April 2010

Apr 01, 2010

On the Radar: April 1, 2010

"Reducing Dependence on Foreign Energy"
By John Dickerson, CBS News
CBS News' Political Analyst John Dickerson spoke to Maggie Rodriguez about President Obama's expansion plan for drilling for oil and gas to reduce America's dependence on foreign energy.  Watch the Video...

"Historic health reform can't hide Congress's black eye"
By David Broder, The Washington Post
While terrorist bombs were blowing up in the Moscow subway, Washington was enjoying a week of unusual peace and quiet. Congress was in recess, and the tumult and shouting were blessedly muted. Continue reading...

"A Spending Nudge, or a Fudge? "
By David Wessel, The Wall Street Journal
Last year, Congress rejected a bill that would have required an up-or-down vote on recommendations to reduce the budget deficit from a commission composed primarily of members of Congress. This year, Congress acquiesced to President Barack Obama's insistence that it create a presidentially appointed Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) to craft ways to slow Medicare spending that will take effect automatically unless Congress votes to reject them. Continue reading...   

"Lawyers must point out deals' deportation risks"
By Joan Biskupic, USA Today
Attorneys must tell their immigrant clients if pleading guilty to a crime carries a risk of deportation, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in a decision bolstering the constitutional guarantee of effective assistance from a lawyer. Continue reading...

"Obama Urges Workplace Flexibility"
By Peter Baker, The New York Times
He probably has the most flexible and least flexible job in the world. He lives above the office and if he wants to skip out to watch his daughter’s basketball game, no one will dock his pay. Continue reading... 

Apr 02, 2010

On the Radar: April 2, 2010


"Jobs up, good news for President Obama"
By Eamon Javers, POLITICO
President Barack Obama got the first unequivocally good news on the nation’s employment picture Friday, as new government figures showed the nation gained 162,000 jobs in the month of March. Continue reading...

"Washington & Jobs"
By John Harwood, CNBC
Debating the impact of the jobs number on this fall's election, with CNBC's John Harwood; Andy Serwer, Fortune managing editor; Robert Barbera ITG chief economist; and CNBC's Carl Quintanilla, Steve Liesman & Becky Quick. Watch the Video...

"Obama, in Maine, Needles Republicans Over Calls to Repeal Health Care Overhaul"
By Peter Baker, The New York Times
President Obama continued on Thursday what might be called his Go-for-It Tour, traveling to this Northeastern state — represented by two moderate Republican senators who balked at his health care overhaul — to dare the opposition party to run against it this fall.   Continue Reading...

"Security Check System for Flights to U.S. to Be Altered"
By Jeff Zeleny, The New York Times
President Obama has signed off on new security protocols for people flying to the United States, establishing a system that uses intelligence information and assessment of threats to identify passengers who could have links to terrorism, a senior administration official said Thursday. Continue reading...

"National disaster exercises, called too costly and scripted, may be scaled back"
By Spencer S. Hsu, The Washington Post
The plan was to stage the nation's first live exercise that simulates a nuclear bomb being detonated by terrorists in an American city, with 10,000 emergency responders, U.S. troops and officials playing out their roles in the heart of Las Vegas. Continue reading...

Apr 05, 2010

On the Radar: April 5, 2010

Weekend Reports & Columns

"Soaring Hispanic population will have a political impact"
By David Broder, The Washington Post
Census Day was a big day at the office of the National Council of La Raza, not only because it was the final day of the drive to reduce the chronic undercount of Hispanic residents but also because it marked a time when Latinos in the United States could obtain the latest measure of their growing political power.  Continue reading

"In Colorado, health-care debate reverberates in congressional race"
By Dan Balz, The Washington Post
Rep. Betsy Markey, a first-term Democrat in a Republican district, was one of just eight House members who switched their votes from "no" to "yes" when President Obama's health-care bill finally passed Congress. Her vote left the endangered incumbent in an even more precarious position. Continue reading  

