August 2011

Aug 01, 2011

On the Radar: August 1, 2011

After Protracted Fight, Both Sides Emerge Bruised
By Jeff Zeleny, The New York Times
President Obama and Congressional leaders have stitched together an agreement to prevent a national default, provided their 11th-hour deal does not fracture on Monday, but the epic budget battle has failed to resolve another question: which party can be better trusted to govern? Read more

Obama And Leaders Reach Debt Deal
By Helene Cooper and Carl Hulse, The New York Times
President Obama and Congressional leaders of both parties said late Sunday that they had agreed to a framework for a budget deal that would cut trillions of dollars in federal spending over the next decade and clear the way for an increase in the government’s borrowing limit. Read more

In World’s Eyes, Much Damage Is Already Done
By David Sanger, The New York Times
With the deal reached Sunday night, the United States has a good chance of escaping the debt limit showdown with its credit rating intact. Read more

White House, Congressional Leaders Reach Debt-Limit Deal
By Lori Montgomery and Paul Kane, The Washington Post
President Obama and congressional leaders Sunday night sealed a deal to raise the federal debt limit that includes sharp spending cuts but no new taxes, breaking a partisan impasse that has driven the nation to the brink of a government default. Read more

The Debt Plan Details
By Eamon Javers, CNBC
CNBC's Eamon Javers has the details on the votes to happen today and insight on what would happen if the debt ceiling deal does not happen. View

Lawmakers To Vote On Debt Deal
By John Harwood, CNBC
CNBC's John Harwood has the details on lawmakers to vote on a last-minute debt deal. View

The Deal: Where They Won and Where They Lost
By Major Garrett, National Journal
When the debt-ceiling crisis began to capture the public's and Wall Street's bemused imagination in June, President Obama's Gallup approval rating was 50 percent, the highest of the year. Read more

Obama Heralds End To Hard-Fought Debt Negotiations
By Major Garrett and Susan Davis, National Journal
President Obama announced on Sunday night a hard-fought deal with congressional leaders to slash the federal deficit by at least $2.4 trillion over 10 years and lift the nation's $14.3 trillion debt-ceiling limit to avoid a catastrophic and unprecedented default. The pact includes no tax increases sought by the president. Read more

In Debt Drama, Voters Play Key, If Overlooked Role
By Charles Babington, Associated Press
Dear voter: Want to know why Democrats and Republicans in Congress find it so hard to work together to solve tough problems like the debt ceiling, health care and Social Security? Read more

The Write Stuff
By Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a politician seeking the presidency must be in want of a memoir. Read more

Aug 02, 2011

On the Radar: August 2, 2011

Deal Was Forged Over Choices And Chinese Food
By Jackie Calmes and Jennifer Steinhauer, The New York Times
Last Friday night, President Obama called Speaker John A. Boehner just after the Republican House leader had gotten his rebellious Republicans, on the third effort, to pass legislation to address the debt crisis. Read more

Giffords Returns, As Does Unity, Briefly
By Jeff Zeleny and Jennifer Steinhauer, The New York Times
With two minutes to go and roughly 20 votes needed to pass a bill to raise the nation’s debt limit, a smattering of applause rippled from a corner of the House chamber. After a few seconds of confusion, a flash of teal jacket could be seen almost floating among a sea of Democrats. Read more

Who Gains From Debt Deal? The Pentagon, For One
By Nancy A. Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers
The last-minute deal that Congress is considering to raise the federal debt limit probably will mean trillions of dollars in government spending reductions for most agencies. But one department stands to gain: the Pentagon. Read more

House Passes Historic Debt Deal On Eve Of Deadline
By Lori Montgomery and Paul Kane, The Washington Post
A plan to lift the nation’s debt limit and reduce government spending cleared a crucial hurdle in the House on Monday night, as recalcitrant Republicans and disappointed Democrats rallied around a measure to avert a government default. Read more

Senate To Vote On Debt Deal
By Eamon Javers, CNBC
CNBC's Eamon Javers has the details on the Congressional approval of the debt bill by today to avoid default. View

House Passes Debt Bill
By John Harwood, CNBC
House Democrats are evenly split on the debt deal, but the bill was passed 269-161. Insight with CNBC's John Harwood, who sheds light on the Senate vote today at noon. View

