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Obama Jobs Game Plan

11:33 pm Aug. 31, 2011

The Obama campaign sent out an email to supporters on Wednesday night, trying to build support for plans the President will announce next week on jobs and economic growth. The underlying message of the email missive was to go out and challenge Republicans on how they would create new job …

White House Accepts Sept. 8 Speech

9:23 pm Aug. 31, 2011

After battling with Republicans in Congress over a date and time for a Presidential speech to a Joint Session of Congress, the White House on Wednesday night accepted Speaker John Boehner’s offer to hear from President Obama next Thursday night, September 8th. Here is a statement from White House Press …

Try Again, Mr. President

4:44 pm Aug. 31, 2011

It’s not often that a White House publicly asks to be invited to speak to a Joint Session of Congress without working out a date with Congressional leaders.  And it’s not often that the Congress tells a President to find a different date.  But that’s what happened on Wednesday in …

Labor Day Push

3:46 pm Aug. 31, 2011

President Obama’s request to address a Joint Session of Congress next week was a decision straight out of the Obama Administration’s playbook of recent years, as officials try to push for action by lawmakers – this time on jobs and economic growth. In 2009, Mr. Obama used a post-Labor Day …

More Shutdown Fights

1:01 am Aug. 31, 2011

President Obama tries to get the public relations jump on Congress today on a pair of laws that expire in September, dealing with airports and highway projects. “The President will hold an event to call on Congress to move forward in a bipartisan way to pass a clean extension of …

White House-Irene

9:01 pm Aug. 30, 2011

The head of FEMA will be on the road again on Wednesday, checking out damage from Hurricane Irene in New York and New Jersey, a day after Administrator Craig Fugate visited Vermont to see the severe damage in that state. Aboard Air Force One on Tuesday, reporters asked White House …

Fast and Furious Changes

8:53 pm Aug. 30, 2011

The investigation into the controversial gun-running program known as Operation Fast and Furious took an interesting turn on Tuesday, as the acting head of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms was moved into a new job and the U.S. Attorney from Arizona resigned from his post. The announcements were …

Disaster Aid Budgets

1:55 am Aug. 30, 2011

The trail of destruction from Hurricane Irene could spark a battle in Congress that we haven’t seen for a number of years, as Republicans make noise about forcing budget cuts to pay for any new disaster relief spending by Uncle Sam. Standard operating procedure in the Congress for generations has …

62 Weeks To Go

1:01 am Aug. 30, 2011

With the November 2012 elections just over 14 months away, there’s more poll data suggesting possible trouble for President Obama and more numbers showing a real surge by Texas Gov. Rick Perry on the Republican side. The Gallup daily tracking numbers for President Obama’s job approval rating reached new lows …

FEMA Director on Irene

9:45 pm Aug. 29, 2011

The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency met with reporters at the White House on Monday, giving his latest review on how the federal government handled Hurricane Irene. This transcript of the Q&A with FEMA Director Craig Fugate was provided by the White House: ADMINISTRATOR FUGATE: Well, good afternoon. …