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Government Motors, Part 2

7:46 pm May. 31, 2009

Here is the White House explanation of what many will openly deride as “Government Motors,” the bankruptcy solution for General Motors being pushed by the Obama Administration. The White House issued this on Sunday evening. = General Motors Restructuring – Shared Sacrifice The President made clear throughout this process that …

Legislative Transactions

2:01 pm May. 31, 2009

One of my favorite parts of the sports page has always been the list of “Transactions,” as in which players have been signed, cut, traded and more. Last Friday, we had two notable items, one from each party, which would have gone into the agate type of a Legislative Transactions …

The Supreme Court Countdown

1:22 pm May. 31, 2009

We are into June, which means the watch is now on as the Supreme Court will make its way through the final rulings for the term, before going on a summer break. One case included in that group is the New Haven, Connecticut firefighter case, known as Ricci v DeStefano, …

The Sotomayor Fight

1:11 pm May. 31, 2009

The nomination fight over Judge Sonia Sotomayor moves into a new phase this week, as she starts meetings Tuesday with Senate leaders and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Those who helped White House efforts on Supreme Court nominations often say these face-to-face meetings are maybe the most important part of …

Another Burger Run

1:19 pm May. 29, 2009

Here is the White House pool report from President Obama’s trek to a Five Guys in Southeast Washington, D.C. on Friday, where he grabbed some burgers for himself and White House staffers. = Pool Report 1 Another Obama burger run, this time to a Five Guys in Southeast Washington.President Obama …

Health Care Reform

11:49 am May. 29, 2009

As the Congress returns to work this week, one of the biggest issues on the domestic agenda is most certainly health care reform.  The next four weeks could hold a lot of news on that front. Last week, President Obama told supporters that health reform has to be done this …

Detainee Abuse Photos

10:05 pm May. 28, 2009

The Obama Administration has made clear that it plans to take a legal dispute over the release of detainee abuse photographs to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary. In papers filed with the Second Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday – yes, the same circuit that is home to Judge …

The Sotomayor Debate

7:51 pm May. 28, 2009

As we head into the weekend, the initial debate on Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor has been muted on one hand, aggressive on another and still a bit murky for some Democrats. But best of all, it’s been damn entertaining so far. First, let’s start on the Democratic side. What …

Supreme Court Questionnaire

10:10 am May. 28, 2009

So, you want to be on the U.S. Supreme Court, eh?  Then here is your weekend homework, a little questionnaire for Judge Sonia Sotomayor.  It may take more than a few days to complete. The opening questions are normal, your name, place of birth, employement history, etc. But then we get …

The Flip Side

3:16 pm May. 27, 2009

Yesterday I wrote about how the White House had gotten an early edge on Republicans by nominating someone for the U.S. Supreme Court during a Congressional break week. The logical second day story would have been a quick visit by the new nominee to Capitol Hill – but Democrats didn’t …