TODAY IN POLITICS: Congress Tackles Fed’s Spending Deadline, # White House Question the Future of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, # More Planned Parenthood secrets surfaced
- 10am ET on c‑span.org: House Hearing with Sec. Clinton on U.S. Foreign Policy Priorities
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify before the House Foreign Affairs Committee today to talk about Libya and U.S. foreign policy priorities. Monday, she denounced Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and called on him to step down immediately. She told the United National Human Rights Council in Geneva that the Obama Administration is considering every option against Gadhafi and that nothing is off the table.
Also yesterday, Prime Minister David Cameron detailed the government’s position on Libya. The government announced a freeze of the assets of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and his family, and has moved to evacuate British citizens. The Prime Minister also said that his government is working with allies on a no-fly zone plan for Libya and would not rule out military force. More »
By JOSH GERSTEIN | 3/1/11 6:11 AM
Change clears way for more aggresive fundraising.
By DAVID ROGERS | 3/1/11 12:08 AM
Boehner says he wants to hold firm at two weeks.
By JOE SCARBOROUGH | 3/1/11 4:58 AM
Opinion: “Midwestern nice,” exemplified by politicians from Wis., should work well for the GOP brand.
By MICHAEL KINSLEY | 3/1/11 6:14 AM
Opinion: The notion of welfare for movie producers has evolved into an unshakable American tradition.
By MIKE ALLEN | 3/1/11 6:19 AM
Ambassador to the U.N. does the morning shows.
By DAVID CATANESE | 3/1/11 5:59 AM
By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 3/1/11 6:18 AM
Moody’s projects that the House proposal would cut real GDP growth by 0.5 percent in 2011.
By JENNIFER HABERKORN | 3/1/11 6:16 AM
Roger Vinson said he would reply “promptly.”
By JENNIFER HABERKORN | 2/28/11 9:17 PM
It increases flexibility for states implementing law.
By SCOTT WONG | 3/1/11 4:49 AM
He issues a cryptic warning about a Government Accountability Office report.
By PATRICK GAVIN | 3/1/11 6:07 AM
By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 3/1/11 5:04 AM
Most Americans oppose Walker’s plan.
By JEDD ROSCHE | 3/1/11 6:19 AM
“This could break all records and could get to be really really wide open,” the Iowa gov. says.
By DARREN GOODE | 2/28/11 4:45 PM
Ocean Energy Management chief notes improved safety efforts from the oil and gas industries.
By ALEXANDER BURNS | 2/28/11 6:22 PM
“Republican governors aren’t going to back down from our support,” says Rick Perry.
By BEN SMITH | 2/28/11 3:40 PM
The founder of the defunct community organizing group offers a particularly dark assessment.
By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 2/28/11 1:38 PM
Many ”realize that they better start praying,” he says.
By JONATHAN MARTIN | 2/28/11 11:33 PM
There’s a sense among Republicans that breezy early predictions may have been premature.
By PHILIP EWING | 2/28/11 7:08 PM
As the defense secretary contemplates his departure date, work is piling up for his successor.
By LAURA ROZEN | 2/28/11 7:58 PM
The Middle East and Iran adviser warns that it is risky to wait on a peace agreement with Palestine.
That’s the dream matchup that Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is hoping for in the GOP prez primary.
The president meets in private a day after his spokesman said he’ll speak again about the unrest.
Plus, are cruise missiles needed to end Qadhafi’s reign of terror in Libya? Join the debate.
A bestselling author and critic of Islam says it will take a sea change in American policy for the United States to stop blindly issuing student visas to Muslims, despite the fact some come to the U.S. to commit terrorist acts.
The legislative action arm of a non-profit public policy organization is asking the public to fight the Obama administration’s decision to no longer defend DOMA.
A prominent pro-family activist in California is accusing Barack Obama of lying to the American people when he stated that he would defend traditional marriage.
