By Carol D. Leonnig and Joe Stephens, Published: November 15
The Obama administration, which gave the solar company Solyndra a half-billion-dollar loan to help create jobs, asked the company to delay announcing it would lay off workers until after the hotly contested November 2010 midterm elections that imperiled Democratic control of Congress, newly released e-mails show.
The announcement could have been politically damaging because President Obama and others in the administration had [...]
By Carol D. Leonnig, Tuesday, November 15, 10:46 AM
The Obama administration urged officers of the struggling solar company Solyndra to postpone announcing planned layoffs until after the November 2010 midterm elections, newly released e-mails show.
Solyndra, the now-shuttered California company, had been a poster child of President Obama’s initiative to invest in clean energies and received the administration’s first energy loan of $535 million. But a year ago, in October 2010, the solar panel manufacturer was [...]
By Gary Langer Oct 3, 2011 2:30pm Majority Expects Obama to Lose Re-election
A majority of Americans expect Barack Obama to be a one-term president, an assessment on which, in past elections, the public more often has been right than wrong.
Just 37 percent in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll say they expect Obama to win re-election in November 2012; 55 percent instead expect the eventual [...]
One of the Democratic party’s leading pollsters released a survey of 60 Republican-held battleground districts today painting an ominous picture for Congressional Democrats in 2012. The poll shows Democratic House candidates faring worse than they did in the 2010 midterms, being dragged down by an unpopular president who would lose to both Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Mitt Romney.
Pollster Stan Greenberg released the [...]
The moderate elite isn’t, by definition, an angry bunch but President Barack Obama’s pivot from calibrated centrism to soak-the-rich liberal populism has tapped a vein of middle-of-the-road rage and centrist angst.
Over the past two weeks, Obama has convincingly channeled FDR, winning over suspicious liberals, even if many suspect he will eventually return to his old, compromising ways.
Yet to a small, but influential cadre of [...]
By Joshua Holland / AlterNet
When politicians get caught taking bribes, it’s big news, but most people take the usual legal corruption for granted.
Last week, jurors in a federal bribery case got a taste of good, old-fashioned corruption as New Orleans’ former chief technology officer, Greg Mefford, offered the prurient details of how one vendor, Mark St. Pierre, plied city officials with almost $900,000 in bribes and [...]
By MIKE ALLEN
Mitt Romney, speaking in New Hampshire on Saturday night for the first time since the midterms, plans a direct attack on President Barack Obama and what Romney has been calling â€œthe Obama Misery Index.â€
Romney, in the unofficial kickoff of his Granite State campaign, will be keynoting the Carroll County Republican Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner.
â€œSenator Obama campaigned hard in New Hampshire but he apparently [...]