"Drilling Plan May Buoy Efforts on Energy Policy"
By John Harwood, The New York Times
Ever since he ran Bill Clinton’s “It’s the Economy, Stupid” presidential campaign in 1992, James Carville has held a reputation for common-sense Democratic strategy.  Continue reading 

"The Kandahar gambit"
By Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times
Afghanistan's future, and U.S. hopes for success, probably hinge on a coming offensive in the Taliban stronghold. Continue reading  

Weekly Reporter Stories

"Will Health Law Mean More Hospital Visits From Young Adults?"
By David Wessel, The Wall Street Journal 
One provision of the health-care bill that is now law says that parents will be able to keep their dependent children on their health insurance policies up to age 26.  Continue reading   

"Obama urges people to retain values amid rancor"
By Charles Babington, Associated Press 
President Barack Obama's Easter address calls on people of all faiths, as well as nonbelievers, to embrace their common aspirations and "shared spirit of humanity."  Continue reading   

"Senator to Stevens: 2010 retirement would lead to gridlock"
By Joan Biskupic, USA Today 
As Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens continues to weigh a possible retirement, Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter said Sunday that he thinks President Obama's choice of a successor could trigger a Republican filibuster in the Senate.  Continue reading

"Democrats bristle at financial reform deadline"
By Manu Raju and Eamon Javers, POLITICO 
Democrats blew deadline after deadline in the health care debate, and now some on Capitol Hill are bristling at the suggestion from the White House that a massive financial reform bill should be on the president’s desk by Memorial Day.
Continue reading   

Apr 06, 2010

On the Radar: April 6, 2010

"Obama Limits When U.S. Would Use Nuclear Arms"
By David E. Sanger and Peter Baker, The New York Times
— President Obama said Monday that he was revamping American nuclear strategy to substantially narrow the conditions under which the United States would use nuclear weapons. But the president said in an interview that he was carving out and exception. . . Continue reading     

"Afghanistan president's remarks again stir unease"
 By Laura King and Christi Parsons, Los Angeles Times 
Karzai says Western meddling has aided the Taliban by fueling a perception that the insurgency is a legitimate struggle against occupation. He adds that if that were true, he would join the Taliban.  Continue reading

"Toyota faces $16.4M fine for hiding safety defect "
By David Shepardson, The Detroit News
Federal safety regulators are seeking to fine Toyota Motor Corp. $16.4 million -- the largest ever penalty against an automaker -- for failing to disclose problems with sticky accelerator pedals in a timely manner.   The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Toyota knew in September that it had a problem with accelerator pedals that required fixing, but failed. . .  Continue reading
"Cyber Insecurity: U.S. Struggles To Confront Threat"
By Tom Gjelten, NPR
Americans do not often hear that someone has found a way to overcome U.S. defenses, but military and intelligence officials have been sounding downright alarmist lately with their warnings that the country is ill-prepared to deal with a cyberattack.  Continue reading  

"The Race to November"
By John Dickerson, CBS News
Analysis of buzzworthy 2010 political races around the country with John Dickerson and CBS News Chief Political Consultant Marc Ambinder. Watch video

Apr 07, 2010

On the Radar: April 7, 2010

"Obama’s Nuclear Strategy Intended as a Message"
By David E. Sanger and Thom Shanker, The New York Times

At the heart of President Obama’s new nuclear strategy lies a central gamble: that an aging, oversize, increasingly outmoded nuclear arsenal can be turned to the new purpose of adding leverage to the faltering effort to force Iran and North Korea to rethink the value of their nuclear programs. Continue reading     

"Obama's nuclear policy walks careful line"
By Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times 
The overhaul aims to reduce U.S. reliance on nuclear weapons without alienating conservative lawmakers.  Continue reading

"GM, Chrysler pension plans are $17B short"
By David Shepardson, The Detroit News
The pension plans of General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group LLC are underfunded by $17 billion combined and the automakers will need to make large payments to make up the shortfalls, according to a government report released Tuesday.  Continue reading
"Cyberattack: U.S. Unready For Future Face Of War"
By Tom Gjelten, NPR
The bloody little conflict between Russia and Georgia in August 2008 lasted just nine days, but it marked a turning point in the history of warfare. For the first time ever, the shooting was accompanied by a cyberattack.     Continue reading 