An attorney who works with several evangelical dominations’ chaplain-endorsing agencies is concerned about a high-ranking Army chaplain’s recent comments on the military’s implementation of a new policy.
An Australian political analyst believes Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi will ultimately see the writing on the wall and flee the country after more than 40 years of tyrannical rule.
A freshman congressman says his door is always open to anyone who is not looking for more money.
Recently released information concerning Planned Parenthood strengthens former Attorney General Phill Kline’s case in the ethics trial that is currently under way in Kansas.
Though eight months have passed since Texas approved the new social studies standards, opponents of the new curriculum are still fighting the changes.
The Texas Senate is likely to approve a bill that would permit college students and professors to carry concealed weapons on campus.
While the private sector workforce in America has dwindled in recent years, a new report shows that the federal workforce has gone the opposite direction.
A California assemblyman has announced a bill that would prevent public employees from collectively bargaining for pension benefits.
Helena, Montana’s school district has decided to ignore public outcry and proceed with its plans to teach sex education to young students. But parents and state lawmakers are still fighting the initiative.
A financial expert, author and radio host does not think congressional Republicans and conservatives should worry about proposed budget cuts costing them their re-election bids.
PHOENIX – The 2,400 delegates attending the last night of the Tea Party Patriot American Policy Summit cheered on speakers who promised to keep pushing until constitutional government was restored in America.
A California lawmaker has proposed a measure that would ban Wal-Mart and similar retailers from the state. But a former congressional hopeful thinks it is just a way to protect unions.
Despite the miserable failure in the Oval Office, leaders are emerging in the gubernatorial mansions of several Midwestern states.
Democrats are unrepentant in their commitment to wholesale government takeover of our economy and our lives — and we simply can’t allow that.
The publisher of a website that advances the arguments of climate skeptics is criticizing a new grant that will allow schools to teach climate change.
A former director of the CIA spoke before a crowd of pro-Israel supporters meeting in Nashville Sunday night and offered a unique perspective on addressing the threat of Islamic terrorism.
In response to a Los Angeles school sending a six-year-old boy to a psychiatric ward against his mother’s wishes, parental rights advocates are suggesting that a constitutional amendment be adopted to protect parents’ liberties.
The former commander of the USS Cole says it is inappropriate for U.S. Navy sailors to join Army units to perform ground missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
As legislators haggle over whether they should defund Planned Parenthood, one California lawmaker has contributed a personal story to the debate.
According to the latest figures from a notorious abortion provider, business is still booming.
The FBI has arrested a man in New York for making interstate death threats against pro-life activists.
A program to fund a higher blend of ethanol may not live to see the light of day.
An Australian political and defense analyst does not believe a recent report about Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi’s responsibility in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing is completely accurate.
Several black pro-life groups are joining together today to recognize the National Day of Mourning for the Unborn.
The Alliance Defense Fund has sued a university in Canada for blocking pro-life expression on campus, even though the handbook claims the school protects its students’ freedom of speech.
In light of the turmoil currently plaguing the Middle East, one California-based advocacy group says Christians in that region need special help.
by Ron Radosh
This just in: J Street finds the Obama State Department too pro-Israel. On the other hand, since the organization is to the left of the administration, it allows the Obama team to depict themselves as in the center, and as friends of Israel.
In Libya now, just as in Egypt one month ago, protesters are using the Star of David as a symbol of hatred and contempt.
by The Tatler
PJM’s CEO, Roger L. Simon, appeared on Fox & Friends Sunday morning to talk about his new book, Turning Right at Hollywood and Vine: The Perils of Coming out Conservative in Tinseltown.
by Ron Radosh
If anything, given their position on the recent UN resolution, J Street is worse on its position towards Israel than the Obama administration itself. (And if you missed Ron’s take on the first session of J. Street’s 2nd National Conference, click here.) UPDATE: No Kosher food at Jewish J Street conference!
According to an inside source, the military collaborations between Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and the Gaddafi government date back to 2006.
