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Democrats Aren't Staging A Comeback

Democratic strategists have recently started experiencing a new feeling of optimism. There are indications, they say, that the party is showing the smallest signs of a turnaround, and that rumors of their electoral demise have been premature.

Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 6:00am

Agency May Not Have The Funds To Enforce Dodd-Frank

Updated at 11:40 a.m. Congress may have hamstrung one of the chief financial reforms that it enacted this summer by underfunding the agency charged with implementing it, an agency official said.The Commodity Futures Trading Commission had requested $92.2 million in additional funding on top of

Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 12:00am

Emanuel To Leave For Chicago Race

POLITICAL CONNECTIONS A Tactician's Compass In the spirit of Lyndon Johnson, Rahm Emanuel has been a master of the game as the White House chief of staff. Ronald Brownstein Washington typecasts all of its leading players, and Emanuel's sharp edges and kinetic maneuvers have defined him as a t

Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 12:00am

Pew Report Finds 'No Silver Bullet' For Deficits

A report released today by the Pew Fiscal Analysis Initiative outlines the pitfalls of relying on any one policy to reduce the federal debt, projected by Pew to reach 95 percent of annual GDP in the next 15 years.As the rhetoric surrounding federal deficits and debt has grown more polarized in th

Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 12:00am

Sanders Warns Against Changing Social Security

Sen. Bernie Sanders , I-Vt., is sending a message to the presidential commission pondering ways to reduce the deficit: Leave Social Security alone.Sanders on Wednesday night introduced a nonbinding "sense of the Senate" resolution opposing privatizing Social Security, raising the retirement age,

Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 12:00am

Bloomberg Would Extend Tax Cuts For Two Years

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said today that he supports extending the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts to avoid endangering the country's economic recovery, but he added that he doesn't think they should be made permanent.The mayor, echoing an argument made by President Obama 's former budget

Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 12:00am

Race To The Top Elevates Standards, Panel Says

State education systems benefiting from the Race to the Top Fund are setting the bar for federal improvement standards, according to experts gathered for a National Journal forum at Union Station's Columbus Club today to debunk the myths surrounding K-12 education policy in the United St

Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 12:00am

Axelrod Praises Emanuel, Defends Obama

David Axelrod wouldn't confirm widespread reports today that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is leaving the position Friday to run for mayor of Chicago, but President Obama 's senior aide did appear to give Emanuel his blessing.Running a large city takes a "larger-than-life figure" w

Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 12:00am

Duncan Touts Obama Education Reforms

Education Secretary Arne Duncan said today that he wasn't sure how much he could accomplish before he came to Washington to serve in President Obama 's Cabinet."I was hopeful, but I honestly didn't know," he told a crowd at the Washington Ideas Forum. "I was pretty skeptical of Washington. I d

Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 12:00am

Amendment Aims To Address Concerns With Online IP Bill

The Senate Judiciary Committee has drafted a substitute amendment aimed at addressing some of the concerns raised by technology and public interest groups about legislation targeting online piracy and counterfeiting. The Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act, sponsored by Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., would give the Justice Department new authority to file a civil action against a domain name linked to a website trafficking in illegal copyrighted content or counterfeit goods.

Posted: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - 6:14pm