The Roundup

By: Tuesday September 28, 2010 3:34 pm

I guess there’s a big rally with the President in Madison, Wisconsin coming up shortly (6:30ET), so let me sneak this in beforehand. • Jeff Merkley revealed today that Jim DeMint has a standing hold on any legislation that comes through the Senate, including amendments. Bet you didn’t know you were living in DeMint’s world, [...]

The Fattest Lame Duck in Captivity: 20 Bills Possible for Lame Duck Session

By: Tuesday September 28, 2010 2:21 pm

Think back to the last time the Senate passed 20 bills in a six weeks? I’m going to go ahead and say you can’t. And yet, this is what Democrats will have you believe is the plan for the lame duck session, after a midterm election that will leave them, in all likelihood, with a [...]

Pelosi Gets Additional Intelligence Oversight for Congress

By: Tuesday September 28, 2010 1:23 pm

This is more Marcy’s bailiwick than mine, and I’m eager to see what she thinks of this, but it’s worth noting that, if Nancy Pelosi does happen to lose the Speaker’s gavel after November, one of her final acts was to at least achieve some more accountability on the executive branch as it relates to [...]

FL Supreme Court Denies Grayson Request to Stop Foreclosures from Fraud Perpetrators

By: Tuesday September 28, 2010 12:43 pm

The Florida State Supreme Court today denied a request from Florida’s Alan Grayson to halt all foreclosures being handled by the state’s “foreclosure mill” law firms, which are under investigation from the Attorney General. U.S. Rep Alan Grayson, D- Orlando, asked for the action to target the law offices of David J. Stern, Marshall C. [...]

Buying a Mess of “It’s the Economy Stupid” Bumper Stickers for Air Force One

By: Tuesday September 28, 2010 12:00 pm

It’s tedious to go over this again, but since the White House clearly doesn’t have any political scientists on staff and thinks that whipping people out of lethargy will somehow reap rewards in the elections (or they think it’ll be a valuable tool to distance themselves from defeat), go over it we must. The economy [...]

Thad Allen Strikes at the Heart of Elite Failure, and Not Just in the Gulf

By: Tuesday September 28, 2010 11:16 am

The deficit commission isn’t the only Presidentially-appointed one working in Washington these days. The Gulf oil spill commission is rapidly completing their work on the causes of the BP disaster and the way forward for domestic drilling. Yesterday, Thad Allen, the incident commander for the government on the BP spill, testified that he should be [...]

Will Tea Party Movement Ignorantly Look Gift Net Neutrality Legislation in the Mouth?

By: Tuesday September 28, 2010 10:31 am

Henry Waxman basically abandoned public interest groups and will move forward with a telecom-approved “net neutrality” bill that mirrors what Google and Verizon have in store for the Internet, using the innovative wireless space to give preferential treatment to their own content. Republicans should be excited about the opportunity to funnel this kind of support [...]

Bullet Dodged: Continuing Resolution Looks Set

By: Tuesday September 28, 2010 9:43 am

Earlier today I despaired that Jim DeMint would force a government shutdown, or a continuing resolution to fund the government that slashed spending on his terms. The Democrats had a bill in the pipeline, but it could have taken (and could still take) 60 hours of debate time to finish it off, and the government [...]

Moderate Democrats Running Ads Slamming Opponents for Wanting to Cut Social Security

By: Tuesday September 28, 2010 9:24 am

Today, members of NOW delivered 1,500 baby bottle tops to Alan Simpson, the Republican co-chair of the President’s deficit commission, as part of a “Tits for an Ass” campaign demanding Simpson’s resignation. As happy as I am that a campaign calling itself “Tits for an Ass” exists, I think the specific “milk cow with 300 [...]

Has the White House Lost Their Minds?

By: Tuesday September 28, 2010 8:42 am

Have you ever seen an athlete stay in the game for too long (no intentional resemblance to any quarterback of the Minnesota Vikings) because they cannot imagine a world without the adulation and cheering? That’s about the only analogy I can make to the persistent carping inside the White House, now a definitive strategy and [...]

Petraeus Confirms Taliban/Afghan Government Talks

By: Tuesday September 28, 2010 8:03 am

I’m not one to leap at the possibilities that the war in Afghanistan could actually end someday. It makes intuitive sense that, after nine years and little progress, everyone would maybe want to find a way out, but that really hasn’t been the recent history of the military. Nonetheless, allow me to hope against hope [...]

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