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A Mulligan For The Big Three

3:55 pm Nov. 20, 2008

Perception in life is a big deal.  It can be an even bigger deal in the arena of politics.  And when you are taking your corporate jet to ask for a $25 billion dollar bailout from Congress, that only sets the hair of lawmakers on fire. “These guys flying in …

Congress to Detroit: Don’t Drop Dead (Yet)

3:42 pm Nov. 20, 2008

It only took a few days for it to be very clear that Americans are tired of financial bailouts.  And it was obvious that members of Congress had heard that message back home. Lawmakers were so jumpy about approving $25 billion for the Big Three automakers that they couldn’t even come …

The Lame Duck That Isn’t Over

3:23 pm Nov. 20, 2008

It looks like Congress will come back to work again in December, as Democratic leaders gave the Big Three automakers a second chance to ask for federal aid for their embattled industry. That means we can talk about some of the smaller events that will transpire between now and early …

The Minnesota Senate Recount

3:19 pm Nov. 20, 2008

The great thing about the internet is that it allows us to access so much more information about important news events, and the Minnesota Senate recount is one such opportunity. Just like in Florida eight years ago, elections officials are painstakingly going through thousands and thousands of ballots, looking for …

Congress Gives Detroit Another Chance

1:53 pm Nov. 20, 2008

After watching chances for a Big Three Bailout almost go down the tubes this week, Democratic leaders in Congress are giving GM, Chrysler and Ford another chance to ask the feds for a financial lifeline. “Until they show us a plan, we cannot show them the money,” said Speaker Nancy …

Waxman Defeats Dingell

10:07 am Nov. 20, 2008

An era came to an end in the U.S. House today, as Democrats chose Rep. Henry Waxman to lead the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee, deposing veteran Rep. John Dingell in the process. Dingell had long wielded substantial power on Capitol Hill, often protecting the U.S. auto industry from Waxman, …

Stevens Concedes; McCain Wins

8:18 pm Nov. 19, 2008

Convicted Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska made it official on Wednesday, as he conceded defeat in his re-election bid to Mark Begich, the Democratic mayor of Anchorage. “I am deeply grateful to Alaskans for allowing me to serve them for 40 years in the U.S. Senate,” Stevens said in a written …

A True Insider Battle

8:08 pm Nov. 19, 2008

By far, the best place to be today on Capitol Hill will be on the inside of the House Democratic Caucus, as that party decides who is going to chair the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee. In one corner is longtime Michigan Congressman John Dingell, who has been the …

The Big Three Take It On The Chin

6:48 pm Nov. 19, 2008

A second day of hearings on emergency aid for the Big Three turned into a bit of a public relations nightmare as lawmakers in both parties slapped around automaker executives over their call for $25 billion in assistance. The execs from Ford, General Motors and Chrysler didn’t win any friends …

Ted Stevens Loses; Dems at 58

8:29 pm Nov. 18, 2008

Democrats took another step closer to the magical number of a 60 vote majority in the U.S. Senate as convicted Sen. Ted Stevens has lost his bid for re-election to the Mayor of Anchorage, Mark Begich. Begich declared victory – on Stevens’ 85th birthday – as a final count of …