(CNN) – Republican leaders in Congress received a dire warning on Tuesday from former Vice President Dick Cheney on the ongoing crisis in North Korea.
“We’re in deep doo doo,” Cheney told lawmakers, according to a GOP leadership aide.
Cheney talked about the North Korean leader, Southerland said, and shared some of his history dealing with Saddam Hussein, noting “you never know what they’re thinking.”
Never let it be said that President Obama has failed to spend time with Republican leaders in seeking an alternative to automatic budget cuts that are due to hit most federal departments Friday. On Wednesday, for example, the president gave GOP lawmakers as much as seven minutes, a rare face-to-face encounter that the White House described as a “meeting.”
The White House’s characterization of this momentary huddle at the Capitol as a meeting illuminates Mr. Obama’s [...]
What is wrong with all these gun banning people?
Des Moines Register Editorial Calls for Killing Gun Owners
“I would tie Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, our esteemed Republican leaders, to the back of a Chevy pickup truck and drag them around a parking lot until they saw the light on gun control,” he wrote. Is that a threatening James Byrd reference? “And if that didn’t work, I’d adopt radical measures,” he continued.
Boehner: It’s Obama’s move; ‘Plan B’ collapses; We expect negotiations to continue into the new year.
House Speaker John Boehner on Friday insisted he isn’t quitting fiscal-cliff talks with President Barack Obama, a day after a Republican bill intended to pressure the president in negotiations blew up in the House.
“We didn’t have the votes to pass it,” Boehner said at a Friday morning news conference. “That was the will of the [...]
Harry Reid Speaks; Stock Market Leaks
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 12/11/2012 14:56 -0500
It was all going so well. In general the cone of silence was working. Stops had been run, hope was among us once again and while no-one had a clue why stocks were rallying (apart from Johnny 5), the interpretation was that – well the market must believe a deal is being done… until Harry Reid opened his [...]
With talks between the White House and Congress over a deal to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff” all but frozen, President Obama today turned his focus to the business community, urging attendees at the quarterly meeting of the Business Roundtable to help him lobby Congress for a “balanced” deal that includes tax hikes for the nation’s wealthiest earners.
Mr. Obama, who has recently redoubled his efforts to rebuild a strong relationship [...]
Bloomberg TV’s Julianna Goldman spoke with President Obama today to discuss the fiscal cliff and his efforts to compromise with Republican leaders. In a lengthy interview in the Map Room of the White House, President Obama told Goldman that he is willing to make further cuts in entitlements, but insists that Republicans accept higher tax rates for top earners in the US. “It’s just a matter of math.”
House Republican leaders have made a counteroffer to President Obama in the fiscal cliff negotiations, proposing to cut $2.2 trillion with a combination of spending cuts, entitlement reforms and $800 billion in new tax revenue.
The leaders delivered the offer to the White House on Monday with a three-page letter signed by Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), and four other senior Republicans, including Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the [...]
Massachusetts ranked first in economic opportunity in a new index that bolsters President Barack Obama’s argument that government and education are essential for creating the conditions for growth.
Massachusetts, Maryland and Minnesota placed among the top five states measured by unemployment, household income and the chance for residents to boost earnings. The new gauge was developed at Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania.
“The states that invest in their citizens end up having better economies, which [...]
WASHINGTON – The battle to shape the Republican Party’s direction after its electoral losses will see its first skirmish in the Capitol on Wednesday in a House leadership fight in which the profile might be low but the symbolism is high.
The House’s Republican leaders would dearly like to elevate Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington to lead the House Republican Conference, putting a female face into the pantheon of the [...]
Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
November 11, 2012
Flush with electoral capital, President Barack Obama is spending it like mad in pursuit of his radical power consolidating agenda. Over the past few days we have chronicled the fast-tracking of a UN gun control treaty, the prosecution of another alleged espionage case, another deadly drone attack, approval of a planned UN invasion of Mali, etc.
The latest stop of the Barack Obama Worldwide Tour of Tyranny may be [...]
The presidential contest is far from over, but House Democrats are already readying their legislative wish-lists in hopes that President Obama is reelected.
