Feb 26, 2013
Obama Administration Reaches Out to Local Governments to Spread Its Climate MessageBy Coral Davenport, National Journal
President Obama used his Inaugural Address and State of the Union speech to issue the boldest, clearest call to action on climate change ever voiced by a sitting U.S. president—but don’t expect him to barnstorm across the country with that message.Read more
Why Republican Governors Hate the Republican CongressBy Molly Ball, The Atlantic
A bunch of Republican governors have been in Washington the past few days for the National Governors Association meeting, just in time to chew out their fellow Republicans in Congress over the upcoming sequestration cuts.Read more
White House expands list of woes budget ax could causeBy Christi Parsons and Kathleen Hennessey, Los Angeles Times
Planes delayed. Teachers laid off. And, now, more illegal immigrants slipping past the Border Patrol.
The White House on Monday added to its list of dire consequences it says would come from automatic federal budget cuts scheduled to start Friday, part of a campaign to ignite a public outcry.Read more
Feb 25, 2013
Cyber Attacks: The Under-reported Threat?With Eamon Javers, CNBC Watch more
The GOP's Uncomfortable Debate Over Gay MarriageBy Beth Reinhard, National Journal
As Republicans rebound from the 2012 election and plot their future, an uncomfortable debate over gay rights is taking place.Read more
Justices poised to query voting rights focus on SouthBy Joan Biskupic, Reuters
When the Supreme Court last scrutinized the 1965 Voting Rights Act in 2009, Justice Anthony Kennedy peered down from the bench and asked why federal rules were tougher for Alabama and Georgia than for Michigan and Ohio.Read more
The Simple Sequestration RuleBy John Dickerson, Slate Magazine
We are headed into the peak week of sequestration insanity. The across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration are set to take effect on March 1. Here's a simple rule for getting through the next few days: If you're talking about sequestration, you're doing it wrong. Sequestration was created to focus minds on the Big Thing. So if you’re talking obsessively about the sequestration, it means you aren’t thinking about the thing that you were supposed to be focused on.Read more
Sequester: 'Collateral damage' of budget war may be hugeBy Susan Davis, USA Today
Coming soon, the lines at airport security might get longer, the hours of service at Head Start centers might get shorter and the FBI might have fewer agents tracking down bad guys.Read more
Feb 22, 2013
Presidents’ Day with TIME’s Nancy Gibbs and Michael DuffyWith Michael Duffy and Nancy Gibbs, TIME Watch more
For Obama and Team, Calm, Not Crisis, in Latest Fiscal BattleBy Jeff Zeleny and Jonathan Weisman, The New York Times
President Obama is just seven days away from the first significant test of his second term as deep spending cuts loom, yet inside the White House a clear sense of confidence stands in contrast to the air of crisis that surrounded previous fiscal showdowns with Republicans.Read more
Florida Governor's Embrace of Medicaid Money Undercuts GOP Attacks on 'Obamacare'By Beth Reinhard and Margot Sanger-Katz, National Journal
Bashing “Obamacare” just isn’t what it used to be.
Just over two years ago, the rallying cry against President Obama’s health care overhaul unified Republicans and hoisted the party to historic electoral gains in state capitals and in Washington.Read more
Will the Border Ever Be Secure Enough for Immigration Hawks?By Molly Ball, The Atlantic
Border security could be the issue that kills immigration reform. And yet, by most measures, the U.S.-Mexico border has never been safer.
The bipartisan group of U.S. senators seeking comprehensive immigration reform have proposed a "trigger" mechanism, whereby a path to citizenship would be contingent on increased border security. President Obama and liberals have not endorsed the idea, although the president is "committed to increasing our border security further," according to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.