"Bad timing for GOP: Steele's faux pas and RNC meltdown"
By Gloria Borger, CNN
Given all external indicators, the GOP hierarchy should be having a pretty good time right about now. President Obama's health care plan is still unpopular. The public views Republicans as better able to deal with the messy economy. Polls show that, by a slim margin, voters prefer Republicans to Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections. What could go wrong?   Continue reading 

Apr 08, 2010

On the Radar: April 8, 2010

"With Arms Pact, Disarmament Challenge Remains"
By Peter Baker, The New York Times
President Obama came to this medieval city last spring to lay out an audacious vision of “a world without nuclear weapons.” A year later, he arrives back here on Thursday to sign a treaty with Russia that envisions a world with thousands of nuclear weapons.   Continue reading    

"Lesser of two evils: Keeping Steele as RNC chair"
By Dan Balz, The Washington Post 
Absent a truly devastating new revelation, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele appears in no imminent danger of losing his job. But after another week of controversy over his leadership, the chairman's longer-term prospects look far less secure.  Continue reading

"Tax burden mounting for high earners"
By Janet Hook, Los Angeles Times
Levies in the healthcare law are just the beginning in President Obama's plan to bring balance. Politically, it may backfire.  Continue reading 
"Did 'Great Recession' Live Up to the Name?"
By David Wessel, The Wall Street Journal
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke calls it "the worst financial crisis in modern history." His predecessor, Alan Greenspan, says it was "the most virulent global financial crisis ever." The resulting recession was longer and deeper than any the U.S. has suffered since World War II..  Continue reading     

"Qatari diplomat, apparently smoking in onboard bathroom, causes security scare on D.C. flight"
By Spencer S. Hsu and Clarence Williams, The Washingotn Post 
A United Airlines flight from Washington to Denver was disrupted Wednesday night after an incident in which a Qatari diplomat apparently was smoking in the plane's bathroom in violation of safety rules, authorities said.      Continue reading

"Robert Rubin returns"
By Eamon Javers, POLITICO 
Former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin – who watched his reputation as an economic titan shattered after leaving the Clinton White House – is decidedly out of favor in the nation’s capital. Continue reading 



Apr 12, 2010

On the Radar: April 12, 2010


Weekend Reports & Columns

"Republicans focus efforts on November, say 2012 can wait"
By Dan Balz, The Washington Post
The Southern Republican Leadership Conference has become known in recent years as an early testing ground for would-be presidential candidates, a place to make an impression on party activists and the media. But there is a far different message coming out of New Orleans this weekend: 2012 can wait.  Continue reading

"Compromising with the Taliban"
By Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times
Some day the war in Afghanistan will end. If it's like most civil wars, it will end in negotiations -- in this case, negotiations with the Taliban. And that's if we're lucky; the leading alternative to a negotiated settlement is a Taliban victory.  Continue reading  

"Conflicting Signs for Midterm Elections"
By John Harwood, The New York Times
As if Republicans did not have enough cause for optimism this year, the pollster Neil Newhouse offers this lesson from history: Since John F. Kennedy occupied the White House, presidents with approval ratings below 50 percent have seen their parties lose an average of 41 House seats in midterm elections. Continue reading

Weekly Reporter Stories

"Obama's high court choice: Consensus or clash? "
By Joan Biskupic, USA Today
President Obama faces a politically difficult choice about a new justice as the Supreme Court is at its own crossroads.  Continue reading   

"Democrats trudge ahead on legislative agenda"
By Janet Hook, Los Angeles Times
Congress returns from a two-week recess Monday facing a landscape scorched from the healthcare battle, partisan gridlock seemingly worse than ever and a pitched battle expected over the Supreme Court.  Continue reading

