As Obama Dumps Transparency Former Staffers Cash In On “Public Service”

By: Thursday April 18, 2013 8:59 am

As President Obama quietly signed a bill to dump further disclosure requirements for congressional and senior executive branch staffers, his former staffers were looking to ring the cash register. Leveraging their access to the Obama Administration, these Corporate Democrats have found a way to triangulate some loot – buckraking. Welcome to the buckraking phase of [...]

Pelosi Confirms that Payroll Tax Cut Will Expire at End of the Year

By: Monday September 24, 2012 8:57 am

On her way out the door at the end of Congress’ last session before the elections, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sealed the fate of the payroll tax cut, if it wasn’t sealed already, ensuring that fiscal policy will snap back in 2013 by at least $125 billion. “I would hope that we would not [...]

White House Signals Potential Compromise on Birth Control Access for Religiously Affiliated Institutions

By: Tuesday February 7, 2012 1:45 pm

Administration officials are preparing the ground for some kind of rollback on universal access for birth control, after the US Conference of Catholic Bishops turned the issue into a major controversy. Yesterday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney hinted at changes to the regulations, which would mandate free contraceptive coverage in health insurance plans, including [...]

Message Discipline? Obama Backs Off “All or Nothing” Jobs Bill Stand

By: Tuesday September 13, 2011 10:55 am

One thing the White House really wanted to reset with the debate over the American Jobs Act is that they’re not negotiating over it. The Administration has clearly taken a beating in public opinion over constant negotiations and backroom talks that end in unsatisfying agreements. So the message they wanted to get across was that [...]

Obama Administration Could Bully Through Debt Limit Increase

By: Monday January 31, 2011 9:50 am

Let’s see what John Boehner had to say about the debt limit on Fox News yesterday: WALLACE: I want to — I know you’re not threatening to default. But do you agree with administration officials and other economists that defaulting on the full faith and credit of the United States would be a financial disaster? [...]

Egyptian President Mubarak Sacks Government, Will Stay in Power

By: Friday January 28, 2011 2:42 pm

In a defiant, out-of-touch speech on state television, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak announced in a late-night statement that he will ask the government to resign and install a new one tomorrow. However, Mubarak will not resign or leave the country. Many of the government ministers scheduled to be sacked have been in place a decade [...]

The State of the Tax Cut Deal

By: Monday December 13, 2010 6:29 am

The reason some of us were insistent that what Bernie Sanders was doing on Friday was not really a filibuster was that it did nothing to stop or even slow down the advance of the tax cut bill. Today, the Senate will hold the first cloture vote, on the motion to proceed, and it’s expected [...]

Axelrod Denies Cave-In on Bush Tax Cuts

By: Thursday November 11, 2010 7:24 am

Last night, Howard Fineman and Sam Stein reported that David Axelrod, White House advisor, acknowledged that the President would most likely sign an extension of the Bush tax cuts for all rates, including those over $250,000 a year. The only turf that the White House would continue to protect is whether to make those tax [...]

De Facto Foreclosure Moratorium Could Still Occur Regardless of White House Policy

By: Monday October 11, 2010 7:58 am

I’m on kind of hinky wireless here, so bear with me today. (Of all the coffee shops in all the cities on the Eastern seaboard, I pick the one where the WiFi’s down because they forgot to pay the bill…) My colleagues have helpfully broadcast the Administration line on foreclosure fraud, basically against a national [...]

White House Tries Direct Messaging on Obama Tax Plan

By: Thursday September 30, 2010 7:59 am

One thing the Congress didn’t get around to last night, before adjourning until November 15, was to deal with the expiring Bush tax cuts. The President’s plan calls for extending the tax cuts up to $250,000 of income, while Republicans (and some Democrats) want to approve all the tax cuts, including those at the top [...]

Blogger Susie Madrak Asks David Axelrod: “Do You Know What Hippie Punching Means?”

By: Thursday September 23, 2010 1:36 pm

Some fireworks at the end of an otherwise uneventful conference call with White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod, when blogger Susie Madrak took the White House to task for their continued swipes at the “professional left.” Madrak asked, “I’m a blogger, and I don’t know if you know this term, but are you familiar with [...]

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