Archive for ‘June, 2011’

Senate Scraps July 4th Vacation >

The worst nightmare of Senate staffers came true this morning, as Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) announced that the Senate would not leave today on a 10 day break, and would be in session next week to try to advance a deal on the budget and debt limit. “We’ll do that, …

Health Law Reminder >

The decision of a three judge panel of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday in favor of the Obama health reform law was yet another reminder of something important for all of us – don’t try to predict how federal judges will vote on a certain case. Two of …

Obama-Debt Limit Deal >

President Obama told Congress to scrap its upcoming vacations if necessary and put aside their partisan beliefs in order to come up with a deal on the budget and debt limit by a deadline of August 2. “August 2nd is a very important date,” the President said at a White …

Health Law Ruling >

In a victory for the Obama Administration, a three judge panel of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the constitutionality of the Obama health reform law. This ruling – which was on a separate case from challenges in the 4th Circuit (Virginia) and the 11th Circuit (Florida and …

Debt Limit Limbo >

There is a certain rhythm to the way things get done on Capitol Hill – and to the way things don’t get done. And right now in the halls of Congress, there is almost no momentum when it comes to a deal on the budget and debt limit. Since last …

Obama News Conference >

President Obama will hold a news conference on Wednesday morning at 11:30am EDT, giving reporters the chance to ask about talks on the budget and debt limit, the NATO mission against Libya, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and more. This is the first solo news conference for Mr. Obama …

The Budget Talks >

There weren’t outward signs of progress on Monday as President Obama met with Senate leaders of both parties in separate meetings, as the White House stiffened its call for tax revenues to be part of any deal on the budget and debt limit. “To get a significant deal, to get …

Setting The 2012 Dates >

It’s Tuesday, which always make me think about Election Day. But if you ask me right now when the Republican hopefuls for the White House will actually start vying for votes, the answer is still unclear. The big flies in the calendar ointment right now are the same states that …

Supreme Court Finish >

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to wrap up its term this week with rulings on seven different cases, highlighted by a First Amendment test on whether states can prevent certain violent video games from being sold to minors. Unlike the last few years, the end of the Court’s term …

Obama Steps In >

After staying on the edge of the negotiations on budget cuts and a debt limit increase, President Obama moves into the middle of those talks today, as he meets separately with leaders of both parties in the Senate. The meetings come after leading Republicans walked away from talks led by …