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December 23, 2009

Senate pushes toward passage of health bill Associated Press | Our long national nightmare is nearly over. Oh wait, then there's conference. Drug Industry Girds for Rise in Its Share of Overhaul New York Times | Drug companies use...

By Ben Pershing | December 23, 2009; 08:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 22, 2009

Now Democrats must sell health plan to voters Los Angeles Times | Explaining the bill properly remains a tall order. Ex-RNC chiefs rip Steele speaking fees Washington Times | Previous chairs haven't taken speaking fees, but they have taken...

By Ben Pershing | December 22, 2009; 08:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 21, 2009

Senate Democrats clear hurdle on health care bill Associated Press | Passage is all but assured, so will GOP still force Christmas Eve vote? Deep in Health Bill, Very Specific Beneficiaries New York Times | It will probably be...

By Ben Pershing | December 21, 2009; 08:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 18, 2009

Obama: Imperfect climate deal better than none Associated Press | Obama doesn't want to come back from Copenhagen empty-handed again A Race to Win One More Vote for Health Bill New York Times | Ben Nelson taking his sweet...

By Ben Pershing | December 18, 2009; 08:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 17, 2009

Democrats' Blues Grow Deeper in New Poll Wall Street Journal | Can Democrats make a frest start in 2010? This year is not going well. Vote by Christmas in peril Politico | Does Coburn = Grinch?. The Enthusiasm Gap...

By Ben Pershing | December 17, 2009; 08:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 16, 2009

Senate healthcare bill advances with rejection of imported drugs Los Angeles Times | Hurdles to Senate passage slowly drop by the wayside. Congress Travels More, Public Pays Wall Street Journal | A detailed look at how members roll on...

By Ben Pershing | December 16, 2009; 08:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 15, 2009

Lieberman Gets Ex-Party to Shift on Health Plan New York Times | Colleagues quietly cross Lieberman off Hanukkah card list. Illinois to take Gitmo detainees Chicago Tribune | Expect Republicans to make a huge stink, but what do locals...

By Ben Pershing | December 15, 2009; 08:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 14, 2009

Lieberman Rules Out Voting for Health Bill New York Times | Lieberman would be happy to back the bill, as long as every major tenet is removed. Joe Lieberman: Smarter Than Br'er Fox FiveThirtyEight | Lieberman figures out that...

By Ben Pershing | December 14, 2009; 08:06 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 11, 2009

Obama Moves Toward Center Stage Wall Street Journal | On economy and in Nobel speech, Noonan sees Obama moving toward the middle. Are Democrats Trying To Follow Past GOP Leaders Off the Cliff? Roll Call | Rothenberg says Dems...

By Ben Pershing | December 11, 2009; 08:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 10, 2009

Obama: Peace is goal, but war sometimes justified Associated Press | President threads the needle in Oslo. Poll Finds Slim Majority Back More Afghanistan Troops New York Times | Obama's rating on Afghanistan goes up, but the public is...

By Ben Pershing | December 10, 2009; 08:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 9, 2009

Democrats Agree To Tentatively Trade Opt-Out For Trigger, Medicare Buy In, And More TPMDC | A run-down of the deal that Harry Reid still wants to be secret. Testing, Testing New Yorker | Atul Gawande revisits the cost issue,...

By Ben Pershing | December 9, 2009; 08:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 8, 2009

Public option compromise takes shape Politico | Even if public option basically disappears, will mods really back a huge Medicare expansion? Use of Cash From TARP Hits Hurdle Wall Street Journal | Apparently there are "laws" and such preventing...

By Ben Pershing | December 8, 2009; 08:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 7, 2009

Administration to slash bailout cost estimate Associated Press | With a jobs bill to fund, administration miraculously finds $200B lying around. What luck! As Obama’s Poll Numbers Fall, Criticism of Multitasking Rises New York Times | Some of Obama's...

By Ben Pershing | December 7, 2009; 08:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 4, 2009

Obama’s Afghanistan Decision Is Straining Ties With Democrats New York Times | Patience on the left with the commander in chief is wearing thin. Surge forces Democrats to pick: Base or White House Politico | Candidates in a tough...

By Ben Pershing | December 4, 2009; 08:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 3, 2009

Congress appears poised to back Obama war plan Associated Press | Many Democrats skeptical of Obama's plan, but they won't try to block it. Obama's Afghanistan strategy has a familiar look Los Angeles Times | When Bush proposed something...

By Ben Pershing | December 3, 2009; 08:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 2, 2009

Two Messages for Two Sides New York Times | Is U.S. ramping up or getting out? Both. The Fog of War Slate | Dickerson calls Obama's speech "blurry." Afghan uncertainty on right and left Politico | Both sides on...

By Ben Pershing | December 2, 2009; 08:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 1, 2009

Obama faces steep challenges in new Afghan policy McClatchy | Tuesday's speech provides another reminder why most people don't want to be president. No Big Cost Rise in U.S. Premiums Is Seen in Study New York Times | How...

By Ben Pershing | December 1, 2009; 08:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 30, 2009

Obama’s Speech on Afghanistan to Envision Exit New York Times | Unlikely Obama will be particularly specific on this point. U.S. Cool to Surge in Afghanistan's Own Force Wall Street Journal | Obama won't heed McChrystal's call for doubling...

By Ben Pershing | November 30, 2009; 08:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 20, 2009

Hard math for Dems - and middle class Politico | Senate majority faces plenty of challenges beyond health care. Reid, as Legislative Tactician, Takes Ownership of Health Care Overhaul New York Times | Is this the Pottery Barn thing...

By Ben Pershing | November 20, 2009; 08:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 19, 2009

Senate girds for historic debate on health bill Associated Press | Does an $848B cost + $130B deficit reduction = 60 votes? Long-sought, Harry Reid’s goal of health care reform a step closer Las Vegas Sun | How the...

By Ben Pershing | November 19, 2009; 08:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 18, 2009

In China, Obama's hosts show no signs of budging Los Angeles Times | Do most summits produce huge breakthroughs? We didn't think so. Obama: I'd Fire Afghan Decision Leakers CBS News | Obama might not have much top staff...

By Ben Pershing | November 18, 2009; 08:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 17, 2009

Time Crunch Looms for Health Bill Wall Street Journal | Harry Reid's window is closing. Why Palin Will Run for President in 2012 FiveThirtyEight | Nate Silver bets she will run. Going Rogue: Guide to who gets whacked Politico...

By Ben Pershing | November 17, 2009; 08:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 16, 2009

Obama to China: Uncensored society is healthy Associated Press | President promotes freedom at scripted event. Drug Makers Raise Prices in Face of Health Care Reform New York Times | Did this issue come up when PhRMA was negotiating...

By Ben Pershing | November 16, 2009; 08:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 13, 2009

Gitmo 9/11 suspects to NY for trial Associated Press | Bigger than O.J.?. Craig Steps Down as White House Lawyer New York Times | Man who ran Gitmo policy leaving after turbulent 10 months. After spending binge, White House...

By Ben Pershing | November 13, 2009; 08:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 12, 2009

Obama said to want revised Afghanistan options Associated Press | When in doubt, ask for more choices. In Leaning on Karzai, U.S. Has Limited Leverage New York Times | We're not leaving anytime soon, and Karzai knows it. Health...

By Ben Pershing | November 12, 2009; 08:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 11, 2009

3 Top Obama Advisers Favor Adding Troops in Afghanistan New York Times | Sounds inevitable at this point the boost will be 30K-35K troops. AP-GfK Poll: A grouchy public sticking with Obama Associated Press | Don't talk to the...

By Ben Pershing | November 11, 2009; 08:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 10, 2009

Obama's Afghan Plan: About 40K More Troops CBS News | CBS' reporting roughly tracks McClatchy's from the weekend. Obama: 'This is a Health Care Bill, Not an Abortion Bill' ABC News | Obama wades into debate, but doesn't offer...

By Ben Pershing | November 10, 2009; 08:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 9, 2009

OHealth Bill Faces Senate Heat Wall Street Journal | White House really wants a bill before Christmas, but wishing doesn't make it so. Tears, tempers fly in Nancy Pelosi's campaign Politico | Pelosi's decisions didn't make liberals happy. For...

By Ben Pershing | November 9, 2009; 08:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 6, 2009

13 slain in soldier's Fort Hood ambush Dallas Morning News | Aftermath of attack will raise all sorts of questions about wars, the military and Muslim soldiers. Democrats Pose Health Bill Hurdle Wall Street Journal | Senators acting like...

By Ben Pershing | November 6, 2009; 08:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 5, 2009

'We got walloped' Politico | Is the White House really this unconcerned about Tuesday? Doubtful. Energized G.O.P. Looking to Avoid an Intraparty Feud New York Times | Yes, there will be a few Republican primaries. But not that many....

By Ben Pershing | November 5, 2009; 08:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 4, 2009

A Year After Dousing, Republicans’ Hope Rekindled New York Times | After what happened to the GOP in '08, it had to get better for them, right? What Happened and Why? FiveThirtyEight | Silver compares the results to the...

By Ben Pershing | November 4, 2009; 08:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 3, 2009

Republicans Are Poised for Gains in Key Elections Wall Street Journal | It's shaping up to be a big day for the GOP. Uncivil War: Conservatives to challenge a dozen GOP candidates Politico | After Scozzafava, who's next? The...

By Ben Pershing | November 3, 2009; 08:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 2, 2009

Obama Strategy on Health Care Legislation Appears to Be Paying Off New York Times | White House's hands-off strategy is working, according to White House. Behind scenes, President Obama shepherds the health reform bill Politico | Or maybe he...

By Ben Pershing | November 2, 2009; 08:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

October 30, 2009

House Dems unveil health bill, cheered on by Obama New York Times | Democrats pause to unveil bill, can now resume squabbling. Pelosi: $894 billion bill is just the start Politico | Speaker exudes confidence in an interview. Obama...

By Ben Pershing | October 30, 2009; 08:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

October 29, 2009

Pelosi hopes new health plan is poised to pass Associated Press | The House bill has arrived, warts and all. Business Groups Push Hard Against the Senate Bill Wall Street Journal | Groups spending millions to reach a very...

By Ben Pershing | October 29, 2009; 08:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

October 28, 2009

Brother of Afghan Leader Is Said to Be on C.I.A. Payroll New York Times | Not the first time the CIA has employed an alleged drug dealer, right? U.S. to Protect Populous Afghan Areas, Officials Say New York Times...

By Ben Pershing | October 28, 2009; 08:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

October 27, 2009

How Harry Reid reached the public option compromise Las Vegas Sun | What's most important to Reid -- how it plays back home. Political Uncertainty Puts Freeze on Small Businesses Wall Street Journal | Expect a lot of Republicans...

By Ben Pershing | October 27, 2009; 08:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

October 26, 2009

Senate on Verge of Health Bill Wall Street Journal | Reid getting closer to a final plan. After Reform Passes New York Times | Krugman decrees that reform is going to work great. How the U.S. Blew Trillion-Dollar Trade...

By Ben Pershing | October 26, 2009; 08:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

October 23, 2009

Senate bill may have public insurance plan Associated Press | Reid leaning toward including a public option. Does he have a secret plan to get 60 votes? Whip count shows Democrats lack votes on 'robust' public option for healthcare...

By Ben Pershing | October 23, 2009; 07:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

October 22, 2009

Fate of White House Counsel Is in Doubt New York Times | Is Craig a dead man walking at the White House? Obama's poll numbers show wear and tear CNN | Obama's handling of individual issues gets lower marks....

By Ben Pershing | October 22, 2009; 08:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

October 21, 2009

Poll: Americans skittish over health changes USA Today | More wavering from the American people on health care. They should just make up their minds already. Decision Followed Five Days of Difficult Talks With U.S. Wall Street Journal |...

By Ben Pershing | October 21, 2009; 08:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

October 20, 2009

Public Option Gets New Life in Senate Wall Street Journal | A striking shift, given where things stood in the chamber a month ago. Wall St. Giants Giving Little to Obama Party Fund-Raiser New York Times | Not surprising,...

