August 2010

Aug 09, 2010

On the Radar: August 9, 2010

Twelve Political Races to Watch  
By John Harwood, CNBC   
Twelve national elections that should be on your radar.  Watch video

Todd S. Purdum Asks, Can Washington Be Fixed?  
By Todd S. Purdum, Vanity Fair    
What’s the matter with Washington? In a remarkably detailed and nuanced 10,000-word article, Vanity Fair national editor Todd Purdum attempts to answer that question. Using history as his backdrop, Purdum spends a day inside the West Wing and talks to Obama’s top aides...  Continue reading   

Democratic candidates all but ignore their legislative successes 
By Janet Hook, Los Angeles Times    
Avoid bragging, strategists advise, and warn against putting Republicans back in charge.  Continue reading...

Mitch McConnell comes to the Senate's defense  
By David S. Broder, The Washington Post   
It was an odd but intriguing experience to sit at a press breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor last week and listen as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell strongly rebutted one of my recent columns, implicitly endorsed the message of another and sent a disquieting signal about... Continue reading   

A mosque near ground zero: It's the wise choice 
By Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times 
There's a civil war in Islam between moderates and radicals. Barring the building of a mosque near ground zero in New York would only help the radicals.  Continue reading...

California's gay-marriage decision unlikely to shift campaign focus from economy 
By Dan Balz, The Washington Post   
At another time, the ruling overturning California's ban on same-sex marriages might have been the political equivalent of an earthquake. Instead, the relatively restrained response underscores both the singular economic focus of this year's elections and...Continue reading...

First Lady’s Spain Vacation Draws Criticism
By Peter Baker and Raphael Minder, The New York Times
There is nothing like a little Mediterranean beach vacation to unwind. Unless you happen to travel with dozens of Secret Service agents, trailed by photographers and dogged by controversy.    Continue reading...

Come and see Colorado's 3-ring political circus 
By Charles Babington, Associated Press  
In an election year already notable for anti-establishment fervor and spoiler candidates, nothing beats Colorado's political circus. Continue reading...

What President Obama Should Read This Summer  
By John Dickerson, SLATE Magazine  
President Obama goes on his summer vacation to Martha's Vineyard in less than two weeks. Time, then, for us to unveil our suggested reading list. Continue reading...

Aug 10, 2010

On the Radar: August 10, 2010

As Fed Meets, Wary Markets Eye Statement
By David Wessel, The Wall Street Journal
Nervousness dominated sentiment ahead of the Fed's monetary-policy announcement later today. David Wessel, Neal Lipschutz and Bob O'Brien discuss. Also, Peter Wallsten discusses why, in the final flurry of primaries, some candidates are trying to make a virtue of being insiders   Watch video

Connecticut Senate Smackdown
By John Harwood, CNBC 
A preview of the fierce battle in Connecticut over Christopher Dodd's Senate seat.  Watch video   

Meehan on tea party signatures
By Jeanne Cummings, POLITICO
Republican Pat Meehan challenged the validity of tea party congressional candidate Jim Schneller’s candidacy on Monday, arguing that Democrats improperly helped him gather the signatures to put his name on the Pennsylvania ballot this fall as an independent. Continue reading...

Twelve Political Races to Watch  
By John Harwood, CNBC   
Twelve national elections that should be on your radar.  Watch video

Todd S. Purdum Asks, Can Washington Be Fixed?  
By Todd S. Purdum, Vanity Fair    
What’s the matter with Washington? In a remarkably detailed and nuanced 10,000-word article, Vanity Fair national editor Todd Purdum attempts to answer that question. Using history as his backdrop, Purdum spends a day inside the West Wing and talks to Obama’s top aides...  Continue reading   

Democratic candidates all but ignore their legislative successes 
By Janet Hook, Los Angeles Times    
Avoid bragging, strategists advise, and warn against putting Republicans back in charge.  Continue reading...

Mitch McConnell comes to the Senate's defense  
By David S. Broder, The Washington Post   
It was an odd but intriguing experience to sit at a press breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor last week and listen as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell strongly rebutted one of my recent columns, implicitly endorsed the message of another and sent a disquieting signal about... Continue reading   

A mosque near ground zero: It's the wise choice 
By Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times 
There's a civil war in Islam between moderates and radicals. Barring the building of a mosque near ground zero in New York would only help the radicals.  Continue reading...

California's gay-marriage decision unlikely to shift campaign focus from economy 
By Dan Balz, The Washington Post   
At another time, the ruling overturning California's ban on same-sex marriages might have been the political equivalent of an earthquake. Instead, the relatively restrained response underscores both the singular economic focus of this year's elections and...Continue reading...

Come and see Colorado's 3-ring political circus 
By Charles Babington, Associated Press  
In an election year already notable for anti-establishment fervor and spoiler candidates, nothing beats Colorado's political circus. Continue reading...

What President Obama Should Read This Summer  
By John Dickerson, SLATE Magazine  
President Obama goes on his summer vacation to Martha's Vineyard in less than two weeks. Time, then, for us to unveil our suggested reading list. Continue reading...

