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White House Cheat Sheet: A Second Bite At the Apple?

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As House and Senate negotiators prepared for the potentially arduous process of working out the differences between the two economic stimulus plans passed over the past week, Vice President Biden voiced optimism that some Republicans will ultimately vote for the final product.

"More than a handful of Senate Republicans and more than a couple dozen in the House," could back the legislation once it emerges from conference, Biden predicted to the Post's David Broder in an interview Tuesday in the White House.

In the House not a single Republican voted for the original bill while just three GOP senators -- Arlen Specter (Pa.), Susan Collins (Maine) and Olympia Snowe (Maine) -- crossed party lines to back the legislation yesterday.

Biden added that there were "a couple dozen" Republicans who would not have opposed the bill if they were the deciding vote and might reverse their "no" votes when the conference committee produced a final bill.

The timetable for resolving the differences between the House and Senate versions is not entirely clear. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (Md.) said Tuesday night on MSNBC that speed was critical but that there were also serious differences between the two bills that needed to be worked out. One informed Capitol Hill Democrat predicted that Congress would postpone its Presidents' Day break, set to begin Friday, and "work through the weekend" to report a bill out of the conference committee. (The conference committees is comprised of five Senators and five House members with three Democrats and two Republicans from each chamber. Full list here.)

Theoretically, any delay in a vote on final passage gives lawmakers a window in which to hear from their constituents on the bill and, if necessary, reconsider their initial vote.

Those fence-sitters are certain to come under intense pressure over the next week or so as Republican leaders seek to keep their ranks in line while the White House seeks to make good on its original pledge for bipartisanship.

During a press briefing aboard Air Force One yesterday, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs made clear that the President Obama continued to meet one on one with members of Congress about the bill and said the chief executive would be "involved" and "engaged" going forward.

While the initial votes in the House and Senate were a first opportunity for Obama to gauge his ability to break down partisan gridlock via the use of political capital and the bully pulpit the presidency affords, the vote on final passage will be a truer test.

Sked Stuff: President Obama and the man-who-almost-was-vice-president -- also known as Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine -- will be in northern Virginia this morning to visit the final leg of the Fairfax County Parkway, reports the Post's Mike Shear. The event is designed to show how the money allocated in Obama's economic stimulus package can be put to immediate use to fund infrastructure improvements. It's also the first joint public appearance between Obama and Kaine since the Virginia governor was named by the president as the chairman of the Democratic National Committee back in January.

A New Name in HHS Mix: As deliberations over the next head of the department of Health and Human Services continue, a new name has emerged as a potential pick: Lloyd Dean. Dean, who is African American, is the head of Catholic Healthcare West, a non-profit health provider based in northern California, and is being pushed for the job by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. (Dean was named by Newsom to a committee that passed universal health care for San Francisco.) Add Dean's name to a list that still appears to be headed by Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius but also includes Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen and Obama presidential transition chief John Podesta.

McCain -- I'm Running: Arizona Sen. John McCain sent a fundraising email to supporters asserting his plans to seek reelection in 2010. "Some have wondered, after my hard-fought presidential campaign, if I plan to run for reelection to the United States Senate," McCain wrote. "I want you to know that I do intend to seek reelection." McCain goes on to attack Democrats on Capitol Hill for pushing the "same failed policies and wasteful spending of the past" in regards the current fight over the economic stimulus plan. McCain's decision -- assuming he sticks by it -- will likely remove Arizona as a targeted state in the 2010 Senate fight as he remains a popular figure statewide.

Paterson To Set Special Date (Finally): After several weeks of hemming and hawing, Gov. David Paterson appears ready to announce the date of the special election to replace appointed Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D) in the 20th congressional district. Paterson told a local television station yesterday that he would announce the schedule for the special today; under state law, once Paterson declares the seat vacant the special election must occur within 30 to 40 days. Both parties have already picked their nominees: state Assembly Minority Leader Jim Tedisco will carry the Republican banner and wealthy businessman Scott Murphy will be the Democratic standard-bearer. A poll released recently by Tedisco's campaign showed him leading 50 percent to 29 percent although that survey is almost entirely a test of name identification at this early point in the race. The district is extremely competitive and the special election will receive significant attention from both national parties.

