As President Obama pushed for Congress to complete health care reform legislation in the next few weeks, Jim Lehrer talks to Washington Post reporter Ceci Connolly and political analyst Norm Ornstein about the tactics Democrats might use to try to pass their reform plans without Republican support. Continue reading
Columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks sort through the top political stories of the past week, including President Obama’s health reform summit and how the political parties are weighing potential gains and drawbacks from Democrats using budget reconciliation to pass reform. Continue reading
As voter polls continue to show a rising tide of resentment for congressional incumbents, Indiana’s Evan Bayh became the latest official to announce he will not seek re-election. Stuart Rothenberg of The Rothenberg Political Report and The Hotline’s Amy Walter assess the political mood this campaign season. Continue reading
Columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks weigh the news of the week, including what new unemployment numbers say about the economy, tough talk on the auto industry and President Obama’s trip to Europe. Continue reading
House Minority leader John Boehner offers the GOP view on President Obama’s budget, and describes the House GOP’s alternative proposal. Continue reading
President Barack Obama addresses Congress and the nation Tuesday amid new testimony from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on the scope of the recession. Kwame Holman reports. Continue reading
President Obama pledged today to halve the $1.3 trillion deficit by the end of his first term and spoke to Governors at a summit, urging them to use the federal stimulus money responsibly in their states. Kwame Holman reports. Continue reading
President Barack Obama has promised to bring a more conciliatory brand of politics to Washington as lawmakers grapple over the economic stimulus bill and foreign policy decisions. Analysts discuss some of the president’s first, and most important, legislative tests.