Will the incumbent president with modest approval ratings use a controversial topic to boost approval rating before voters take to the polls. Will the question of whether or not marijuana should be legalized turn out young voters for Obama in crucial swing states? Giving young voters incentive to vote has long been a […]
In California Bid, Whitman Spends Record but Struggles Meg Whitman, the Republican candidate for governor in California, passed a milestone the other day, investing $119 million of her own money into her campaign, breaking a record held by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York. But Ms. Whitman is the latest wealthy Californian to learn […]
The Obama administration is looking hard at pushing through a health care reform bill without Republican backing, top Democrats close to the White House told CNN.
While his Republican party has been flailing and losing and dwindling to its base, Florida Governor Charlie Crist has remained extremely popular by governing from the middle. He’s stocked his administration with Democrats, appointed a fairly liberal African-American Democrat to the state Supreme Court, expanded voting rights for felons, crusaded against global warming, and enthusiastically supported President Obama’s stimulus package. Crist’s crossover appeal along with his powerhouse skills as a fundraiser and campaigner has made him a heavy favorite to join the Senate in 2010.
Judge Sonia Sotomayor, who rose from the housing projects of the Bronx to the top of the legal profession, made history Thursday when the Senate confirmed her to become the nation’s first Hispanic Supreme Court justice. Sotomayor was easily confirmed in a 68-31 vote.
Democrats are accusing Republicans of organizing "angry mobs" to disrupt town hall meetings across the country, but conservatives say the protests are a sign of the opposition to President Obama’s health care plans. The Democratic National Committee released a Web video Wednesday charging that Republican operatives “have no plan for moving our country forward, so they’ve called out the mob.” The video shows footage of angry constituents and protesters at recent events and then flashes pictures of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Leader John Boehner, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, and even conservative talk radio icon Rush Limbaugh on the screen
House Democrats split sharply over the issue of health care reform Friday as a key committee chairman said he would not negotiate further with party conservatives worried about spiraling medical costs. A leader of the party’s conservative faction in turn declared that the party’s internal negotiations over health care had failed and warned the party leadership not to ram the current version of the health care bill through by circumventing the traditional legislative process
As President Obama prepares to address the nation in a primetime news conference, some sources say Democratic grumbling about his plan for health care is growing louder. One Democratic senator told CNN that some congressional Democrats are “baffled,” and another senior Democratic source told CNN that those members are frustrated that that they’re not getting more specific direction from him on health care. “We appreciate the rhetoric and his willingness to ratchet up the pressure but what most Democrats on the Hill are looking for is for the president to weigh in and make decisions on outstanding issues,” the senior Democratic congressional source said.
When Sonia Sotomayor heads to Capitol Hill for the start of her Supreme Court confirmation hearings on July 13, she’ll find two groups of players awaiting her: the Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats, who arguably have the easy job to flatter and protect President Obama’s pick , and the panel’s Republicans, whose primary task is to goad her into saying something inflammatory or indiscreet. To that end, the seven Republican Senators have prepared four lines of attack. They will express concern about Sotomayor’s comments that a “wise Latina, with the richness of her experiences would, more often than not, reach a better conclusion” than a judge from a more homogeneous background.
When Sonia Sotomayor heads to Capitol Hill for the start of her Supreme Court confirmation hearings on July 13, she’ll find two groups of players awaiting her: the Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats, who arguably have the easy job to flatter and protect President Obama’s pick , and the panel’s Republicans, whose primary task is to goad her into saying something inflammatory or indiscreet. To that end, the seven Republican Senators have prepared four lines of attack