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Huntsman: Romney Lacks Foreign Policy Experience; Perry Runs From ‘Mainstream Scientific Principles’

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. (R) slammed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) on his foreign policy experience and Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) and the rest of the Republican presidential field for being anti-science. Huntsman, who most recently served as the Obama administration’s ambassador to China, has been focusing his attacks on Romney … Continue reading

Pennsylvania Ponders Electoral College Revamp

Democracy may get a whole new look when it comes to presidential politics in 2012. The Electoral College will still bring the next commander in chief to the White House, but tweaks to the system could change the rules of the game. After the 2000 election recount drama, polling showed that most Americans wanted to … Continue reading

Boehner Slams Obama Jobs Plan As ‘Poor Substitute’ For Growth

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) criticized President Obama’s jobs plan in an economic address in Washington on Thursday, calling it “a poor substitute for the pro-growth policies that are needed to remove barriers to job creation in America.” In a speech to the Economic Club of Washington, Boehner outlined the Republican plan for job creation … Continue reading

Senate Republicans Block FEMA Disaster Relief Funds

A package of disaster relief funding worth $7 billion was blocked from coming up for a vote by Senate Republicans on Monday, drawing sharp condemnation from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) who lambasted the conservative party for abandoning Americans in need. “Last night, Democrats tried to move forward on a measure that would have … Continue reading

GOP Captures Two Special House Elections

Democrats suffered a major blow in two special House election losses Tuesday, leaving the party at a political low point as it gears up for 2012. Republicans pulled off an upset in New York’s 9th Congressional District, a strongly Democratic seat that should have been an easy hold. And the GOP cruised to an easy … Continue reading

Obama Offers Jobs Bill, And The G.O.P. Balks

President Obama sent his jobs bill to Congress on Monday, urging lawmakers to put aside “political games” and pass the $447 billion plan meant to increase hiring as the government struggles to curtail persistent high unemployment. But just two hours after Mr. Obama, flanked by firefighters, construction workers and teachers in the Rose Garden, waved a copy … Continue reading

Obama Will Submit His Jobs Plan To Congress Monday

President Barack Obama will take to the Rose Garden on Monday to make a pitch for his jobs creation plan and announce he is sending it to Congress later that evening, the White House said. Obama will be joined by teachers, veterans, small-business owners and others who would benefit from the American Jobs Act’s passage, … Continue reading

Bachmann: Social Security Needs To Be Salvaged To ‘Keep The Faith,’ Not Slammed

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Iowa) believes Social Security, while troubled, needs to be retained for current beneficiaries and future generations. The presidential candidate said Friday that while the program is “in trouble,” the federal government has made a commitment to senior citizens that it must keep. “The United States made a decision 80 years ago about … Continue reading

G.O.P. Is Cautious In Jobs Response

Armed with worrisome poll data and seeking to maintain the legislative upper hand, Congressional Republicans who have spent the balance of the year pouring buckets of criticism on the Obama administration are shifting to a more restrained approach as they ponder how to respond to the president’s jobs plan. Back from a summer break in … Continue reading

U.S. Education Chief Duncan: Double Teacher Salaries

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Friday that teachers have been “beaten down for too long” and endorsed “doubling’’ their salaries. “We need to elevate teachers,’’ Duncan told a gathering of officials and educators in the fresco-ceiling library of Carl Schurz High School. “I think we need to double salaries for teachers. We need to … Continue reading

Obama’s Jobs Plan Paid For? Seems Not

President Barack Obama’s promise Thursday that everything in his jobs plan will be paid for rests on highly iffy propositions. It will only be paid for if a committee he can’t control does his bidding, if Congress puts that into law and if leaders in the future — the ones who will feel the fiscal … Continue reading

White House Seeks More Use Of Home Refinancing Program

The Obama administration is seeking to broaden access to a two-year-old refinancing program that has helped far fewer homeowners take advantage of low interest rates than initially expected. President Obama announced the effort Thursday night as part of his package of measures to spur job creation, saying it would help “responsible homeowners” by reducing their … Continue reading

Reid Ruins Vitter’s Football-Watching Party

Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter’s plans to host a football-watching party have been ruined by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. On Wednesday, Vitter told Fox News that he would host the party in his home state rather than watch the president’s speech on the economy to a rare joint session of Congress. The New Orleans … Continue reading