"Leaders Gather for Nuclear Talks as New Threat Is Seen"
By David E. Sanger & William J. Broad, The New York Times
Three months ago, American intelligence officials examining satellite photographs of Pakistani nuclear facilities saw the first wisps of steam from the cooling towers of a new nuclear reactor. It was one of three plants being constructed to make fuel for a second generation of nuclear arms. Continue reading   

On the Radar: April 9, 2010

"Justice Stevens to retire from Supreme Court"
By Joan Biskupic, USA Today
Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, an unassuming Chicagoan in bow ties who became a shrewd strategist and liberal leader of the modern Supreme Court, announced his retirement Friday morning. He has served nearly 35 years and is about to turn 90.  Continue reading     

"AP sources: Obama pick for Justice post withdraws"
By Charles Babington, Associated Press
President Barack Obama's nominee to head the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel has withdrawn her bid for confirmation after several Republicans objected to her criticism of the Bush administration's terrorist interrogation policies.     Continue reading

"Fannie faced 'horrible alternatives'"
By Eamon Javers, POLITICO 
It turns out that even the former CEO of Fannie Mae thought that his company had an impossible task. Continue reading

"Republicans Pose Test for Treaty With Russia"
By Peter Baker, The New York Times
As President Obama headed home on Friday with a freshly inked arms control treaty in hand, he faced a new challenge that may be every bit as vexing as negotiating with Russians: making common cause with Republicans. Continue reading

Apr 13, 2010

On the Radar: April 13, 2010


"Obama Calls for Joint Action to Safeguard Nuclear Stocks"
By David E. Sanger and Mark Landler, The New York Times 
Saying that the prospect of nuclear terrorism had emerged as one of the greatest threats to global security, President Obama called on world leaders “not simply to talk, but to act” to secure or destroy vulnerable stockpiles of nuclear materials.  Continue reading   

"The Nuclear World"
By Pierre Thomas, ABC News  
A breakdown of key facts about nuclear weapons around the world.  Watch video

"Light At the End of the Bailout Tunnel"
By Deborah Solomon, The Wall Street Journal
The U.S. government's rescue of wobbly companies and financial markets is starting to look far less expensive or long-lasting than once feared. As momentum grows at companies that looked like zombies just a few months ago to repay taxpayers for lifelines they got during the financial crisis. . .Continue reading 
"Critics see Michael Steele cronies as source of RNC problems"
By Jeanne Cummings, POLITICO
n a weekend appearance at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, Michael Steele tried to put recent criticism of his stewardship of the Republican National Committee behind him by acknowledging: “I’ve made mistakes.” In the view of his critics, those mistakes began soon after Steele’s arrival at the RNC. . .
Continue reading 

"Win a Meeting with the President"
By Peter Baker and Helene Cooper, The New York Times
For President Obama, the first three days of this week are the diplomatic equivalent of speed dating. Every few minutes, it seems, another foreign leader is escorted into the room. They sit, they talk, they pledge mutual cooperation. And then it is on to the next one.    Continue reading 

Apr 14, 2010

On the Radar: April 14, 2010

"Obama Vows Fresh Proliferation Push as Summit Ends"
By David E. Sanger, The New York Times 
President Obama completed a first meeting of world leaders on combating nuclear terrorism with a list of specific commitments from dozens of nations to eliminate or lock down nuclear materials, in what he called a “bold and pragmatic” program to finish the task in the next four years. Continue reading   

"Obama casts wide net with list of possible Supreme Court nominees"
By James Oliphant and Christi Parsons, Los Angeles Times  
Advisors are calling for a nontraditional choice to replace Justice John Paul Stevens, someone who isn't a product of top-tier Ivy League schools or hasn't worked as a federal appeals judge.  Continue reading

"Upturn on track? Hold the bubbly"
By Eamon Javers, POLITICO 
The Dow Jones is up, the employment picture is brightening, and we’ve had several quarters of economic growth. So the recession is over, right? Not so fast.  Continue reading
"Obama Puts His Own Mark on Foreign Policy Issues"
By Peter Baker, The New York Times
When he took office last year, President Obama told his foreign policy advisers that he had two baskets of issues to deal with. The first would be the legacy issues left from his predecessor, like Iraq, Afghanistan and America’s image in the world. The second would be his own agenda for the future.   Continue reading

