National Journal Online

Pileggi Won't Challenge Casey in Pa.

The short-lived speculation over whether Pennsylvania Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi would challenge Democratic Sen. Bob Casey has come to an end, with the Republican state legislator announcing on Monday that he is not running.

Posted: Monday, December 5, 2011 - 1:40pm

QUICK TAKE: Florida Health Care Plaintiff Files for Bankruptcy -- Report

A Florida businesswoman at the heart of the Supreme Court case challenging the health care reform law has lost her business and filed for personal bankruptcy, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Posted: Monday, December 5, 2011 - 11:40am

Ballard Spahr Opens Mortgage Banking Group

Ballard Spahr is expanding with a new mortgage banking group that will specialize in counseling mortgage and other financial companies on financial reform laws, representing them in class action and mortgage lending lawsuits and advising them on other regulatory issues.

Posted: Monday, December 5, 2011 - 11:40am

QUICK TAKE: Palmieri Tapped for Return to White House

The White House has tapped long-time Democratic strategist Jennifer Palmieri to join the communications shop as deputy communications director, a senior administration official confirmed on Monday. 

She replaces the recently departed Jennifer Psaki. 

Read More

Posted: Monday, December 5, 2011 - 10:40am

Gingrich Launches First Iowa Ad

As he settles into top-tier status in the Republican primary race, Newt Gingrich has launched his first television ad in Iowa, the first-in-the-nation caucus state, according to USA Today.The 60-second spot introduces the former House speaker to voters in various vignettes with voters on the campaign trail.

Read More

Posted: Monday, December 5, 2011 - 10:40am

QUICK TAKE: Frank, Clyburn Describe Working With a Temperamental Gingrich

GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich has a temper, will say anything to make his point, and engages in personal attacks, according to statements from two veteran House members in separate appearances on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Monday.

Retiring Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., described the often-personal nature of attacks from the former House speaker. In October, Gingrich called for Frank to be thrown in jail for his role in the construction of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial-reform law. 

Posted: Monday, December 5, 2011 - 10:40am

Hotline Sort: Hello, Heineman

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Cain's out, and Gingrich is trying to capitalize on his success in Iowa with a new ad. Meanwhile, Kasich looks to oust his own party chairman, while national Republicans try to coax Gov. Heineman into a Senate bid in Nebraska. Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Monday, December 5, 2011 - 10:40am

The Comparability Question

The Education Department last week weighed in on the sometimes thorny issue of equitable funding among public schools, unveiling original research showing that disadvantaged schools (those eligible for Title I funding) receive less money from local governments than more well-off schools. The law requires districts to provide equitable state and local resources to both their low-income and their higher-income schools, but there are a number of ways that districts can tweak the numbers.

Posted: Monday, December 5, 2011 - 10:40am

'Buy America' Chatter Resurfaces

It's hard to find two better political push-buttons than American jobs and American-made products. It should come as no surprise, then, that House Democrats on the Transportation Committee last week made a big deal about their new proposal to tighten up and expand "Buy America" requirements for steel, iron, and manufactured products in all construction and infrastructure projects. The legislation was billed as "a major proposal to create American jobs."

Posted: Monday, December 5, 2011 - 10:40am

QUICK TAKE: Fed Nears Final Plan for Increased Communications

Officials at the historically opaque Federal Reserve are close to unveiling a plan that would change the way they interact with the public. The Wall Street Journal reports that the Fed is expected to release a plan at the start of 2012 that will be specific on goals for inflation and employment as well as the interest-rate strategy it will use to meet those goals.  

Posted: Monday, December 5, 2011 - 10:40am