March 2010

Mar 01, 2010

On the Radar: March 1, 2010

Weekend Reports & Columns

"Partisanship’s Influence on Health Bill’s Future"

By John Harwood, The New York Times
In one crucial respect, Democratic and Republican Congressional leaders understand each other better than their acrimonious debates would suggest...Continue Reading

"Time for some old-fashioned partisanship"
By Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times
Obama's success on healthcare reform depends entirely on marshaling Democratic support...Continue Reading

"Dan Balz's Sunday Take: The political divide over the health-care debate"
By Dan Balz, The Washington Post
In the aftermath of President Obama's White House health-care summit, it's clear that both sides are certain they are right on substance...Continue Reading

"On health care, the Republicans poll advantage"
By David Broder, The Washington Post
Two hours before President Obama opened his health-care summit, and two blocks away, a couple of dozen reporters gathered at the invitation of the Christian Science Monitor for a breakfast at which the reform proposal's doom was foreshadowed...Continue Reading

Weekly Reporter Stories

"Resuscitating Health Care Bill"
By John Dickerson, CBS News
Resuscitating the health care reform bill was the focus of President Obama's much publicized Blair House Summit. Political analyst John Dickerson speaks with Russ Mitchell about health care reform...Watch the Video

"President Obama's mixed message about Wall Street"
By Jeanne Cummings, POLITICO
When President Barack Obama unveiled new restrictions on banks last month, he warned that the industry would fight it and vowed: “If these folks want a fight, it’s a fight I’m ready to have.”...Continue Reading

Mar 02, 2010

On the Radar: March 2, 2010

"Obama to Highlight Cost in New Health Bill Push"
By Jackie Calmes, The New York Times
President Obama this week will begin a climactic push to rally restive Congressional Democrats to pass major health care legislation by hammering the argument that the costs of failure will be higher insurance premiums and lost coverage for individuals and businesses...Continue Reading

"Lobbying game's winners and losers"
By Jeanne Cummings, POLITICO
The Senate this month could finally bring closure to two big domestic issues, financial regulation and health care reform, and in the process crown some of the biggest winners and losers in this Congress...Continue Reading

"Clinton To Focus On U.S.-Cuba Relations On Trip"
By Tom Gjelten, NPR
As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton embarks on her tour of Latin America, one of the most pressing issues will certainly be American relations with Cuba. Latin American leaders have been increasing pressure for the U-S to change its policies toward that country. Guest host Lynn Neary speaks to NPR’s Tom Gjelten about how Cuban American relations could be affected by this trip...Continue Reading

"High court to define reach of gun-control laws"
By Joan Biskupic, USA Today
In 2008, when national gun rights advocates were looking for residents to challenge Chicago's ban on handguns, Otis McDonald was in effect looking for them. McDonald, 76, says he had seen his neighborhood on the far South Side of Chicago turn from bad to worse over the years with "gangbangers and drug dealers."...Continue Reading

Mar 03, 2010

On the Radar: March 3, 2010

"Health Care Rising"
By John Dickerson, SLATE
If Barack Obama has his way, health care reform will be completed by Easter. That's fitting for a bill that was born on Christmas Eve, died, and that the president hopes will rise again...Continue Reading

"As Democrats seek to push through health bill, Obama reaches out to Republicans"
By Lori Montgomery & Shailagh Murray, The Washington Post
As Democrats on Capitol Hill prepared a risky effort to muscle sweeping health-care legislation to final passage, President Obama on Tuesday made a last gambit to split Republicans on the issue, proposing to incorporate a handful of GOP ideas into his signature domestic initiative...Continue Reading

"Obama expresses interest in four GOP healthcare ideas"
By Noam N. Levey and Janet Hook, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Washington - With the yearlong struggle over healthcare moving into its climactic final stage, President Obama on Tuesday made a last-ditch bid to win Republican support, raising the possibility of including a bundle of specific Republican ideas in the Democrats' legislative package...Continue Reading

"A Plan to Talk About Jobs, Elbowed Aside by Health Care"
By Jeff Zeleny, The New York Times
By the time March arrived, President Obama was supposed to be entering his third month of the year talking about three things: jobs, jobs, jobs....Continue Reading

