July 2013

Jul 31, 2013

Ted Cruz, Wacko Like a Fox

By Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times

Ted Cruz is on a roll.

The tea party firebrand from Texas has been in the Senate all of seven months, but he's already looking like a strong contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.

Last week, Cruz won a straw poll at a major gathering of the party's conservative wing in Denver with an impressive 45% of the votes, far ahead of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul.

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Do High-Profile Meals Signal Clinton is Running for President?

With John Dickerson, CBS News

Hillary Clinton met with Vice President Joe Biden for breakfast on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after she sat down for a private lunch at the White House with President Obama. Does this means she's decided on a White House run?

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Pelosi: GOP to Blame for Partisanship

By Susan Davis, USA Today

Americans have historically low views of Congress, but House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., says Republicans have fueled that disgust for political reasons and Democrats can win elections by highlighting GOP obstructionism.

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Government Unveils Secret Order to Verizon

By Sari Horwitz and Ellen Nakashima, Washington Post

The Obama administration on Wednesday made public a previously classified order that directed a company identified by U.S. officials as Verizon Communications to turn over a vast number of Americans’ phone records.

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Obama Seeks Business Tax Cuts -- and New Spending

By Alexis Simendinger, Real Clear Politics

President Obama, seeking to vault ahead of budget discussions with congressional Republicans this fall, proposed Tuesday to marry corporate tax reform elements with Democrats’ aims to "invest" new revenues in the economy.

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Jul 30, 2013

The Best Way to Get Rid of Anthony Weiner: Stop Paying Attention to Him

By Amy Walter, Cook Political Report

I’m not naïve. I get that sex sells. I know the Anthony Weiner saga is buzzy and great for ratings. But, in the end, it’s terrible for those of us who love covering politics, and for the institution of public service itself. Weiner cheapens the thing that we are trying to convince Americans (and in some cases our bosses at news organizations), is so valuable: the role of government in American life. At a time when trust in Washington is at an all-time low, Weiner – and guys like Elliot Spitzer and Bob Filner - are another reminder to Americans about of how incredibly dysfunctional and disconnected government is.

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Obama Reassures Leaders on Enforcing Voting Rights

By Jackie Calmes, The New York Times

Days after his administration filed suit against Texas to protect minority voters, President Obama told civil rights leaders and local officials on Monday that the federal government would vigorously enforce voting rights in the country despite a Supreme Court ruling against a core section of a landmark 1965 law, several participants said after a White House meeting.

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Kerry Center Stage in Israel-Palestine Talks Reset

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A Narrow Border-Security Agreement could Pave the Way for Broad Immigration Reform

By Ed O'Keefe, The Washington Post

In mid-May, as most of Congress was consumed with the troubles at the Internal Revenue Service and the Senate was conducting closely watched hearings on a sprawling, contentious immigration reform bill, something remarkable happened in the House Homeland Security Committee.

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In No Mood for Compromise

By John Dickerson, Slate Magazine

How does immigration reform pass after a bloody fight over a government shutdown? The White House strategy for the fall relies on back-to-back capitulations from conservative Republicans on the core issues of taxes and spending and immigration. That's bad news for supporters of comprehensive immigration reform. Their issue is going to come up after a deal is reached on the budget, which means passage of comprehensive reform would require the second huge cave by Republican leaders. That’s more spelunking than the system can tolerate.

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Obama to Call for Business Tax Overhaul in Grand Bargain

By Julianna Goldman, Bloomberg News

President Barack Obama, seeking to offer fresh economic proposals that could pass a gridlocked Congress, will call for a restructuring of business taxes so long as the initial revenue generated goes toward job creation.

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Jul 29, 2013

Why It Finally Makes Political Sense to Talk About Climate Change

By Coral Davenport, National Journal

In the summer of 2009, a dozen Democratic members of Congress took a deep breath and put their political futures on the line, voting for historic global-warming legislation President Obama had told them was a top priority. After the bill squeaked through the House, Democrats pleaded with the White House: After taking this risk, they needed Obama to go to bat for them—and the bill—with speeches, campaign appearances, constituent outreach, anything.

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