By Ben Pershing | October 20, 2009; 08:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

October 19, 2009

Criticism of Wall Street Pay More Muted This Time Wall Street Journal | We've come a long way since AIG flap. Energy Firms Deeply Split on Bill to Battle Climate Change New York Times | Divided opposition improves chances...

By Ben Pershing | October 19, 2009; 08:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

October 16, 2009

Czar Blocks BofA Chief's Pay Wall Street Journal | This is what happens when you take bailout money. Baucus predicts all Senate Dems will support health bill Associated Press | A bold statement from the Finance chair. Acorn’s Woes...

By Ben Pershing | October 16, 2009; 08:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

October 15, 2009

Social Security to make it official: No COLA Associated Press | Washington scrambles to mail checks to the elderly. Signs of a Split Emerge in Insurance Industry Wall Street Journal | Aetna CEO breaks from the pack. Stanley McChrystal’s...

By Ben Pershing | October 15, 2009; 08:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

October 14, 2009

Health Care Legislation Back Behind Closed Doors Associated Press | Enough of these public hearings. Go back into your smoke-fillled rooms! Biden No Longer a Lone Voice on Afghanistan New York Times | VP's pessimism on Afpak war is...

By Ben Pershing | October 14, 2009; 08:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

October 13, 2009

Vote Set for Health Overhaul in Senate Committee Associated Press | Sick of the Finance Committee? Don't worry, it will be over soon. Insurers Face Blowback After Report Politico | Neither AHIP nor PWC did a particularly effective job...

By Ben Pershing | October 13, 2009; 08:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

October 12, 2009

Insurance Industry Assails Health Care Legislation New York Times | AHIP aims a tough report at reform plans, but what about ad $$$? Support Grows to End 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Wall Street Journal | Obama wants policy to...

By Ben Pershing | October 12, 2009; 08:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

October 9, 2009

Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize to Mixed Reviews Reuters | Friends and foes alike don't know what to make of this yet. The President's 3 Options on Afghanistan Troops ABC News | Probably smart for McChrystal to present 40,000...

By Ben Pershing | October 9, 2009; 08:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

October 8, 2009

Baucus Scores Big With CBO Politico | Max and friends get good news. GOP Faces Multiple Hurdles as It Aims for a 1994 Replay Wall Street Journal | Some parallels this cycle, but also lots of differences under the...

By Ben Pershing | October 8, 2009; 08:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

October 7, 2009

Obama Rules Out Large Reduction in Afghan Force New York Times | Is the glass half full or empty? Obama won't cut troops, may not increase much either. Behind Afghan War Debate, a Battle of Two Books Rages Wall...

By Ben Pershing | October 7, 2009; 08:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

October 6, 2009

Surgical Strikes Shape Afghanistan Debate New York Times | Is a case being built for Biden's "middle option"? Insurers Fight Bid to Ease Penalties in Health Bill Wall Street Journal | Shocking: Insurance companies really want everyone to buy...

By Ben Pershing | October 6, 2009; 06:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

October 5, 2009

Political Alliances Shift in Fight Over Climate Bill Wall Street Journal | Obama agenda dividing both Wall Street and K Street. Voice of Bush’s Pentagon Becomes Harder to Hear New York Times | Petraeus 2012? Never too early to...

By Ben Pershing | October 5, 2009; 08:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

October 2, 2009

'Choose Chicago, Choose America' Chicago Tribune | An hour-by-hour diary of the Obamas' pitch in Copenhagen. Obama-Backed Health Bill Gains Ground Associated Press | Finance panel on track to pass its bill next week. Then the fun begins. Looking...

By Ben Pershing | October 2, 2009; 08:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

October 1, 2009

Health Care May Hit House, Senate Floor Mid-Month Associated Press | Finance makes progress, and reform finally looks to be moving forward. Gates Doubts U.S.'s Afghan Strategy Wall Street Journal | If Gates opposes troop increase, how much cover...

By Ben Pershing | October 1, 2009; 08:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

September 30, 2009

More Thorny Challenges Ahead for Health Overhaul Associated Press | Public option down, abortion and illegal immigrants to go. In Dispute With Iran, Path to Iraq Is in Spotlight New York Times | Hmm, a Middle Eastern country with...

By Ben Pershing | September 30, 2009; 08:06 AM ET | Comments (0)

September 29, 2009

Showdowns Set on Two Key Issues in Healthcare Debate Los Angeles Times | It's a big week for friends and foes of public option. W.H. Vies to Shape the Senate Politico | White House focuses on preserving Senate majority....

By Ben Pershing | September 29, 2009; 08:06 AM ET | Comments (0)

September 28, 2009

Iran Tests Longest-Range Missiles Associated Press | Iran keeps flexing its muscles. Obama: Copenhagen-bound for IOC Chicago Tribune | Obam heads to Denmark to lobby for '16 Olympics. Would be embarrassing if he failed, no? New Cheney Taking Stage...

By Ben Pershing | September 28, 2009; 07:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

September 25, 2009

Iran Said to Have Covert Nuclear Facility New York Times | Mahmoud lied to us. We feel betrayed. Overhaul Divides Business and Its Traditional GOP Allies Wall Street Journal | Split on the right makes an interesting health-care subplot....

By Ben Pershing | September 25, 2009; 08:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

September 24, 2009

Top General Denies Rift With Obama on Afghan War New York Times | Nothing to see here, move along. G-20 Summit: Today, the World Comes Calling on Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Maybe they'll bring better luck for the Pirates....

By Ben Pershing | September 24, 2009; 08:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

September 23, 2009

Obama Is Considering Strategy Shift in Afghan War New York Times | Biden proposes a compromise plan that probably wouldn't make either side happy. Poll Reflects Afghan War Doubts Wall Street Journal | Slight gains by Obama on health-care...

By Ben Pershing | September 23, 2009; 08:06 AM ET | Comments (0)

September 22, 2009

Pentagon Delays Troop Call Wall Street Journal | Commanders hold off on troop request everyone knows they want, as Obama mulls. White House Is Taking a More Aggressive Role in State Races New York Times | We are shocked,...

By Ben Pershing | September 22, 2009; 08:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

September 21, 2009

For President, Five Programs, One Message New York Times | Obama roadblocks the weekend, but says little that's new. Maybe he's saving that for Letterman. This Week, the World Is Watching Obama Los Angeles Times | Obama faces a...

By Ben Pershing | September 21, 2009; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

September 18, 2009

Baucus Will Tinker With Health Bill to Mollify Critics Wall Street Journal | Just tinkering won't cut it for many folks. New Missile Shield Strategy Scales Back Reagan’s Vision New York Times | Obama wades into a debate that...

By Ben Pershing | September 18, 2009; 06:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

September 17, 2009

Senate Bill Sets Lines for Health Showdown Wall Street Journal | Finally, the left and right can agree: They hate the Baucus bill. That's why it's viable. New Health Proposal Is Industry's Favorite So Far Associated Press | This...

By Ben Pershing | September 17, 2009; 06:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

September 16, 2009

Baucus Unveiling Health Bill Without GOP on Board Associated Press | Maybe Grassley and Enzi never were going to go along, but Baucus is tired of waiting. Senate Health Bill Draws Fire on Both Sides New York Times |...

By Ben Pershing | September 16, 2009; 06:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

September 15, 2009

New Objections to Baucus Health Care Proposal New York Times | Becomes more clear each day that Grassley and Enzi won't back Baucus' bill. CNN Poll: Support for Afghanistan War at All-Time Low CNN | Ominous sign: War in...

By Ben Pershing | September 15, 2009; 08:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

September 14, 2009

U.S. Is Finding Its Role in Business Hard to Unwind New York Times | It will take a long time for government to stop owning such a big chunk of the economy. Crisis Has Not Altered Wall Street Los...

By Ben Pershing | September 14, 2009; 08:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

September 11, 2009

Experts Doubt Obama Can Pay for Health Plan With Savings McClatchy | If the bill isn't deficit-neutral, support on the Hill will start to disintegrate. Obama Facing Doubts Within His Own Party on Afghanistan New York Times | Opposition...

By Ben Pershing | September 11, 2009; 06:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

September 10, 2009

Obama, Armed With Details, Says Health Plan Is Necessary New York Times | He was armed with details, but were they new? Lawmakers Denounce 'You Lie' Outburst at Obama The State | Joe Wilson becomes the top suplot of...

By Ben Pershing | September 10, 2009; 08:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

September 9, 2009

Despite Fears, Health Care Overhaul Is Moving Ahead New York Times | Contrarian story likely portends a shift in coverage. Situation Almost Critical Slate | John Dickerson sets the stage for tonight's address. Obama and the Bureaucratization of Health...

By Ben Pershing | September 9, 2009; 08:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

September 8, 2009

Why Reform Survived August New Republic | After a tough month, momentum swung back last week in favor of a bill -- however scaled-down -- getting done. Has Barack Obama Misused the House? Politico | Perhaps the president has...

By Ben Pershing | September 8, 2009; 08:06 AM ET | Comments (0)

September 4, 2009

Advisers to Obama Divided on Size of Afghan Force New York Times | Biden on one side, Clinton and Holbrooke on the other. But where's Obama? Democrats Consider Setting 'Trigger' for Government Healthcare Los Angeles Times | An explanatory...

By Ben Pershing | September 4, 2009; 08:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

September 3, 2009

Obama Aims to Take Control of Health Care Debate Associated Press | President has until next Wednesday to figure out how to turn the tide. Wrong Turns: How Obama's Health-Care Push Went Astray Wall Street Journal | White House...

By Ben Pershing | September 3, 2009; 08:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

September 2, 2009

Under Fire, President Obama Shifts Strategy Politico | Obviously the WH wanted "strategy shift" stories out there, but note the lack of details. Not much meat on this bone. Poll: Most Americans Oppose More Troops for Afghanistan McClatchy |...

By Ben Pershing | September 2, 2009; 08:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

September 1, 2009

Pentagon Worried About Obama's Commitment to Afghanistan McClatchy | Dissension in the administration appears to be growing over Afpak War. Note the mention of Biden's pessimism. Tough Fall Decisions Loom for President Obama Politico | Major choices ahead on...

By Ben Pershing | September 1, 2009; 07:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

August 31, 2009

Experts See Double-Digit Dem Losses Politico | Yes, it's early, but the trends don't look good for Democrats. As Big Banks Repay Bailout Money, U.S. Sees a Profit New York Times | Remember when TARP advocates said the program...

By Ben Pershing | August 31, 2009; 08:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

August 28, 2009

A Swelling Tide of Emotion Boston Globe | Funeral procession continues today. Abuse Issue Puts the C.I.A. and Justice Dept. at Odds New York Times | Interrogation debate brings out acrimony between agencies, top aides. Amid the Acrimony, Congress...

By Ben Pershing | August 28, 2009; 08:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

August 27, 2009

Anticipation Builds as Kennedy Procession Rolls Towards Boston Boston Globe | The tributes begin, and will continue through Saturday evening at Arlington. Is General McChrystal a hippie? Economist | U.S. commander in Afghanistan has unconventional views. Source: Richardson Probe...

By Ben Pershing | August 27, 2009; 04:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

August 26, 2009

Kennedy Dead at 77 Boston Globe | Death of liberal icon brings outpouring of reaction, memories. Kennedy: Always in the public spotlight Associated Press | Being the only brother to live to old age, Espo writes, was "both a...

By Ben Pershing | August 26, 2009; 08:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

August 25, 2009

Bernanke to Be Nominated for Second Term as Fed Chief Bloomberg | Obama decided this weeks ago, so the timing of the announcement is interesting. For Obama, Interrogation Fight Won't Be Welcome Los Angeles Times | Hard to imagine...

By Ben Pershing | August 25, 2009; 08:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

August 24, 2009

Holder to Appoint Prosecutor to Investigate CIA Terror Interrogations Washington Post | Holder picks Connecticut prosecutor John Durham for the job. Obama's Focus on Cost Offered Critics Many Targets Kaiser Health News | Jonathan Cohn says Obama erred early...