Mar 04, 2010

On the Radar: March 4, 2010

"Health Reform: Can the Democrats Cross the Finish Line?"
By Karen Tumulty, TIME Magazine
After months of uncertainty, a road map for passing comprehensive health care reform is finally at hand, one that could send a bill to Barack Obama's desk by the end of March. But it is going to require House and Senate Democrats to put aside their mutual suspicions, join hands and take a political leap worthy of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid...Continue Reading

"Obama calls for action on healthcare"
By Noam N. Levey and Janet Hook, Los Angeles Times
'The United States Congress owes the American people' a yes-or-no vote, the president says, setting a timeline for wrapping up the debate...Continue Reading

"Obama calls for reconciliation to prevent filibuster on health-care reform"
By Shailagh Murray and Lori Montgomery, The Washington Post
President Obama's endorsement Wednesday of a risky legislative maneuver to complete health-care legislation sent Democratic leaders scrambling to settle policy disputes and assemble the votes necessary for passage in the coming weeks...Continue Reading

"Obama's Final Health Care Push"(Video)
By John Harwood, CNBC
A roundup of the President's final health care push, with CNBC's John Harwood; Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) and Rep. Jeb Hensarling, (R-TX).....Watch the Video

Mar 05, 2010

On the Radar: March 5, 2010

"Money worries curb GOP optimism "
By Jeanne Cummings, POLITICO
Republicans are feeling pretty good about the midterms. Prognosticators don’t laugh anymore when they talk about taking back Congress...Continue Reading

"Health Care Reform: Winner Take All" (Video)
By John Harwood, CNBC
President Obama is pushing for a single, winner take all, one time up or down vote on health care reform. CNBC's John Harwood has the details...Watch the Video

"Pelosi suggests that abortion opponents won't derail health bill"
By Shailagh Murray, The Washington Post
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) downplayed Thursday the possibility that conservative Democrats would threaten passage of a final health-care bill over the abortion issue, telling reporters that at least some of the lawmakers may be open to persuasion...Continue Reading

"Rash of Scandals Tests Democrats at Sensitive Time"
By Jeff Zeleny, The New York Times
The ethical woes facing Democrats are piling up, with barely a day passing in recent weeks without headlines from Washington to New York and beyond filled with word of scandal or allegations of wrongdoing...Continue Reading

Mar 08, 2010

On the Radar: March 8, 2010

Weekend Reports & Columns

"Sure-Fire Crowd Pleaser: Reining in Wall Street"

By John Harwood, The New York Times
For President Obama and Congressional Democrats, public opinion this past year has mostly gone in the wrong direction — on his job performance, on health care and economic stimulus, on midterm elections...Continue Reading

"Lebanon, at peace, braces for war"
By Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times
The Middle East has no shortage of conflicts to worry the rest of the world: the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the nuclear ambitions of Iran, the stalemate between Israel and the Palestinians. And now, add an old trouble spot to that list...Continue Reading

"Sunday Take: For fed-up voters, a buffet of gaffes"
By Dan Balz, The Washington Post
Mark down this past week as a case study in why so many people are so angry with politicians and the practice of politics...Continue Reading

"The daring Charlie Rangel"
By David Broder, The Washington Post
This is not the way Sandy Levin would have wanted it. The Michigan Democrat became acting chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee last week after its former chairman, Charlie Rangel of New York, stepped down -- temporarily, he says -- because he was censured by the House ethics committee for going on a corporate-financed junket...Continue Reading

Weekly Reporter Stories


"The Limits of Rahmism "
By Peter Baker, The New York Times
As a dozen or so top White House officials gathered in Rahm Emanuel’s corner West Wing office one morning in early January, the president’s political director, Patrick Gaspard, reported on the latest poll numbers in Massachusetts...Continue Reading

"Filibuster Threat? Start Talking "
By Naftali Bendavid, The Wall Street Journal
It has been a long time since there was a filibuster worthy of the name, with cots rolled out of storage rooms, bleary-eyed senators speechifying at 3 a.m. and the Capitol held in thrall to round-the-clock debates..Continue Reading

"Obama's health care pitch to Democrats: Trust me"
By Charles Babington, Associated Press
In private pitches to Democrats, President Barack Obama says he will persuade Congress to pass his health care overhaul even if it kills him and even if he has to ask deeply distrustful lawmakers to trust him on a promise the White House doesn't have the power to keep...Continue Reading

