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Aug 09, 2013
Lawmakers Weigh Aggressive Tactic on ImmigrationBy Laura Meckler and Kristina Peterson, Wall Street Journal
Last week, the “New Democrat” coalition of centrist lawmakers sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner demanding that he bring an immigration bill to the House floor by the end of September. If he doesn’t, they said, they will introduce their own bill.Read more
Campaign Aide: 'Holding my Nose' to Work for McConnellBy Susan Davis, USA Today
Jesse Benton, campaign manager for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, is under fire after a conservative activist released an audio recording of a conversation with Benton in which he expresses personal distaste for running the Kentucky Republican's re-election effort.Read more
The War ON Women Vs. The War FOR WomenBy Amy Walter, Cook Political Report
National Republicans have launched the latest salvo in the gender gap wars. Using the Anthony Weiner/Bob Filner scandals as ammunition, Republican groups have been carpet-bombing my email box daily.Read more
Aug 08, 2013
Ties Fraying, Obama Drops Putin MeetingBy Peter Baker and Steven Lee Myers, The New York Times
President Obama on Wednesday canceled next month’s Moscow summit meeting, ending for now his signature effort to transform Russian-American relations and potentially dooming his aspirations for further nuclear arms cuts before leaving office.Read more
Snowden Saga Sparks Low for U.S.-Russia RelationsWith Julianna Goldman, Bloomberg News
Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman reports on the impact of Edward Snowden on U.S.-Russia relations and differences beyond his asylum causing a rift between the two nations. She speaks on Bloomberg Television's “In The Loop.”Watch more
Obama, Before a Military Audience, Vows to End Across-the-Board CutsBy Jackie Calmes, The New York Times
President Obama stood at this desert base on Wednesday before nearly 3,000 Marines, sailors and their families — and a captive audience of two Republican adversaries from Congress — and vowed that he would fight to end across-the-board budget cuts that have shaken the military.Read more
Luis Gutierrez: Immigration reform activist and Spanish TV starBy Ed O'Keefe, The Washington Post
All summer long, Rep. Luis Gutierrez has been drawing sizable and enthusiastic crowds at immigration rallies nationwide. From California to Nevada to Florida, the congressman from Chicago is received like a rock star: People cheer when he enters the room; they pump their fists and stomp their feet. And when he’s finished speaking, they press forward to get close to him, tugging at his shirt and refusing to leave until he agrees to have his photo taken with them.Read more
Aug 07, 2013
Obama Tells Leno Closure of Embassies Is No OverreactionBy Jackie Calmes, The New York Times
For a late-night comic Jay Leno certainly covered some serious ground with President Obama on Tuesday evening.
Mr. Obama, making his 6th appearance on NBC’s “Tonight Show,” and his fourth as president, told his host that the government is not overreacting in locking down nearly 20 diplomatic posts and issuing a worldwide travel warning after intercepted electronic conversations raised concerns of terrorist attacks abroad.Read more
In Arizona, Obama Touts Housing ReboundBy Alexis Simendinger, Real Clear Politics
In a state stomped by the 2008 financial crisis, President Obama sounded upbeat Tuesday when he announced that "our housing market is beginning to heal."
The White House billed the president’s speech this week at a Phoenix high school as another in a series of economic addresses aimed at the middle class. The timing took advantage of Congress’ month-long August recess and anticipated a partisan collision this fall with the Republican-controlled House over the budget, the nation’s soon-to-expire borrowing authority, and the uncertain fate of the president’s legislative wish list, including immigration reform.Read more
New York Mayor Bloomberg: Detroit is Warning to Every U.S. CityBy David Shepardson, Detroit News
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said every U.S. city needs to heed the lesson of Detroit’s recent bankruptcy filing and urged cities to diversify their economies.
“Avoiding the hard choices is how Detroit went bankrupt. And it’s the road to ruin for any city,” Bloomberg said in a speech Tuesday in New York. “I believe that the Detroit experience holds lessons for every American city — and that we have an obligation to protect our future by examining those lessons.”Read more
FBI Says Economic Data is VulnerableWith Eamon Javers, CNBC Watch more
Dick Cheney Keeping Head Down in Daughter's Senate BidBy Beth Reinhard, National Journal
To most people, he's the former vice president of the United States. But in Liz Cheney's underdog campaign for the U.S. Senate from Wyoming, he's "Liz's dad."
That's the only reference to Dick Cheney in her biography, which briefly mentions his 1978 bid for Congress but not his two terms as arguably the most powerful No. 2 in American history. And it reflects the backseat role he's taking in his daughter's bid to unseat three-term Sen. Mike Enzi -- his former fly-fishing pal -- in the 2014 Republican primary.Read more
Mitt Romney Loss Prompts GOP Advice To Moderate, But Some Republicans RefuseBy Charles Babington, Associated Press
After Mitt Romney's 2012 loss, many senior Republicans concluded the party must moderate its image on issues such as immigration and reproductive rights.
But some GOP lawmakers have done the opposite.Read more
Aug 06, 2013
US Embassy in Yemen Evacuated Amid Terror ThreatWith Martha Raddatz, ABC News
All non-emergency personnel have been evacuated in response to an al Qaeda threat.Watch more
Obama Said to Call for Replacing Fannie, FreddieWith Julianna Goldman, Bloomberg News
President Barack Obama will call for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to be replaced with a government mortgage reinsurer that would sustain losses only in catastrophic circumstances. Julianna Goldman reports on Bloomberg Television's "In The Loop."Watch more
George W. Bush Undergoes Heart ProcedureBy Peter Baker, The New York Times
Former President George W. Bush underwent a surgical procedure Tuesday morning in which doctors inserted a stent to open a blocked artery, aides said.Read more
Journalism Needs a Business Model. Can Jeff Bezos Find One?By Jim Tankersley, The Washington Post
My grandfather worked for the Graham family. His last daily newspaper job was at the Post, in the late 1940s, writing features about the liquor board and the rent-control board and all sorts of obscure government agencies with big impacts on people’s lives. The Grahams ran several of those stories on their front page. My Grandpa Jim quit reporting when he wanted to start a family, because, he reasoned, he needed a more stable, fatherhood-friendly job. When he left the Post he moved to Seattle.Read more
Immigration Supporters Plan to Turn Up the Heat on House RepublicansBy Fawn Johnson, National Journal
House Republicans may not pass an immigration bill before the end of the year, but that doesn't mean the reform effort is dead. The August recess provides immigration reform activists to mobilize support from their activists. Several pro-immigration groups are already preparing to target dozens of House Republicans who may be amenable to some form of legislation providing citizenship for undocumented immigrants.Read more
Aug 05, 2013
Senior U.S. Official: Intercepted Al Qaeda Communications Indicate Planned Attack ‘Big,’ ‘Strategically Significant’With Martha Raddatz and Jonathan Karl, ABC News Watch more
A Washington Riddle: What Is ‘Top Secret’?By David E. Sanger, The New York Times
LESS than 24 hours after Pfc. Bradley Manning was convicted last week of handing off 250,000 State Department cables and defense documents to WikiLeaks, The Guardian published on its Web site the latest classified material from the leaker of the moment, Edward J. Snowden. That installment included the National Security Agency’s playbook for XKeyscore, a powerful surveillance program enabling the agency’s analysts to monitor and trace Internet searches around the globe.Read more