Romney Spurns Business Allies For Tea Party On Debt Deal
By Beth Reinhard, National Journal
By opposing the budget deal aimed at staving off government default, Mitt Romney put himself at odds with the constituency he claims to represent better than any other Republican presidential candidate: the business community. Read more

What The Debt-Ceiling Battle Means For 2012
By Karen Tumulty and Perry Bacon Jr, The Washington Post
To much of America, it may appear that the battle to lift the debt ceiling simply proved that Washington is broken. But as messy and ugly as it was, it also has been a clarifying moment — one that could define the terms of engagement of the 2012 election and shape the battle as one of two vastly different governing philosophies. Read more

American Troops Go Medieval For Knightly Protection
By Yochi J. Dreazen, National Journal
U.S. forces fighting the Taliban there have such futuristic weapons as missile-firing drones, bomb-detecting robots, and next-generation rifles capable of firing around walls. They will soon receive equipment that even knights would have recognized: armored cod pieces. Read more

Aug 03, 2011

On the Radar: August 3, 2011

Obama Pivots To New String Of Problems
By Charles Babington, Associated Press
President Barack Obama dodged a debt-ceiling fiasco Tuesday. He reacted with a wiped brow more than a victory lap, and with good reason. Read more

Deficit Battle Shifts To Panel
By Naftali Bendavid and Carol E. Lee, The Wall Street Journal
The Senate approved—and President Barack Obama immediately signed—the long-awaited deal to raise the nation's debt limit Tuesday, as the battle shifted to how a special committee created by the measure will cut the deficit by $1.5 trillion. Read more

President Obama Signs Debt-Limit Bill Into Law
By Lori Montgomery, The Washington Post
The Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a plan to raise the federal debt limit and cut government spending, ending a bitter partisan stalemate that had threatened to plunge the nation into default and destabilize the world economy. Read more

Debt Fight Over, Obama Promises Action On Jobs
By Jeff Zeleny and Mark Landler, The New York Times
Having ceded considerable ground to Republicans in the debt ceiling fight, President Obama set out Tuesday to reclaim the initiative on the economy, promising a new effort to spur job creation while seeking to position himself as a proven voice of reason in an era of ideological overreach. Read more

IED Attacks In Afghanistan Hit All-Time High
By Yochi J, Dreazen, National Journal
The number of IED attacks in Afghanistan has spiked to all-time high, U.S. military officials said, because of the free flow of critical bomb-making materials from neighboring Pakistan. Read more 

Aug 04, 2011

On the Radar: August 4, 2011

Pressured By White House, Treasury Secretary Is Expected To Stay At Post
By Jackie Calmes, The New York Times
Timothy F. Geithner, the Treasury secretary and dean of President Obama’s economic team, is expected to stay through the president’s term after intense White House pressure, according to officials familiar with the discussions. Read more

Texas Gov. Rick Perry Wages An Assault On State’s University Establishment
By Karen Tumulty, The Washington Post
In Texas, few institutions are as venerated as its flagship universities. Their alumni networks are vast and devoted. The state’s political power structure is woven by college ties that are as strong as party ones. And just about everyone’s athletic allegiance comes down to a choice: Longhorns or Aggies. Read more

Obama's Clarity Gap
By Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times
We all know by now that the eleventh-hour deal to raise the federal debt ceiling didn't solve much. Federal debt is still ballooning, healthcare costs are still rising, and we're nowhere close to an agreement on raising tax revenue. Read more

Desperately Seeking Blueprint For Growth
By David Wessel, The Wall Street Journal
The U.S. business model is broken. One doesn't often hear talk of a "business model" for the sprawling, diverse, market-driven U.S. economy. But—sometimes explicitly, sometimes implicitly—there is an economic-growth strategy that underlies government policy, investor bets and business and consumer behavior. Read more

GOP Insiders: Romney Leads, But Perry Closes In
By James A. Barnes and Peter Bell, National Journal
Republican political operatives continue to see former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as the frontrunner for their party's 2012 presidential nomination, but Texas Gov. Rick Perry has become his primary challenger according the this week's National Journal Political Insiders Poll. Read more