Aug 11, 2010

On the Radar: August 11, 2010

Sen. Michael Bennet fends off primary challenge in Colorado
By Dan Balz, The Washington Post 
Sen. Michael Bennet (D) of Colorado turned back a sharp challenge from former state House speaker Andrew Romanoff on Tuesday night on a busy day of primaries that offered fresh clues about the anti-establishment mood of voters and the strength of the "tea party" movement.  Continue reading 

Primary night yields good news for President Obama and Democrats
By John F. Harris, POLITICO 
 President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party, who have been starved for good news through much of 2010, finally received a generous helping Tuesday night. Republicans, meanwhile, were left with several new reasons to wonder whether all the favorable national trends showing in the polls are enough to overcome local candidates who are inspiring little confidence about their readiness for the general election 12 weeks from now.  Continue reading

House Approves Bill to Aid States
By Naftali Bendavid, The Wall Street Journal
House members, many grumpy at having to return from a summer break, came back to the Capitol Tuesday to approve a $26 billion bill aimed at helping states retain teachers and make Medicaid payments. With the Senate having passed the measure last week, President Barack Obama signed the bill into law. Continue reading...

Study Looks at Tax Cut Lapse for Rich  
By Jackie Calmes, The New York Times    
As debate heats up over President Obama’s proposal to let the Bush tax cuts expire for the wealthy but to extend them for everyone else, a nonpartisan Congressional analysis circulated on Capitol Hill on Tuesday provides a look at the impact the plan would have on high-income taxpayers. Continue reading   

Todd S. Purdum Asks, Can Washington Be Fixed?  
By Todd S. Purdum, Vanity Fair    
What’s the matter with Washington? In a remarkably detailed and nuanced 10,000-word article, Vanity Fair national editor Todd Purdum attempts to answer that question. Using history as his backdrop, Purdum spends a day inside the West Wing and talks to Obama’s top aides...  Continue reading   

Gates proposal would cut thousands of Defense jobs
By Nancy Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers  
In an effort to deter potential budget cuts by Congress and streamline a burgeoning Defense Department, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates Monday proposed to cut spending on contracting, to close a command stationed in Norfolk, Va., and to reduce the number of flag officers and civilian leaders.Continue reading...

Aug 16, 2010

On the Radar: August 16, 2010

Heated Rhetoric Gets No Vacation in Congress 
By Naftali Bendavid, The Wall Street Journal   
Congress's hot August recess has begun with rhetoric to match, with Democrats pummeling Republicans for wanting to trim Social Security, and Republicans hammering Democrats for favoring tax increases. Continue reading 

Voter Anger No Surprise to Democrats This Time
By Jeff Zeleny, The New York Times   
A year ago, dozens of protesters gathered outside the district office of Representative Ike Skelton, a Democrat who has represented a wide stretch of western Missouri since 1976. The anger they directed at health care legislation — and by extension most Congressional Democrats — left the party in a state of near panic. Continue reading

White House Reaffirms Afghan Strategy, Despite Petraeus Remarks
By Helene Cooper, The New York Times 
President Obama remains committed to beginning a withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan next July, a White House spokesman said on Monday, playing down recent remarks by the American military commander in Afghanistan that he might recommend a delay if conditions warrant. Continue reading...

Bobbing and Weaving to Avoid Taking the Hits   
By John Harwood, The New York Times     
Stimulus spending, government bailouts and a complex health care law can be heavy bricks in the backpacks of Democratic Congressional candidates.  Continue reading   

Desperate Democrats pin their hopes on scary Republicans  
By Dan Balz, The Washington Post      
Democrats have no illusions about what they're up against this fall: a terrible economic climate, a sour electorate and a sizable enthusiasm gap.       Continue reading   

Obama: Backing Muslims' right to build NYC mosque is not an endorsement
By Karen Tumulty and Michael D. Shear, The Washington Post    
One day after President Obama defended the freedom of Muslims to build an Islamic complex near New York's Ground Zero, he offered a less forceful version of that position on Saturday: Yes, Muslims have that right, Obama said -- but that doesn't mean he believes it is the right thing for them to do. Continue reading...

Aug 17, 2010

On the Radar: August 17, 2010

Target: No equality in donations  
By Jeanne Cummings, POLITICO    
Target Corp., for now, has rejected demand from the Human Rights Campaign that the retailer donate to pro-gay rights candidates in order to balance its contribution to a group backing Minnesota Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer, an ardent opponent of gay marriage.  Continue reading 

Obama Stumps for Democrats and Economic Agenda
By Helene Cooper, The New York Times 
President Obama excoriated Congressional Republicans on Monday for seeking to stymie his economic agenda, delivering a harsh critique of what he said was obstructionism that put political calculations ahead of the welfare of average Americans.  Continue reading...