Obama Jobs Plan: Women Pleasantly Surprised

While men lost more jobs in the recession than women, women have been slower to recover, losing nearly 300,000 jobs since the economic “recovery” began in 2009. Some women’s organizations were concerned that President Obama’s jobs plan was going to focus on boosting male-dominated industries, such as construction and manufacturing, to the exclusion of the … Continue reading

Obama Calls For Quick Action On Latest Jobs Plan

President Barack Obama on Thursday urged Congress to quickly enact a package of tax cuts, infrastructure projects and other spending programs that he characterized as bipartisan. In an address to a joint session of Congress, Obama unveiled his $447 billion jobs plan, which also includes new spending for teachers’ pay, school construction and tax reform. … Continue reading

Obama Jobs Speech: Nothing New, Is Incidental to Creating Jobs

President Obama’s speech to Congress hewed closely to the details that had already been leaked, save for the dollar amounts, which were considerably larger.  Even so, the $450 billion price tag is somewhat misleading in that much of that is not new spending or new tax breaks but rather an extension of breaks and unemployment … Continue reading

Bachmann To React To Obama’s Job Speech

She didn’t get a lot of camera time in [Wednesday] night’s Republican presidential debate, but Rep. Michele Bachmann may be in the spotlight Thursday night, following President Obama’s jobs speech in front of Congress. The three-term congresswoman from Minnesota and GOP White House hopeful announced Thursday morning that she will hold a news conference on … Continue reading

GOP Lawmakers Skipping Obama Jobs Speech

President Barack Obama will address both chambers of Congress Thursday to unveil his plan to create jobs, but not everyone plans to attend. Despite buzz that Congress might ring in a new era of bipartisanship by choosing “prom night” seating for the speech — crossing aisle to sit with members of the other party — … Continue reading

Joe Walsh Sitting Out President’s Speech

When President Obama addresses a joint session of Congress about jobs Thursday night, one Illinois congressman won’t be there. Freshman Tea Party Republican Joe Walsh (8th) is making good on promises not to show up for the speech. Instead Walsh will hold a “small business job forum” in his Illinois district “with the people who … Continue reading

House Dems Ask President Obama to ‘Be Bold’ in Upcoming Jobs Speech

House Democrats today called on President Obama to “be bold” during his address to a joint session of Congress later this week and present a plan that not only creates jobs, but also addresses the primary drivers of the country’s deficits. One day before the House of Representatives is set to return from a month-long … Continue reading

Rep. Joe Walsh [R-IL 8] Will Boycott Obama Jobs Speech

White House press secretary Jay Carney on Sunday chose his words carefully when asked what he thought of Rep. Joe Walsh’s (R-Ill.) decision to boycott President Obama’s jobs speech before a joint session of Congress on Thursday. “The idea that the president of the United States giving a speech about the need to grow the … Continue reading

Obama’s Weakness Leading To Republican Overreach

President Barack Obama has never looked more vulnerable. His poll numbers keep dropping. The economic news is still grim. And his team’s political sense often seems to be missing. Take the recent report that White House senior staff were heartened by hearing historian Michael Beschloss tell them that Franklin D. Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan had … Continue reading

Will GOP Candidates Fall into Barack Obama’s “I’m So Inept” Trap?

Could it be that Barack Obama’s very maladroititude (maladroitness? maladroitosity?) could be just what saves his campaign come general election time? I realize that premise seems very oh-god-please-i’ll-believe-anything-rather-than-deal-with-the-concept-of-a-Perry-presidency, for sure. But, I gotta say, Bloomberg’s Ramesh Ponnuru makes a decent case… In any presidential primary there’s a tension between the voters’ desire for a candidate who can … Continue reading

Republicans Will Not Give Typical Formal Response To Obama Jobs Speech

The Republican Party will not provide a formal response to President Barack Obama’s speech on jobs, a senior GOP aide said Tuesday. “This is not a State of the Union Address,” said a senior GOP leadership aide, who spoke on condition of not being identified. “The (House) speaker is opening Statuary Hall (in the Capitol) … Continue reading


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