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- President Calderon of Mexico at Woodrow Wilson Center
- House Armed Services Cmte. Hearing on FY 2012 Budget Request
- President Obama & President Calderon of Mexico Joint Press Conference
- House Republican and Democrat Leadership Press Briefings
- Defense Department Briefing on Afghanistan
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Updated Thursday at 7:21pm (ET)
Each month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) Current Employment Statistics provides a snapshot of the U.S. labor market. Last month, they reported that the nation’s unemployment rate for January went down for the second month to 9.0 percent. Today’s report – released 8:30am ET – is expected to continue a another month of employment growth.
The leading jobs indicator Automatic Data Processing (ADP) released its National Employment Report on Wednesday that said private employers in February added 217,000 jobs, as compared to 187,000 reported in January. More »
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The Congressionally appointed panel overseeing the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) holds its final hearing this morning to look at the impact of the TARP program on financial stability.
Witnesses will include the Treasury Department official in charge of financial stability, Timothy Massad, as well several Federal regulators who worked on the government’s response to the 2008 financial crisis. The panel will also hear testimony from noted economists, including a Nobel Prize winner Joseph E. Stiglitz along with former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund, Simon H. Johnson. More »
- TARP Hearing: C‑SPAN at 10am ET
U.S. still monitoring violence in Libya
Updated Thursday at 7:24pm (ET)(Associated Press/Charles Dharapak)
Yesterday President Obama called on Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to step down from power. In a joint news conference with Mexican President Felipe Calderon, he said that U.S. military aircraft would fly Egyptians leaving Libya back home to Egypt from makeshift camps in Tunisia. He also said the U.S. military should be prepared to act if a humanitarian crisis develops in Libya. More »
By RICHARD E. COHEN | 3/4/11 6:34 AM
The disarray has been evident at several levels.
By DAVID CATANESE | 3/4/11 6:13 AM
The former New Mexico lawmaker is expected to say Monday that she’ll run for Jeff Bingaman’s seat.
By ALEXANDER BURNS | 3/4/11 6:14 AM
And so it didn’t begin.
By MOLLY BALL | 3/4/11 6:26 AM
Calendar chaos is underway.
By ALEXANDER BURNS | 3/4/11 6:12 AM
LIUNA goes for Janice Hahn.
By MATT NEGRIN | 3/4/11 5:12 AM
By MATT NEGRIN | 3/4/11 5:49 AM
The president indicates he may be ready to increase U.S. involvement in Libya.
By TED GALEN CARPENTER | 3/4/11 5:23 AM
Opinion: The United Sates should avoid becoming a source of controversy in the region.
By AARON DAVID MILLER | 3/3/11 4:54 PM
Opinion: Qadhafi’s resistance will ultimately be understood as a test of U.S. power.
By CATHERINE CHENEY | 3/4/11 5:13 AM
President Felipe Calderon and President Obama both mentioned Special Agent Jaime Zapata.
By MAGGIE HABERMAN | 3/4/11 6:20 AM
By ANDY BARR | 3/4/11 5:51 AM
Buddy Roemer is in the game.
By BEN SMITH | 3/4/11 5:57 AM
Video’s maker confirms the film crew following ambassador had State Department approval.
By REP. JACKIE SPEIER | 3/4/11 5:45 AM
Opinion: There is no longer any anonymity on the Web — unless we mandate it.
What do Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama have in common? None of them understands the true nature of Islam.
If public school teachers spent more time teaching in classrooms and less time community-organizing in political war rooms, maybe taxpayers wouldn’t feel as ripped off as they do.
Barack Obama is pouring gasoline on a bonfire that is destroying the legal protections of marriage — and civilization itself.
The Grace Card illustrates forgiveness and grace as it traces tragedy, bitterness, a vengeful spirit, racism, prejudice and finally, victory.
A Cord of Three Strands is a portrait of strength, courage, forgiveness and God’s grace all wrapped up in the faith journeys of three women.
Opponents of California’s Proposition 8 — radical homosexual activists and their supporters — obviously aren’t content to let the traditionally long judicial process play out.
An advocate for America’s fighting men and women says Congress can still intervene and prevent implementation of the radical LGBT agenda in America’s military — if it acts soon.
A Christian legal group has come to the aid of some high school students in Virginia who had the Ten Commandments removed from their lockers by the school administration.
Pro-life pregnancy clinics in New York City are gearing up for a court battle after the city council passed an ordinance regulating speech in the centers.
Indiana’s legislature is considering improvements to its informed consent law for abortions.