The lawmakers are floating a broad array of issues they’d like Obama to tackle immediately in a second term, placing a focus on jobs and the economy, but also thorny discretionary issues like immigration, climate change, housing – even a return to healthcare reform.
An Obama victory in November [...]
The campaign of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney called the Federal Reserve’s third round of quantitative easing another “bailout” for President Barack Obama’s economy on Thursday, while other GOP members wondered whether Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke was doing the administration’s bidding by calling for the jolt to the economy.
Shortly after the Fed announced it would purchase $40 billion in mortgage-backed securities each month, Romney campaign policy director Lanhee Chen said [...]
Senate-passed bills to cut farm subsidies and food stamps and overhaul the financially teetering Postal Service have been put on hold by House Republican leaders wary of igniting internal party fights or risking voters’ ire three months before the election.
The House is scheduled this week to take up a bill to replace the Obama administration’s offshore drilling plan, and the Senate will ignore it, and some measures to reduce [...]
House Republican leaders are forging ahead with plans to hold a vote Wednesday on a full repeal of President Obama’s health care law, after launching debate on the repeal measure Tuesday nearly two weeks after the Supreme Court upheld most of the law as constitutional.
Wednesday will mark the chamber’s second vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act in full, though this attempt is being given no greater chance of passing [...]
According to a new poll released today, almost half of voters believe that Republicans are deliberately stalling efforts to better the economy in order to bolster their chances of defeating President Barack Obama.
Objections will be raised stating that this is a left leaning poll, but let’s revisit Mitch McConnell’s statement — which was not concerning the economy, job creation, or bipartisanship to secure a better economy — it was about defeating [...]
A House panel voted Wednesday to place Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for his failure to comply with a subpoena, defying an assertion of executive privilege from President Obama.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, led by Republican Chairman Darrell Issa (Calif.), approved a resolution along party lines to place Holder in contempt after battling him for months over access to internal agency documents about the gun-tracking [...]
House Republican leaders on Friday sent a letter to Attorney GeneralEric H. Holder Jr. demanding he comply with the GOP’s official investigation into Obama administration gun-running operation Fast & Furious, which allowed hundreds of guns to be sneaked across the border to Mexican cartels.
In the letter, Speaker John A. Boehner and his top lieutenants warn that the House will be prepared to “act to fulfill our constitutional obligations” — which could include holding Mr. Holder in contempt of Congress — [...]
(CBS News) — House Republicans investigating the Fast and Furious scandal plan to pursue a contempt citation against Attorney General Eric Holder, senior congressional aides told CBS News.
The resolution will accuse Holder and his Justice Department of obstructing the congressional probe into the allegations that the government let thousands of weapons fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.
The citation would attempt to force Holder to turn over tens of [...]
By Philip Rucker
APPLETON, Wis. – Seizing the mantle of the presumptive Republican nominee, Mitt Romney on Friday sought to frame the general election contest as a battle to restore America’s promise and said the sputtering economy is the legacy of “Barack Obama’s Government-Centered Society.”
(Steven Senne – AP)
In a formal speech here, the former Massachusetts governor delivered a passionate defense of America’s free enterprise system, which he said had been under attack by [...]
Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid spoke on the Senate floor today regarding the transportation jobs bill and legislation to repeal subsidies for big oil companies raking in record profits. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:
Tens of thousands of bridges and millions of miles of roadways across the country are in a state of disrepair.
But, rather than putting Americans to work fixing those roads and bridges – and repairing [...]
Republican leaders in the House of Representatives, in an about face, proposed on Monday extending a payroll tax cut for 160 million workers without offsetting spending cuts.
In a statement, the Republican leaders confirmed what was first reported by Reuters that they decided to move ahead with a simple extension of the payroll tax cut, now set to expire at the end of this month.
The proposal might not sit well with [...]
Two weeks ago When Discussing the latest lunacy surrounding America’s exponential curve #1 also known as its debt balance, we suggested what the GOP election strategy should be: “[if] the debt ceiling becomes a sticking point at the election, Obama’s chances of reelection plunge. Which makes us wonder - will Republicans grasp that the paradox of defeating Obama is precisely in giving him a carte blanche on all the stimulus programs he wants? Because if Congress approves [...]
