On the Radar: February 17, 2010

"Party Gridlock in Washington Feeds Fear of a Debt Crisis "
By Jackie Calmes, The New York Times
Senator Evan Bayh’s comments this week about a dysfunctional Congress reflected a complaint being directed at Washington with increasing frequency, and there is broad agreement among critics about Exhibit A: The unwillingness of the two parties to compromise to control a national debt that is rising to dangerous heights....Continue Reading

"Senator Evan Bayh's departure sparks debate about partisanship in Congress"
By Dan Balz, The Washington Post
Sen. Evan Bayh's surprise decision not to seek reelection touched off a debate Tuesday among strategists and scholars about whether the Indiana senator's depiction of the "brain dead" politics and hyper-partisanship of Congress is accurate or overblown -- and, if accurate, whether walking away was the right decision...Continue Reading

"White House sells the stimulus"
By Eamon Javers, POLITICO
Barack Obama had no way to know it at the time, but when he signed the $787 billion stimulus bill into law on Feb. 17, 2009, it would be the last major legislative achievement he would put his signature to during his first year in office...Continue Reading

"Elections' Stakes: Control of Senate "
By Naftali Bendavid, The Wall Street Journal
Lawmakers in both parties are contemplating for the first time the possibility that the Republicans might recapture the Senate this year, though it's an uphill climb in which the GOP would have to win states that have recently been inhospitable to the party...Continue Reading

Posted: Wed, 02/17/2010 - 12:33pm