WHORES/POLITICIANS: Pelosi gets knocked out! and Hillary Chats with Comrade Hugo
finally gets what she has needed
since she was a
little rich girl.
Despite a simmering diplomatic row, President Hugo Chavez and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were seen having a brief, friendly chat at the inauguration of Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff.
The encounter Saturday came only three days after the United States revoked the visa of Venezuela’s ambassador in Washington, in reprisal for Chavez’s rejection of the US president’s appointed ambassador to Caracas.
A Brazilian official who witnessed the encounter told AFP, “It looked like a social conversation, both were smiling,” and Chavez later confirmed the amiable tenor of their conversation in an interview with Venezuelan state television.
“Mrs Clinton, the secretary of state, appeared. She was smiling, very pleased, and so was I,” said Chavez. “We greeted each other and spoke about a few things,” he said.
“It was a pleasant moment, but we took advantage of it and spoke of two or three timely things,” he said without elaborating.
At one point, Chavez extended his hand to Clinton, who shook it, smiling. They chatted for a few minutes before moving on to formally greeting Rousseff.
Birds of a feather…
|by Peter Berkowitz
Rather than the New York Times’ outdated vision of “Progressivism,” conservatives should become proponents of progress understood as the crafting of better laws to protect individual freedom.
Updated 38 min. ago
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is making his first appearance before the 112th Congress. He is testifying before the Senate Budget Committee. Much of the questioning is on the Fed’s attempt to stimulate the economy by injecting $600 billion into Treasury bonds.
The strategy, which launched this week, involves the central bank buying long-term Treasury bonds from banks. But rather than using money already in the system, the Fed would credit the banks’ accounts, thereby injecting an additional $600 billion into the U.S. economy. More »
Unemployment Rate Falls to 9.4%
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A key government measure on the nation’s jobs situation reported today that the U.S. unemployment rate for December went down to 9.4 percent.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Current Employment Statistics released its monthly report indicating that the U.S. added 103,000 new jobs, up from November’s total of 39,000. Employment rose in leisure and hospitality and in health care but was little changed in other major industries.
Updated 1 hr., 4 min. ago
Yesterday, President Obama picked former Commerce Secretary William Daley to serve as his chief of staff, replacing interim chief of staff Pete Rouse. Today, the President will announce several more White House top economic positions replacements during a visit to a manufacturing plant in Landover, MD. More » | Pres. Obama: c‑span.org at 11:30am ET | Obama to name Sperling to top economic post
Updated 50 min. ago
Today, the House is taking up the rules governing next week’s scheduled debate on a bill to repeal the health care law. Last night, The House Rules Committee met and voted on the rules for debate. It is expected that the debate to repeal the health care bill will take place next Wednesday. More » | House Now On C‑SPAN
Choice points to a move to the center for 2012.
Americans oppose ObamaCare by huge margins.
The Republicans should welcome the fight. UPDATE: Link to the Democrats’ talking points added.
President Obama promised his administration would have an “unprecedented level of openness.” Perhaps the readers of PJM and the viewers of PJTV can lend a hand.
If my uncertainties about looming healthcare, Internet and environmental regulations are in any way typical, then a lot of working Americans are living with a staggering degree of uncertainty right now.
An outstanding new volume explains the sources of its success.
Several pro-family organizations have announced they won’t attend an upcoming conservative gathering in Washington, DC, because among its sponsors is a homosexual activist group.
Another pro-life group has set its sights this new year on repeal of ObamaCare and federal funding of abortion.
A backer of abstinence education says the government is funding a message that attempts to redefine the meaning of “abstinence.”
Senator Chuck Grassley’s investigation of televangelists has wrapped up after more than three years with no penalties for pastors who refused to cooperate and no definitive findings of wrongdoing.
A federal appeals court has asked California’s Supreme Court to revisit one aspect of the Proposition 8 case.
Critics continue to focus on an MTV show that features a pregnant girl who has an abortion.
IHOP is dropping its lawsuit against the International House of Prayer.
