Quinnipiac University Polling Institute released a poll this morning shoeing the Senate race between former-Gov. Tim Kaine, D, and former-Sen. George Allen, R, is a statistical dead heat with 43 percent of respondents choosing Kaine and 42 percent choosing Allen. Other nuggets from the poll: Read More
President Obama’s White House press conference yesterday only confirmed what we wrote that morning: the negotiation phase of the debt limit crisis is over. Obama’s post-negotiation strategy appears to be to let the markets freak out as we near, and probably pass, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner’s August 2nd deadline. Obama will then blame Republicans for choosing tax breaks for the wealthy over everyone else. Read More
The second installment of The Boston Globe‘s three part series on Romneycare ran this past Sunday under the header, ‘RomneyCare’ — a revolution that basically worked.
Mooney’s bottom line: “Perhaps the best way to assess the Massachusetts overhaul is to examine each of the major questions commonly raised about it, starting with the effort’s most fundamental goal — providing access to coverage.” Read More
President Obama’s opening statement at today’s White House press conference set a combative tone that carried through the rest of the hour and seven minute session. Obama began his remarks by listing listed a number of bills that could help lower the nation’s 9.1 percent unemployment rate but were still “pending before Congress right now.” He also insisted that job creation must be part of any package passed to raise the debt limit.
The cause of the failure to find a deal was clear: Congress. Obama repeatedly attacked his co-equal branch of government, including: Read More
Priorities USA, the independent fund-raising committee run by former-President Obama aides Bill Burton and Sean Sweeney, has launched a $750,000 television ad buy in five swing states. Their ad, Portraits, is a direct response to the $5 million television ad buy placed by Crossroads GPS, Karl Rove's 501(c)(4) organization. Read More
The Gang of Biden is dead. President Obama has met with one Republican leader once on the debt limit. And that meeting produced nothing. Meanwhile there are only 24 working days until financial armageddon supposedly begins on August 2nd. The White House is getting desperate. Read More
According to The Hill, former-Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty told the Council on Foreign Relations in New York today that the War Powers Act “does not apply” to the current U.S. military operation in Libya. This appears to be the same position President Obama took on the issue. Read More
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms acting director Kenneth Melson will testify next month before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the agency’s botched gun-trafficking sting The Daily Beast reports. Read More
President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign manager Jim Messina sent out a video to Obama supporters last month urging: “We ought not to act like an incumbent. We ought to act like an insurgent campaign.” That’s a nice sentiment for the rank-and-file to believe in, but as today’s front-page of the The Washington Post shows, that is not the way Obama’s senior staff view it. According to The Post, Obama and his top aides are leveraging every White House resource possible for political purposes, right down to the White House chef. Read More
In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court held Monday that Arizona’s public-financing election law violated the First Amendment. The Justices split along ideological lines with Chief Justice John Roberts authoring a majority opinion joined by Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, and Sam Alito. Justice Elena Kagan authored the dissenting opinion and was joined by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, and Sonia Sotomayor. Read More
Almost half of Americans already access health care through a government run program. That number will only increase as Obamacare kicks in. Did our nation’s doctors not think that the federal government was going to start watching them more closely? Today, The New York Times reports that the Obama HHS will soon be launching a “mystery shopper” program to determine how many doctors offices are not accepting Medicare and Medicaid patients. Read More
If former-Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty plans to win the Republican nomination by doing well in the Iowa Caucus, the Des Moines Register‘s first poll of the GOP field shows he has a lot of ground to make up. Read More
This morning on Fox News Sunday, as part of their “2012: One on one” series, host Chris Wallace asked Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., “Are you a flake?” Bachmann replied that it would be “insulting to say something like that.”
Wallace then pressed Bachmann, claiming she had a propensity for inaccurate statements including her recent claim on Fox News Sunday that NATO bombing killed 30,000 civilians in Tripoli.
Bachmann did not address that statement. Instead, she reiterated her resume: Read More