Scott Howell -- Primary King: The news that Scott Howell & Associates had inked former eBay president Meg Whitman, who is running for the Republican nomination in the California governor's race, means that the GOP media firm will play a major part in three of the best primaries in the country in 2010. In addition to Whitman, Howell is working for Rep. Jerry Moran who is running against Rep. Todd Tiahrt in the open seat race to replace Sen. Sam Brownback (R) and for Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison who is preparing to take on Gov. Rick Perry next year.

He Ain't Heavy...: Anyone who has spent more than five minutes in Washington knows Brad Woodhouse -- the motor-mouthed Democratic operative who heads Americans United for Change, a liberal advocacy group. Fewer are familiar with his younger brother, Dallas, a Republican working for a conservative organization -- Americans for Prosperity -- down in the duo's home state of North Carolina. In keeping with the "if one Woodhouse is good, two is better" theory, the Raleigh News & Observer put a story about the dueling Woodhouses on its front page earlier this week -- noting that the the organizations of Brad and Dallas are both currently running radio ads in the state on the stimulus bill. Of her sons, Joyce Woodhouse says: "I tell them they're not going to talk about politics, but that's just foolish because they always get into it. They both get very loud." Truer words were never spoken.

Say What?: "Oh, gracious God, thank you so much!" -- Florida college student Julio Osegueda celebrating that he was chosen by President Obama to ask a question during a town hall meeting in Fort Myers. Hours later, Osegueda was on CNN describing the experience. Ah, the media.

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Mark - I've decided to go cold turkey and not respond to scrivener's posts in the future. Vic's on-topic postings are generally relevant, but they're always accompanied by a WILL IT REALLY MATTER style headline and the usual links.

Now that I've been tagged as a "paid disinformation troll", my job is done.


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | February 12, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Antonio Ivan Easterling
The Proletarian Review

A Proud Member of the United States Inteeligence Community (USIC)

Topic: An Over-worked and Under-paid American Workforce

1. The 790 billion dollar stimulus package is a concoction of low-paying jobs and hard-labor for the American citizenship using taxpayer currency. The American Workforce will get to pay for their own welfare and slavery industrial complex. How rewarding is the stinulus package?
2. We must commend President Barack Hussein Obama for the delivery 4 million unskilled and rock-cracking jobs for the educated American Workforce. The American people, today, should show their appreciation to our President and Congress for ensuring the economic survival of our workforce. Without a national stategy to rearm and retool our workforce who possess great skills of the military industrial complex, we can not compete with our friends in Europe and Asia which does an extreme public disserve to our own people. The American Workforce is ready to return to work. However, the jobs of the 21st century and beyond is the military objective to prevent the spiralling cycle of poverty for which has branded America to be a nation of homeless people, 16 million strong. Our homelessness problem is a cast iron foundation of public bankruptcy and low expectation of our citizens. A National Vocational Initiative is the driving force to emancipate the American Workforce from the domain of homelessness and public decay, but, the cataclyst of a country bounded for a great economic recovery the world has ever seen or read about. America is tempered for the New Generation Economy foundated by Bio-Technology. A Vocational Education and Training Act is the key to turning a dream into reality, thus, to save a nation from the debacle of failed Adolf Hitler Economics.

Antonio Ivan Easterling
The Proletarian Review

Posted by: sterlinggo1 | February 11, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse


and i have to live with McCain in my state.

yeah, he cut his campaign short, i remember..
that was for HR1424.
HR1424 was/is the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008. It may be a bit confusing between the 2 bills.
TARP is in 1424.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 11, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

mark in austin:

the list was yesterday's list.
things change in a new york minute.
got it from CNN yesterday (as i am the cut & paste queen!!).

and scriveners' entries--sometimes i will sound off on him with his repetitiveness, but he can post them if he wants. i won't report him to WaPo, well--because---access to these blogs are kinda sorta fun and i wouldn't want him booted....yet!!!
(((( smiles))))

