April 2011

Apr 04, 2011

On the Radar: April 4, 2011

Hope and Continuity
By John Dickerson, Slate
Barack Obama launched his 2008 reunion tour today. Technically it's called a re-election, but the themes and images of the Obama 2012 campaign so thoroughly echo the last one, people might be excused for calling him Senator. Read more

U.S. Shifts to Seek Removal of Yemen’s Leader, an Ally
By Laura Kasinof and David E. Sanger, The New York Times
The United States, which long supported Yemen’s president, even in the face of recent widespread protests, has now quietly shifted positions and has concluded that he is unlikely to bring about the required reforms and must be eased out of office, according to American and Yemeni officials. Read more

An Obama Insider, Running the Race From Afar
By Jeff Zeleny, The New York Times
For two years, Jim Messina worked 41 steps from the Oval Office, a distance he counted when he first arrived at the White House. His next assignment — in an office 700 miles from President Obama — will test whether proximity is the key to power. Read more

G.O.P’s 2012 Strategy Puts Focus on Timing
By John Harwood, The New York Times
The last time Republicans challenged an incumbent Democratic president, they were simultaneously running a Congressional revolution. Read more

No party for John Boehner
By Doyle McManus, The Los Angeles Times
For a man who's getting most of what he wanted, House Speaker John A. Boehner looked pretty unhappy last week. Only three months ago, when he took the speaker's gavel from Democrat Nancy Pelosi, Boehner declared himself the leader of an unstoppable wave of conservatism. "The American people have spoken, and it's time for Washington to listen," he said. Read more

Boehner wants to pass spending cuts with GOP alone
By Chuck Babington, Associated Press
Sometimes in politics and legislation, whether you win is less important than how you win. That's the dilemma facing House Speaker John Boehner as he tries to round up the votes to pass a fast-approaching spending compromise and avert a partial government shutdown by week's end. Read more

GOP Aim: Cut $4 Trillion
By Naftali Bendavid, The Wall Street Journal
Republicans will present this week a 2012 budget proposal that would cut more than $4 trillion from federal spending projected over the next decade and transform the Medicare health program for the elderly, a move that will dramatically reshape the budget debate in Washington. Read more

Wages Fail to Keep Up With Inflation
By Sudeep Reddy, The Wall Street Journal
Despite improvement in the labor market, many workers are barely treading water as their wages fail to keep up with rising prices. Average hourly earnings for all private-sector workers, including salaried employees, were flat in March from the previous month at $22.87. Wages have moved little in the past six months despite consistent job gains during that period. Read more

Apr 18, 2011

On the Radar: April 18, 2011

AM Report: Deficit Talks Could Save Social Security
With David Wessel, The Wall Street Journal
Can Social Security's long-term problem be solved? President Obama and the GOP are trying to reach that goal, but sparks over funding Medicare could get in the way. View

President Heads West to Sell His Deficit Plan
By Mark Landler and Helene Cooper, The New York Times
After weeks of tussling and political gamesmanship in Congress over federal spending, President Obama will take his message on the road this week, traveling to the West Coast to promote his deficit-cutting plan. Read more

'Gang of Six’ in the Senate Seeking a Plan on Debt
By Jackie Calmes, The New York Times
Days after President Obama called for forming a bipartisan group in Congress to begin negotiating a $4 trillion debt-reduction package, the parties have not even agreed to its membership. Yet six senators — three Democrats, three Republicans — say they are nearing consensus on just such a plan. Read more

Lew Says Debt Ceiling Debate, Deficit Talks Can Move on ‘Parallel Track’
By Mike Dorning and Julianna Goldman, Bloomberg
The Obama administration still wants Congress to pass a “clean bill” raising the $14.3 trillion legal debt limit, even as the president is willing to support a side deal on deficit reduction, White House Budget Director Jacob Lew said. Read more

Amid Din, Serious Talk on Debt
By John Harwood, The New York Times
Let’s have an adult conversation about the federal budget — because Washington has started one. Read more

Libya's only a part of Mideast equation
By Doyle McManus, The Los Angeles Times
The eyes of the world are on the battle for Libya. It's undeniably a compelling drama: Spirited but untrained rebels, plus NATO airstrikes, pitted against an eccentric dictator with a cinematic wardrobe. Read more

U.S. and Allies Seek a Refuge for Qaddafi
By David E. Sanger and Eric Schmitt, The New York Times
The Obama administration has begun seeking a country, most likely in Africa, that might be willing to provide shelter to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi if he were forced out of Libya, even as a new wave of intelligence reports suggest that no rebel leader has emerged as a credible successor to the Libyan dictator. Read more

New chairman Priebus cleans up RNC after Michael Steele’s tumultuous tenure
By Dan Balz, The Washington Post
After two tumultuous years, the Republican National Committee is getting back to business. The hangover from former RNC chairman Michael Steele’s tenure still hasn’t faded. But the new party chairman, Reince Priebus, has begun to restore order and to replenish the committee’s depleted bank account. Read more

Supreme Court case weighs conflict of interest
By Joan Biskupic, USA Today
Michael Carrigan, a member of the City Council in Sparks, Nev., says he was trying to make sure his vote on a proposed casino, one that his campaign manager helped develop, did not pose an ethics problem. Read more

FAA sets rules in attempt to keep air traffic controllers from sleeping on job
By Christi Parsons, The Los Angeles Times
Air traffic controllers will be required to take at least nine hours off between shifts — one more hour than the current practice — and supervisors will work more overnight hours under new rules announced Sunday. Read more


Apr 25, 2011

On The Radar: April 25, 2011

Pentagon Confirms First Predator Drone Strike in Libya
By Martha Raddatz, ABC News
A U.S. Air Force Predator drone took out a rocket launcher used to attack civilians in the battle between Qadhafi forces and civilians in Misrata, Libya, NATO said today. View and read more

Obama Drafting Possible U.S. Sanctions Against Syrian Officials
By Julianna Goldman, Bloomberg News
The Obama administration is considering options to hold Syrian President Bashar al-Assad accountable for the increasingly violent crackdown against anti- government protesters, including possible sanctions, an administration official said. Read more 

Obama pumps plan to develop renewable energy
By Darlene Superville, The Associated Press
President Barack Obama says one answer to high gasoline prices is to spend money developing renewable energy sources. Read more

Corporate Taxes Enter Debt Debate
By John Harwood, The New York Times
The Obama administration is preparing to inject an unpredictable new variable into its economic policy clash with Republicans: a plan to overhaul corporate taxes.  Read more

Mitch Daniels sounds fiscal alarm, but Indiana Republican hesitant to run in 2012
By Dan Balz, The Washington Post
No prospective Republican presidential candidate has done more to highlight the issue of debt and deficits than Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels. He calls it the “new red menace,” an ocean of red ink that he says is every bit as dangerous as the Soviet nuclear threat during the Cold War. Read more

Detainees Transferred Or Freed Despite 'High Risk'
By Tom Gjelten, NPR
More than 160 of the prisoners released or transferred from the Guantanamo detention camp under Presidents Bush and Obama had previously been judged as "likely to pose a threat to the U.S." The decision to release or transfer these detainees, despite their former classification as "high risk," contradicted the Pentagon's own recommendation that prisoners in this category should remain in detention. Read more and listen

Supreme Court rejects request to hear Va. health care case
By Joan Biskupic, USA Today
The Supreme Court’s rejection Monday of a request from Virginia officials to hear the constitutionality of the federal health-care law ensures that the legal battle will play out first in lower appeals courts. Read more