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Obama Goes Local Again

1:22 am Apr. 26, 2011

President Obama will again do a round to interviews today with local television stations, another bid by the White House to spur what is often more positive coverage than in sit-downs with national publications and networks. The interviews will be with WSB Atlanta, WKYC Cleveland, WXYZ Detroit and WTKR in …

No Health Law Fast Track

9:53 pm Apr. 25, 2011

As many legal experts had predicted, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to accelerate consideration of legal challenges to the Obama Health law. Without comment, the Justices refused to accept the suit by the Commonwealth of Virginia against the health reform law, which focuses on the constitutionality of the …

The Easter Break

12:58 am Apr. 15, 2011

As Senators rushed for the exits on Thursday afternoon after approving a budget plan for the rest of the fiscal year, it turned out the best show was still to come on the Senate floor. The fun began when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid tried to lay the groundwork for …

Billions To Trillions

12:55 am Apr. 15, 2011

After finally finishing up work on the budget for the current fiscal year on Thursday, the House jumps into the next phase of this debate with a vote today on a GOP budget outline for next year. The plan from Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the Chairman of the House Budget …

House Budget Vote Tally

3:22 pm Apr. 14, 2011

The U.S. House today approved a budget bill that helped to avert a government shutdown last weekend.  The vote was 260-167. Here is the breakdown provided by the Clerk of the House: – FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 268(Republicans in roman; Democrats in italic; Independents underlined)      H R 1473      YEA-AND-NAY      14-Apr-2011      3:00 PM      QUESTION:  On Passage      BILL TITLE: Department …

Kentucky v Florida

12:28 pm Apr. 14, 2011

If you see the headline “Kentucky vs Florida,” some might immediately think of college basketball or college football. The Wildcats and the Gators. But that wasn’t the context at a U.S. House hearing today. Instead, it was about prescription drug “pill mills” in Florida, that are sending pain killers like …

Budget Battle Is Joined

1:22 am Apr. 14, 2011

After President Obama lectured Republicans in a Washington, D.C. speech on the budget and as GOP leaders ripped the President in return on Wednesday, I received a message from a listener that sort of summed up the situation. “Jamie, how do you swallow this stuff every day?” I will admit, …

On The Record

1:01 am Apr. 14, 2011

For the second time since it became law just over a year ago, the members of the U.S. Senate will go on the record about the Obama health law today, all as part of a deal brokered last weekend to avert a government shutdown. When Republicans cut that agreement, part …

Obama Budget Speech

1:49 pm Apr. 13, 2011

Here is the White House summary of what President Obama is proposing on long term budget savings.  This 10-page preview was provided to reporters in advance of the President’s speech, and was embargoed until delivery. = FACT SHEET: THE PRESIDENT’S FRAMEWORK FOR SHARED PROSPERITY AND SHARED FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY     …

Obama Speech Text

1:48 pm Apr. 13, 2011

Here is the prepared transcript of President Obama’s speech on his long term budget plans at George Washington University in Washington, D.C, as provided to reporters by the White House. =   April 13, 2011   Remarks of President Barack Obama – As Prepared for Delivery The Country We Believe …