By Ben Pershing | August 24, 2009; 04:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

August 21, 2009

Obama Tries to 'Cut Through the Noise' on Healthcare Los Angeles Times | President appears frustrated that the public isn't buying his arguments. A Basis Is Seen for Some Health Plan Fears Among the Elderly New York Times |...

By Ben Pershing | August 21, 2009; 08:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

August 20, 2009

C.I.A. Sought Blackwater’s Help in Plan to Kill Jihadists New York Times | Did they overbill for the work? New Rx for Health Plan: Split Bill Wall Street Journal | Hard for Dems to use reconciliation and still get...

By Ben Pershing | August 20, 2009; 06:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

August 19, 2009

Americans Still Skeptical About Obama’s Plans MSNBC | White House has done a poor job debunking myths. Democrats Seem Set to Go It Alone on a Health Care Bill New York Times | But can they get a bill...

By Ben Pershing | August 19, 2009; 08:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

August 18, 2009

Alternate Plan as Health Option Muddies Debate New York Times | Co-op idea gets lots of skeptical coverage today. Despite Fumbles, Biden's a Player Los Angeles Times | Are you really a player if aides feel the need to...

By Ben Pershing | August 18, 2009; 08:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

August 17, 2009

Former Gov. Dean Calls Public Option Indispensable Associated Press | Former DNC chair expresses frustration many liberals feel this morning. Life After the Death of the Public Option FiveThirtyEight | Silver says the administration's move makes sense, given the...

By Ben Pershing | August 17, 2009; 08:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

August 14, 2009

Don't Stop Thinking About Triangulation Salon | Bill Clinton pushes incremental change in front of the Netroots Nation. Internal Memo Confirms Big Giveaways In White House Deal With Big Pharma Huffington Post | "Representatives from both the White House...

By washingtonpost.com editors | August 14, 2009; 07:06 AM ET | Comments (0)

August 13, 2009

Obama Injects Himself Into Health Talks, Despite Risks New York Times | Obama has immersed himself in the Senate Finance version of reform. Are The Health Care Protests Working? And are Liberals Helping Them? FiveThirtyEight | Granting excessive attention...

By washingtonpost.com editors | August 13, 2009; 08:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

August 12, 2009

The PhRMA Deal: The Plot Thickens? ABC: Political Punch | Obama hinted at more money from PhRMA yesterday. Is that possible? E-Mail Reveals Rove’s Key Role in ’06 Dismissals New York Times | House Judiciary releases documents from their...

By washingtonpost.com editors | August 12, 2009; 12:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

August 11, 2009

How Obama Lost Control of Health Message Congressional Quarterly | Is the message completely lost, salvageable or was it never there? Conservatives Find Town Hall Strategy in Leftist Text Washington Independent | Conservatives put their own spin on left-wing...

By washingtonpost.com editors | August 11, 2009; 07:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

August 10, 2009

U.S. Battling CIA Rendition Case in 3 Courts San Francisco Chronicle | The Obama adm. fights a three-front battle to supress details of detainee's treatment in U.S. custody. Obama's Grass-roots Network is Put to the Test Los Angeles Times...

By washingtonpost.com editors | August 10, 2009; 07:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

August 7, 2009

Support for Afghan War Drops, CNN Poll Finds CNN | A 9-point drop since May. Does it help or hurt that Obama rarely discusses the war? The Health Insurers Have Already Won BusinessWeek | How the industry has weakened...

By Ben Pershing | August 7, 2009; 08:08 AM ET | Comments (1)

August 6, 2009

White House Affirms Deal on Drug Cost New York Times | Was Obama really in position to make a deal that also bound Hill Democrats? New Test for Old Alliance Roll Call | Baucus and Grassley like an old...

By Ben Pershing | August 6, 2009; 08:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

August 5, 2009

Bill Clinton and Journalists in Emotional Return to U.S. New York Times | Clinton and Gore, back together for one more show. An August Recess Health Care Reform Primer Politics Daily | Spend your summer learning the details of...

By Ben Pershing | August 5, 2009; 04:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

August 4, 2009

North Korea: 2 US Journalists Pardoned Associated Press | Did Clinton really "apologize" on behalf of the imprisoned women? Persistent ‘Birthers’ Fringe Disorients Strategists New York Times | This is how the MSM reports on the "birther" story --...

By Ben Pershing | August 4, 2009; 04:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

August 3, 2009

Rebates for ‘Clunkers’ Aid Ford Most as Car Sales Climb New York Times | The best evidence either for or against the cash for clunkers program, depending on your perspective. The White House Creates An Enemy Out Of A...

By Ben Pershing | August 3, 2009; 05:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

July 31, 2009

House Health Care Bill Criticized as Panel Votes for Public Plan New York Times | The bill is moving, but it's not pretty. Summing Up The New Health Care Polls (and a New Chart) Pollster.com | Lots of bad...

By Ben Pershing | July 31, 2009; 08:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

July 30, 2009

U.S. Adviser’s Blunt Memo on Iraq: Time ‘to Go Home’ New York Times | Not surprisingly, military leaders backing away from conclusions of memo. Rove Had Heavier Hand in Prosecutor Firings Than Previously Known Washington Post | Little doubt...

By Ben Pershing | July 30, 2009; 05:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

July 29, 2009

Progress Seen on Health Bill as Obama Tries to Allay Fears New York Times | House and Senate both inching toward deals. Ambassadorships for Sale Harpers | Donors to Obama do even better scoring foreign posts than they did...

By Ben Pershing | July 29, 2009; 05:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

July 28, 2009

Senate Panel Endorses Sotomayor in 13-6 Vote New York Times | Now it's on to the floor. How many Republicans will join Graham? William Shatner Reads Sarah Palin Time/YouTube | Maybe Shatner should be governor of Alaska. AP Sources:...

By Ben Pershing | July 28, 2009; 01:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

July 27, 2009

The Dimming of a Dream in California Politics Daily | Lou Cannon on the disaster that's befallen his home state. Spending Too Little on Reform Is Bad, Too New Republic: The Treatment | Jonathan Cohn writes that below a...

By Ben Pershing | July 27, 2009; 04:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

July 24, 2009

House Dems clear one health obstacle, others loom Associated Press | These talks have been off and on more than Larry King's wedding ring. Obama invites Gates, Cambridge officer to the White House Boston Globe | Obama tries to...

By Ben Pershing | July 24, 2009; 05:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

July 23, 2009

Feds charge 44 with corruption including two N.J. assemblymen, three mayors NJ.com | Ah Jersey: Note the presence of rabbis and a "kidney smuggler" among those arrested. Reid Postpones Health Care Vote Until After August Recess Roll Call |...

By Ben Pershing | July 23, 2009; 04:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

July 22, 2009

In Health Care Fight, Defining Moment Nears for President New York Times | Obama seems to have had quite a few "defining" moments already, given that his presidency is six-months old. They Scrapped the F-22! Slate | In case...

By Ben Pershing | July 22, 2009; 08:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

July 21, 2009

Senate Blocks F-22 Funding Wall Street Journal | Health care effort may still be uncertain, but Obama scores a decisive win here. Pelosi to Caucus: We Are On Track for Health Care Vote Roll Call | Energy and Commerce...

By Ben Pershing | July 21, 2009; 03:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

July 20, 2009

Steele Calls Obama Health Plan "Socialism" Associated Press | Clearly the GOP chairman hasn't taken a poli sci class in awhile. President Nixon Was Prepared for Apollo Disaster Space.com | Wasn't this a movie? if not, it should have...

By Ben Pershing | July 20, 2009; 04:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

July 17, 2009

Twin Hotel Blasts Kill 9 in Indonesia Capital Los Angeles Times | And with that, terrorism is back on the agenda this week. Budget Blow for Health Plan Wall Street Journal | CBO questions whether Democrats can reform health...

By Ben Pershing | July 17, 2009; 08:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

July 16, 2009

Senate Likely to Vote on Sotomayor by Early August New York Times | Judiciary panel should vote on Sotomayor by July 28, and the full Senate before Aug. 7. Obama as Health Care Salesman: He Sucks! Kausfiles | Kaus...

By Ben Pershing | July 16, 2009; 05:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

July 15, 2009

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warns Iran, calls behavior 'deplorable and unacceptable' New York Daily News | Clinton gives the meatiest speech so far in her Cabinet tenure. Abortion Is Front and Center on 2nd Day of Sotomayor Questioning...

By Ben Pershing | July 15, 2009; 05:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

July 14, 2009

Sotomayor Says Identity Won’t Distort Decisions New York Times | On Day 2, Sotomayor parries more questions on empathy, "wise Latina." No major drama or stumbles so far. House Health Bill Slaps 5.4% Tax on Top Earners Wall Street...

By Ben Pershing | July 14, 2009; 05:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

July 13, 2009

Senators Stake Out Positions as Sotomayor Hearings Start New York Times | With the first day over, the battle lines are drawn. Obama Chooses Ala Doctor as Next Surgeon General Associated Press | Obama picks a physician from rural...

By Ben Pershing | July 13, 2009; 03:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

July 10, 2009

Report Says Wiretaps Got Too Little Legal Review New York Times | In case you were unaware, the Bush administration was into secrecy. G-8 pledges $20 billion to fight world hunger after appeal from Obama Los Angeles Times |...

By Ben Pershing | July 10, 2009; 05:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

July 9, 2009

Ensign’s Parents Gave Hampton Family $96,000 Las Vegas Sun | An awkward conversation -- asking your parents to help pay off your ex-mistress. And her husband, your former friend. Defector Said to Be Ready to End Albany Stalemate New...

By Ben Pershing | July 9, 2009; 04:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

July 8, 2009

Obama, G-8 Leaders Agree on Climate Target Associated Press | They've got a deal, but it doesn't sound that impressive. Is Harry Reid Being Helpful? New Republic: The Treatment | A look at the Majority Leader's tough tactics on...

By Ben Pershing | July 8, 2009; 04:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

July 7, 2009

Obama: U.S. Not Giving Israel Green Light to Attack Iran CNN: Political Ticker | Obama walks back what Vice President Biden might or might not have suggested Sunday. Diagramming Sarah Palin's "Full-Court Press" Metaphor Deadspin | Finally, Palin's strategy...

By Ben Pershing | July 7, 2009; 05:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

July 6, 2009

Obama, Medvedev Agree to Pursue Nuclear Reduction Associated Press | The leaders agree to reduce their warheads by at least 1,500 each. Ex-Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara Dies at 93 New York Times | The architect of the Vietnam...

By washingtonpost.com editors | July 6, 2009; 12:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

July 2, 2009

U.S. Launches South Afghan Offensive Wall Street Journal | "Obama's War" enters a crucial phase. Sanford's Mental State Questioned The State | Headline sums it up nicely. Will he resign today? Tomorrow? Obama Enters Decisive Phase of Presidency Financial...

By Ben Pershing | July 2, 2009; 08:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

July 1, 2009

Adviser: Maloney to Take on Gillibrand in Primary Associated Press | Maloney will have activists on her side, but Gillibrand will have money and the party establishment. At Last, a Second Senator for Minnesota Minneapolis Star-Tribune | Finally, the...

By Ben Pershing | July 1, 2009; 05:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

June 30, 2009

Court Rules in Favor of Franken; Coleman Won't Appeal Minneapolis Star-Tribune | The 2008 election is finally over. Start preparing for 2010. Iraq Marks Withdrawal of U.S. Troops From Cities New York Times | Iraqis celebrate, but a big...

By Ben Pershing | June 30, 2009; 04:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

June 29, 2009

Justices Rule for White Firefighters in Bias Case New York Times | Ruling brings scrutiny to past Sotomayor decision. Bernard Madoff Gets 150 Years in Jail for Epic Fraud Bloomberg | But with good behavior, he could get out...

By Ben Pershing | June 29, 2009; 04:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

June 26, 2009

Cabinet Meeting: Apologies, No 'R' Word The State | Sanford tries to move on. Will we let him? Obama Raises Doubts About Dialogue With Iran New York Times | President taking a gradually tougher line on engagement with Iran....