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 11, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Don't count on any Republican support. I am reminded of the story of the scorpion and the eagle whenever one of these loudmouth fools postures. The scorpion was trapped on an island where floodwaters were riding, threatening to drown it. It begs an eagle for a ride and promised to show it's gratitude with an everlasting friendship. As the eagle was flying the scorpion off the island, it stung the eagle, killing it, but drowning itself. In hell, later, the scorpion was asked why it would do such an irrational thing and it answered "because it's my nature". The nature of the Republican Party, of the conservative movement, is no different than that of the scorpion.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | February 11, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Did not McCain interrupt his campaign, to go to Washington to fix the Republican-Bush economic crisis? Did he not support and vote for the bailout, based upon the 2 1/2 page request, with no details, from the Bush Mis-Administration? Was the economy repaired due to his effort? Did he not lose the election, due to his inadequate understanding of economics? Is not his education the Naval Academy, and other funded military schools funded by taxes? Besides how to procure tax funding for pet projects, what other economics are taught at these military schools? Was not he was raised in a family that depended upon taxes for income? Did not he serve in Congress, at the expense of taxpayers? Based upon his lifelong dependence upon taxes, why should anyone have confidence in his understanding of the economy in the private sector, let alone the impact of the government upon the national economy?

Posted by: lynnlm | February 11, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

bsimon - hi. If you enter the weblog by clicking on "politics-blogs" you will see as the third title "Featured Advertiser" I did this morning, and I do now [at lunch, in the sunshine, on the deck at Billy's]. Click on "Featured Advertiser" and lo and behold it is the AARP.

BB, bsimon, babenemo - Vic Livingston has certainly worn out his welcome as the ever paranoid Scrivener50. I suggest that we always report his off-topic rants that end with a link as "abuse". But I suggest we welcome his comments if they are even slightly responsive to a topic or to another poster and do not contain a gratuitous ad for his own website. Perhaps registration can actually have a meaningful result here - it may be that Street Corner no longer comes around because of our collective complaints.

And Babe, your posting of the cuts is a bit misleading. If you download the SB as a .pdf you can search it thoroughly with acrobat. CNN claimed stuff was eliminated that was "merely" reduced from the House version.

If the elimination list you posted were taken as a reduction list, I think it would be correct.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | February 11, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

funny leapin...i thought the opposite.

what happens is, like me as the typical common man secretary goin' to work....
i am happy because we have potential to change programs & code with this new bill, TheBabe is one happy camper about it all.
Got this smile on my face, etc.
Go into work.
Ask about taking a 30,000 loan on my 401(k) and the company says it can't do it or they will go bankrupt.
Or this one is a good one too.
I am happy because of President Obama AND the bill, (and the kids and Michelle too)....and some messed up supervisor who is mad as hell at the world today-
is going to wreck my happy camper day because HE/SHE is MAD. Like illogical directives without time management of processes, etc. (for i.e)

or...wait...even better. The old greatest generation of workers "well, we have always done it THIS WAY" or I am not going to CHANGE now, if it's not broken ....
yada yada yada
I love it, cause you know why?
We now have the ability to come in with computer wise, law(yer)-wise, code-wise, SMART (not performance measure SMART, but actually grade point average 4.0 SMART)-----people who can implement and change things;

go to the workers that are "balking"----those the greatest generationERs (you know the ones-they learned 6 computer screeens because they have to work with those 6 screens and never learned a software package);
-give them the new flow charts or where their program is going to be tweaked....

listen to them all WHINE and "why change it, we've always done it THIS WAY"

and the NEW mover and shakers can look them deadpan in the eye and say-

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 11, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.
George Washington

Milton Friedman on the Democrtts cram down " bailout "

Posted by: rtfanning | February 11, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Day 23 – The War on Prosperity

Loved the McBoy appearance yesterday with BHO. Typical young Obummer voter. Hey dude president! McBoy is all pumped up to go into work today thinking his manager will be presenting him with a golden parachute and other increased benefits only to realize the terrible reality and disappointment when that is not the case. Kind and compassionate libs everywhere feel his pain.