Report Rips Chemical Testing Program
By Deborah Solomon, The Wall Street Journal
A federal program that relied on companies volunteering information on the potential health risks to children from chemicals released into the environment or found in everyday consumer products was declared a failure. Read more

Aug 08, 2011

On the Radar: August 8, 2011

Obama Allies See ‘Tea Party Downgrade’ As They Seek to Reassure Investors
By Greg Stohr and Julianna Goldman, Bloomberg
The Obama administration sought to reassure global investors and push back against Standard & Poor’s first-ever downgrade of the nation’s credit rating while trying to pin responsibility on Tea Party Republicans. Read more

Origins Of The Debt Showdown
By Lori Montgomery, Paul Kane, Brady Dennis, Alec MacGillis, David Fahrenthold, Rosalind Helderman, Felicia Sonmez and Dan Balz, The Washington Post
In mid-January, newly installed as the GOP House majority leader, Virginia’s Eric Cantor rose to the podium inside a spacious hotel ballroom to deliver a message to his troops, including the 87 newcomers who had given the party control of the House. Read more

Geithner On Downgrading Of USA
By John Harwood, CNBC
Timothy Geithner, US Treasury Secretary, explains why he is not resigning after S&P's credit downgrade of America, and why the Obama administration is not to blame, with CNBC's John Harwood. View

Obama's Biggest Challenge: Jobs
By Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times
The central question facing Barack Obama's 2012 reelection campaign is this: Can the president persuade voters to let him keep his job when so many of them have lost theirs? Read more

Helicopter Down: The Families
By Martha Raddatz, ABC News
The SEAL community bands together. View

Commandos Killed In Afghanistan Were Fighting War Few See
By Nancy A. Youssef and Hashim Shukoor, McClatchy Newspapers
The 30 U.S. troops killed when their Chinook helicopter was shot down Saturday in eastern Afghanistan — many of them Navy SEALs &mash; were fighting a war rarely talked about. Read more

Rick Perry To Make Clear He Intends To Run
By Jeff Zeleny, The New York Times
Gov. Rick Perry of Texas is preparing to make clear his intentions to join the Republican presidential race, two associates said, by visiting South Carolina and New Hampshire on Saturday — the same day several of his potential rivals are taking part in the Iowa Straw Poll. Read more

Pawlenty Tries To Build Support Ahead Of Iowa Debate And Straw Poll
By Dan Balz, The Washington Post
Tim Pawlenty began the most important week of his presidential campaign with a cinnamon roll the size of a loaf of bread and a side order of expectations. Read more

Voters Want A Change Politicians Can’t Deliver
By John Harwood, The New York Times
Here is the bad news for President Obama and incumbents in both parties: it can get worse — and stay that way for a long time. Read more

Aug 09, 2011

On the Radar: August 9, 2011

Political Fallout Of Stock Selloff
By John Harwood, CNBC
President Obama put the blame on today's market drop on an economy he says he "inherited," with CNBC's Larry Kudlow & John Harwood. View

Obama Counsels Calm, But No Deal Is In Sight
By Helene Cooper and Jennifer Steinhauer, The New York Times
If ever there was a time for contrition in this town, it might be after the events of the last few days: a deeply embarrassing downgrading of the nation’s credit rating, poll numbers showing public support for Congress at record lows, topped on Monday with a bracing plunge in the stock market. Read more

Spain's Businesses Face Credit Shortage
By Tom Gjleten, NPR
The latest phase of the European debt crisis was sparked by a fear that the troubles plaguing Greece, Portugal and Ireland would spread to Spain and Italy. Spain has been struggling for more than two years with an unemployment rate above 20 percent — the highest in Europe. Even when entrepreneurs are prepared to launch new businesses, they can't get banks to help them. Listen

Shadow War Unlikely To Slow Down After SEAL Deaths
By Yochi J. Dreazen, National Journal
Pinned down by enemy fighters in eastern Afghanistan, the U.S. special operations forces personnel radioed for help and waited for reinforcements to arrive. A helicopter carrying a large contingent of Navy SEALs and other commandos was approaching the battleground when a rocket-propelled grenade slammed into the aircraft, sending it crashing to the ground, killing everyone on board. Read more