By Ben Pershing | June 26, 2009; 04:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

June 25, 2009

Sanford Traveled to Argentina for Taxpayer-Funded Trip Post and Courier | The state paid for visit referenced in notorious Sanford e-mails. Supreme Court Rules School's Strip Search of Girl Was Illegal Washington Post | That's two major decisions in...

By Ben Pershing | June 25, 2009; 05:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

June 24, 2009

Sanford Admits Affair, Apologizes to Family The State | That was one of the more riveting press conferences in recent memory. Upper Marlboro School May Be Named After Obama Washington Post | Yes he's a pioneer, but it's a...

By Ben Pershing | June 24, 2009; 04:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

June 23, 2009

Obama Assails Iran for Violent Response to Protests New York Times | Obama uses strongest language to date in sometimes testy press conference. Side-by-Side Comparison of Major Health Care Reform Proposals Kaiser Family Foundation | The details are still...

By Ben Pershing | June 23, 2009; 05:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

June 22, 2009

Voting Rights Act Narrowed by U.S. Supreme Court Bloomberg | Supreme Court essentially decides to punt on a touchy question. Sanford, Missing Since Thursday, Supposedly Located The State | The strangest story of the day. Iran Admits Possible Discrepancy...

By Ben Pershing | June 22, 2009; 04:25 PM ET | Comments (1)

June 19, 2009

Ayatollah Demands End to Protests BBC | The deck is stacked further against the opposition. Prosecutor Says Sen. Burris Will Not Face Perjury Charge Washington Post | Accidental senator will avoid prosecution -- the first good news he's had...

By Ben Pershing | June 19, 2009; 04:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

June 18, 2009

Moussavi Addresses Throngs Who March in Silent Protest in Tehran CNN | Opposition candidate speaks, most reports come only from Twitter. In a Staff Shuffle, Signs of Obama’s Direction on Mideast New York Times | Still not totally clear...

By Ben Pershing | June 18, 2009; 04:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

June 17, 2009

Obama to Limit Fed Lending Power, Grant Systemic Role Bloomberg | Giving the Federal Reserve more power will be controversial in some quarters. Obama Stays on Sidelines After Iran's Disputed Election Los Angeles Times | White House is deliberately...

By Ben Pershing | June 17, 2009; 07:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

June 16, 2009

Iran Opposition Keeps up Pressure BBC | Protests continue in Tehran, but to what end? Obama Blocks List of Visitors to White House MSNBC.com | This doesn't sound like change we can believe in. Palin Backers Raising Funds for...

By Ben Pershing | June 16, 2009; 04:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

June 15, 2009

Obama Tells AMA U.S. Health-Care Costs Are a 'Ticking Time Bomb' Chicago Tribune | President's address gets mixed reception from wary doctors. Britain to Investigate Role in Iraq New York Times | Not completely clear yet what will be...

By Ben Pershing | June 15, 2009; 02:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

June 12, 2009

Tobacco Legislation Clears Congress Politico | Years-long battle ends relatively quietly. Rep. Patrick Kennedy Again Receiving Treatment Associated Press | Lawmaker enters rehab, no timetable for his return to Congress. Rough times for the Kennedy family. Health Care Reform...

By Ben Pershing | June 12, 2009; 05:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

June 11, 2009

Health Officials Declare Flu Pandemic Wall Street Journal | Just because swine flu was off the front page doesn't mean it wasn't getting worse. Petraeus: Afghan Violence at Peak Level Last Week Associated Press | Are the public and...

By Ben Pershing | June 11, 2009; 03:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

June 10, 2009

Democrats Nearing Consensus on Health Plan New York Times | This headline overstates the case, but the pace is certainly quickening. Deeds Wins in a Rout, Will Again Face McDonnell Richmond Times-Dispatch | Were the polls wrong all along,...

By Ben Pershing | June 10, 2009; 08:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

June 9, 2009

Sotomayor's Confirmation Hearings to Begin July 13 Wall Street Journal | Republicans already complaining about the timing, but their heart really isn't in it. First Guantanamo Detainee Arrives in U.S. Washington Post | This issue is low-hanging fruit for...

By Ben Pershing | June 9, 2009; 05:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

June 8, 2009

Obama Unveils New Projects to Speed Economic Recovery Bloomberg | Another new spin on the same old stimulus package. High Court Rejects Lawsuit Over Gays in Military Law CNN | If change does come, it won't be from the...

By Ben Pershing | June 8, 2009; 02:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

June 5, 2009

Do Obama's Words Reveal His Middle East Sympathies? Los Angeles Times | Speech covered many topics, but comments on Israel are getting the most play. Republicans Complain About Plan for Health Insurance New York Times | Health care measure...

By Ben Pershing | June 5, 2009; 07:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

June 4, 2009

Obama Aims to Repair Ties With Muslim World Wall Street Journal | President delivers ambitious address, as audience wonders whether concrete policy changes will follow. Taking the Hill New York Times Magazine | Obama will try to get health...

By Ben Pershing | June 4, 2009; 07:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

June 3, 2009

Obama Must Address Skeptics in Cairo Wall Street Journal | Obama faces tough task, appealing to different constituencies in the Muslim world. The Emergence of President Obama's Muslim Roots ABC News: Political Punch | Team Obama views this issue...

By Ben Pershing | June 3, 2009; 07:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

June 2, 2009

Sotomayor Makes the Rounds at the Capitol New York Times | Harry Reid calls her "the whole package." Is this the NBA draft or what? Pawlenty Says He Won't Seek Third Term; Won't Comment on Presidential Plans Minneapolis Star-Tribune...

By Ben Pershing | June 2, 2009; 04:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

June 1, 2009

GM Files for Bankruptcy Protection Wall Street Journal | Opinion is decidedly mixed on whether the company will survive, and whether taxpayers will get any of their money back. Rangel Calls Friendly-Fire 'Joke' Inappropriate New York Post | Never...

By Ben Pershing | June 1, 2009; 04:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

May 29, 2009

Obama Responds to Cyber Threat Financial Times | Just what this administration needed -- another "czar." Fund-Raising Still Has Its Perks in the Obama Era New York Times | Obama may have ushered in a new era, blah blah...

By Ben Pershing | May 29, 2009; 04:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

May 28, 2009

GM Bondholder Committee Accepts Revised Deal Wall Street Journal | How many more times is this story going to reverse course? Pentagon denies Report Iraq Prison Photos Show Rape Reuters | Pentagon pushes back against Telegraph story, and so...

By Ben Pershing | May 28, 2009; 04:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

May 27, 2009

Bondholders Push GM to Brink of Bankruptcy Wall Street Journal | Will Obama pressure GM investors the way he did with Chrysler? Will it make a difference if he does? How Scared Should You Be? Foreign Policy | How...

By Ben Pershing | May 27, 2009; 04:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

May 26, 2009

Obama Picks Sotomayor for Supreme Court Associated Press | Obama nominates what would be first-ever Hispanic justice. Let the games begin. Tested Early by North Korea, Obama Has Few Options New York Times | Administration confronts a problem for...

By Ben Pershing | May 26, 2009; 08:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

May 22, 2009

Gates Defends Decision to Close Guantanamo Prison Associated Press | The defense secretary decries the "fear-mongering about this." Geithner Calls for ‘Very Substantial’ Change in Wall Street Pay Bloomberg | Remember him, the guy managing the financial services industry...

By washingtonpost.com editors | May 22, 2009; 12:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

May 21, 2009

Obama: U.S. 'Went Off Course' Fighting Terror Politico | Obama addresses national security policy, but still rejects a truth commission. Specter Says Record Needed of Future CIA Briefings Associated Press | Arlen Specter floats a new policy for CIA...

By washingtonpost.com editors | May 21, 2009; 11:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

May 20, 2009

Senate Votes to Block Funds for Guantanamo Closure Associated Press | The Senate throws another roadblock in front of Gitmo closure. Obama is scheduled to address this tomorrow. Pentagon Official: US Must Take Gitmo Prisoners Associated Press | More...

By washingtonpost.com editors | May 20, 2009; 12:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

May 19, 2009

Obama's 35.5 MPG Deal May be a Game-Changer Detroit Free-Press | Detroit, California and Washington attempt to come together on fuel standards. Labor Unions Find Themselves Card-Checkmated Los Angeles Times | Labor unions that pushed so hard for Obama...

By washingtonpost.com editors | May 19, 2009; 07:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

May 18, 2009

And Ye Shall Be Judged GQ | Bush administration officials go after Donald Rumsfeld on Iraq, Katrina and his Cold War mentality. No More Mr. Nice Guy The New Yorker | A look at Chief Justice Roberts on the...

By washingtonpost.com editors | May 18, 2009; 07:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

May 15, 2009

In Limbo: Dawn Johnsen's Nomination Stalls Thanks to Democrats TPMDC | Dawn Johnsen's status as the nominee to head the OLC is up to Democrats like ... Arlen Specter. Health Care Leaders Say Obama Overstated Their Promise to Control...

By washingtonpost.com editors | May 15, 2009; 12:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

May 14, 2009

Pelosi Accuses CIA of Misleading Her on Use of Waterboarding CNN | Pelosi ups the ante in the torture debate, pointing the finger at the CIA. Too Much To Handle? The New Republic | John Judis thinks we'll see...

By washingtonpost.com editors | May 14, 2009; 12:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

May 13, 2009

'Enhanced Interrogations' Don't Work, Ex-FBI Agent Tells Panel CNN | Ali Soufan, part of the team that interrogated Zubaydah pre-waterboarding, gives a first-person account of Gitmo. U.S. Eyes Bank Pay Overhaul Wall Street Journal | Quite a monumental reach...

By washingtonpost.com editors | May 13, 2009; 07:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

May 12, 2009

Another Dem Casts Doubt on CIA Briefing Memo Politico | First Graham, now Rockefeller say not so fast on being briefed by the CIA on waterboarding. Commander's Ouster Is Tied to Shift in Afghan War New York Times |...

By washingtonpost.com editors | May 12, 2009; 08:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

May 11, 2009

Documents: Defense Contractor Mentioned Powerful Uncle Rep. Murtha in Business Dealings Washington Post | John Murtha's nephew is implicated in using his family ties in deals. How will this affect Rep. Murtha? U.S. Soldier Kills Five U.S. Troops in...

By washingtonpost.com editors | May 11, 2009; 07:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

May 8, 2009

U.S. Jobless Rate Hits 8.9%, but Pace of Losses Eases New York Times | The economy lost "only" 539K jobs in April. Um, hooray? The Borking Of Joe Biden National Journal | How Biden's relationship with liberal advocacy groups...

By Ben Pershing | May 8, 2009; 04:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

May 7, 2009

Obama Proposes Saving $17 Billion by Cutting Programs Bloomberg | How exactly did the WH get every news organization to lead with the spending cuts, even though they're easily outweighed by the spending increases? It Ain't Easy Being a...

By Ben Pershing | May 7, 2009; 04:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

May 6, 2009

With Taliban Threat Rising, Obama Presses Visiting Allies New York Times | Obama pledges more help for Afghanistan and Pakistan, asks for more progress in return. Shimon Peres on Iran: Overreaction Is Better Than Underreaction The Atlantic | Israeli...

By Ben Pershing | May 6, 2009; 04:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

May 5, 2009

Justice Report Opposes Prosecuting Torture-Memo Authors New York Times | Internal report says memo authors may be open to disciplinary action by state bar associations, but that's about it. Groups Push for First Gay Supreme Court justice Politico |...

By Ben Pershing | May 5, 2009; 04:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

May 4, 2009

Obama Seeks End of Corporate Tax Break to Raise $190 Billion Bloomberg | Obama wants to crack down on offshore tax shelters. Does Congress? Ruthless Yet Humane Slate | Hitchens delves into what Churchill really thought of torture. Obama's...