Laws regulating abortion clinics in Louisiana and Virginia are advancing.
An Afghan Christian who was incarcerated for his faith has been released after pressure from the U.S. Embassy forced a response.
A bestselling author and critic of Islam says President Barack Obama seems to have such a “warm and benign positive view” of Islam that he doesn’t think it’s necessary for the U.S. to free itself from its dependency on oil from Islamic nations.
Pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List is on the road again, arguing against funding of the biggest abortion provider and referral service in the country — Planned Parenthood.
While Americans bemoan the nation’s reliance upon foreign oil, a government-imposed moratorium on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico is the primary reason for the bankruptcy of Houston, Texas-based Seahawk Drilling, according to one energy policy expert.
Obama defers to the tyrants and the UN, and the world is more dangerous because of it.
by Dan Miller
The tortured logic of Judge Kessler. (UPDATE: “Judge Vinson’s Ruling on the Federal Government’s Motion for ‘Clarification.’” )
The left keeps accusing the right of racism and the right keeps denying it, demanding evidence, which is never forthcoming. Not once. But that doesn’t stop the left. They continue the accusations — and President Obama believes them.
You know that famous satellite photo of the Korean peninsula, the one where the south is all aglitter with lights and the north is virtually all dark? The mullahs want to turn off all the cultural and informational lights except for a few that they control. Fortunately though, it’s too late for that.
SEC Chairwoman Mary Schapiro’s general counsel personally profited from Bernard Madoff, which Schapiro knew about. Today, Rep. Darrell Issa and Rep. Charles Grassley asked her for answers.
by Ron Radosh
They are not useful idiots — but simply idiots.
Today’s shooting in Germany left two U.S. Air Force airmen dead and two others wounded. (UPDATE: “Thoughts on the Frankfurt attack.”)
Free speech, diversity, and the consequences of challenging The Narrative at the famous New York school of art.
Your loyal PalinTracker boils down six weeks of coverage and thousands of headlines.
An unclassified Defense Department report we’re making available exclusively at the PJ Tatler makes a case for financial terrorism being suspected in the ’08 economic crash.
Cozy with dictators and critical of the U.S., will they change their tune now?
by Kim Zigfeld
His earthly power faltering, Putin turns to the church.
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 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 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 Jazz Shaw
The first permit issued for drilling in the Gulf since the Obama administration declared a moratorium is … not for a new well at all.
Brace yourself for another round of bureaucracy.
CREW’s “most corrupt” list of 2010 reveals the sad truth of what we already know — if you’re a politician, you’ll probably get away with it.
by Moshe Dann
Islamists can’t compete with what the West can offer, if presented carefully and correctly.
As mosques, some of which breed radicalization and serve as terrorist bases, start dotting America’s landscape, churches are on their way to becoming extinct in the Middle East, the cradle of Christianity.
For his congressional hearings on Islamic radicalization, Rep. Peter King doesn’t need to look far for examples.
Donald Rumsfeld analyzes the challenges we face and the future of our military.
From John Galliano to Charlie Sheen to Louis Farrakhan and more, Zombie brings you up to speed with the worst of this week’s two-minute hate.
by Ed Driscoll
Shariah group “calls for Burkha on Statue of Liberty?” What hath Pajamas wrought?!
An Afghan Christian who has been imprisoned for his faith may face the death sentence for apostasy.
Christian financial expert Dan Celia is offering ideas on how the federal government can make money and ease energy prices.
With protests and rallies going on around the world calling for less government intrusion, one U.S. congressman says some Americans seem to be calling for the exact opposite.
A fiscal conservative in The Golden State says while special-interest lobbying is admittedly a “disgusting” part of government these days, that’s just the way it is.
A new proposal is being mulled over by the nation’s organ transplant network that would give preference for the best kidneys to people who are younger and healthier over those who are older and ailing.
The “City by the Bay” is considering a ballot proposition that would place a ban on circumcision.
Conservative pastor Ken Hutcherson is calling for the church and church leadership to rise up and fight against the Obama administration’s decision to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court.
Story contains results from Wednesday’s poll
What do Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama have in common? None of them understands the true nature of Islam.
A bestselling author and critic of Islam doesn’t think much can be done to prevent an extreme Muslim cleric from holding a rally in front of the White House to call for an Islamic revolution in the U.S.
An advocate for America’s fighting men and women says it’s ridiculous for the Department of Defense to indoctrinate U.S. service members on the battlefield about the military’s new acceptance of homosexuals.
According to one researcher, the new report that shows the cost of ObamaCare has increased substantially also shows the disconnect between the federal government and the states.