"Healthcare overhaul comes down to Pelosi and Obama"
By Janet Hook, Los Angeles Times
The fate of healthcare legislation turns on the endgame skills of two Democrats who bring vastly different assets to the task: President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi...Continue Reading

"The Real Hurt Locker Revealed"  
Bomb specialists in Iraq & Afghanistan weigh in on Oscar nominated film.
By Martha Raddatz, ABC News...View Here

Mar 09, 2010

On the Radar: March 9, 2010

"Lights, camera, reconcile!"
By Jeanne Cummings, POLITICO
The yearlong debate over health care reform — a titanic contest involving big ideas, passionate convictions and lofty principles — is headed toward a highly unlikely endgame: a clash between parliamentary procedure attorneys...Continue Reading

"Are unemployment benefits no longer temporary?"
By Michael A. Fletcher, The Washington Post
Millions of Americans have been forced to rely on unemployment payments for extended periods as the nation struggles through its longest period of high joblessness in a generation, and critics are taking aim, saying that the Depression-era program created as a temporary bridge for laid-off workers is turning into an expensive entitlement...Continue Reading

"Obama Turns Up the Volume in Health Care Bid"
By Helene Cooper, The New York Times
President Obama challenged wavering members of his party on Monday not to give in to political fears about supporting health care legislation, asserting that the urgency of getting a bill through Congress should trump any concern about the consequences for Democrats in November...Continue Reading

"Obama's TSA nominee an intelligence expert"
By Christi Parsons, Los Angeles Times
The administration urges a quick confirmation of retired Army Gen. Robert Harding after months of delays involving the previous nominee...Continue Reading

Mar 10, 2010

On the Radar: March 10, 2010

"AP-GfK Poll: Public wants elusive accord on health"
By Charles Babington, Associated Press
Americans and their lawmakers are dramatically out of sync on health care, with large majorities of people looking for bipartisan cooperation that's nowhere in sight...Continue Reading

"On health-care reform, Republicans target Democrats' division over reconciliation"
By Shailagh Murray, The Washington Post
As Republicans work to prevent a health-care bill from reaching President Obama, they are scrambling to exploit divisions between Democrats in the House and the Senate...Continue Reading

"Roberts: Presidential address is 'pep rally'"
By Joan Biskupic, USA Today
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts told an Alabama audience Tuesday that he found the atmosphere "very troubling" at January's State of the Union Address, during which President Obama criticized the high court...Continue Reading

"Hurdles to financial reform"
By Eamon Javers, POLITICO
Despite all the sturm and drang in Washington about reforming Wall Street, it’s not at all clear that the legislation moving on Capitol Hill this week will ultimately fix what critics view as three of the most glaring conflicts of interest in the nation’s financial system...Continue Reading

Mar 11, 2010

On the Radar: March 11, 2010

"Two for One"
By John Dickerson, SLATE
President Obama has repeatedly called for an up-or-down vote on health care reform. But the only way House Democrats may be able to pass health care reform is by not holding an up-or-down vote. Follow me, Alice, and I'll try to explain...Continue Reading

"Obama Gets Tough on Health Care Fraud"
By Helene Cooper, The New York Times
President Obama continued his drive for a health care overhaul on Wednesday, ordering a crackdown on Medicare and Medicaid waste and fraud, while in Washington, House leaders said they hoped to have a completed bill to present to rank and file members Thursday morning...Continue Reading

"Test to Democratic Agenda Comes From Within"
By Naftali Bendavid, The Wall Street Journal
The House on Wednesday rejected a proposal to bring U.S. troops home from Afghanistan by year's end, but divisions within the Democratic Party were on display as liberals pleaded to end a war being conducted by a president of their own party...Continue Reading

"Key senators balk at adding student loan overhaul to health-care legislation"
By Lori Montgomery & Shailagh Murray, The Washington Post
As they push to finish health-care legislation by the end of the month, Democratic leaders in Congress are weighing whether to add another of President Obama's priorities to the package: a popular proposal to overhaul the federal student loan program...Continue Reading

Mar 12, 2010

On the Radar: March 12, 2010

"Obama to Delay Pacific Trip by Three Days"
By Jeff Zeleny, The New York Times
President Obama is delaying his trip to Indonesia, Guam and Australia next week, an administration official said Friday, so the White House can focus on passing health care legislation in the House...Continue Reading