By Ben Pershing | May 4, 2009; 04:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

May 1, 2009

Battle Looms Over Choosing Souter's Successor NPR | Souter makes it official, and the battle lines are drawn. Obama’s Qualifications: Someone Like Souter, Believes In ‘Right to Privacy,’ Empathizes With the Powerless ThinkProgress | During the campaign, Obama explained...

By Ben Pershing | May 1, 2009; 04:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

April 30, 2009

Chrysler Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Detroit News | Obama says process will be "quick" and "efficient." White House Aide's Family Likely Has Swine Flu Associated Press | Crisis hits close to home for administration. GOP Plans To Step...

By Ben Pershing | April 30, 2009; 05:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

April 29, 2009

WHO Raises Pandemic Alert After US Death Financial Times | Situation is gradually getting worse. Steele May Lose Purse Strings Washington Times | Not exactly a vote of confidence in GOP chairman. After the Great Recession New York Times...

By Ben Pershing | April 29, 2009; 04:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

April 28, 2009

Sen. Arlen Specter Will Swith Parties, Run as Democrat in 2010 Philadelphia Inquirer | Specter shakes up the Senate, puts Democrats near the 60-vote mark and goes from underdog to favorite in his re-election race. Swine Flu Spreads to...

By Ben Pershing | April 28, 2009; 03:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

April 27, 2009

Avoid Mexico, Travelers Are Told, as Flu Toll Mounts New York Times | Also, they had an eqrthquake in Mexico today. And an ongoing drug war. Is a plague of locusts next? US Official: Harman Wasn't Monitored by NSA...

By Ben Pershing | April 27, 2009; 05:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

April 24, 2009

Democrats’ Budget Deal Sets Up Fight on Health Plan New York Times | Nothing gets the blood racing like these two works -- "budget reconciliation." Tedisco Concedes Race to Murphy Poughkeepsie Journal | NY-20 race is over. Minnesota, not...

By Ben Pershing | April 24, 2009; 04:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

April 23, 2009

U.S. Is Said to Prepare Filing for Chrysler Bankruptcy New York Times| We're about to learn whether there's any such thing as a "controlled" bankruptcy. VP-Shock: Biden Less Popular than Cheney RealClearPolitics | Don't be too stunned by the...

By Ben Pershing | April 23, 2009; 05:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

April 22, 2009

On Earth Day, Obama Urges Congress to Pass Energy Legislation New York Times | Is it Earth Day? We thought it was Talk About Interrogation Policies Day. Pelosi Knew About Harman Wiretap Roll Call | Pelosi says she knew...

By Ben Pershing | April 22, 2009; 05:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

April 21, 2009

Obama Open to Prosecution, Probe of Interrogations Associated Press | Did Obama just go off-message on a very important topic? Blagojevich Can't Go to Costa Rica for TV show Chicago Tribune | A sad day for connoisseurs of bad...

By Ben Pershing | April 21, 2009; 02:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

April 20, 2009

Bank Fears Sink Stocks Wall Street Journal | What happened to the "green shoots and leaves," or whatever it was that was supposed to make us helpful. It Might as Well be Spring Newsweek | This explains the story...

By Ben Pershing | April 20, 2009; 04:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

April 17, 2009

EPA Finds Greenhouse Gases Pose a Danger to Health Associated Press | Get ready for some very strong pushback by the business community. Henderson Says GM Needs More Aid Wall Street Journal | GM CEO says bankruptcy is "probable,"...

By Ben Pershing | April 17, 2009; 04:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

April 16, 2009

President Obama Backs Inter-American Arms Treaty Washington Post | In Mexico, Obama will call for a crackdown on cross-border gun smuggling. Gov. Paterson Intriduces Gay Marriage Bill New York Post | As Gillibrand and others put it, if they...

By Ben Pershing | April 16, 2009; 02:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

April 15, 2009

Tax Deadline Brings out Thousands of Protesters Associated Press | Don't these people have jobs? Obama Uses Tax Deadline Day to Vow Revamp of System Bloomberg | Obama is raring to fix the tax code. Right after he deals...

By Ben Pershing | April 15, 2009; 04:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

April 14, 2009

Obama Sees More Pain Now but Hope Later on Economy New York Times | Obama counsels patience on the day a dissappointing retail sales report sends markets downward. Blagojevich Pleads Not Guilty Chicago Tribune | Ex-gov. says his strategy...

By Ben Pershing | April 14, 2009; 03:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

April 13, 2009

Somali Insurgents Fire Mortars at US Congressman Reuters | Rep. Payne's plane fired upon as he leaves Mogadishu. Ex-Rep. Vito Fossella Pleads Guilty to Driving Under the Influence New York Daily News | Fossella just realized in the last...

By Ben Pershing | April 13, 2009; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

April 10, 2009

Obama Sees 'Glimmers of Hope' of Improving Economy Bloomberg | That must have been a really good meeting. With a Reunion Planned, Bush Eases Back Into the Public Eye New York Times | Bush getting the old band back...

By Ben Pershing | April 10, 2009; 04:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

April 9, 2009

Captain Still Held by Pirates as Ship Heads to Port New York Times | The FBI and the Navy are involved now, as the White House watches nervously. Obama to Seek $83.4 Billion for Iraq, Afghan Wars Associated Press...

By Ben Pershing | April 9, 2009; 04:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

April 8, 2009

U.S. to Offer Aid to Life Insurers Wall Street Journal | Would all industries not receiving a bailout please raise their hands? The Careful Exaggerator Slate | Obama is fond of knocking down straw men: "Some people say ..."...

By Ben Pershing | April 8, 2009; 03:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

April 7, 2009

In Baghdad, Obama Presses Iraqi Leader to Unite Factions New York Times | On surprise trip, Obama rallies the troops and reiterates plan to pull them out by the end of 2011. Iraq and Obama's War Washington Post: 44...

By Ben Pershing | April 7, 2009; 04:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

April 6, 2009

In Turkey, Obama Says U.S. ‘Never’ at War With Islam New York Times | Note Obama's "bold" reference to his own upbringing in a Muslim country. Watch the blogosphere go wild. Gates Proposes Major Changes to U.S. Military Programs,...

By Ben Pershing | April 6, 2009; 04:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

April 3, 2009

Obama Sets a New Tone for Alliance With Europe New York Times | Obama gets a friendly reception in France as he distances U.S. from Bush policies. Unanimous Ruling: Iowa Marriage no Longer Limited to One Man, One Woman...

By Ben Pershing | April 3, 2009; 02:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

April 2, 2009

G-20 Backs Regulation Crackdown, $1.1 Trillion Aid Bloomberg | Leaders agree to tougher financial regulations across the board. Wouldn't Congress have to approve some of this? Will it? Sources: Blagojevich Indictment Today chicagobreakingnews.com | Easy to forget that he...

By Ben Pershing | April 2, 2009; 04:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

April 1, 2009

Obama Warns Others to Step Up to Crisis Wall Street Journal | Will other countries appreciate a lecture from U.S. at this point? Some Alaskans See Stevens As Good As Vindicated NPR | Most everyone agrees now that Stevens'...

By Ben Pershing | April 1, 2009; 04:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

March 31, 2009

Pakistani Taliban Leader Threatens Washington Wall Street Journal | Group responsible for Lahore attack says D.C. may be next. How comforting. Obama starts First Major Foreign Trip Reuters | Obama arrives in London with a packed agenda. Bankruptcy Is...

By Ben Pershing | March 31, 2009; 03:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

March 30, 2009

Obama Says GM, Chrysler Have Last Chance to Survive Bloomberg | Obama says companies can't survive as "wards of the state." Wagoner Retains His Optimism as He Bows Out New York Times | Wagoner predicts company will survive and...

By Ben Pershing | March 30, 2009; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

March 27, 2009

Obama Outlines Strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Los Angeles Times| Obama lays out the details for his own "surge" plan. Chris Hill, Very Confused Weekly Standard Blog | Conservatives try to pick apart the testimony of Iraq ambassador nominee....

By Ben Pershing | March 27, 2009; 03:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

March 26, 2009

Geithner Calls for Major Overhaul of Financial Rules New York Times | Members give ambitious plan a lukewarm reception. Sources: GOP Leaders Split on Budget "Blueprint" Politico | Interesting tale of intraparty intrigue over the GOP's budget "plan.. Obama...

By Ben Pershing | March 26, 2009; 04:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

March 25, 2009

The 'Anything's Possible' Budget CQ Politics | Senate budget would seem to still let Obama do what he wants, until you read the fine print. Treasury Proposes to Share New Powers With FDIC Wall Street Journal | In a...

By Ben Pershing | March 25, 2009; 05:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

March 24, 2009

Geithner, Bernanke Seek New Wind-Down Power After AIG Bloomberg | Their pitch: We've done so well running these companies so far give us the authority to take over even more.. White House Unveils Plan to Fight Border Drug Cartels...

By Ben Pershing | March 24, 2009; 02:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

March 23, 2009

Global Stocks Advance on Treasury’s Debt Plan; Citigroup Jumps Bloomberg | Geithner needed to have a good day, for once, and it seems like he did. Inside Obama’s Economic Brain Trust New York Magazine | How all those big...

By Ben Pershing | March 23, 2009; 02:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

March 20, 2009

On 'Tonight Show,' Obama Urges Steadiness in Face of Crisis Wall Street Journal | Obama hints he's not thrilled with the House's AIG tax bill. Obama vs. Marx New Republic | Apparently the president is not really a socialist....

By Ben Pershing | March 20, 2009; 11:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

March 19, 2009

House Passes Bill Taxing Wall Street Bonuses Wall Street Journal | That'll teach those employees a valuable lesson: When your employer gives you money that it is contractually obligated to pay, don't take it! Why AIG Paid the 'Bonuses'...

By Ben Pershing | March 19, 2009; 03:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

March 18, 2009

AIG CEO says Employees Starting to Return Bonuses Associated Press | It's a race: Can they return bonuses before Congress passes huge taxes on them? Obama's a Hot Ticket in O.C. Los Angeles Times | President draws well in...

By Ben Pershing | March 18, 2009; 05:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

March 17, 2009

Congress Threatens to Tax AIG Executives' Bonuses Associated Press | Lawmakers try to correct their earlier mistakes. McCain: 'Too Early' to Tell If Obama Has Put Nation at Risk of Terror Attack ABC News: George's Bottom Line | In...

By Ben Pershing | March 17, 2009; 01:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

March 16, 2009

Depression Fears Subside on Bernanke Remarks, Rally in Stocks Bloomberg | Maybe the Fed chair should go on "60 Minutes" more often. Obama to Appear on ‘Tonight Show’ New York Times: The Caucus | Perhaps Leno will go all...

By Ben Pershing | March 16, 2009; 02:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

March 16, 2009

Bracing for a Bailout Backlash New York Times | The administration looks to get ahead of populist anger at Wall Street. U.S. to Toughen Finance Rules Wall Street Journal | Details start to emerge for Obama's regulatory overhaul plan....

By Ben Pershing | March 16, 2009; 07:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

March 13, 2009

Summers: Timing of Turnaround Is Unclear Wall Street Journal | Says stimulus is working, but no one knows when crisis will be over. The Academic Freedom Agenda New York Times Magazine | A first look at G.W. Bush's "Freedom...

By Ben Pershing | March 13, 2009; 07:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

March 12, 2009

The Buzz About a Second Stimulus Package New York Times | Here's the buzz -- there won't be one. D.C. Official, Contractor Arrested in Bribery Sting Washington Post | So far it doesn't sound like Obama's new chief information...

By Ben Pershing | March 12, 2009; 07:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

March 11, 2009

Obama Criticizes Earmarks, but Vows to Sign Spending Bill New York Times | Obama criticizes bill his own party wrote, but will sign it anyway. Very odd all around. McClatchy/Ipsos poll: How's Limbaugh do against Obama? McClatchy | Obama...

By Ben Pershing | March 11, 2009; 07:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

March 10, 2009

Obama Administration Gains Support for Spending Bill Reuters | Omnibus slowly chugs toward finish line after reassurances on Cuba. The GOP in 2012 The Atlantic | A useful (early) survey of the field from Reihan Salam. Stocks Post Best...