Posted by: leapin | February 11, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse


TheBabeNemo, bsimon1, fairlingtonblade, and assorted paid trolls plying the pages of


Quote from FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein regarding "federal anti-propaganda laws"

"Federal anti-propaganda and payola laws are grounded on the principle that the public is entitled to know who seeks to persuade them so they can make up their own minds about the credibility of the information presented.

"The public has a legal right to know that people who present themselves to be independent, unbiased experts and reporters are not shills hired to promote a corporate - or governmental - agenda."

Posted by: scrivener50 | February 11, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

"Did y'all notice that Chris is "sponsored" by AARP?"

I do not see AARP ads. Google may know more about you than you'd like. Are are you referring to something else?

Posted by: bsimon1 | February 11, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Good lord, scrivener, exactly what laws are these? Federal law specifically permits federal employees to express political opinions. Not that I think Nemo is a fed or even expressing a political thought. Just someone tired of the relentless posting of the same claims again and again and again, independent of the topic at hand.


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | February 11, 2009 11:24 AM | Report abuse

The second bite will be tastier than the first.

Reason: It will be final passage of the conference report on the bill. Major win for BHO and O-Nation and the United States of America. O is at about 70% approval according to DailyKos so the public clearly supports O's economic agenda. Street-level feedback indicates everyone seems to support the package except O-haters and folks who have it good and think it will stay that way for them.

...Which brings us to the Post's Kathleen Parker's illogical and incoherent hate blast against BHO in today's editorial section.

Last time we checked in, Mrs. Parker had written an embarrassing "Gone With the Wind"-sounding ode to her black nanny to explain what O's election meant to her (Parker). That should have, as Wright might say, "nullified" her. But it didn't.

Today Mrs. Parker crows that 44 is an "amateur" and "weak."

Support for her thesis? It seems she is angry that: O "wants to much to be liked"; O "wants to stay in touch with everyday Americans" by keeping his Blackberry; O "showed lack of authority over [Congress's] stimulus package (has Mrs. Parker read the Constitution which gives Congress, not O, the power to pass bills? He has no authority over Pelosi or Reid, nor should he.); O read to second graders at a local DC school (horror of horrors); O apologized for the failure of Daschle's nomination to be head of HHS (you see O wasn't supposed to apologize--ever--for anything, I guess).

Get this: she then complains about O's giving detailed substantive answers at his press conference. She contrasts O's performance with Bush, saying "Bush's contempt for the media meant he never stayed long enough to bore us." Accepting her premise (that W hated the media), is she saying contempt for the media is good????? Correct me if I'm wrong. Isn't she on salary at the Washington Post, last time we checked, a media giant????

Ms. Parker's world is like Superman's Bizzarro world where good is bad.

Ms. Parker's future "work" belongs in the Washington Times, not our national political paper of record, the Washington Post. Washington Post editors: Please, no more Parker odes to Tara and Big Sam or hate blasts against a Presidency she probably thought would never occur in her lifetime.


Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 11, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

like this...

the newest versions ( i like the public print one---as if it would be different)

6 . American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Engrossed Amendment as Agreed to by Senate)[H.R.1.EAS]
7 . American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Print)[H.R.1.PP]

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 11, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

yeppers, sure do pilgrim

i tend to deal with facts, not heresay

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 11, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

TO: TheBabeNemo @10:04:





(When the Truth and Reconciliation Commission convenes, perhaps they will take up the issue of violations of federal anti-propaganda laws on mainstream media political blogs...)

Have a nice day at the fusion center!

