July 2013

Jul 29, 2013

In Fed Chair Race, Obama's Loyalty to Summers Could Be Key

By Eamon Javers, CNBC

The oh-so-subtle behind-the-scenes battle to succeed Ben Bernanke as chairman of the Federal Reserve could come down to something as simple as a conference call.

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Interview With President Obama

By The New York Times

Following is a transcript of an interview with President Obama conducted by Jackie Calmes and Michael D. Shear of The New York Times. The interview was conducted at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., on July 24, 2013.

NYT: So we’re here with you, already four years since the recession officially ended. And as your speech sort of laid out, you still have a situation where growth remains slow, income’s is unequal, and a lot of American -- unemployment high -- and a lot of Americans start to worry that this is the new normal. Your intentions aside like you stated them out there in the speech, why shouldn’t we expect that you’re going to leave behind an economy that’s fragile, continued income inequality, and a weakened middle class?

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Why Democrats Are Laughing at the Republican Digital Strategy -- And Why They Shouldn't Be

By Beth Reinhard, National Journal

Phil Musser has spent most of his career in the stodgy Beltway political establishment, from the Bush administration to the Republican Governors Association to advisory posts with the Tim Pawlenty and Mitt Romney presidential campaigns.


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How the Obama Campaign Won the Race for Voter Data

By Dan Balz, Washington Post

From the moment Barack Obama took the oath of office on Jan. 20, 2009, and every day thereafter, his team was always preparing for the 2012 campaign. Everyone said Obama’s 2008 operation had rewritten the book on organizing. But that was just a beginning, a small first step toward what the team envisioned when it began planning the reelection campaign.

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Jul 26, 2013

Hillary Clinton Finds Converts on Capitol Hill

By Susan Davis, USA Today

Hillary Clinton hasn't yet made her intentions known on a 2016 presidential bid, but prominent voices on Capitol Hill are letting her know they stand ready to support her if she runs.

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Obama’s Summer Swoon. We’ve Been Here Before

By Amy Walter, Cook Political Report

Obama’s approval ratings are on a slide. Polls out this week from Pew, ABC/Washington Post, McClatchy/Marist and NBC/Wall Street Journal all show the president’s approval ratings lower than they’ve been all year, and in some cases lower than they’ve been since 2011. Polling taken this summer in key battleground states like Iowa, North Carolina, Virginia, Colorado, Wisconsin, Florida and Ohio all show the president upside-down in his job approval/disapproval ratings.

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Obama Administration Caught In The Middle On Iran

With Tom Gjelten, NPR

The election of Hassan Rouhani as Iran's president has presented the Obama administration with a policy challenge. Rouhani was the most moderate of the presidential contenders, and analysts see improved chances for breaking the impasse over Iran's nuclear program. But Congress is moving in the other direction, enacting even tougher sanctions. The Obama administration seems caught in the middle.

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Boehner Scolds Rep. King for ‘Hateful’ Immigration Comments

By Jeff Zeleny, ABC News

House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday scolded a fellow Republican congressman for suggesting that many children of undocumented immigrants known as DREAMers are drug smugglers.

“There’s no place in this debate for hateful or ignorant comments from elected officials,” Boehner said as he opened his weekly news conference at the Capitol. The sharp words were aimed at Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, who stirred controversy earlier this week when he said the children should not be given special legal status because “for everyone who’s a valedictorian, there’s another 100 out there” who bring drugs across the border.

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Obama to Continue Economic Push

By Alexis Simendinger, Real Clear Politics

President Obama this afternoon will continue his focus on improving the economy for the middle-class with a stop in Jacksonville, Fla., to call attention to the federal government’s fast-track permitting for port improvements there and in four other cities.

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For Holder, An Intersection Of The Personal And Political

By Carrie Johnson, NPR

Hours before Attorney General Eric Holder announced he would seek new federal powers to protect minority voters in the state of Texas, the country's top law enforcement officer mingled at a Washington event about a topic that hit close to home.

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DOJ Signals State-By-State Approach to Voting Law Changes

With Pete Williams, NBC News

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Jul 25, 2013

The Summer of Self-Hate

By John Dickerson, Slate Magazine

We all get a little exhausted just before summer vacation. Proof of that in Washington is that President Obama and House Republicans head into the vacation period embracing the same tired theme: how bad Washington is. That’s why President Obama traveled to Illinois and Missouri today to deliver speeches on the economy. The point of the excursion, White House aide Dan Pfeiffer told reporters in an email, is that the president thinks "Washington has largely taken its eye off the ball when it comes to the economy.” President Obama told volunteers that he will concentrate on “how we need to put behind us the distractions and the phony debate and nonsense that somehow passes for politics these days and get back to basics, refocus on what it is that everybody is talking about around the kitchen table, what people are talking about day to day with their families.”

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