By Ben Pershing | March 10, 2009; 08:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

March 9, 2009

Obama Overturns Bush Policy on Stem Cells CNN | Everyone knew he was going to do this at some point, so it makes sense for him to do it quickly. Don’t Rely on Bush’s Signing Statements, Obama Orders New...

By Ben Pershing | March 9, 2009; 07:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

March 6, 2009

Newt Pondering a White House Run Richmond Times-Dispatch | Newt's may be in officially ... or not. How Hard It Is To Work for the Obama Administration CQ | David Corn catches up with a weary staffer. Omnibus Still...

By washingtonpost.com editors | March 6, 2009; 08:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

March 5, 2009

U.S., European Stocks Drop as China Signals No Added Stimulus Bloomberg | Where's the bottom? Obama Has Pointed Words at Health Care Forum Los Angeles Times | President suggests everyone will have to make sacrifices. Court Hears Prop. 8...

By Ben Pershing | March 5, 2009; 07:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

March 4, 2009

Drug Approval Is Not a Shield From Lawsuits, Justices Rule New York Times | Watch to see whether business groups will try to get Congress to do something about this ruling. Obama Home Rescue Plan Welcomed Financial Times |...

By Ben Pershing | March 4, 2009; 07:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

March 3, 2009

Bernanke Says U.S. May Need to Expand $700 Billion Bank Rescue Bloomberg | That will be easy to do, since the first bailout plan has proved to be so popular. Illegal Immigrant to Be Charged With Chandra Levy Murder...

By Ben Pershing | March 3, 2009; 07:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

March 2, 2009

Obama Names Sebelius, DeParle to Key Health Posts Wall Street Journal | It will take the two of them combined to do the job Obama wanted Daschle to do by himself. Dem Congresswoman Would Gun for Burris's Seat The...

By Ben Pershing | March 2, 2009; 07:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 27, 2009

Obama Formally Announces Plans to Pull Combat Troops From Iraq Stars and Stripes | Note that there's just enough "flexibility" for him to adjust these numbers if he has to. GDP Shrank 6.2% in 4th Quarter, Deeper Than First...

By Ben Pershing | February 27, 2009; 07:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 26, 2009

Obama Seeks $1 Trillion Tax Increase in Budget Plan Bloomberg | Using 10-year budget projections makes all the numbers seem even more frighteningly large. Top Republicans Rip Into Obama Budget Plan Reuters | Not surprising the GOP would oppose...

By Ben Pershing | February 26, 2009; 07:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 25, 2009

Obama Seeks $634B Over 10 Years for Health Care Associated Press | Before you start hyperventilating, remember that the budget bill itself doesn't actually spend any money. Conservative Words for a Liberal Agenda Politico | Obama's proposals far more...

By Ben Pershing | February 25, 2009; 07:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 24, 2009

Dick Durbin: Burris Should Resign Chicago Tribune: The Swamp | Maybe if Durbin had held firm in calling for a special election before, none of this mess would be happening. Bernanke Calms Nationalisation Fears Financial Times | Now the...

By Ben Pershing | February 24, 2009; 07:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 23, 2009

Obama Vows to Slash Federal Deficit New York Times | Obama wants to cut deficit in half, but how? Obama: $15B From Stimulus Going to Medicaid plan Associated Press | This should make some of those governors happy. Why...

By Ben Pershing | February 23, 2009; 07:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 20, 2009

Obama Tells Mayors to Spend Wisely New York Times | The president does some finger-wagging at the men and women who run the nation's cities. Wonder if they enjoyed that. Quinn Calls on Burris to Quit Chicago Tribune |...

By Ben Pershing | February 20, 2009; 07:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 19, 2009

Obama Arrives on the Hill Toronto Globe & Mail | Folks up north are very, very excited about today's visit. The first quote from Obama on Canadian soil -- "Hello." Gov Says SC Might Take Money Despite Misgivings Associated...

By Ben Pershing | February 19, 2009; 07:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 18, 2009

White House: Housing Plan Could Help Up to 9 Million People Wall Street Journal | Obama unveils latest sweeping plan -- this one's about housing, apparently. It's tough to keep track. Test Head Los Angeles Times | Just to...

By Ben Pershing | February 18, 2009; 07:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 17, 2009

Banks drive Wall St to new low for year Financial Times | Markets still waiting for more evidence that Obama administration knows how to fix the economy. Rove: Cheney's Fight 'Overblown' Politico | Rove claims Bush-Cheney split over Libby...

By Ben Pershing | February 17, 2009; 07:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 13, 2009

Stimulus Clears House With No GOP Votes Politico | A win is a win, for now at least. We'll see how all this plays in 2010. The Political Specter-um FiveThirtyEight | Is Specter's stimulus stance helping or hurting him...

By Ben Pershing | February 13, 2009; 07:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 12, 2009

Stimulus Deal Struck, but Still no Final Bill CNN | This is the legislative process, and it's not pretty. U.S. Offers Europe Goodwill, and Expects Something in Return New York Times | Specifically, the Obama team wants a lot...

By Ben Pershing | February 12, 2009; 07:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 11, 2009

House, Senate Make $789 Billion Deal Politico | That was remarkably quick. What happened to all those threats to cancel next week's recess? Geithner Defends Lack of Details in Financial Plan Bloomberg | He says there's a very good...

By Ben Pershing | February 11, 2009; 07:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 10, 2009

Geithner Says Bank-Rescue Plans May Reach $2 Trillion Bloomberg | Stock market drops in reaction to plan. Senate Passes Stimulus, Setting Up Tough Conference With House CQ Politics | Members shouldn't expect to get much recess time next week....

By Ben Pershing | February 10, 2009; 07:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 9, 2009

Obama Calls Anew for Swift Action on Economy Associated Press | Obama wants that stimulus on his desk right now. Obama's Approval Is High — But the Stimulus Isn't as Popular CNN: Political Ticker | Another poll, another take...

By Ben Pershing | February 9, 2009; 07:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 6, 2009

Obama Says Jobless Numbers Demand Action Associated Press | Gloomy new unemployment stats add urgency to stimulus debate. Sen. Reid Is Hopeful for Final Vote on Stimulus Wall Street Journal | Majority Leader still aiming for a vote tonight,...

By Ben Pershing | February 6, 2009; 07:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 5, 2009

Justice Ginsburg Has Pancreatic Cancer Surgery Associated Press | Cancer was reportedly caught at an early stage. Senators Going Through Stimulus Bill 'Line by Line' CNN | Framework of a centrist deal may be coming together. Losing Control Newsweek...

By Ben Pershing | February 5, 2009; 07:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 4, 2009

Obama Orders Pay Limits at Banks Getting Future Aid Bloomberg | This and Gregg were supposed to be this morning's headlines, not Daschle. Cheney Warns of New Attacks Politico | VP is still unapologetic, and convinced Obama will either...

By Ben Pershing | February 4, 2009; 07:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 3, 2009

Daschle Withdraws as Nominee for HHS Secretary Associated Press | The first genuine defeat of the Obama administration. Performance Czar Killefer Withdraws Candidacy Wall Street Journal | Two withdrawals in a day, and the day's only half over. J....

By Ben Pershing | February 3, 2009; 07:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 2, 2009

Treasury to Outline Bank Plan Next Week Wall Street Journal | We'll soon know how big and how messy the next bailout will be. Questions Arise After Daschle Surpise Politico | Were "mistakes" the fault of Daschle or a...

By Ben Pershing | February 2, 2009; 07:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 30, 2009

Steele Elected RNC Chair Washington Post: The Fix | Steele wins after six dramatic ballots. And winning the race might have been easier than the job itself will be. Obama Says Economic ‘Disaster’ Requires Focus on Middle Class Bloomberg...

By Ben Pershing | January 30, 2009; 07:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 29, 2009

Senators Vote to Oust Blagojevich Chicago Tribune | It's over. Let the healing (and the criminal trial) begin. Obama Looking at Gregg for Commerce Secretary Roll Call | New Hampshire Republican would be an interesting choice. Is he too...

By Ben Pershing | January 29, 2009; 07:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 28, 2009

Obama Makes a Public Appeal for His Stimulus Package Los Angeles Times | Obama pitches business leaders to back bill. The Big Fix New York Times Magazine | If you want to know how to fix the economy, read...

By Ben Pershing | January 28, 2009; 07:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 27, 2009

Obama Seeks Republican Help on Economy Wall Street Journal | Obama's making an effort to get GOP votes, but no evidence yet that it's working. Obama Addresses Mideast as Mitchell Arrives in Cairo Los Angeles Times | New administration...

By Ben Pershing | January 27, 2009; 07:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 26, 2009

Obama Moves to Let States Set Own Rules on Emissions Wall Street Journal | Move pleases environmentalists but worries auto companies, unions, just as industry as already in danger. Obama to Review Rule Limiting Immigration Arrests Associated Press |...

By Ben Pershing | January 26, 2009; 07:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 23, 2009

Obama Presses Lawmakers on Stimulus, Accountability Bloomberg | Obama really wants that stimulus soon. Does he still want Republican votes for it? Is Gillibrand Too Republican to Replace Clinton? Village Voice | Everything you ever wanted to know about...

By Ben Pershing | January 23, 2009; 07:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 22, 2009

Cheney Speaks Out on Libby Weekly Standard | Not surprising, but interesting: VP says former top aide deserved a pardon, Bush erred by not giving him one On Plane to Texas, Critiques of the Speech New York Times |...

By Ben Pershing | January 22, 2009; 07:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 21, 2009

Obama's Day One: Recession, War, Ethics Associated Press | Obama seems to be touching all the bases on his first day. Time for a vacation. Geithner Says Obama Economic Plan Will Come in Weeks Bloomberg | He tells Senate...

By Ben Pershing | January 21, 2009; 07:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 20, 2009

Obama Takes Oath, Says U.S. ‘Ready to Lead Once More’ Bloomberg | Obama becomes 44th president, promises to lead the country through troubled times. Obama's Inaugural Address Washington Post | A sober picture of where things stand, but hopeful...

By Ben Pershing | January 20, 2009; 07:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 19, 2009

Bush Commutes Sentences of Former U.S. Border Agents Associated Press | Conservatives get a commutation they can rally around. Obama Celebrates, Serves on MLK Day Politico | Might they keep doing community service in the DC area, or is...

By Ben Pershing | January 19, 2009; 07:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 16, 2009

Obama leaves D.C. To Send a Message Politico | is this the first stop of the 2012 campaign? Passengers on Obama’s DC Train Ride Reinforce the Winning Campaign Theme CQ Politics | The train will move slowly, as it...

By Ben Pershing | January 16, 2009; 07:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 15, 2009

Burris Sworn in to Senate Chicago Tribune | Burris can now settle into being a backbencher with an uncertain future, along with Kaufman. 'Waterboarding Is Torture,' Says Holder Politico | Having to discuss Rich pardon is also torture, he...

By Ben Pershing | January 15, 2009; 07:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 14, 2009

Confirmation Hearings for Geithner Postponed Wall Street Journal | Democrats say he'll be fine, but the Republican jury is still out. Poll Finds Support for Cuomo Over Kennedy as Senate Choice New York Times: City Room | And it's...

By Ben Pershing | January 14, 2009; 07:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 13, 2009

Clinton Says U.S. Must Not ‘Give Up’ on Mideast Peace New York Times | Her foreign policy views are being overshadowed by talk about potential conflict's with Bill's foundation. Senators Raise Questions About Geithner's Nomination at Treasury Wall Street...

By Ben Pershing | January 13, 2009; 07:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 12, 2009

Senate Democrats Agree to Seat Burris This Week Chicago Tribune | That was a worthwhile exercise for all involved, wasn't it? Obama Asks Bush to Seek TARP Funds From Congress Bloomberg | Bush very graciously willing to make request...

By Ben Pershing | January 12, 2009; 07:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 9, 2009

Jobless Rate Surges to 7.2%; Nonfarm Payrolls Drop 524,000 Wall Street Journal | And that's before all the Bushies are unemployed in two weeks. House Votes to Impeach Blagojevich Chicago Tribune | Senate trial expected to take at least...