"Democrats inch ahead on health care"
By Noam N. Levey and Janet Hook, Los Angeles Times
Congressional Democratic leaders worked throughout the day Thursday to settle lingering intraparty disagreements over abortion, federal insurance subsidies and other issues — seeking agreement on the finishing touches for a health-care package they hope to send President Obama by the end of the month...Continue Reading

"Moral High Ground: Parties Trade Jabs on Earmark Bans"
By Naftali Bendavid, Wall Street Journal
It’s a tit-for-tat battle for the moral high ground on Washington spending. One day after House Democrats announced a partial ban on earmarks, House Republicans jumped into the fray by announcing a broader ban than includes all earmarks...Continue Reading

"Abortion deal isn't possible, Dems say"
By Charles Babington, Associated Press
House Democratic leaders abandoned a struggle to reach an intra-party compromise on abortion coverage yesterday, gambling that they can still secure the support for President Barack Obama's sweeping health-care legislation with showdown votes as early as next week....Continue Reading

Mar 15, 2010

On the Radar: March 15, 2010

Weekend Reports & Columns

"A Brief, but Failed, Pass at Bipartisanship"
By John Harwood, The New York Times
In 1981, as Christopher J. Dodd reached the Senate, two members of the Harvard Negotiation Project published the best seller “Getting to Yes.” It was easier to do in Washington then. Now. . . Continue Reading

"Will the 'Blue Dogs' hunt for Obama?"
By Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times
The most important member of Congress this month may be a man you've never heard of: Jason Altmire, a painfully earnest former hospital executive from near Pittsburgh.  Why? Because as Jason Altmire goes, so goes the nation. . . Continue Reading

Weekly Reporter Stories

 "The Limits of Rahmism "
By Peter Baker, The New York Times
As a dozen or so top White House officials gathered in Rahm Emanuel’s corner West Wing office one morning in early January, the president’s political director, Patrick Gaspard, reported on the latest poll numbers in Massachusetts...Continue Reading

"Millions Spent to Sway Democrats on Health Care "
By Jeff Zeleny, The New York Times
The yearlong legislative fight over health care is drawing to a frenzied close as a multimillion-dollar wave of advertising that rivals the ferocity of a presidential campaign takes aim at about 40 House Democrats whose votes will help determine the fate of President Obama’s top domestic priority.  Continue Reading

"Contractors Tied to Effort to Track and Kill Militants"
By Dexter Filkins and Mark Mazzetti, The New York Times
Under the cover of a benign government information-gathering program, a Defense Department official set up a network of private contractors in Afghanistan and Pakistan to help track and kill suspected militants, according to military officials and businessmen in Afghanistan and the United States. Continue Reading

"Still More on Bending the Rules" 
By Karen Tumulty, TIME Magazine
The Slaughter Solution? Another name might be the Dreier Doctrine...Continue Reading

Mar 16, 2010

On the Radar: March 16, 2010

"Democrats step up efforts to swiftly pass health bill"
By Noam N. Levey and Janet Hook, Los Angeles Times
Democrats on Monday began their climactic push to move healthcare legislation through the House by the end of the week, as President Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other senior leaders stepped up their efforts ..Continue Reading

"The Federal Reserve as Piggy Bank"
By David Wessel, The Wall Street Journal
The Federal Reserve funds itself, making money on the buying and selling and holding of U.S. government and mortgage-backed securities, among other things. After paying its expenses, any profits go to the U.S. Treasury. It prizes this independence from the congressional appropriations process....Continue Reading

"Chris Dodd proposal hits Wall Street hard"
By Eamon Javers, POLITICO
The cynics called it a stunt, a photo-op and dead on arrival. But when Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) unveiled his Wall Street reform proposal Monday, there it was: the much-maligned “Volcker rule.” Dodd’s decision to include the provision in his surprisingly tough reform bill...Continue Reading

"The American Dream: Not Doing So Well"
By Karen Tumulty, TIME Magazine
As we gear up for an election season, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that, for most people, politics is a means to an end, not an end in itself. Xavier University's new Institute for Politics and the American Dream is releasing its inaugural survey on the state of the American Dream, something it plans to make an annual exercise. . .Continue Reading