Archive for ‘August, 2011’

Try Again, Mr. President >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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. …

Hurricane Relief Politics >

The Obama Administration clearly made an all out push in recent days on Hurricane Irene to try to make sure that disaster efforts weren’t bungled in a way that might draw paralells to past disaster relief troubles like work in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. After cutting his vacation short …

Open For Business >

Even though many thousands of people are still without power in the Washington, D.C. area after Hurricane Irene, the federal government will be open for business as usual on the final Monday in August. “Federal agencies in the Washington, DC, area are OPEN,” said a note posted late Sunday on …