"Hoyer Asks for Civility as House Returns From Recess"
By Naftali Bendavid, The Wall Street Journal 
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer marked Congress’s return on Tuesday from a two-week recess by asking lawmakers to act civilly.  “There are obviously clearly differences of opinion in the country and among members of Congress and between the parties,” Hoyer told reporters.   Continue reading

"Toyota halts sales of Lexus SUV"
By David Shepardson, Detroit News  
Toyota Motor Corp. told its dealers late Tuesday to temporarily stop selling its premium Lexus GX 460 SUV after Consumer Reports urged people not to buy the vehicle because of a potential rollover risk. Toyota spokesman Mike Michels said the Japanese automaker was reacting quickly to the magazine's warning. The automaker has been criticized -- and faces a record fine from U.S. safety regulators -- for reacting too slowly to complaints about its vehicles.  Continue reading    

Apr 15, 2010

On the Radar: April 15, 2010

"Officials Say Iran Could Make Bomb Fuel in a Year"
By David Sanger, The New York Times 
Two of the nation’s top military officials said Wednesday that Iran could produce bomb-grade fuel for at least one nuclear weapon within a year, but would most likely need two to five years to manufacture a workable atomic bomb. Continue reading   

"Deficit reduction through tax reform"
By Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times
Senators' plan aims to make the tax system simpler and fairer while tackling the ballooning federal deficit. Continue reading

"Expiring Tax Cuts’ Fate Has Parties Strategizing"
By Jackie Calmes, The New York Times
Democrats for years have vowed to let the Bush administration’s tax cuts for the wealthiest taxpayers expire as scheduled after this year, but election-year politics and the economy’s fragility could complicate matters in Congress. Continue reading
"Obama and the challenge of slow change"
By David Broder, The Washington Post
We are beginning to learn that the Obama presidency will be an era of substantial but deferred accomplishments -- perhaps always to be accompanied by a sense of continuing crisis. His vaunted "cool" allows him to wait without impatience and to endure without visible despair. It asks the same of his constituents.  Continue reading

"Obama Speech Signals a U.S. Shift on Middle East"
By Mark Landler & Helene Cooper, The New York Times
It was just a phrase at the end of President Obama’s news conference on Tuesday, but it was a stark reminder of a far-reaching shift in how the United States views the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and how aggressively it might push for a peace agreement. Continue reading

Apr 16, 2010

On the Radar: April 16, 2010

"C.I.A. Document Details Destruction of Tapes"
By Mark Mazzetti, The New York Times 
Porter J. Goss, the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, in 2005 approved of the decision by one of his top aides to destroy dozens of videotapes documenting the brutal interrogation of two detainees, according to an internal C.I.A. document released Thursday.  Continue reading 

"Obama orders most hospitals to grant gays visitation rights"
By Christi Parsons and Kathleen Hennessey, Los Angeles Times
Same-sex partners must get the same privileges granted heterosexual couples in hospitals that get Medicare or Medicaid funds, he says in a memo. Continue reading

"Eight Republicans who may break ranks on bank bill"
By Eamon Javers, POLITICO
The Republican rhetoric sounded tough on financial regulatory reform early this week. “Shame on the president,” said Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), who complained that President Barack Obama was derailing bipartisan negotiations on Wall Street reform for short-term political gain.  Continue reading
"How Bosses Stay in Charge"
By David Wessel, The Wall Street Journal
Groucho Marx once said that: “No man goes before his time, unless the boss leaves early.” It’s an age-old economic conundrum, says MIT lecturer Robert Akerlof: How can companies ensure employees are working hard even when the boss isn’t around?    Continue reading

"Online Tax Revolt's Mission For Tax Day"
By John Dickerson, CBS News
Online Tax Day's Ken Hoagland, also a featured speaker at Thursday's Tax Day Rally spoke with John Dickerson about his group's mission for getting Washington to listen.  Watch the video