- Zeke Emanuel leaves White House
- Pawlenty: Palin has what it takes to be president
- Some Republicans embrace their federal health plans
- Giuliani denies prepping 2012 presidential run
- Pelosi: Dems intend to win back the House
- Hoyer pushes to restore voting rights to delegates
- Republicans introduce bill to eliminate presidential ‘czars’
- Report: Charlie Crist joins trial law firm
- Obama to do pre-Super Bowl interview with Fox’s O’Reilly
- Reid: Dems will push ahead with filibuster reform
- Kucinich says he’ll fight to stay in Congress if district is cut
- Mayor Daley: No ‘Chicago mafia’ in White House
- Pawlenty: RNC can be better than under Steele
- Rep. Altmire: Dems who opposed healthcare reform won’t back repeal
Terrorism expert and former PLO member Walid Shoebat doubts Hezbollah terrorists will be brought to justice for assassinating the former prime minister of Lebanon.
Russia has named as its “2010 Man of the Year” the head of an organization that works to build support for Israel and promote understanding between Jews and Christians.
Even though a temporary plan approved by Congress and President Obama will be enforced throughout this year and next year, an economics professor says the estate tax will continue to do harm to American businesses and farms.
Because high-profile positions tend to change every few years, a former White House correspondent isn’t surprised that White House press secretary Robert Gibbs recently announced his resignation.
The Benjamin Button Congress – Ronald Brownstein, National Journal
The Rise of Constitutionalism – Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post
GOP’s Fetishizing of the Constitution Is Unsettling – Alex Altman, Time
The Chicago Way Rolls on at the White House – John Kass, Chicago Tribune
The Underpaid Gibbs & DC’s Sense of Entitlement – Walter Shapiro, PD
Bill Daley, Health Care and the Left – Michael Tomasky, The Guardian
Health Care Law Looks Increasingly Vulnerable – David Brooks, NY Times
A Mandate Is Essential for Health Reform – Rajkumar & Pollack, LA Times
The Rising Dictatorship of Bureaucracies – Michael Walsh, New York Post
The Texas Omen – Paul Krugman, New York Times
Goldman’s Facebook Voodoo – Nomi Prins, The Daily Beast
Obama Playing Politics With Afghanistan – Con Coughlin, The Telegraph
Debating Tony Blair – and His Legacy – Christopher Hitchens, Vanity Fair
Effort to Sanitize Twain Is Pure Insanity – Tony Norman, Pittsburgh PG
The Paradox of Our Selectively Enforced Sensitivity – Ron Smith, Balt Sun
The End of Cultural Elitism – Neal Gabler, Boston Globe
For My Dad, the ‘New Normal’ Is Old Hat – John Bussey, Wall Street Journal
More on RCP: Poll Suggests Trouble for Ensign in 2012
Daley a Good Choice for Obama – Chicago Sun-Times
William Daley: Chicago Boy, 2.0 – Wall Street Journal
GOP Made Error in Excising Parts of Constitution – New York Times
Liberal Distaste for the Constitution – Washington Times
Though he agrees with the oil refineries, an energy policy analyst says the trade groups have a tough case to make against the EPA in their lawsuit concerning ethanol blends.
A Christian activist in California predicts the electorate will not respond favorably to a proposed ballot measure from the new governor that would extend tax hikes.
A non-profit group that works to ensure children are the top public policy priority has ranked California among the states that place children’s health and education as a low priority.
An expert in labor economics believes it’s an excellent idea for states to try and curb labor unions.
California will be the first state to approve an oversight board for an Internet healthcare insurance exchange marketplace, and one conservative activist hopes the government will be left out of the equation.
The head of a grassroots immigration reform organization says it’s “ludicrous” that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano recently made a surprise visit to Afghanistan to advise Afghans about border security.
A conservative political scientist and historian is looking closely at Minnesota’s Republican governor as a likely candidate for president in 2012.
The mustache weighs in.
By RICHARD E. COHEN | 1/7/11 9:58 AM
By DAVID ROGERS | 1/7/11 10:15 AM
Iraq and Afghanistan operations continue to put a strain on the deficit.
By KENDRA MARR | 1/7/11 9:32 AM
“Courage to Stand” builds his political narrative.
By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 1/7/11 9:36 AM
He’s said to be confident about his chances.
By MIKE ALLEN | 1/7/11 8:01 AM
He wants to dilute power centers with new juice.
