On the Radar: November 19, 2010

Obama Forces Showdown With G.O.P. on Arms Pact
by Peter Baker, The New York Times
Just two weeks after an election that left him struggling to find his way forward, President Obama has decided to confront Senate Republicans in a make-or-break battle over arms control that could be an early test of his mettle heading into the final two years of his term. Read more

Obama arrives in Portugal to meet with NATO allies
by Christi Parsons, Los Angeles Times
President Obama arrived here this morning for two days of meetings with NATO allies as they craft a new plan for the war in Afghanistan and seek a new mission statement that will keep them relevant in the 21st century. Read more

Jobless-Benefits Rejected
by Janet Hook and Martin Vaughan, The Wall Street Journal
House Republicans Thursday torpedoed a bill to extend benefits for the long-term unemployed, pressing their demand that the $12 billion cost of continuing the program be offset rather than adding to the deficit. Read more

Obama, Democrats fail to agree on plan for expiring tax cuts
by Lori Montgomery and Shailgh Murray, The Washington Post
President Obama and congressional Democrats failed to agree on a strategy Thursday for extending an array of expiring tax breaks, with the party badly divided over whether to temporarily extend the cuts for all taxpayers or stick with their pledge to protect only the middle class. Read more

Tax Extension Not Necessary, Clyburn Says
by Major Garrett, National Journal
Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina, the new No. 3 leader of House Democrats in the 112th Congress, said it’s not “essential” for Congress to extend the Bush tax cuts because if all income taxes go up as scheduled on January 1, “you’ve got a big deficit reduction taking place, which is also a good thing.” Read more

Another 1995-style government shutdown?
by Jeanne Cummings, POLITICO
The head of the influential Americans for Tax Reform is encouraging the new House Republican majority to adopt a take-no-prisoners approach to federal spending — and if that leads to a 1995-style government shutdown, so be it. Read more

Boehner Warns GOP on Debt Ceiling
by Naftali Bendavid, The Wall Street Journal
Raising the debt ceiling is shaping up as a difficult early vote for the new House GOP majority. Many of the new Republican lawmakers harshly criticized their Democratic opponents during the campaign for voting to raise the limit in the past,  Read more

Give the People What We Want
by John Dickerson, SLATE Magazine
If either party does half of what it says it's going to do about the budget deficit, the public is going to be furious. That's the clear message, if there is one, from all the recent public-opinion polls. Read more

Democrats clueless as GOP panders
by Gloria Borger, CNN 
It's hard, when you've run something, to come back and realize you're not going to be in charge anymore. Democrats have been demoted to minority status in the House, and it's probably not much fun.  Read more

The home loan modification mess
by Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times
Often, loan servicers have little incentive to help homeowners avoid foreclosure. With reform stalled in the Senate, the best hope for fixing the broken mortgage modification system may lie with the 50 state attorneys general. Read more

Spending Cuts, For Real?
by John Harwood, CNBC
Americans voted for a change of power in this month's midterms, and they may get the cuts they voted for, whether they want them or not,  Watch video

Worm Was Perfect for Sabotaging Centrifuges
by William J. Broad and David E. Sanger, The New York Times
Experts dissecting the computer worm suspected of being aimed at Iran’s nuclear program have determined that it was precisely calibrated in a way that could send nuclear centrifuges wildly out of control. Read more

Bernanke Translated
by David Wessel, The Wall Street Journal
In remarks prepared for delivery in Frankfurt Friday morning, and released by the Federal Reserve Thursday night in Washington, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke mounted his most detailed defense against charges that the Fed...Read more

For 3 Midwest governors, public employee compensation takes center stage
by Dan Balz, The Washington Post
Rick Snyder, the former Gateway executive who was just elected governor of Michigan, calls it the next big national issue, on a scale with health care in its importance to the economic vitality of the country. But unlike health care, this battle... Read more



Posted: Fri, 11/19/2010 - 11:24am