Archive for ‘November, 2010’

The Left Simmers >

President Obama’s plan for a two year freeze on the salaries of federal workers won praise from Republicans, a wary reaction from Democrats and outrage from liberals in the blogosphere. “Millions of Americans are out of work, and many are tightening their belts; Federal employees must be no different,” said …

White House Meeting >

It’s showtime at the White House today, as President Obama sits down with leaders of both parties to discuss the Bush tax cuts and more on the agenda of the Lame Duck Congress. While Democratic leaders in the Congress have been refusing to talk about any deal-making with the GOP …

Senate-Food Safety >

The headline out of the U.S. Senate this evening should be the approval of a major food safety bill, which seems to have gathered enough bipartisan support to assure its passage.

Lame Duck Return >

Congress is back in session today, with the days already dwindling for deal-making on a host of very political issues, topped by the Bush tax cuts, which expire at year’s end. If you look at the calendar, Christmas is four weeks from Saturday.  So, even if lawmakers are in session …

Welcome Back Chief >

For well over a year, there has been a vacant spot on the wall outside the visitor’s galleries of the House of Representatives.  That finally changed on Tuesday morning. I had finished a bunch of work for the Thanksgiving holiday, when I decided to run over to the House office …

More On TSA Checks >

The current head of airline security says one reason why the feds waited to start stepped-up airport security procedures may have been due to delays in the selection of a TSA Director.  In a conference call with reporters, TSA Chief John Pistole was asked why the extra pat-downs at airports …

TSA Security Checks >

In discussing the recent complaints about stepped-up airport security checks, I have said on the radio that maybe there was new intelligence indicating a threat.  Evidently, that is not the case. “It’s not just something that started a week or so ago,” said White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, alluding …

Off To Kokomo >

On Tuesday, President Obama and Vice President Biden go to Kokomo, Indiana, where they will tout gains under the controversial economic stimulus law. The White House issued the following “background” press release on the Obama-Biden trip.  You can review the Obama Administration claims and leave your own review of the …

Tax Extenders Limbo >

Much of the year, there has been talk about Congress approving “tax extenders” legislation, though most lawmakers probably couldn’t explain what’s stuffed in it. The basic way to describe this bill is that it is a package of tax breaks – both personal and business related – which are routinely …

Those Wacky Elections >

It’s been almost three weeks since the mid-term elections for the Congress, and there are still a handful of races that have yet to be declared official. The closest is on Long Island in New York, where Rep. Steve Bishop (D-NY) leads by – 15 votes – yet another lesson …