The attacks on the two top leaders of the Green Movement prove the gravity of the Iranian crisis and the panic at the highest levels of the Islamic Republic.
by Ron Radosh
Hardly a surprise, since the left-wing group’s own statement of principles says it opposes “efforts to demean and fan fears of Islam or of Muslims.”
Despite evidence from our own State Department to the contrary, why does Obama think that this organization would be a positive player in forming the new Egyptian government?
by Dan Miller
Things on the peninsula are getting ever more dire, and we know the president won’t act with any urgency.
Like a hammer that sees every problem as a nail, many politicians think the solution to every problem is legislation that erodes our liberties.
by Marlo Lewis
The “Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny” Act could put the kibosh on the EPA’s greenhouse regulatory surge.
It hasn’t made much noise worldwide, but Iran’s rapidly deteriorating relationships with several African countries is huge news across the continent.
We want what we have not earned. We demand the world be the way that it cannot; and we don’t wish to hear “unfair” arguments from “bad” and “mean” people. (And don’t miss: “Unions-vs.-Tea-Party showdown spreads to Denver”)
From FDR to Reagan, history suggests the answer is yes.
by Salim Mansur
We are creatures of history even as we make history. (Click here for Roger L. Simon’s reply to Salim’s original letter.)
by Ron Radosh
The left-wing Jewish group will feature several Kadima Knesset members at their annual confab while the party back in Israel criticizes their participation.
by Clemens Heni
Fueled by propaganda, the campus push is pernicious, contagious, and wrong.
In the face of Gaddafi’s war against the Libyan people, Obama should align himself with a proud American foreign policy tradition, with both progressive and conservative roots. (Update: Obama finally breaks his silence on Libya.
There is no legitimate role for government unions.
As recent events in Wisconsin and Indiana have shown, when an election doesn’t go their way, the response of the Democrats is to do everything possible to avoid the consequences of the election.
The answer to the first question is yes and the answer to the second is: why? (Also read Michael Totten:“Libya’s Legacy”)
by Jim Jordan
We still have a chance to kick the spending addiction and keep the American Dream alive.
Documents made available to Pajamas Media prove that the Venezuelan strongman has been selling reformate to Iran.
by Ron Radosh
Liberals see the conflict as a battle for power, not income. (And at PJTV, don’t miss: AlfonZo Rachel Reports From Wisconsin.)
Will George Washington’s historic church end up as a saloon, or a mosque? If the Episcopal Church prevails in court, either outcome is a disturbing possibility.
A union protestor in Wisconsin was caught on camera saying he wants to vote for Castro and his clone, Che Guevara. Of course, there’s no kerfuffle from the MSM or Democratic Party.
by Gary Wickert
Only thirty states have such collective bargaining agreements. These are privileges, not rights, and can be taken away.
President Obama’s offensive budget was just a bargaining position, callously introduced while the country is in peril. Will enough congressmen say “no”?
Another stunning political miscalculation. (Also read: “White House now disavowing involvement in Wisconsin protests.”)
by Tom Blumer
Six quarters of tepid growth and a net loss in jobs, but nothing really changes.
American leftists are a bunch of reactionaries who defend the status quo and get angry at actual change.
by Kim Zigfeld
His earthly power faltering, Putin turns to the church.
by Salim Mansur
As Islam makes its bloody transition to modernity, the West does well to remember its own. (Click here for Roger L. Simon’s reply to Salim’s original letter.)
by Bruce Bawer
When I learned that liquor can be sold in Louisiana all day and night, I was stunned. But then, I’ve lived in Norway so long that I’ve forgotten what it’s like to live like an adult.
by Jack Dunphy
LAPD cops were asked to pick up picket signs and march alongside a bunch of leftist kooks and government bureaucrats to show encouragement to Wisconsin’s public sector workers.
by Joseph Puder
From Algeria to Iraq, the Muslim Brotherhood is well-positioned.
by John Parker
Will the wave of change sweeping the Middle East spread to the Far East and hasten political reform in the world’s largest unelected dictatorship?