Gen. James Mattis, USMC
By John Dickerson, Slate
When speaking to rising officers, Marine Gen. James Mattis likes to tell the story of the British Navy. At the turn of the 19th century, it had no rival in the world, but 100 years later it had grown complacent in dominance. Officers amassed rules, ribbons, and rituals that had little to do with the changing nature of war. "They no longer had captains of wars," he tells them, "but captains of ships." Read more

Perry Signals He's In, To Rivals' Chagrin
By Alex Roarty and Beth Reinhard, National Journal
Rick Perry certainly knows how to make an entrance: The Texas governor, while stopping short of formally announcing, will remove any remaining doubt he’s running for president Saturday during an appearance in South Carolina, the same day as the Ames Straw Poll in Iowa. Read more

Perry Signals Intent To Enter Race, Sending A Jolt To G.O.P. Candidates
By Jeff Zeleny, The New York Times
Gov. Rick Perry of Texas delivered a long-distance jolt to the Republican presidential campaign on Monday by signaling that he intends to join the race and visit South Carolina and New Hampshire on Saturday, the same day his rivals are battling for survival in the Iowa Straw Poll. Read more

Aug 10, 2011

On the Radar: August 10, 2011

A Test For Obama’s View Of A One-Term Presidency
By Helene Cooper, The New York Times
It was a year and a half ago when President Obama told Diane Sawyer of ABC News in an interview that he would rather be a good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president. Read more

Falling Oil Prices A Silver Lining For Obama In Sluggish Economy
By Julianna Goldman, Bloomberg
There is one potential silver lining for President Barack Obama amid stock market volatility, the first-ever downgrade of the nation’s credit rating by Standard & Poor’s and a slowing economy: falling oil prices. Read more

House GOP Leaders To Rank And File: Blame The Senate
By Naftali Bendavid, The Wall Street Journal
In the midst of an August recess that has been overwhelmed by a downgrade of the U.S. debt rating, wild swings in the stock market, and reports of an economic crisis and riots in Europe, House Republican leaders Tuesday tried to calm their members and instruct them on how to talk to anxious constituents. Read more

Boehner, McConnell Name Super Committee Members
By Susan Davis and Dan Friedman, National Journal
Republican congressional leaders on Wednesday announced their picks of who will serve on the new "super committee" tasked with finding $1.2 trillion in additional deficit reduction by Nov. 23. Read more

The Rick Perry That Texans Know
By Dan Balz, The Washington Post
The biggest guessing game in Republican politics today is what kind of presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry would be. Is he a heavyweight ready to contend seriously for the nomination, or someone who stumbles when he steps onto the big stage? Read more

Can Ron Paul Win It All In Iowa?
By Nia-Malika Henderson, The Washington Post
Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) is an expert at winning straw polls as the head of what his enthusiastic supporters call the Ron Paul Revolution. But this weekend in Iowa, the revived presidential contender hopes to bring a different element to his long-shot 2012 bid: legitimacy. Read more

A Solemn, Private Homecoming For 30 Who Died In Afghanistan
By Nancy A. Youssef, McClatchy
Their return home was as elite and secretive as their mission, which ended Saturday in a devastating helicopter crash in eastern Afghanistan. Read more

Aug 11, 2011

On the Radar: August 11, 2011

Poll: Spreading Gloom About Government; Most Dissatisfied With Political System
By Dan Balz and Jon Cohen, The Washington Post
In the aftermath of the tumultuous debate over raising the debt ceiling, Americans give Washington a strong vote of no confidence, with barely a quarter of those surveyed recently saying the federal government can fix the nation’s economic problems and a large majority agreeing that the policymaking process is unstable and ineffective. Read more

Nervous Democrats Say President Obama Must Be Bolder On Economy
By Karen Tumulty and Peter Wallsten, The Washington Post
With President Obama’s reelection on the line, Democrats are increasingly anxious about what they see as his failure to advance a coherent and muscular strategy for addressing the nation’s economic ills. Read more

With Return To Iowa, Romney Heeds Call Of G.O.P. Strategists
By Jeff Zeleny and Ashley Parker, The New York Times
Mitt Romney has kept a cautious distance from Iowa after Republicans here helped dash his presidential aspirations four years ago, but he stood before a lush soybean field on Wednesday and declared that his second White House bid depended on a path through this state. Read more

