Rep. Bobby Bright, D-Ala., narrowly lost his re-election in a conservative district in southeast Alabama after a campaign in which Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s name loomed large. He’s none too happy about the Democratic caucus’s plans to keep her in the top Democratic spot, The Hill reports: Read More
Pew provides a party breakdown of its poll, 18 percent of whose large sample believed Obama to be a Muslim.
Among those who believe Obama is a Christian, 62 percent approve and 29 percent disapprove of his performance. Among those who believe he is a Muslim, 67 percent disapprove and 26 percent approve. Among those unsure (the largest group), he clocks in at 44-40. Read More
The White House admitted Thursday that it offered Colorado Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff a job at the U.S. Agency for International Development, but it has never said specifically what it offered Rep. Joe Sestak to keep him from challenging Arlen Specter in the Pennsylvania Senate primary. Read More
House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey is retiring.
The Wisconsin Democrat is facing a tough re-election challenge, though his seat is listed in the relatively safe “likely Democrat” column of the non-partisan Cook Political Report. Look to see that rating change more in favor of the GOP now that Obey is dropping out.
Obey is expected to make an announcement at 1 p.m. Read More
New York's fading incumbent chief executive, David Paterson, is helping his most likely successor, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, by distracting attention away from the central fact about the former U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary: Decisions he made in Washington between 1997 and 2001 were key factors in causing the mortgage meltdown of 2008. Read More
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Regarding your unsurprising Monday editorial, it’s not just President Barack Obama who seeks the high-speed rail systems enjoyed by 11 other nations and planned by countless more as a safe, swift, efficient transportation opportunity for California and other states fighting congestion and contaminated air. Read More
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Angry community organizers defended their work, and that of former organizer Barack Obama, as they fought back Thursday against a series of insulting remarks by speakers at the Republican National Convention.
Organizers described themselves as the antidote to big-money lobbyists who wield so much influence. They talked about helping powerless people join forces to demand better schools and safer streets, often by working through churches. Read More