By Alexander Bolton
(The Hill) President Obama is under strong pressure from liberals to use his recess-appointment power during the congressional break, but doing so would break 20 years of precedent, putting him in a tough position.
Using this recess to appoint Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, as liberals have urged, would also contradict a brief issued by the Clinton Justice Department in 1993, which Obama’s own deputy [...]
House Republicans are in full revolt in the wake of Senate passage of a two-month payroll tax holiday package, casting serious doubt on the fate of a bill that already has President Barack Obama’s approval.
Republican leaders were warned that they could expect a rebellion if lawmakers are forced to vote on the Senate version of the bill, according to a source on the line. After the call, it’s not clear [...]
Congressional lawmakers reached an agreement late Thursday to avoid a government shutdown this weekend, Democratic and Republican leaders will push for a final vote on the $1 trillion spending bill on Friday morning — hours before much of the federal government would have been forced to turn out the lights.
The final bill removes several provisions of concern to President Barack Obama — including a measure to reinstate travel restrictions on [...]
By Jeffrey Sparshott, MarketWatch
–About 99,000 of department’s 119,000 workers would be told to stay home if there’s a shutdown
–International banking reform would be discontinued, attention to other policy issues reduced
–IRS would see biggest staffing impact
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Treasury Department Thursday said it would tell about 99,000 federal workers to stay home if Congress reaches an impasse and forces a government shutdown.
Jill Stein, a physician and former Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate, announced today she is running for President of the United States to provide an alternative to the “Wall Street parties” on issues such as jobs, universal health care, peace and climate change. She is seeking the nomination of the Green Party of the United States.
Speaking to a gathering at the historic State House in Boston, Stein declared that voters have lost [...]
By Robert Schroeder
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — The Senate approved a bill on Tuesday that would allow new duties on goods from China and other countries that lawmakers say manipulate their currencies. The measure now faces an uphill climb: House Republican leaders are cool to it, as is President Barack Obama. The bill passed 63-35.
House Republican leaders have tripled the amount allocated for a legal team arguing in support of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) from $500,000 to $1.5 million of taxpayer money.
A modified contract between the General Counsel to the House of Representatives and former Solicitor General Paul Clement of Bancroft PLLC sets a cap of $750,000 which can be raised up to $1.5 million.
“It is absolutely unconscionable that [...]
Legislative endorsements triple Mitt Romney’s Granite State support
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today announced support from 27 New Hampshire state representatives, adding to his strong grassroots and conservative political support in the Granite State.
“Gov. Perry’s record creating the nation’s best pro-jobs environment and commitment to get America working again is earning strong support from New Hampshire Republican leaders,” said Perry campaign manager Rob Johnson. [...]
By Andy Sullivan
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives unexpectedly defeated a bill that would fund the federal government past September 30 on Wednesday as dozens of Republicans broke with their party to push for deeper spending cuts.
The unexpected outcome was an embarrassment for House Republican leaders who have at times struggled to rein in a conservative wing that remains closely allied with [...]
Luckily the US has everything else in order, which is why it can afford to shut down the government… Again. Per Bloomberg:
HOUSE REJECTS BILL CONTAINING DISASTER RELIEF AID
REPUBLICAN DEFECTIONS LEAD TO DEFEAT OF BUDGET BILL
SPENDING BILL NEEDED TO FUND GOVERNMENT PAST SEPT. 30
REPUBLICANS OBJECTED TO OVERALL COST OF SPENDING BILL
Yep, looks like it: From Reuters:
A bill that would fund the U.S. government past Sept. [...]
Top Republican lawmakers in both chambers of Congress warned Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke against pursuing another round of quantitative easing after tomorrow’s meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee.Questioning the efficacy of the first two rounds of monetary easing, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-AZ) said they are concerned [...]
President Barack Obama plans to send the text of his jobs bill to Congress on Monday night, a White House official said Sunday.
At a Rose Garden ceremony Monday, the president plans to announce that he will send the American Jobs Act to Congress at the end of the day, after both houses come back into session.
“He will call on Congress to pass the bill, which [...]