Republicans Set Debt-Panel Roster
By Naftali Bendavid, The Wall Street Journal
Republican House and Senate leaders named six conservative diehards Wednesday to the new deficit-cutting committee, but the appointees' histories suggested they might be open to striking a deal with Democrats. Read more

Obama's Vacation: An Unwise Break Or A Healthy One?
By Alexis Simendinger, RealClearPolitics.com
President Obama looks forward to a 10-day summer vacation on Martha’s Vineyard with his family beginning Aug. 18. Period. And why is the White House so resolute on this topic? Because “there’s no such thing as a presidential vacation,” Obama spokesman Jay Carney said Wednesday. Read more

U.S. Relies On Contractors In Somalia Conflict
By Mark Mazzetti, Jeffrey Gettleman, and Eric Schmitt, The New York Times
Richard Rouget, a gun for hire over two decades of bloody African conflict, is the unlikely face of the American campaign against militants in Somalia. Read more

Aug 12, 2011

On the Radar: August 12, 2011

GOP Debate Kicks Campaign Into New Phase
By Dan Balz, The Washington Post
For most of the year, the Republican presidential race has been a listless affair. That changed suddenly Thursday night during a raucous debate that produced the sharpest exchanges of the campaign and signaled a new and more intense phase in the nomination battle. Read more

Pawlenty, Bachmann Spar Early, Often In GOP Debate
By Karen Tumulty and Philip Rucker, The Washington Post
The last vestiges of “Minnesota nice” fell by the wayside during a Republican debate here Thursday night, as the two candidates who have the most at stake in Iowa went after each other in the roughest exchange thus far in the race for the 2012 presidential nomination. Read more

8 From G.O.P. Trade Attacks At Iowa Debate
By Jeff Zeleny and Ashley Parker, The New York Times
A withering critique of President Obama’s handling of the economy was overshadowed by a burst of incivility among the Republican presidential candidates who gathered here for a debate on Thursday night and fought to stay alive in the party’s increasingly fractious nominating race. Read more

Snipefest!
By John Dickerson, Slate
It was hard to peg the precise amplitude of Mitt Romney's smile at the third GOP presidential debate. While his opponents bickered with each other, he stood amused. Was it the grin the father of the bride keeps when the groom's mother gives a toast that goes on too long? Or was it the gentle phased-out look of a parent at a kindergarten play? Read more

Obama Urges Voters To Scold Republicans
By Helene Cooper, The New York Times
In the seven days since Standard & Poor’s downgraded the country’s credit rating, political observers and frustrated Americans alike have asked this same question: Why doesn’t President Obama haul lawmakers back to Washington to deal with the worsening economic woes? Read more

Debt Panel: Party Leaders Still Hold Sway
By Naftali Bendavid, The Wall Street Journal
Now that the lineup of the deficit-cutting “super committee” is complete, what stands out is how much the panel is a creature of the party leaders. Read more

G.O.P. On Defensive As Analysts Question Party’s Fiscal Policy
By Jackie Calmes, The New York Times
The boasts of Congressional Republicans about their cost-cutting victories are ringing hollow to some well-known economists, financial analysts and corporate leaders, including some Republicans, who are expressing increasing alarm over Washington’s new austerity. Read more
 

Aug 15, 2011

On the Radar: August 15, 2011

Straw Woman: Michele Bachmann Wins, And The GOP Presidential Campaign Kicks Into A New Phase
By John Dickerson, Slate
It was a big day in Iowa for people who will not be president. Michele Bachmann crushed at the Ames straw poll, and Ron Paul came in a strong second. If history is any guide, that means neither candidate will make it to the White House. The man who many Republicans think will win the nomination was half a country away. In South Carolina, Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced that he is running for president. Read more

Obama Presses Economic Agenda In Midwest
By Julianna Goldman, Bloomberg
President Barack Obama leaves today for three days in the Midwest seeking to reassure anxious voters that he has a plan to prop up the ailing economy when his ability to deliver on the necessary prescriptions is anything but certain. Read more

White House Debates Fight On Economy
By Helene Cooper and Binyamin Appelbaum, The New York Times
As the economy worsens, President Obama and his senior aides are considering whether to adopt a more combative approach on economic issues, seeking to highlight substantive differences with Republicans in Congress and on the campaign trail rather than continuing to pursue elusive compromises, advisers to the president say. Read more

