Washington Post -- Obama launches attack on health insurance companies
A deadly consensus being reached about Obamacare is that it does not control costs but does seek to regulate prices. Read More
How do you solve a problem like massive spending? From time immemorial, the Republican Party has answered, “With a line-item veto!” Supposedly, if we give the president the right knife, he can go through appropriations bills line by line, slicing out the fat.
At the recent House GOP retreat in Baltimore, budget hawk Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., offered the blade to President Barack Obama, in the form of a line-item bill Ryan co-sponsored with Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis. Read More
Bill Clinton and James Carville are heading an effort to attack the Tea Party movement and discredit it in any way possible, according to Andrew Breitbart's BigGovernment.com. Read More
How could such smart people do so many stupid things? That question, or variations on it, is being asked in Washington and around the country about the Obama administration. Read More
Obama answered a criticism from House Republicans, who he is meeting with in Baltimore, about not airing the health care reform talks on C-Span.Obama told the GOP that most of the health care negotiations were televised during committee hearings, but he appears to be admitting the late-stage talks that took place in the closed offices of Senate and House Democratic leadership may have been a mistake. Read More
House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, talked to reporters after the extraordinary public Q and A between the GOP and President Obama in Baltimore this afternoon.
Boehner said he believes Obama will honor his pledge to have regular meetings with the GOP, but that any further effort at bipartisanship could be hampered by House Democrats. Read More
The top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday assailed President Obama for criticizing a Supreme Court ruling during his State of the Union speech.Obama told the audience, which included most of the nine justices, that the court had reversed a century of law and opened the floodgates to special interests and foreign countries to spend without limits on election. Read More
The White House released these excerpts of the President’s State of the Union Address: Read More
At the bottom of this post, I've pasted a State of the Union excerpt released by the White House, regarding lobbyists, special interests, and government ethics. Here, let me fact-check some of his claims, many of which could easily spur a Joe Wilson-type outburst from people more familiar with the facts: Read More
Mary Katharine Ham notes that President Obama tells ABC:
“Let's just clarify. I didn't make a bunch of deals [on health care]. ... There is a legislative process that is taking place in Congress and I am happy to own up to the fact that I have not changed Congress and how it operates the way I would have liked.” Read More