On the Radar: April 26, 2010
Weekend Reports & Columns
"After 15 Months in Office, Policy vs. Politics for Obama"
By John Harwood, The New York Times
Inside Washington, President Obama is savoring a springtime resurgence: signs of economic recovery, victory on health care, the upper hand in the financial regulation debate. Outside Washington, not so much. Continue reading
"Three-ring circus "
By David S. Broder, The Washington Post
Afunny thing happened on the way to Bristol, England, where I expected to dateline this report on the Thursday debate that marked the midway point in the British election campaign. A volcano with an unpronounceable name blew up in Iceland, and the trail of emissions that covered much of Europe canceled my flight and many, many others. So I ended up watching the debate at my desk in Washington rather than in a press room in southwest England. Continue reading
"Obama and Wall St. — it’s not 1936"
By Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times
The Barack Obama who went to Wall Street last week to ask investment bankers to support new financial regulations had little in common with the fire-breathing Franklin D. Roosevelt of 1936 who denounced "financial monopoly, speculation, reckless banking," and added pungently, "I welcome their hatred." Continue reading
"Florida waits to see whether Crist will stay Republican or go independent"
By Dan Balz, The Washington Post
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist has become the star of his own personal soap opera. Will he abandon his faltering bid for the Republican nomination for the Senate and run as an independent? Will he, playing good soldier, quietly step to the sidelines and live to fight another day? Will he stay and fight against Marco Rubio, the charismatic. . . Continue reading
Weekly Reporter Stories
"President Obama Meets Billy Graham"
By Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy, TIME
All the presidents needed the prayer. But they also wanted the picture. When Barack Obama visited Billy Graham on Sunday afternoon, he became the 12th president to meet with the famed evangelist — but the first to do so at Graham's mountaintop home in Montreat, NC, a rambling house built from the remnants of log cabins that Ruth Graham salvaged more than half a century ago, and where Billy Graham has lived ever since. Continue reading
"In Court Nominees, Is Obama Looking for Empathy by Another Name?"
By Peter Baker, The New York Times
Empathy is out. Understanding ordinary lives is in. Is there a difference? President Obama is about to find out. A year after Mr. Obama made “empathy” one of his main criteria in picking his first Supreme Court justice, he is avoiding the word, which became radioactive, as he picks his second nominee. Instead, he says he wants someone with “a keen understanding of how the law affects the daily lives of the American people.” Continue reading
"Wooing GOP, Geithner Gets an Earful"
By Deborah Solomon, The Wall Street Journal
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is learning that all politics is local. During more than a dozen private meetings with Republican senators in the past two weeks, Mr. Geithner has made a concerted effort to win their support for the financial-overhaul bill. He has gotten an earful from lawmakers, often about the bill's core substance—but sometimes not. Continue reading
Posted: Mon, 04/26/2010 - 11:41am