PHOENIX – Nearly 2,400 delegates from across the U.S. attended the Tea Party Patriot American Policy Summit to hear ideas about restoring America’s greatness.
Plus: Bill Clinton and Terry McAuliffe spotted in the crowd at the Georgetown-Syracuse game.
By DARREN SAMUELSOHN | 3/1/11 4:50 AM
Obama grapples with challenging crop of governors.
By POLITICO STAFF | 3/1/11 5:17 AM
Several offer their takes on ’12 landscape.
By BEN SMITH | 3/1/11 4:51 AM
The New Jersey governor gives the impression that he’s eager to keep his name in the national mix.
By KENNETH P. VOGEL | 2/28/11 9:24 PM
Liberals say he did little to assuage their concerns.
By MOLLY BALL | 3/1/11 6:11 AM
By RICHARD E. COHEN | 3/1/11 6:11 AM
His first six week of hearings and investigations have been relentless and wide ranging.
By MAGGIE HABERMAN | 3/1/11 5:30 AM
He’s taking a different approach than his rivals.
By JOSH ISRAEL, AARON MEHTA AND ELIZABETH LUCAS – CENTER FOR PUBLIC INTEGRITY | 3/1/11 6:12 AM
If the top 50 PACs are any indication, Democrats have some fence-mending to do.
By DAVID NATHER | 3/1/11 4:25 AM
Some health experts speculate the new “individual mandate” might not cover everyone.
By BEN SMITH | 2/28/11 5:33 PM
Minnesota law establishes Feb. 5, one day before Iowa, as the default date for 2012.
By JENNIFER MARTINEZ | 2/28/11 9:16 AM
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement head says they’re targeting bad guys, not bloggers.
||Business & Lobbying »
||Capital Living »
|Gossip: In The Know »
||Special Reports »
By ANDY BARR | 3/1/11 4:51 AM
The Texas governor says the Mexican city is the most dangerous in America.
By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 3/1/11 6:00 AM
He says Obama may have misinformation about what’s happening inside Libya.
By JULIE MASON | 2/28/11 5:00 PM
By ANDY BARR | 2/28/11 3:43 PM
The paper calls her visit a “huge leap of faith.”
By MJ LEE | 2/28/11 12:24 PM
President says he agrees with Romney’s plan.
GOP two week CR to be debated
Updated Monday at 4:19pm (ET)
House Republicans and Senate Democrats are working towards an agreement this week on a temporary spending measure to prevent a March 4th government shutdown. The GOP-drafted proposal would extend federal spending for two weeks.
Today, the House plans to take up the temporary spending proposal that would cut $4 billion from the budget. According to The Hill, “the bill cuts $1.24 billion by terminating programs Pres. Obama has proposed eliminating in his 2012 budget request. The bill would find the other $2.7 billion in savings by defunding earmarks.” Leading Senate Democrats have asked for a 30-day extension and no cuts. More »
- LIVE House coverage: C‑SPAN at Noon ET
- House Bill Text of Short Term CR
- WJ discussion on Budget: C‑SPAN at 7:45am ET
Updated Monday at 8:36pm (ET)
For the first time since releasing the White House proposal on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, lawmakers will share their concerns with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner today at a House Financial Services Committee hearing. More »
- House Financial Services Hearing: c‑span.org at 10am ET
On Capitol Hill
First of two-day testimony
Updated Monday at 12:54pm (ET)
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is on Capitol Hill for a two-day unveiling of the Fed’s semiannual monetary policy report. Today, he will testify to the Senate Banking Committee, followed by a Tuesday appearance before the House Banking Committee.
Senate Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) will spotlight how the central bank’s controversial policies will continue the economic recovery. This line of questioning is expected to follow into Wednesday, when the full House Finance Committee gathers to listen to Bernanke. More »