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Jobless Benefits Repeat

10:33 pm Jun. 30, 2010

Once again, the Congress is going to go on a break without having extended long term jobless benefits, as the Senate failed to get 60 votes last night on another plan from Democrats. By my count, this is the third time that Senators will have gone on a vacation without …

Deep In The Details

10:32 pm Jun. 30, 2010

The House could vote today on an over $60 billion supplemental spending bill that would funnel more money to the war in Afghanistan.  But Democrats are planning to add in a lot of extras as well. The 110 pages of legislative text has some very interesting items in it, like …

Vapid & Hollow 3

11:41 pm Jun. 29, 2010

It was no surprise that the first day of questions for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan defaulted to a very familiar script, where a nominee only gives Senators limited answers about his or her legal views. Senators reminded Kagan repeatedly of her 1995 article, where she complained that Supreme Court …

Wall Street Changes

11:40 pm Jun. 29, 2010

The loss of a vote from the death of Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WI) and defections by at least two key Republican Senators forced Democrats to re-open negotiations yesterday on a Wall Street Reform bill, to find a way to pay for it. At issue was $19 billion in fees on …

Jobless Benefits Encore

11:22 pm Jun. 29, 2010

Democrats in Congress are trying to make sure their members go home for a week-long break with a good amount of political ammunition against Republicans on the issue of long term jobless benefits, which started running out on June 1st. The latest move came in the House on Tuesday, as …

Wall Street Delay?

8:10 pm Jun. 28, 2010

The death of Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) could end up derailing Democratic Party efforts to get Congress to quickly approve a House-Senate compromise on Wall Street Reform legislation, as a key Republican now says he cannot vote for the bill. Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) had won a series of deals …

Gen. Petraeus Returns

8:06 pm Jun. 28, 2010

Two weeks ago today, General David Petraeus was testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee when he suddenly fainted at the witness table.  Little did he realize that he would return as the President’s choice to be the new commander of that war. Petraeus certainly has strong support in both …

Vapid & Hollow 2

8:05 pm Jun. 28, 2010

Remember the 1995 statement of Elena Kagan where she groused about the “vapid and hollow” confirmation hearings for Supreme Court in the Senate, where nominees don’t really answer questions.  Today we will see if she does the same. As expected, Senators in both parties eagerly reminded Kagan of their thoughts …

Supreme Court Finale

8:41 pm Jun. 27, 2010

The US Supreme Court is expected to wrap up work for the year this week, with four final decisions likely to be issued today, including a much-awaited decision on whether the Second Amendment applies to the states. “Well, of course it does,” most people might say.But, the Supreme Court has …

Kagan Nomination Hearings

8:40 pm Jun. 27, 2010

While it has generated little controversy, the nomination of Elena Kagan for the U.S. Supreme Court will splash its way into the headlines this week, as President Obama’s pick will get the once over from the Senate Judiciary Committee. While the Supreme Court nomination hearings of Elena Kagan will dominate …