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Obama Budget Freeze

6:06 am Jan. 26, 2010

About the last thing many voters would expect is for President Obama to unveil a budget freeze on most areas of domestic spending, especially after watching the Stimulus, Omnibus and more go through Congress.  But that’s where he’s headed, and it won’t be pretty. Back during the 2008 campaign, Candidate …

Budget Deficit Commission

7:06 pm Jan. 25, 2010

The Senate votes today on a plan that would set up a special independent panel to come up with comprehensive plans to turn around the federal government’s spiraling budget deficits, with a process modeled on past military base closure commissions. The idea won the weekend support of President Obama, who …

How Many Jobs?

7:05 pm Jan. 25, 2010

President Obama warmed up for his State of the Union Address on Monday, with an event at the White House on aid for the middle class.  Reporters though were more interested later in details about the economic stimulus law, raising questions that won’t go away. On the Sunday talk shows (as Republicans …

Bad Democrat Vibes

7:04 pm Jan. 25, 2010

The decision Monday of Delaware’s Attorney General Beau Biden, son of Vice President Joseph Biden, not to run for his father’s old Senate is another sign of tough political winds for Democrats.  It’s also a story of how Democrats caused their own problems. When Biden The Elder was elected Vice …

Cutting the Budget

8:41 pm Jan. 24, 2010

We are going to hear a lot of talk this week about cutting the federal budget.  Lots of people in both parties talk about it.  Very few lawmakers and Administrations ever follow through.  Why not?  Well, as the saying goes, there is a constituency for every single line in the …

Health Care Reform

10:20 am Jan. 24, 2010

What a wacky last week this has been.  The Democrats lose one seat in the Senate and they act like their entire plan for health care reform is falling apart at the seams, amid worries of an election blitz in November by the GOP.  Now what? While some key lawmakers …

Bernanke In Hot Water

10:19 am Jan. 24, 2010

It seemed almost crazy last week in the wake of the Massachusetts Senate win for Republicans, but suddenly, Democrats were looking for someone or something to blame, and the head of the Federal Reserve had a bullseye on his back. There had been rumbles about Bernanke for weeks, as his …

State Of The Union

10:17 am Jan. 24, 2010

This week brings the State of the Union Address to Congress for President Obama, which is often used to set the agenda for the year.  Right now, Mr. Obama seems to need to hit the re-set button on a number of fronts. With health care reform legislation maybe in the …

Obama in Ohio

12:45 pm Jan. 22, 2010

Here is the text of the prepared remarks today from President Obama during a trip to Ohio, where he talks about jobs and the economy.  Note the section where he defends his work on health reform, and at the end on his fight with Wall Street. The transcript was provided …

Health Care Limbo

9:00 pm Jan. 21, 2010

It was not a good week for Democrats or the White House when it comes to health care reform.  On Tuesday, the talk was still about working out a final House-Senate deal; by Thursday, there were questions about getting anything through Congress. That was evident by the screaming headline on …