Republicans and Democrats appeared ready to strike a deal on a spending plan that will forestall a government shutdown until March 18, but both parties remain deeply divided on a plan to pay for the remaining months of the fiscal year. Read More
President Obama is rallying a handful of star Democratic governors to the White House on Friday to talk about jobs and the economy, as Republican governors continue a two-week campaign to cut public employee pensions.
The morning meeting will focus on how the states and Washington can work together to spur economic growth, according to the White House. Read More
By Sara A. Carter
The Washington Examiner
Libya's Immigration Minister Ali el Rishi said President Obama needs to
openly support the Libyan people, saying thousands have already died, "for their freedom and the end
of a tyrant."
In an interview with The Washington Examiner Friday, el Rishi, who was one of Read More
A lot of Republicans on Capitol Hill are terrified of a government shutdown. Look at what happened in 1995, they say, when Newt Gingrich forced a showdown with Bill Clinton and got his clock cleaned. It was a disaster the party can't afford to repeat.
But another view is emerging in Republican circles. Perhaps GOP strategists have learned the wrong lesson from 1995. Maybe this time, while Republicans shouldn't seek a shutdown, they shouldn't fear one, either. For five reasons: Read More
I've got no dog in the fight over the $35 billion contract Boeing just won, over EADS, to provide a flying gas station (other than my persistent skepticism about [a] the need for any given military program and [b] the absence of cronyism from the decision-making process, especially in this case). But I do want to point out that Boeing is pretty lobbied-up (I may be the only one who uses that expression, but it's a good one).
Here are some of Boeing's lobbyists (many of whom may never have lobbied on the tanker deal): Read More
George Soros -- whom we're always told is not serving his own economic interests at all by promoting liberal politicians and big-government policies -- is launching a new investment fund that plans to profit off of the "green energy" boom, which is entirely dependent on government subsidies supported by the groups Soros funds. Read More
The Obama campaign and other liberals are looking to tap into the populist current of today's politics and turn the Wisconsin union fight into a national issue in the 2012 election. While the liberals can wield rhetorical pitchforks and light political torches, they should realize that it's their guys who are living inside the castle today.
Specifically, public-sector unions -- by many measures the most entrenched special interest in American politics -- are not fighting against The Man, which is to say the entrenched powers of government. Read More
President Obama warned Libya to halt attacks on political protesters Wednesday evening, ending a period of White House silence that had begun to draw criticism.
"We strongly condemn the use of violence in Libya," Obama said." The suffering and bloodshed is outrageous and it is unacceptable. ... This violence must stop." Read More
Everyone has priorities. During the past week Barack Obama has found no time to condemn the attacks that Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi has launched on the Libyan people.
But he did find time to be interviewed by a Wisconsin television station and weigh in on the dispute between Republican Gov. Scott Walker and the state's public employee unions. Walker was staging "an assault on unions," he said, and added that "public employee unions make enormous contributions to our states and our citizens." Read More
Demonstrating how difficult it will be to champion both business and labor in an election year, President Obama arrived in Cleveland Tuesday to rally business leaders he said will help lead an economic recovery even as thousands of unionized state workers were storming the state Capitol 150 miles away, saying they were trying to protect their livelihoods from the budget-slashing wrought by the recession. Read More