Archive for ‘May, 2010’

Memorial Day 2010 >

I was trying to figure out what I wanted to write about for Memorial Day this year, when a message popped up on my blackberry last week.  The answer was right in front of me. “The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation …

The Deficit Rebellion >

Democratic leaders probably didn’t think they were going to be in a jam on extending jobless benefits this week, but a mini rebellion over the deficit in their party may mean some will lose their benefits beginning next week. Twice already this year, Democrats in Congress rolled the dice and …

More Deficit Murmurs >

When Thursday started, it looked like it was going to be a big day for Democrats, as they would be able to check the boxes on some big legislation, giving themselves a big sendoff before a week-long break.  Then reality on the budget deficit set in. Democrats in the House …

The Sestak Story >

For all those people who have emailed this week complaining about the lack of coverage on the Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA) story, I’m sorry you can’t see the scene in the halls of Congress as reporters chase the Pennsylvania Democratic Congressman around. Up in the Press Gallery, most of my …

A Big Push >

It’s a classic kind of Thursday in the Congress, as Democrats try to force action on a series of major bills before lawmakers make a run to the airport on Friday for a week-long Memorial Day break. If you are a scheduler for a member of the House or Senate, …

Don’t Ask, And More >

As the House gets ready to debate a Pentagon policy bill, the big focus in the news media will certainly be a provision that ends the ban on gays and lesbians serving in the military, an issue that is dividing lawmakers and the military. The deal, drafted partly by Rep. …

Presidential News Conference? >

When is a news conference not a news conference?  Maybe we’ll see today at the White House.  President Obama will speak about the Gulf oil spill and then take some questions, but it’s not being called a press conference. “THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks and takes questions from the press” reads …

Oil & Gas Regulators >

No one should be surprised at all by the latest revelations of cozy ties between federal regulators and the oil and gas drilling industry that they oversee.  It wasn’t even two years ago that we had a similar story. Back then, it wasn’t offshore drilling, but rather regulators who dealt …

The Chickens Are Back >

As Democrats try to push a $192 billion bill through Congress this week that is jammed with tax breaks, tax increases and extra jobless benefits for the unemployed, a familiar poultry provision has made the cut once again. There it is on page 383 of the bill – or at …

BP Warning Signs >

The House Energy and Commerce Committee yesterday released details obtained from British Petroleum on the possible causes of the Deepwater Horizon Gulf oil spill, centered on the explosion of the oil rig. This is the memo that was prepared for members of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, after a …