U.S. Aides Believe China Examined Stealth Copter
By Mark Mazzetti, The New York Times
In the days after the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, Pakistan’s intelligence service probably allowed Chinese military engineers to examine the wreckage of a stealth American helicopter that crashed during the operation, according to American officials and others familiar with the classified intelligence assessments. Read more

After Iowa, Republicans Face A New Landscape
By Jeff Zeleny and Michael D. Shear, The New York Times
The leading Republican presidential candidates scrambled to take command of a new landscape on Sunday after Tim Pawlenty abruptly ended his campaign and a three-way race began taking shape to find a nominee who can emerge as the strongest challenger to President Obama. Read more

Fifty Years Later, The Berlin Wall Is History
By Tom Gjelten, NPR
Fifty years ago this weekend, construction began on one of the starkest landmarks of the Cold War. NPR's Tom Gjelten is in Germany for the anniversary of the construction of the Berlin Wall. Listen

GOP Looks To Cement Gains
By Naftali Bendavid, The Wall Street Journal
After early expectations that Republicans would dominate the 2012 redistricting sweepstakes, neither party looks likely to claim a big gain in congressional seats when the states finish redrawing their electoral maps. Read more

Economists’ Names Are Floated For Fed Board
By David Wessel, The Wall Street Journal
The Obama administration has narrowed its search for candidates for two empty seats on the seven-member Federal Reserve Board to a pair of economists, one Democrat and one Republican, according to several people familiar with the deliberations. Read more

Bachmann Wins Iowa Straw Poll As Perry Jumps In
By Dan Balz and Amy Gardner, The Washington Post
On the day that Texas Gov. Rick Perry formally joined the Republican presidential race, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) narrowly won the Iowa straw poll in a contest that dealt a major setback to third-place finisher Tim Pawlenty. Read more

Perry Tests His Texas Twang In Key States
By Nia-Malika Henderson, The Washington Post
Rick Perry, who entered the 2012 GOP race Saturday, greeted his first crowd of voters here with two words rarely heard in these parts: with a wave, he let out a boisterous “Hi, y’all” to a crowd clad in khakis and button ups gathered around a backyard pool. Read more

Aug 16, 2011

On the Radar: August 16, 2011

Perry Warns Of Fed Treason, Challenges Obama
By Dan Balz, The Washington Post
Texas Gov. Rick Perry turned his rhetorical fire on Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke here Monday night, saying that the chairman would be committing a “treasonous” act if he tried to boost the economy with a decision to “print more money.” Read more

Eyeing Rick Perry, Mitt Romney Shifts His Focus
By Nia-Malika Henderson, The Washington Post
Eyeing a fellow front-runner with a Texas-size jobs record, Mitt Romney has shifted to stressing his own job-creation record in the private sector, a move that comes as Gov. Rick Perry enters the field and the Republican primary race becomes a more sharply defined contest. Read more

A Confident Perry Lingers To Make Friends At The Fair
By Jeff Zeleny, The New York Times
Gov. Rick Perry of Texas was about to be overshadowed by yet another heckler at the Iowa State Fair on Monday when he turned to an old cheerleading trick. Read more

The Rick Perry Show: The Texas Governor Makes His Iowa Debut
By John Dickerson, Slate
When Rick Perry arrived at the Electric Park Ballroom last night, he already looked like a veteran presidential candidate. His Texas security detail—focused men in dark suits—moved quietly around him. His aides spoke into microphones in their sleeves. Forty or so members of the press swarmed Perry at the door and then shuffled along together while he talked to voters. Read more

Obama Says Debt-Limit Battle Hurt Economy
By Julianna Goldman, Bloomberg
President Barack Obama went on the attack against Republicans running to oppose him next year and those in Congress, whose refusal to compromise, he said, was to blame for the economic uncertainty gripping consumers and businesses. Read more

Fact Check: On Health Care Ruling, Obama Ignores Broader Power Of The States
By Pete Williams, NBC News
In his first public comment on last week's federal court ruling that declared the centerpiece of the health care law unconstitutional, President Obama today defended the law as good public policy but sidestepped, or chose to ignore, the legal issues at the core of the decision. Read more

