January 2010

Jan 30, 2010

On the Radar: January 28, 2010

"Is budget freeze a political gimmick?"
By Gloria Borger, CNN
Here's something to keep in mind about American voters: They're not fond of political gimmicks....Continue Reading

"A Dose of Reality, a Bid to Restore Magic"
By Peter Baker, The New York Times
After the theatrics and the rhetoric and the canned responses, two questions remain from President Obama's first State of the Union address: Did he succeed in persuading nervous Democrats not to cut and run on his presidency; and will he succeed in making Republicans think twice about their united opposition to almost all things Obama?...Continue Reading

"Reality check: President Obama gropes for a strategy"
By John Harris, POLITICO
President Barack Obama on Wednesday night tacked to the right with appeals for tax cuts for small business and new investments in off-shore oil drilling and nuclear power. He tacked to the left with renewed vows to let gays serve in the military and to get U.S. troops out of Iraq...Continue Reading

On the Radar: January 29, 2010

"House Democrats Gripe About Senate"
By Naftali Bendavid, The Wall Street Journal
House Democrats are complaining bitterly about being placed in political peril by a group of unlikely adversaries: Senate Democrats...Continue Reading

"After Obama speech, Democrats confused about path ahead"
By Paul Kane and Shailagh Murray, The Washington Post
A day after President Obama called on them to renew efforts to pass his ambitious agenda, congressional Democrats remained in disarray Thursday about how to move forward, with at least some pointing at the White House as the cause of the legislative standstill gripping Capitol Hill....Continue Reading

"Bernanke gets a second term as Fed chairman"
By Janet Hook & Don Lee, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Washington - The Senate, putting market stability ahead of populist anger at Wall Street, voted Thursday to give Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke a second four-year term as head of the nation's central bank...Continue Reading