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“Senator” Al Franken

8:16 pm Jun. 30, 2009

Almost eight months after the voters went to the polls on Election Day last November, there is finally a winner in the Minnesota Senate race, as Democrat Al Franken will take the seat next week. Franken finally was able to claim victory after the Minnesota Supreme Court voted unanimously to …

Health Care Action

10:22 am Jun. 30, 2009

President Obama gets out the bully pulpit today on health care reform, as he holds a town hall meeting on the issue in Virginia, an event that the White House will also share on the internet. The White House invited video questions from the public on reform, as the President …

The PGA Congress

10:12 am Jun. 30, 2009

If you want any chance of finding a group of lawmakers from Congress in Washington, D.C. today, then I know exactly the place to be, and it isn’t on Capitol Hill.  That place would be Congressional Country Club, just outside the Beltway in Bethesda, Maryland, as Tiger Woods hosts the …

Cap and Trade Contents

8:51 am Jun. 30, 2009

At 1,428 pages, the House-passed Cap and Trade/climate change bill is too big for me to print out here on my blog.  So I thought I would give you a taste by simply listing the Table of Contents. That should give you a good feel, right? If you want to …

Cap And Trade Grows

8:48 am Jun. 30, 2009

The hard workers at the Government Printing Office have now added in the last minute extras that Democrats attached to the climate change/cap and trade bill, as it now tips the scales at 1,428 pages in all. That’s right.  Just 1428 pages of legislative language for you to peruse this …

No Help From the Chief Justice

8:09 pm Jun. 29, 2009

A decision made by Chief Justice John Roberts may actually help Democrats argue for expedited Senate consideration of the Supreme Court nomination of Sonia Sotomayor. At issue is a First Amendment case on campaign finance laws, dealing with a political documentary about Hillary Clinton that was made for the 2008 …

Dancing On Health Reform

8:06 pm Jun. 29, 2009

The White House briefing on Monday was a ritual in many ways, as the assembled reporters tried to get the White House Press Secretary to say something that he was just never going to say in front of a microphone. The “something” was whether or not the White House was …

Searching For Momentum

11:57 am Jun. 29, 2009

Pleased with the success of the Cap and Trade bill in the House last Friday, President Obama on Monday kept up his calls for action in the Senate on the sweeping measure dealing with global warming. “I am confident that they too, will choose to move this country forward,” Obama …

Soft Landing For Sotomayor

11:51 am Jun. 29, 2009

While the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a ruling that was in part made by Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, the political implications for her confirmation seemed somewhat muted, especially with the Congress out of town. A review of the 5-4 decision in favor of the white firefighters from New Haven, …

Such Sums As May Be Necessary

4:06 pm Jun. 28, 2009

As I was slogging through the text of the Cap and Trade bill this weekend, something struck me.  All of the stories I have done on this bill have never mentioned how much it would cost. That’s usually a normal item to mention, like some bill costs “$2.6 billion” or …