By Ben Pershing | January 9, 2009; 07:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 8, 2009

Obama Warns of Prolonged Crisis Without Stimulus Plan Bloomberg | Obama's message: Only I can save the world from certain doom. Obama Eyes Wall Street Super-Regulator Politico | The only way to foil the Super-Regulator is to hide your...

By Ben Pershing | January 8, 2009; 07:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 7, 2009

Burris Appointment Tossed Back to Illinois as White Blasts D.C. Dems Chicago Tribune | Why doesn't White just sign the stupid appointment instead of complaining about Senate rules? CBO Projects $1.2 Trillion Deficit for Current Fiscal Year Wall Street...

By Ben Pershing | January 7, 2009; 07:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 6, 2009

Obama Wants Journalist Gupta for Surgeon General Washington Post | Remember when Obama was criticized for being a "celebrity"? Now he's picked one. Obama Seeks to Ease Tensions Over Panetta Pick Roll Call | Obama and co. reaching out...

By Ben Pershing | January 6, 2009; 07:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 5, 2009

Panetta to Be Named C.I.A. Director New York Times | An unexpected choice, and another former Clintonite in the ranks. Obama Meeting With Hill Leaders on Economic Recovery Package CQ Politics | Obama has his series of photo-ops with...

By Ben Pershing | January 5, 2009; 07:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 2, 2009

Sources: Bennet Will Be Colorado's New Senator Rocky Mountain News | Ritter picks Denver Public Schools superintendent to replace Salazar. Powerful NY Lawmaker Says He'll Support Kennedy Associated Press | AP sources say Kennedy is "likely" pick, but Paterson...

By Ben Pershing | January 2, 2009; 06:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 31, 2008

Paulson Rues Shortage of Firepower as Battle Raged Financial Times | Hank Paulson says the U.S. wasn't prepared for the financial collapse. Go on.... Defiant Illinois Governor Names Pick for Obama Seat New York Times | Hot Rod Blagojevich...

By washingtonpost.com editors | December 31, 2008; 07:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 30, 2008

Republicans Warn Against Overspending on Stimulus Wall Street Journal | Is there anything the GOP can really do to derail this train? Millions Await Obama's Action on Health Insurance Philadelphia Inquirer | Anticipation grows for what will likely be...

By Ben Pershing | December 30, 2008; 07:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 29, 2008

Obama Defers to Bush, for Now, on Gaza Crisis New York Times | Obama has to sit and watch as hopes for an early Mideast breakthrough slip away. Obama Will Stick to Tax Promise, His Aides Say Los Angeles...

By Ben Pershing | December 29, 2008; 07:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 24, 2008

For Now, Obama Proves to Be Elusive Target for G.O.P. New York Times | He's teflon so far, but it's still early. Obama's Five Rules of Scandal Response Politico | How the incoming administration handled its first scandal. Centrists...

By Ben Pershing | December 24, 2008; 07:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 23, 2008

Obama Aide Had Multiple Talks With Governor, Aides Associated Press | Report generally clears Rahm. If Blagojevich so badly wanted something in exchange for Senate seat, why did neither he nor his CoS ever mention it to Emanuel? Clinton...

By Ben Pershing | December 23, 2008; 07:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 22, 2008

NBC News Pres: Matthews 'Isn't Running' Politico: The Scorecard | Hmm. Does this mean he won't run, period? Or just that he's not running at this moment? Analysis: Census Data Shows 8 States Could Lose House Seats USA Today...

By Ben Pershing | December 22, 2008; 07:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 19, 2008

Blagojevich: 'I have done nothing wrong' Chicago Tribune | Blagojevich says he's "dying to answer these charges." Just keep it family-friendly, please. Franken Passes Coleman in Recount, But ... Minneapolis Star-Tribune | Inclusion of challenged ballots puts Democrat in...

By Ben Pershing | December 19, 2008; 07:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 18, 2008

Moguls and Arab States Are Big Donors to Clinton Charity New York Times | Two groups that are very popular with the American public right now -- "moguls" and "Arab states.". Cheney Defends War on Terror's Morality Washington Times...

By Ben Pershing | December 18, 2008; 07:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 17, 2008

Why History Can't Wait Time | Obama is Person of the Year. We had Joe the Plumber in the office pool. Between Obama and the Press New York Times Magazine | Meet Robert Gibbs, soon-to-be White House press secretary....

By Ben Pershing | December 17, 2008; 07:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 16, 2008

Auto Industry Rescue on Hold as Bush Looks at the Data Detroit Free Press | Don't expect a bailout deal for at least another day or two. Impeachment Inquiry Launched Chicago Tribune | Legislature may boot Blagojevich from office,...

By Ben Pershing | December 16, 2008; 07:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 15, 2008

Caroline Kennedy to Seek Clinton’s Senate Seat New York Times | She wants it, but that's no guarantee she'll get it. Michael Madigan Launches Impeachment Inquiry Chicago Tribune | Will Blagojevich be able to cut a deal before voluntary...

By Ben Pershing | December 15, 2008; 08:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 12, 2008

Hope for Auto Rescue Shifts to White House Detroit Free Press | Bailout dies in the Senate, leaving this as one of Bush's last big decisions. GM, Chrysler Survival Options Narrow After Vote Fails Bloomberg | Is Washington ready...

By Ben Pershing | December 12, 2008; 07:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 11, 2008

House's Auto Bill Comes Under Republican Fire Wall Street Journal | McConnell's opposed and wants amendments, but Reid won't allow changes, just alternative bills. Who will blink first? Obama Confident Staff Clear in Blagojevich Scandal Chicago Sun-Times | Obama...

By Ben Pershing | December 11, 2008; 07:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 10, 2008

Lawyer: Rep. Jackson 'Completely Guiltless' Chicago Tribune | Jackson Jr. is "Senate Candidate 5," but if Blago is the only witness against him, he's probably fine. Democrats Claim Agreement on Auto Rescue Deal Wall Street Journal | Dems and...

By Ben Pershing | December 10, 2008; 07:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 9, 2008

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich arrested Chicago Tribune | Wow. What DIDN'T he do? The charges against him are epic. In Election’s Wake, Campaigns Offer a Peek at What Really Happened New York Times | Want to know the real...

By Ben Pershing | December 9, 2008; 07:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 8, 2008

Auto Bailout Is Near, White House and Congress Say New York Times | A deal should fix everything, the same way the financial rescue bill did. Oh, wait ... Fossella Ordered to Spend Five Days in Jail Roll Call...

By Ben Pershing | December 8, 2008; 07:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 5, 2008

Reprogramming the Pentagon for a New Age Foreign Affairs | Robert Gates lays out his vision for the future. G.O.P. Paid Almost $55,000 for Palin Fashion Stylist New York Times | The story that keeps giving and giving .......

By Ben Pershing | December 5, 2008; 07:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 4, 2008

Back on Capitol Hill, Auto Executives Still Find Skeptics New York Times | The second round of hearings doesn't seem to have gone much better for the Big Three. Who Are the Swing Senators? FiveThirtyEight | A look at...

By Ben Pershing | December 4, 2008; 07:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 3, 2008

Franken Claims He Is in the Lead The Hill | It's always reassuring when the state, the media and both campaigns all keep separate vote tallies, and none of them match. What Obama's 27-Year-Old Speechwriter Learned from George W....

By Ben Pershing | December 3, 2008; 07:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 2, 2008

Bill Clinton Spokesperson: Any Speculation He Wants Hillary's Senate Seat Is 'Completely False' TPMElectionCentral | Who knew this was even a possibility? Would have been a great story, though. Better Than a Bailout New Republic | How to save...

By Ben Pershing | December 2, 2008; 07:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 1, 2008

Obama Picks Clinton, Gates to Lead National Security Team Wall Street Journal | The deed is done. Obama even let the nominees speak for a few minutes. Recession in U.S. Started in December 2007, NBER Says Bloomberg | It's...

By Ben Pershing | December 1, 2008; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 28, 2008

Chris Matthews Staffing Up for Probable Senate Run in 2010 FiveThirtyEight.com | Looks as though MSNBC's Chris Matthews may challenge Sen. Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania. The Pakistan Connection Newsweek | What role, if any, did Pakistan play in the...

By washingtonpost.com editors | November 28, 2008; 08:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 26, 2008

Poll: Many Obama, McCain Backers Wavered Associated Press | American voters seem to be the real flip-floppers. Cassano’s Statements on AIG Probed by Prosecutors, People Say Bloomberg | AIG exec. Cassano may be on the hook for misleading auditors...

By washingtonpost.com editors | November 26, 2008; 07:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 25, 2008

What To Do with Guantanamo's Yemeni Detainees? Slate | A major challenge in closing Gitmo is what to do with detainees when their home country balks. Saving Citi May Create More Fear New York Times | More fear, less...

By washingtonpost.com editors | November 25, 2008; 07:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 24, 2008

Citi, AIG Won't Drop Sponsorships The Blotter - ABC | They're in dire shape, but the financial giants still won't relinquish lucrative sports sponsorships. Rubinomics Recalculated New York Times | Many of Obama's economic advisers have a mentor in...

By washingtonpost.com editors | November 24, 2008; 07:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 21, 2008

An Option for Clinton: Enhanced Senate Role New York Times | Is she seriously weighing this, or is this just one more self-serving storyline put out by her allies? In Crisis, Opportunity for Obama Wall Street Journal | The...

By Ben Pershing | November 21, 2008; 07:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 20, 2008

Waxman Topples Dingell, Claims Gavel at House Energy and Commerce CQ | The auto industry can't catch a break, can it? Clinton Decision Holding Up Other Obama Choices New York Times | Hillary story seems like it's dragged on...

By Ben Pershing | November 20, 2008; 07:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 19, 2008

Daschle Accepts HHS Cabinet Post Associated Press | Guess this means Howard Dean is out of the running. Boehner, McCotter Prevail The Hill | Boehner is sticking around, but Cole is out and Sessions in at the NRCC. Steering...

By Ben Pershing | November 19, 2008; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 18, 2008

Obama's Attorney General Newsweek: Powering Up | Report says Eric Holder will be AG, though he hasn't actually been vetted yet. Senate Democrats Vote To Keep Lieberman In Chairmanship Hartford Courant | Best part was when Lieberman denied making...

By Ben Pershing | November 18, 2008; 07:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 17, 2008

Obama, McCain Meet for 'Good Conversation' chicagobreakingnews.com | Finally, they agree on something -- not answering questions from the media. Not a Bad Weekend’s Work Economist | G20 meeting didn't cure the world's economic ills, but it's a start....

By Ben Pershing | November 17, 2008; 07:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 14, 2008

Clinton Met With Obama About Role In New Administration Huffington Post | Did he find her to be "likable enough" at the meeting? Welcome to My World, Barack New York Times Magazine | Extended interviews with Condi Rice and...

By Ben Pershing | November 14, 2008; 07:41 AM ET | Comments (1)

November 13, 2008

Obama Will Resign Senate Seat Sunday Chicago Tribune: Clout Street | Farewell, Sen. Obama. We hardly knew ye. Boxer Aide Charged in Child Porn Sting Roll Call | Staffer fired after DOJ investigation found photos, movies. Gingrich Says GOP...

By Ben Pershing | November 13, 2008; 07:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 12, 2008

4th Circuit Upholds Corruption Indictment of Jefferson New Orleans Times-Picayune | Dollar Bill fails again to get charges against him thrown out. And yes, you the taxpayer are still providing him a salary. Online Political Ads Spark Copyright Battle...

By Ben Pershing | November 12, 2008; 07:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 11, 2008

Momentum Grows to Draft Sununu as RNC Chairman New Hampshire Union Leader | New England Republicans are a dying breed, so maybe one should run the party. Poll: Matthews Running Behind In Potential 2010 Senate Run, But Might Have...