True Cost Of Afghan, Iraq Wars Is Anyone's Guess
By Nancy A. Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers
When congressional cost-cutters meet later this year to decide on trimming the federal budget, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq could represent juicy targets. But how much do the wars actually cost the U.S. taxpayer? Read more

Germans Debate The Cost Of Keeping A Eurozone
By Tom Gjelten, NPR
Within weeks, Europe's spreading debt crisis will force Germany to decide on one of the most critical questions in the Continent's postwar history: Will currency union be strengthened or weakened? Listen

Aug 17, 2011

On the Radar: August 17, 2011

Obama On Iowa Stump Says Strong Recovery Will Begin With Small Businesses
By Julianna Goldman, Bloomberg
President Barack Obama, who told an audience in rural Iowa yesterday that the U.S. economy will come back “stronger than before,” plans to ask Congress next month for additional spending to create jobs and more long-term deficit reductions, an administration official said today. Read more

Is Perry Built For A General Election?
By Dan Balz, The Washington Post
It has become clear, only a few days into Rick Perry’s presidential campaign, that the Texas governor’s biggest challenge could come in trying to win the Republican nomination without defining himself out of the general election. Read more

Less Hat, More Cattle
By John Dickerson, Slate
At the end of his third day as a presidential candidate, Rick Perry discussed his novel ideas about monetary policy. Asked about the Federal Reserve, he suggested if Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke ever visited Texas, he could get strung up. "If this guy prints more money between now and the election, I dunno what y'all would do to him in Iowa, but we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas," he told a crowd at a backyard event Monday evening. "Printing more money to play politics at this particular time in American history is almost treasonous in my opinion." Read more

Obama Presses His Case in Crucial Iowa, But Perry Is Close On His Heels
By Mark Landler and Jeff Zeleny, The New York Times
President Obama pulled up to a bucolic community college here in his $1.1 million black armored bus on Tuesday and spent much of the day closeted in a conference with farmers and small-business owners, hoping to sell them on his message that he could revive the listless job market. Read more

White House Paints GOP Field With Tea Party Brush
By Charles Babington, Associated Press
The rising profiles of Republican presidential candidates Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann are giving the White House a new opening: linking the entire GOP field to the tea party, whose popularity has recently sagged. Read more

Obama Dispenses Hugs (and Policy Analysis) In The Midwest
By Alexis Simendinger, RealClearPolitics
President Obama, who has for months been wrapping his arms around energy efficient lighting and other technological wonders manufactured in the Midwest, hugged a woman Monday in Cannon Falls, Minn. This was considered a bit of news for the cerebral, wonky president, who is venturing through three states in the heartland by bus. An embrace! With an actual person! Read more

Perry Talks Tough With Bernanke
By Eamon Javers, CNBC
CNBC's Eamon Javers has the details on Governor Rick Perry calling the Fed head almost "treasonous," and insight on what's behind Perry's comments, with Dinesh D'Souza, former Reagan policy analyst; E.J Dionne, Washington Post, and Andy Card, forr White House chief of staff. View

Dueling Op-Eds On Deficit Cutting
By Naftali Bendavid, The Wall Street Journal
Congressional party leaders use rival op-ed pieces Wednesday to reiterate their positions going into the talks of the deficit-cutting super-committee, with Republicans rejecting tax increases and Democrats calling for a “balanced plan.” Read more

President Weighs Asking Panel For Stimulus Measures
By Janet Hook and Carol E. Lee, The Wall Street Journal
President Barack Obama is considering recommending that lawmakers on a deficit committee back new measures to stimulate the lagging economy, people familiar with White House discussions said Tuesday. Read more

For Europe, Lessons In The Americas
By David Wessel, The Wall Street Journal
Europeans sometimes act as if the only history that matters is their own: Greece and Rome, the strains of the post-World War I peace and the recovery from the devastation of World War II, the fall of the Berlin Wall and today's German export boom. Read more

Wall Street Is Biggest Donor To Deficit Panel Members
By Eamon Javers, CNBC
Who’s been cozying up to the members of the new Congressional super committee? With the committee set to decide on a whopping $1.5 trillion in federal deficit reduction this fall, lobbyists and corporations are trying to figure out which industries are best connected to the 12 members of the new panel. Read more