Bobbing and Weaving to Avoid Taking the Hits   
By John Harwood, The New York Times     
Stimulus spending, government bailouts and a complex health care law can be heavy bricks in the backpacks of Democratic Congressional candidates.  Continue reading   

Desperate Democrats pin their hopes on scary Republicans  
By Dan Balz, The Washington Post      
Democrats have no illusions about what they're up against this fall: a terrible economic climate, a sour electorate and a sizable enthusiasm gap.       Continue reading   

Obama: Backing Muslims' right to build NYC mosque is not an endorsement
By Karen Tumulty and Michael D. Shear, The Washington Post    
One day after President Obama defended the freedom of Muslims to build an Islamic complex near New York's Ground Zero, he offered a less forceful version of that position on Saturday: Yes, Muslims have that right, Obama said -- but that doesn't mean he believes it is the right thing for them to do. Continue reading...

Aug 25, 2010

On the Radar: August 26, 2010

Joe Miller poised to take Senate seat from Alaska's Lisa Murkowski
By Philip Rucker & Karen Tumulty, The Washington Post
The 43-year-old bearded Alaskan who shocked the political world overnight by pulling ahead of Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the state's Republican primary fashions himself as a rugged individualist who campaigned on weaning Alaska off its dependence on federal largess. Continue reading...

As GOP civil war rages, Democrats look to benefit
by Charles Babington, Associated Press
A Republican civil war is raging, with righter-than-thou conservatives dominating ever more primaries in a fight for the party's soul. And the Democrats hope to benefit.  Continue reading...

Boehner Blasts Team Obama
Eamon Javers, CNBC
House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) says the President's economic team should be fired.  View Here...

Obama Administration prepares appeal for stem cell ruling
by Pete Williams, NBC News
Justice Department lawyers are preparing to ask a federal judge to put a hold on his ruling this week that blocks awarding further federal grants for stem-cell research.  Continue reading...

Aug 30, 2010

On the Radar: August 30, 2010

Early Obstacle, and Test, at Start of Mideast Talks
by Helene Cooper, The New York Times
President Obama will begin his one-year effort to achieve Middle East peace on Wednesday, joining a long list of his predecessors who have tried to achieve a comprehensive peace between Israelis and Palestinians.  Continue reading...

Obama goes out on a limb for Middle East peace talks
by Christi Parsons and Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
The president personally coaxed the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to agree to talks, even as some advisors questioned the wisdom of him linking so visibly to an intractable conflict.  Continue reading...

May the best economic policy win
by Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times
Voters now have two competing economic theories to choose from: Obama's Keynesian stimulus and Boehner's seemingly pre-Keynesian Republicanism. Continue reading...

Indiana's Ellsworth, onetime Democratic star, now a symbol of party's struggles
by Shailagh Murray, The Washington Post
When Brad Ellsworth won his U.S. House seat in Indiana four years ago, he was hailed by Democrats as the future of their party: a telegenic former sheriff with moderate instincts and an ability to appeal to a diverse electorate. Continue reading...

Revisiting Black History on Martha’s Vineyard
by Jackie Calmes, The New York Times
As a getaway for two Democratic presidents, including the current one, Martha’s Vineyard is often disparaged as an undemocratic haven for wealthy white elites. Continue reading...

Aug 31, 2010

On the Radar: August 31, 2010

Not So Easy, Is It?
by John Dickerson, SLATE Magazine
How Obama's struggles with disaster and war may be casting Bush's presidency in a more favorable light. Continue reading...

A Video Look at the Week’s Political Issues
by John Harwood, Jeff Zeleny and Elizabeth Bumiller, The New York Times
New York Times reporters Elisabeth Bumiller and Jeff Zeleny join John Harwood of The New York Times and CNBC to discuss President Obama’s focus on the faltering economy this week, its effect on the upcoming elections and other top issues in Washington this week.  Watch video

Airline Passengers Arrested, Possible Plot?
by Pete Williams, NBC News
Watch video

Beck's Rally: Political Pow-Wow or Religious Revival
by John Dickerson, CBS News
CBS News' Nancy Cordes and political commentator Charles Ellison join John Dickerson to break down Saturday's "Restoring Honor Rally". Plus; Dr. Alveda King speaks out on how her uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Glenn Beck would break bread if they met. Watch video

Early Obstacle, and Test, at Start of Mideast Talks
by Helene Cooper, The New York Times
President Obama will begin his one-year effort to achieve Middle East peace on Wednesday, joining a long list of his predecessors who have tried to achieve a comprehensive peace between Israelis and Palestinians.  Continue reading...

Obama goes out on a limb for Middle East peace talks
by Christi Parsons and Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
The president personally coaxed the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to agree to talks, even as some advisors questioned the wisdom of him linking so visibly to an intractable conflict.  Continue reading...

May the best economic policy win
by Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times
Voters now have two competing economic theories to choose from: Obama's Keynesian stimulus and Boehner's seemingly pre-Keynesian Republicanism. Continue reading...

Indiana's Ellsworth, onetime Democratic star, now a symbol of party's struggles
by Shailagh Murray, The Washington Post
When Brad Ellsworth won his U.S. House seat in Indiana four years ago, he was hailed by Democrats as the future of their party: a telegenic former sheriff with moderate instincts and an ability to appeal to a diverse electorate. Continue reading...

Revisiting Black History on Martha’s Vineyard
by Jackie Calmes, The New York Times
As a getaway for two Democratic presidents, including the current one, Martha’s Vineyard is often disparaged as an undemocratic haven for wealthy white elites. Continue reading...