Though Liberals Carp at Chained CPI, Pelosi Says She Could Live With It

By: Tuesday December 18, 2012 2:20 pm

Many of what would be described as the liberal left of Congress have weighed in against using the chained CPI to calculate cost of living increases in Social Security benefits. Here’s a representative sample from Sen. Jeff Merkley: We had an election, and the voters sent a message to Congress to focus on jobs and [...]

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 [...]

Republicans Respond to Vote Against Delay with More Delay

By: Monday October 10, 2011 10:15 am

It’s pretty clear that Republicans intend to use last week’s non-nuclear option as a pretext to subvert the filibuster once and for all when they get a majority in the Senate. But that’s a year or more off, so instead, they will retaliate with a series of delay tactics: Republican aides say their bosses will [...]

US Floats Sanctions for Syria

By: Monday April 25, 2011 12:56 pm

In reaction to the tanks now overrunning Deraa in Syria, the White House has begun to talk about “targeted sanctions” against the Assad regime. The White House, deploring “brutal violence used by the government of Syria against its people,” said President Barack Obama’s administration was considering targeted sanctions to make clear that “this behavior is [...]

Democrats Contest Anti-Union Bill on Procedural Grounds, as Assembly Vote Nears

By: Thursday March 10, 2011 1:40 pm

The vote in the Wisconsin Assembly on the anti-union bill jammed through last night should happen soon. The legal challenges will begin almost immediately. The Assembly Minority Leader, Peter Barca, has filed an official complaint that yesterday’s conference committee violated state open meetings laws. The complaint has a number of findings of fact, and then [...]

Jay Carney to Be Named White House Press Secretary

By: Thursday January 27, 2011 1:59 pm

Jay Carney, a former writer for TIME Magazine and currently in the witness protection program the spokesman for Vice President Biden, will replace Robert Gibbs as the White House Press Secretary, according to multiple sources. Carney was picked from a pool of five candidates. I find that Carney has generally gone invisible in the two [...]

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