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Kentucky Derby

6:29 pm Apr. 30, 2009

Other than playing around with the kids in the back yard this weekend, there is only one place I would rather be, and that’s in the stands at Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby. Oh yeah, there are too many people there, and I would probably lose money, but it …

Congress & The BCS

5:52 pm Apr. 30, 2009

Spring football practice must be just about finished across the country, which means it must be time for the Congress to start yakking about a college football playoff and the Bowl Championship Series. Today, a subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee will look at the BCS, hearing from …

Credit Card Momentum

4:05 pm Apr. 30, 2009

While the White House lost a Senate vote yesterday on the mortgage cramdown issue, backers of a credit card reform bill won an easy victory in the House. The plan to rein in some controversial billing practices of the credit card industry – a bill known as the Credit Card …

A White House Setback

12:26 pm Apr. 30, 2009

It was almost poetic timing – on the 101st day of the Obama Administration – as the Senate rejected plans from the White House to let bankruptcy judges alter the terms of a mortgage to help people facing home foreclosure. The mortgage and banking industries fought this hard for weeks, …

Obama Acts On Autos

12:04 pm Apr. 30, 2009

President Obama announced today that talks had failed to find a way to stave off bankruptcy, as Chrysler will now file for Chapter 11. The White House put out this press release on what the administration is doing.   THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ EMBARGOED UNTIL …

Credit Card Bill of Rights

9:24 pm Apr. 29, 2009

Today the U.S. House will vote on a bill designed by Democrats that would give consumers more protections in dealings with their credit card companies. Instead of going back through all the arguments, I thought I would give you a rundown of the amendments that will be offerred today in …

Border Stays Open

9:20 pm Apr. 29, 2009

There was very little hedging yesterday at a Senate hearing on how the feds will deal with the issue of closing the border with Mexico over the swine flu outbreak.  It probably isn’t going to happen. The outright rejection of the idea by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and a …

The Next 100 Days

9:18 pm Apr. 29, 2009

A few hours before President Obama held his third prime time news conference, the House and Senate laid the groundwork for what comes next this year, by approving a $3.4 trillion budget framework. That plan sets the outlines of the debate on budget and tax issues, and will also be …

Obama Newser Postgame

9:15 pm Apr. 29, 2009

The third prime time Obama news conference went smoothly for the President, as he defended the work of his first 100 days and took another swipe at his predecessor over torture. Mr. Obama defended his efforts so far on the economy, and professed himself pleased with his administration’s record – …

The Magic Sixty

8:23 pm Apr. 28, 2009

Just because Sen. Arlen Specter switched to the Democrats doesn’t mean that it’s smooth sailing here on out from Majority Leader Harry Reid. Specter will likely vote with Democrats on a number of issues, but as he said he’s not going to be an “automatic” 60th vote, just because he …