Posts Tagged ‘senate



15
Oct
13

Rise and Shine

On This Day: Students show their excitement at meeting President Obama during his visit to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School in New Orleans, La., Oct. 15, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today (All Times Eastern):

11:40: President Obama conducts regional television interviews

12:30: Jay Carney briefs the press

2:10: President Obama awards Captain William Swenson, U.S. Army, the Medal of Honor; VP Biden and First Lady Michelle Obama also attend

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USA Today: Obama’s Day: A Medal Ceremony, A Senate Deal

As the Senate works on a deal to re-open the government and raise the debt ceiling, President Obama on Tuesday honors military heroism.

In the afternoon, the commander-in-chief presents the Medal of Honor to William Swenson, a former active duty Army Captain who exhibited “conspicuous gallantry” during a battle in Afghanistan.

Swenson is being honored “for his courageous actions while serving as an Embedded Trainer and Mentor of the Afghan National Security Forces … on September 8, 2009,” says the White House schedule.

…. The president will also give interviews to anchors from three local television stations….

More here

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Steve Benen: The Electoral Consequences Of The Shutdown

Democrats generally consider Rep. Lee Terry (R) of Nebraska to be one of the House Republicans’ most vulnerable incumbents, and they very nearly defeated him last year. For 2014, state and national Democratic officials — including Vice President Biden himself — reached out to a popular Omaha city councilman, Pete Festersen, and urged him to seek the seat.

Festersen declined, citing his two young children. But last week, something interesting happened: the councilman changed his mind. Everything you’ve heard of late about 2014 is true. Polls show Republican support collapsing, but the midterm elections are still a year away, and it’s too early to make firm predictions.

But this story out of Omaha offers an important reminder about the consequences of the Republican Party’s ongoing disaster — they haven’t ensured electoral setbacks next year, but they’ve certainly laid the groundwork for defeat.

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Think Progress: Countdown To Catastrophe: The Latest Updates On The Shutdown And The Debt Ceiling

The government would be funded through January 15th. The debt ceiling would be extended through February 7th. The budget cuts known as sequestration remain in place, and January 15 remains deadline for an additional $21 billion in cuts. Federal agencies get flexibility in how they make the cuts required under sequestration. A committee would be established to have further talks on budget cuts. The committee would need to present a proposal by December 13th. A reinsurance tax that is part of Obamacare would be delayed. Recipients of subsidies for their insurance under the exchanges established by Obamacare would be subject to income verification

After a meeting with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) last night, it seems that House Republicans are set to reject the deal Reid and McConnell came up with.

More here (It’s a live blog)

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Continue reading ‘Rise and Shine’

12
Oct
13

“It’s Not Too Late To Do The Right Thing”

03
Sep
13

Secretary Kerry’s Senate Testimony on Syria

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Coverage continues at C-Span

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29
Jun
13

Oh What A Week…..

President Obama looks out of the “door of no return” during a tour of the ‘House of Slaves‘ on Goree Island, Senegal, June 27

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Monday

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Questions by Liberal Librarian

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HealthCare.gov

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Tuesday

Congressman John Lewis watches news of the Supreme Court’s Voting Rights act decision

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29
Jun
13

“Yes We Can”

Steve Benen: Following months of bipartisan negotiations, the U.S. Senate easily approved landmark immigration legislation with a 68-to-32 vote. In recognition of the seriousness with which Senate leaders took the issue, members took the unusual step of voting from their desks.

In the end, 14 Senate Republicans joined Senate Democrats in support of the proposal. Despite the so-called “border surge” and other provisions secured by GOP senators, 32 of the 46 Senate Republicans — about 70% of the caucus — still voted against the bill. (In 2006, 21 GOP senators voted for comprehensive immigration reform, suggesting, despite electoral pressures, the party is slowly becoming more hostile on the issue, not less.)

Immediately after the Gang of Eight’s bill was approved, Dream Act kids in the Senate gallery could be heard chanting, “Yes we can.”

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