Posted by: scrivener50 | February 11, 2009 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Fully eliminated in senate version:
• $55 million for historic preservation
• $122 million for Coast Guard polar icebreaker/cutters
• $100 million for Farm Service Agency modernization
• $50 million for Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service
• $65 million for watershed rehabilitation
• $100 million for distance learning
• $98 million for school nutrition
• $50 million for aquaculture
• $2 billion for broadband
• $100 million for National Institute of Standards and Technology
• $50 million for detention trustee
• $25 million for Marshalls Construction
• $300 million for federal prisons
• $300 million for BYRNE Formula grant program
• $140 million for BYRNE Competitive grant program
• $10 million state and local law enforcement
• $50 million for NASA
• $50 million for aeronautics
• $50 million for exploration
• $50 million for Cross Agency Support
• $200 million for National Science Foundation
• $100 million for science
• $1 billion for Energy Loan Guarantees
• $4.5 billion for General Services Administration
• $89 million General Services Administration operations
• $50 million from Department of Homeland Security
• $200 million Transportation Security Administration
• $122 million for Coast Guard Cutters, modifies use
• $25 million for Fish and Wildlife
• $55 million for historic preservation
• $20 million for working capital fund
• $165 million for Forest Service capital improvement
• $90 million for State and Private Wildlife Fire Management
• $1 billion for Head Start/Early Start
• $5.8 billion for Health Prevention Activity
• $2 billion for Health Information Technology Grants
• $600 million for Title I (No Child Left Behind)
• $16 billion for school construction
• $3.5 billion for higher education construction
• $1.25 billion for project based rental
• $2.25 billion for Neighborhood Stabilization
• $1.2 billion for retrofitting Project 8 housing
• $40 billion for state fiscal stabilization (includes $7.5 billion of state incentive grants)

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 11, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

for your reading pleasure...
everytime scrivener posts his repetitive posts...i will post something like

'cause i don't want the public to come in this blog and constantly see these entries as the first ones.

so hello folks, how do you like the new stimulus?

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 11, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Sen. Specter, you've heard the reports. What are you doing about this?



Team Obama, this is no "State Secret." You MUST immediately join with GOP defenders of the Constitution to dismantle the nationwide extrajudicial punishment network...

...authoritarian bureaucrats and security/intel officers and their nationwide network of citizen vigilantes fronted by federally-funded volunteer programs.

This nationwide, Gestapo-like operation has made a mockery of the judicial system for the past eight years and has claimed many unjustly "targeted" victims from all strata of society.

Crimes against humanity are being committed across the nation via the use of so-called "directed energy (radiation) weapons" which the Bush D.O.J. recently confirmed are being widely deployed to police forces nationwide.

These RADIATION weapons emit silent, pulsed bursts of various forms of radiation -- degrading and damaging the health of those on the receiving end as well as their operators.

This weaponry has NO PLACE in civilized society -- much less in the hands of security personnel who interact with the public.

The widespread deployment of this weaponry virtually assures its misuse.

Imagine if rogue actors tried to use its silent, deadly force to induce illness or to disorient, prematurely age, sicken or disable our political leaders.

Perhaps they already have.

Victims of this extrajudicial punishment network also see their finances and livelihoods expropriated and destroyed by coordinated "multi-agency action" "programs of personal destruction" that deny them due process of law while degrading their lives and destroying their families.

The IRS, under Bush-Cheney, has been transmogrified into an ideological weapon of social control and recrimination by these covert "multi-agency actions."

Obama administration officials must address these abuses IMMEDIATELY, before these affronts to the Constitution destroy more American families -- and subvert the Obama presidency.




OR (if links are corrupted):

Posted by: scrivener50 | February 11, 2009 9:23 AM | Report abuse

i am expecting a compromise by 3pm friday.
or the world will end.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 11, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

I think the compromise that comes out of committee will look very similar to the Senate bill since the white house needs those three senators to legitamize the bill in the eyes of the voters.

The person to watch on this is Specter. He is facing a GOP challenge in two years and will most likely face a serious general election challenge too. He will call in all his favors with Harry Reid and the other senators and house members in the conference to make sure that this comes out of committee in a form that he can sign.

Also Charles Grassley is on the conference committee and is up for reelection in 2 years. If he can get the bill to a point where he can sign it too then other moderate GOPers will follow and he will use it as a victory of his ability to create bipartisan compromises in 2010.

Posted by: AndyR3 | February 11, 2009 8:43 AM | Report abuse

There's a greater chance of losing the three Republicans in the Senate than there is of gaining bipartisan ground after negotiations.

Posted by: parkerfl1 | February 11, 2009 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Did y'all notice that Chris is "sponsored" by AARP?

Posted by: mark_in_austin | February 11, 2009 7:31 AM | Report abuse

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