By Ben Pershing | November 11, 2008; 07:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 10, 2008

Dean Prepares to Step Down as DNC Chair Huffington Post | Might he get rewarded with HHS job? And no, the "50-state strategy" debate is not over. Strategies are nice, but it was Obama who brought the money. Swing...

By Ben Pershing | November 10, 2008; 07:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 7, 2008

McConnell Reaches Out to Lieberman Politico | Still looks likely Joe will stay a Democrat, but Republicans are trying. Obama Lays Out Ethics for Transition Team Roll Call | Obama begins delicate task of hiring lobbyists without seeming like...

By Ben Pershing | November 7, 2008; 07:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 6, 2008

Obama Turns to Building Leadership Team Wall Street Journal | Lots of names for lots of jobs already. Which aides will have the best titles, and which will actually have the power? GOP in Dire Straits Politico | All...

By Ben Pershing | November 6, 2008; 07:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 5, 2008

How He Did It Newsweek | Mag's traditional behind-the-scenes opus includes lots of anti-Palin tidbits. Apparently she LOVES to shop. Palin Faces Questions, Different Landscape When She Returns to Alaska Anchorage Daily News | She returns home less popular...

By Ben Pershing | November 5, 2008; 07:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 4, 2008

The Difference Two Years Makes Mother Jones: MoJoBlog | Check out what voters said in a November 2006 poll about a McCain/Obama matchup. Ten Reasons Why You Should Ignore Exit Polls FiveThirtyEight | Let's see, they were bad in...

By Ben Pershing | November 4, 2008; 07:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 3, 2008

The Most Accurate Election Forecast? Hardcore Gamblers Huffington Post | Betting sites have Obama as the heavy favorite. Ironic, since McCain is the big gambler in the race. Redskins Rule Ideal for 'Monday Night' Washington Times | If the...

By Ben Pershing | November 3, 2008; 07:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 2, 2008

Election Battle Shifts to Red Turf Wall St. Journal | Two days out, and McCain is forced to defend traditional red states against Obama's vaunted machine. Questions This Election May Answer Boston Globe | Turning pages? Caring about our...

By washingtonpost.com editors | November 2, 2008; 10:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

October 31, 2008

AP Poll Shows Obama Backers Gleeful, McCain's Glum Associated Press | Enthusiasm gap can't be a good sign for GOP turnout Tuesday, especially for downballot races. The McCain Surge That Wasn’t Wall Street Journal: Political Perceptions | The race...

By Ben Pershing | October 31, 2008; 07:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

October 30, 2008

Gore Returns to Palm Beach County Palm Beach Post | Maybe Gore will figure out a way to screw it up for Obama. Are the Polls Lowballing Jim Martin? FiveThirtyEight | Watch the black undecided voters here. Very hard...

By Ben Pershing | October 30, 2008; 07:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

October 29, 2008

In Memo, McCain’s Top Pollster Sees Tighter Race Wall Street Journal: Washington Wire | Leaked McCain memo a classic of the genre. Will media follow the comeback storyline? How the Campaign Reined in Free-Wheelin' McCain GQ Blog | More...

By Ben Pershing | October 29, 2008; 07:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

October 28, 2008

Stevens Guilty: 'It's Not Over Yet,' He Says Anchorage Daily News | His legal case may not be over, but his Senate career almost certainly is. McCain Campaign Cites Comments in 2001 on Courts in Attack on Obama New...

By Ben Pershing | October 28, 2008; 07:39 AM ET | Comments (1)

October 27, 2008

Ted Stevens Found Guilty in Corruption Case Associated Press | Looks like one more step toward 60 seats for Senate Democrats. Could McCain Lose His Home State? Politico | Probably not, but the fact that Ariz. is even close...

By Ben Pershing | October 27, 2008; 07:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

October 24, 2008

Looming Recession Batters Stocks Financial Times | Headline says it all. What will the markets do the day after the election? Police: McCain Volunteer Made up Robbery Story Associated Press | Not sure what to say about this one....

By Ben Pershing | October 24, 2008; 07:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

October 23, 2008

Greenspan Admits Some Mistakes Amid Grilling by House Lawmakers Wall Street Journal | Now he tells us. But at least we could understand what he was saying. Stevens Jurors Want Woman Removed for 'Violent Outbursts' Anchorage Daily News |...

By Ben Pershing | October 23, 2008; 08:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

October 22, 2008

The Making (and Remaking and Remaking) of McCain New York Times Magazine | The much-awaited piece by Robert Draper going behind the scenes of a turbulent campaign. Obama Opens Double-Digit Lead Wall Street Journal | Obama's largest lead yet,...

By Ben Pershing | October 22, 2008; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

October 21, 2008

Defense: Prosecutors Smear 'Decent' Stevens Anchorage Daily News | Closing arguments in the Stevens trial. How soon will we have a verdict? On Election Night, Look to the East National Journal | Not just the presidential race, but also...

By Ben Pershing | October 21, 2008; 07:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

October 20, 2008

Stevens Dour in Final Hours of Trial Testimony Associated Press | Kind of amazing that a titan of the Senate has been testifying in his own corruption trial, and it barely makes any front pages. How John McCain Came...

By Ben Pershing | October 20, 2008; 07:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

October 17, 2008

Want Palin's E-mails? That'll Be $15 Million msnbc.com | In theory, these records are available to the public. But freedom isn't free. High Court Rejects GOP Bid in Ohio Voting Dispute Associated Press | Court stops move that could...

By Ben Pershing | October 17, 2008; 07:44 AM ET | Comments (1)

October 16, 2008

Ohio Seeks to Block Voter Challenge Ruling Scotusblog | Ohio SoS wants Supremes to block order that state must verify all registration rolls. With 19 days left, this appears likely to be messy either way. Obama Cautions Against Cockiness...

By Ben Pershing | October 16, 2008; 07:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

October 15, 2008

Polls: McCain Forced to Play Defense in Some Red States CNN.com | Obama up narrowly in Colo. and Fla., down 1 point in Mo. and 6 in Ga. Experts Warn of Nov. 4 Voting Meltdowns Politico | This is...

By Ben Pershing | October 15, 2008; 07:56 AM ET | Comments (2)

October 14, 2008

McCain Unveils New Economic Proposals New York Times | He's got a plan. Will it get much coverage amid so much other economic news? Aide: McCain Likely To Confront Obama Over Ayers At Next Debate Huffington Post | Wasn't...

By Ben Pershing | October 14, 2008; 07:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

October 13, 2008

Congressman's $121,000 Payoff to Alleged Mistress ABC News | Looks like at least one House Democratic incumbent is in trouble. The Man Behind the Whispers About Obama New York Times | A look at the, um, "colorful" past of...

By Ben Pershing | October 13, 2008; 07:48 AM ET | Comments (1)

October 10, 2008

Stocks Swing Wildly in Chaotic Trading New York Times | The market was down, then up, then way down, then back up. Got that? Is He American Enough? Time | Peter Beinart argues that the McCain camp is deliberately...

By Ben Pershing | October 10, 2008; 07:48 AM ET | Comments (1)

October 9, 2008

The Next $300 Billion Wall Street Journal | Conservative edit page says McCain's mortgage plan "raises more questions than it answers." National Rifle Association Endorses McCain Associated Press | NRA lukewarm on McCain, but it loves Palin. Hugh Hewitt's...

By Ben Pershing | October 9, 2008; 07:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

October 8, 2008

Oprah to Appear for Obama, But No Media Chicago Tribune: The Swamp | One 'O' will raise money for the other, beyond the prying eyes of the press. What Is Obama's Ceiling? FiveThirtyEight | Has Obama already attracted all...

By Ben Pershing | October 8, 2008; 07:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

October 7, 2008

Rothenberg: For Republicans, Another Blood Bath Looms on Horizon Roll Call (sub req'd) | Stu Rothenberg sees GOP losing 20-30 seats in the House, and Dems could hit 60 in the Senate. How McCain Lost His Brand New York...

By Ben Pershing | October 7, 2008; 07:41 AM ET | Comments (1)

October 6, 2008

Tom Davis Gives Up New York Times Magazine | Why the longtime NoVa Republican is tired of Congress. Government Action Fails to Halt Global Sell-Off Financial Times | Guess the rescue bill didn't instantly fix global economic woes. McCain...

By Ben Pershing | October 6, 2008; 07:51 AM ET | Comments (1)

October 3, 2008

House Passes Bailout Bill on Second Try Wall Street Journal | House approves rescue package, now the world can go back to ignoring Congress until after Election Day. Schwarzenegger to U.S.: State May Need $7-billion Loan Los Angeles Times...

By Ben Pershing | October 3, 2008; 07:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

October 2, 2008

Stevens Trial Comes to Halt With New Evidence Fight Anchorage Daily News | The prosecution's case against Ted Stevens may be in trouble. So Why's Huck An Early '12 Frontrunner? The Atlantic: Marc Ambinder | It's never too early...

By Ben Pershing | October 2, 2008; 07:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

October 1, 2008

Stocks Slide as Investors Await Progress on Bailout Wall Street Journal | Markets are jumpy even though Senate passage is virtually assured. New Polls: Obama Leads in Critical Trio of States Associated Press | Quinnipiac puts Obama over the...

By Ben Pershing | October 1, 2008; 07:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

September 30, 2008

Stocks Surge on Speculation Rescue Plan Will Pass Bloomberg | Hope springs eternal in the world's stock markets as talks on the Hill continue. How McCain Can Mount a Comeback US News & World Report: Capital Commerce | A...

By Ben Pershing | September 30, 2008; 07:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

September 29, 2008

McCain Takes Credit for Bill Before It Loses Politico | McCain camp did a lot of bragging about how he was instrumental to saving bailout deal. Whoops. House Rejects Bailout; Stocks Plunge New York Times | It's back to...

By Ben Pershing | September 29, 2008; 07:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

September 27, 2008

Foreign-Policy Exchanges Highlight Sharp DifferenceslWall Street Journal: Capital Journal |Despite economic concerns, foreign policy questions provided the real debate highlights. The Mac Is Back Politico | Roger Simon says McCain gave "one of his strongest debate performances ever." Shrum:...

By Ben Pershing | September 27, 2008; 08:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

September 26, 2008

Debate Is On, After AllBoston Globe: Political Intelligence |McCain finally announces he's going to debate, criticizes the Washington "blame game" on bailout. Congress Pushes to End Impasse on Bailout New York Times | Talks are said to be "back...

By Ben Pershing | September 26, 2008; 07:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

September 25, 2008

Stocks Advance as Congress Nears Agreement on Bailout Bloomberg | The markets like news of an agreement, but will a bill be signed by Monday morning? Nope, Nothing Campaign-Related Here Politico: Jonathan Martin | McCain's sitting in his Senate...

By Ben Pershing | September 25, 2008; 07:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

September 24, 2008

McCain Suspending Campaign to Work on Bailout Washington Post: The Trail | Losing ground amid focus on economy, McCain throws a Hail Mary. Bush Speaks Tonight on Economy Associated Press | White House decides it needs a prime-time address....

By Ben Pershing | September 24, 2008; 07:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

September 23, 2008

U.S. Stocks Drop on Bailout Concern Bloomberg | Congress won't rush to pass bailout plan, and the markets aren't happy. Biden: No Coal Plants in America RealClearPolitics blog | Biden takes a tough line against new coal plants. Wasn't...

By washingtonpost.com editors | September 23, 2008; 06:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

September 22, 2008

McCain Ad Hits Obama for Chicago Ties Chicago Tribune | New spot ties Obama to "corrupt Chicago political machine." Insert your own "Untouchables" reference here. Stevens Trial Witness List Includes Powerful Sens. Associated Press | Ted Stevens' defense team...

By Ben Pershing | September 22, 2008; 07:48 AM ET | Comments (1)

September 19, 2008

Candidates Bicker Over Regulation Chicago Tribune | Obama and McCain try to out-tough each other on the economy. Biden: Paying Taxes 'Patriotic' Associated Press | Biden says paying taxes is noble, McCain eagerly disagrees. McCain a Changed Man New...

By Ben Pershing | September 19, 2008; 10:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

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