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Obama v GOP

10:05 pm Jan. 31, 2010

If you didn’t watch the back and forth on Friday between President Obama and Republicans in the Congress, you missed some really good political TV, no matter what side you’re on right now. The venue was a gathering in Baltimore of House Republicans, who had invited the President to speak …

NASA Takes Its Lumps

10:04 pm Jan. 31, 2010

Over the years, it has been somewhat painful to cover the happenings at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, better known as NASA.  There has been tragedy, all kinds of cool stuff, and then at budget time, a feeling sometimes of slow death. That feeling goes both ways – towards the various …

The Historical Tables

10:00 pm Jan. 31, 2010

As the new budget plan from the Obama Administration comes out today, it brings back old memories of my early days as a reporter in Washington, D.C., with an event that still gets repeated. Reporters from all around the city will line up at the Government Printing Office about seven …

The Obama Budget

9:52 pm Jan. 31, 2010

Here is a release from the White House budget office that was sent to reporters on Sunday night, describing some of the bullet points of the Obama Budget for Fiscal Year 2011, which is being sent to Congress today. Key Budget Facts* Overall 2011 Spending: $3.834 trillion.* 2011 Discretionary Spending: $1.415 …

Obama Weekend

2:35 pm Jan. 30, 2010

The White House Pool Report from Saturday afternoon has a funny scene in it, as President Obama is watching the Duke-Georgetown basketball game, when a cheer goes up that wasn’t fit for all. This report was filed by Charles Hurt, Washington Bureau Chief of the New York Post. Don’t forget that …

The Power of Sixty

8:50 pm Jan. 28, 2010

Lots of people have been surprised to find out in recent days that Sen. Elect Scott Brown (R-MA) is still just the Senator-Elect, and not yet a voting member of the U.S. Senate.  That delay was a good thing for Democrats this week. With Brown saying he does not expect …

The Hand of Bipartisanship

8:08 pm Jan. 28, 2010

One maxim of politics in the almost 30 years that I have been around the Congress is that it is always easy to urge the other party to be bipartisan, but not that easy to actually forge a deal between the two sides on major issues of the day. And …

Obama v SCOTUS

8:07 pm Jan. 28, 2010

There was a lot of discussion in the hallways of the Congress the day after the State of the Union Address about President Obama’s jab at the U.S. Supreme Court over a recent decision on campaign finance limits. Video of Justice Samuel Alito appeared to show him verbally objecting to …

Small Business Tax Plan

8:03 pm Jan. 28, 2010

The White House has released details of a small business tax break that will be included in President Obama’s budget, which is due out on Monday.  Mr. Obama will tout this plan during a Friday visit to Baltimore. This information was provided by the White House in a release on …

Obama & Health Care

2:30 am Jan. 28, 2010

If President Obama was looking for his State of the Union Address to change the dynamic on health care reform, there did not seem to be any immediate payoff for the White House on that front, as both sides stayed in their partisan corners. There was no deadline for action, …