A California-based law group is coming to the defense of a county clerk who wants to insert himself in the state’s marriage battle.
Christian educator Finn Laursen says parents’ committing residential fraud in order to get their children into better school districts is becoming more widespread nationally.
By JOSEPH BOSCO | 3/4/11 5:53 AM
Opinion: Funding outlets of freedom like VOA and RFA can foster political reform in China.
By JEFF GREENFIELD | 3/4/11 5:14 AM
By JONATHAN ALLEN | 3/3/11 5:37 PM
Rep. David Wu is seeking to reassure party leaders that he is in better shape, personally and politically.
By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 3/4/11 6:03 AM
Funded by members’ dues, they earned between $173,000 and $618,000 in 2009.
By KENNETH P. VOGEL | 3/3/11 8:41 PM
Conservative leaders have been encouraging activists to try to record their pro-union opponents.
Mike Huckabee rips unmarried Best Actress winner Natalie Portman for getting pregnant.
Obama flies to Miami to speak about education with Jeb — and then raise money for Democrats.
Plus, Reps. Honda, Gosar, McDermott, Tipton and Culberson debate over stopgap funding.
The comedian thinks first lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! ads could be a bit more interesting.
By ABBY PHILLIP | 3/4/11 5:14 AM
By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 3/4/11 7:00 AM
He plans to send layoff warnings to 1,500 workers.
By JENNIFER HABERKORN | 3/4/11 6:25 AM
W.H. has 7 days to appeal his health care decision.
By ROBIN BRAVENDER | 3/4/11 6:07 AM
For all the talk, they actually like many efforts.
By JOSH GERSTEIN | 3/4/11 12:07 AM
“This type of degrading treatment is inexcusable and without justification,” writes Manning’s lawyer.
By PATRICK GAVIN | 3/4/11 6:04 AM
By MEREDITH SHINER | 3/4/11 6:27 AM
The White House is the recipient of 18 senators’ call to improve federal foreclosure programs.
By JOSH GERSTEIN | 3/3/11 5:50 PM
The judge seems to be arguing that the defense and prosecution are crying wolf in the Loughner case.
By MANU RAJU | 3/4/11 5:15 AM
The pollster has a new book out – as virtually every Republican senator is now well aware.
By SIMMI AUJLA | 3/3/11 2:43 PM
He says an inquiry is needed over allegations that liberal group Common Cause threatened justices.
By MJ LEE | 3/4/11 5:11 AM
By JAKE SHERMAN | 3/3/11 9:49 AM
Connolly says he believes in “Mr. Issa’s integrity,” but that “he needs to share what he knows.”
By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 3/4/11 6:12 AM
But the poll suggests Americans but more frustrated with Washington instead.
By ROBIN BRAVENDER | 3/3/11 1:28 PM
The W.H. isn’t going to treat spilled milk the same way it would treat spilled oil, Jackson says.
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Ex-Sen. Christopher Dodd won’t rule out lobbying as head of Hollywood’s Washington trade group, despite pledging not to last year.…
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With Obama heading the ticket in the Democratic-leaning state, Republicans acknowledge it’ll be tough to win retiring Sen. Akaka’s seat.…
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Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) stressed the need for prompt approval following a phone call with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.…
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After a highly charged mark-up, the House Judiciary Committee approved a bill Thursday that would deny federal funding for abortions.…
Kevin Bogardus - 03/04/11 06:29 AM ET
A fight’s expected over a new rule that could profoundly change how health and safety are handled in the workplace. …
John T. Bennett - 03/04/11 06:48 AM ET
The firms battling for a lucrative tanker contract nearly doubled their spending around the time the competition went south.…
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Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) said “some of the worst governments we’ve ever had … went after the trade unions.”…
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The U.S. should prepare a comprehensive assistance package for the new Egypt, according to two top senators…
03/03/11 08:40 PM ET
Boehner has personally promised Obama that he will stand side-by-side with him to weather the strong political backlash expected.…
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A range of economists are singing the praises of a value-added tax, but their song is falling on deaf ears. …
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The bill picked up the backing of two senior House Democrats after a weeks-long lobbying effort by Republicans.…
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A House Democrat indicated Thursday that lawmakers are convincing Obama administration officials to fund their pet projects.…
03/03/11 02:56 PM ET
The House GOP plans to lop spending in $4 billion bi-weekly sums until the Senate has a 2011 budget proposal…
03/03/11 01:36 PM ET
President Obama on Thursday repeated his declaration that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is no longer a legitimate leader.…
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