2012 |permalink | email article

THE Vice President gave his fifth in a series of campaign speeches Thursday, drawing sharp contrasts with Mitt Romney on foreign policy. He boiled down the administration’s record to a “bumper sticker” slogan: “Obama is dead, General Motors is… read full story

Paul Ryan and Social Justice

26 April 2012 |permalink | email article

The House Budget Committee chairman visits Georgetown University today and members of the academic community see it as an opportunity to discuss Catholic social teaching and its role in public policy. The latest challenge to Ryan, a Catholic, came… read full story

Radical Plan to Erase Obamacare

25 April 2012 |permalink | email article

ROMNEY hints at a radical health care plan to replace ‘Obamacare’—far more disruptive to the existing plan if fully implemented.  What’s what the Los Angeles Times uncovered in a story that apparently sailed past the White House and the… read full story

Mitt: 2011 Tax Returns Delay

24 April 2012 |permalink | email article

Does Romney, in failing to release more than one year of tax returns, suggest that he has something to hide which might be politically damaging? That’s the thesis advanced by a former White House spokesman and Priorities USA strategist… read full story

Secret Service: More Women Agents

23 April 2012 |permalink | email article

THE scandal widens each day and it took two female members of oversight committees, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-New York), and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), on ABC’s “This Week” to zero in on the problem. They praised a female Secret… read full story

Mitt’s Weak Favorables; Bachelor Vote

22 April 2012 |permalink | email article

Romney, in a speech last week in Charlotte, N.C., dubbed a “prebuttal” to President Obama’s convention speech in that city this summer, said, “Even if you like Barack Obama, we can’t afford Barack Obama.” But ABC News pollster Gary… read full story

Ryan Questions Bishops’ Opposition to Budget

20 April 2012 |permalink | email article

The House Budget chairman dismissed the concerned of the U.S. Conference of Bishops in an interview with Fox News on Thursday, after the powerful advocacy group criticized his budget for “failing to meet [the] moral criteria,” of protecting human… read full story

Beohner Dismisses Bishops on GOP Budget

19 April 2012 |permalink | email article

House Speaker John Boehner is demanding that the Conference of Catholic Bishops rethink its stinging critique of the Paul Ryan-inspired Republican, which it said failed to meet…moral criteria,” of protecting human dignity, prioritizing the needs of the hungry and… read full story

Ryan Budget Cuts Under Attack

18 April 2012 |permalink | email article

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, in a strong statement, has criticized the House-passed Republican budget authored by Rep. Paul Ryan for cutting food stamps and other assistance programs for the poor. Letters to the House Agricultural Committee and… read full story

‘Buffett Rule’ Torpedoed for Now

17 April 2012 |permalink | email article

The Senate on Monday, as expected, rejected a Democratic proposal intended to ensure millionaires pay a minimum tax rate in a mostly party-line 51-45 vote. Neither party was surprised and expected the result. But the political idea of taxing… read full story

Obama: Projected Electoral Vote Lead

16 April 2012 |permalink | email article

The Associated Press reported Sunday that President Obama leads presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney by a significant margin. According to the AP, the GOP has 188 electoral votes that are either solidly Republican or leading Republican. Obama has… read full story

‘Buffett Rule’—The Rich and Middle Class

15 April 2012 |permalink | email article

A new Gallup poll released Friday found that President Obama has a large number of Americans on his side with regard to the ‘Buffett Rule.’ A stunning 60 percent favor the rule, while only 37 percent oppose it. The… read full story

044’s Million-Dollar Chorus

13 April 2012 |permalink | email article

President Obama’s admittedly gimmicky campaign to raise the taxes of millionaires on Wednesday featured a group of wealthy people who stood by his side as he opined that the idea was popular among the privileged elite from Warren E.… read full story

Roberts, ‘Obamacare’ and History

12 April 2012 |permalink | email article

Maybe the Supreme Court may uphold President Obama’s health care law and assuage libertarian fears of federal over-reach after all. Chief Justice John Roberts has pointed out one way on which this might happen. Last week the Supreme Court… read full story

Rick’s Surrender in Gettsyburg

11 April 2012 |permalink | email article

As The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank describes it, three weeks ago, Rick Santorum chose the Civil War town of Gettysburg to give a defiant speech about his need to stay in the presidential race—linking his struggle against Mitt Romney… read full story

SCOTUS: No Deference to Congress

10 April 2012 |permalink | email article

CONTRADICTING a question posed to Justice Anthony M. Kennedy: “Assume for the moment that this”—the mandate—“is unprecedented, this is a step beyond what our cases have allowed, the affirmative duty to act to go into commerce.” But, Jeffery Toobin… read full story

Golf, Jesus and Women

09 April 2012 |permalink | email article

On Easter Sunday it was appropriate, as Maureen Dowd so trenchantly put it, to talk less about the boys’ club at the Augusta Masters than the fact that as his fame grew Jesus was surrounded by women and talked… read full story

RNC Chair: Comparing Women with Caterpillars?

06 April 2012 |permalink | email article

Republican National Chairman Reince Priebus has called into question Democratic tactics, using a caterpillar as an example, in the battle over women voters in the 2012 presidential election. Here’s an exchange in the taping of this weekend’s “Political Capital… read full story

How to deal with 043’s Tenure?

05 April 2012 |permalink | email article

George W. Bush problem confronts Mitt Romney. Some of Bush’s relatives have recently endorsed the almost certain Republican president nominee but he is likely to be asked about 043’s legacy and polices on the campaign trail. Bush is unpopular… read full story

Game On: Obama Hits Radical GOP Budget

04 April 2012 |permalink | email article

President Obama launched an election-year assault on House Republicans Tuesday for pushing a Paul Ryan backed “Trojan Horse” budget that he said outlines a “radical” vision of the United States. “It’s nothing but thinly veiled Social Darwinism,” he said… read full story

The Court & Presidential Gambles

03 April 2012 |permalink | email article

O44 expressed public optimism Monday that the Supreme Court’s hearing on his signature health care law will be ruled by the court as constitutional. Citing precedent as on his side, noting that two staunchly conservative lower court justices had… read full story

Women and the Election

02 April 2012 |permalink | email article

Surrogates for Mitt Romney’s campaign said last week that their candidate will ultimately have an advantage with women voters in November. Asked about recent polling showing President Obama ahead with women, former U.S. Treasurer Bay Buchanan dismissed it only… read full story

A Tea Party Supreme Court?

01 April 2012 |permalink | email article

In his The Week column political strategist Bob Shrum suggests that the court’s conservative wing appears ready to engage in some despicable judicial activism on ObamaCare. Politically, at least, the justices are doing Obama a favor …. Some observers… read full story

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