By MOLLY BALL | 1/7/11 9:54 AM
Jeff Sessions and Kent Conrad are talking in earnest about a potential framework for the budget.
By JONATHAN ALLEN | 1/7/11 7:31 AM
House officials have yet to find a precedent for members of Congress voting before being sworn in.
By SPENCER ABRAHAM | 1/7/11 9:50 AM
Opinion: House Republicans deserve applause for citing the Constitution for every bill
By SCOTT WONG | 1/7/11 8:38 AM
Senate leaders hit the new Republican fiscal policies as “reckless” budget-busters.
By KEACH HAGEY | 1/7/11 7:02 AM
By MEREDITH SHINER | 1/7/11 9:34 AM
Feinberg offers to oversee the $4.3B fund pro bono.
By PHILIP EWING | 1/6/11 6:02 PM
Despite Congress’s desire to reduce government spending, his proposed cuts are making waves.
By JEN DIMASCIO | 1/7/11 8:26 AM
California Rep. Duncan Hunter says Robert Gates is “trying to destroy the Marine Corps.”
By LAURA ROZEN | 1/6/11 4:26 PM
He’s suspected of disclosing defense information.
By MJ LEE | 1/7/11 6:18 AM
By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 1/7/11 6:26 AM
State revenues fell by almost 30 percent in 2009, the greatest drop since records have been kept.
By DARREN SAMUELSOHN | 1/6/11 4:32 PM
She criticizes her counterpart in the House, saying Rep. Upton wants to “stop all progress.”
The economy added 103,000 jobs in December, the government says. Plus: Obama remakes his team.
Unemployment rate “an improvement, but it is certainly nothing to brag about.” What’s your take?
Nancy Pelosi takes CNN on a tour of her new office. The theme: “sparse mode.”
The winds in Washington are blowing with the backlash from the holiday season.
by Rick Moran
Senator DeMint wants to play the game with a slight variation: load five chambers with bullets while leaving only one empty, and pull the trigger.
Is it better to have a tired doctor, or no doctor at all?
Without quite realizing it, Western liberals have turned out the lights; they should rightly fear what lurks in the shadow.
The new House speaker is a doer, not a sweet talker.
by Gary Wickert
A world in which Pravda decries American communism. And has a point.
by Barry Rubin
Those who mock the Constitution have it backwards.
Sorry, Mr. President — there’s a new star in town.
His speech assuming Speaker of the House gives us reason for encouragement.
By JOHN MAGGS | 1/7/11 9:01 AM
He will lead Obama’s National Economic Council.
So far, few are willing to side with the GOP.
By SARAH KLIFF | 1/7/11 7:26 AM
They say the plan would wreak havoc on economy.
Will House Republicans provide enough votes to ensure the nation can continue to operate?
By NATASHA LENNARD | 1/7/11 6:09 AM
By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 1/7/11 9:56 AM
A two-minute video accuses the GOP of backtracking on its pledge to slash the budget by $100 billion.
Democratic leaders are looking at a deal that would avert a need to change the rules.
By SHIRA TOEPLITZ | 1/6/11 8:54 PM
Democratic and Republican leaders are on board with taking a look at the tax code.
By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 1/7/11 9:17 AM
Because she died before the end of 2010, her children will pay no estate taxes.
By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 1/7/11 8:59 AM
By BRETT COUGHLIN | 1/7/11 8:22 AM
Rep. Allyson Schwartz says GOP leaders insisted on limiting Democratic seats to 15.
By SEN. SHELDON WHITEHOUSE | 1/7/11 6:25 AM
Opinion: Steps should be taken to crack down on the abuse of the modern filibuster in the Senate.
By JOEL KOTKIN | 1/7/11 5:26 AM
Opinion: The shift in geographic representation also marks a shift in the economic balance of power.
By SHIRA TOEPLITZ | 1/7/11 9:06 AM
The Senate majority leader blasts House Republicans’ effort to repeal health care reform.
By KEACH HAGEY | 1/7/11 6:18 AM
By SIMMI AUJLA | 1/7/11 9:00 AM
Proposal produces a moment of cooperation.
By MANU RAJU | 1/6/11 1:04 PM
The Democratic whip says bills with earmarks can’t get 60 votes this year.