Stories You Should Know (6/25/10)

June 25, 2010

Washington Post (Washington D.C.)
After two election cycles in the political wilderness, conservatives appear to be rallying in advance of the 2010 midterm election.  In new Gallup numbers released this morning, 42 percent of Americans describe themselves as conservative while 35 percent say they are moderates and 20 percent call themselves liberals.

New York Times (New York, NY)
The House on Thursday approved legislation to curtail the ability of corporations and other special interest groups to influence elections by requiring greater disclosure of their role in paying for campaign advertising.

Bloomberg News (USA)
Senator Blanche Lincoln will accept a House compromise on a derivatives measure that would force banks to push swaps trading into subsidiaries, clearing the last major hurdle in the financial overhaul bill

Washington Post (Washington, DC)
Senate Democrats abandoned on Thursday efforts to provide fresh aid to cash-strapped state governments and extend emergency unemployment benefits for millions of jobless workers, leaving in limbo President Obama’s push for more spending to bolster the economy.


Stories You Should Know (6/24/10)

June 24, 2010

Washington Post (Washington, DC)
Senate Democrats were ready to throw in the towel late Wednesday on a months-long effort to deliver fresh aid to states and extend benefits to unemployed workers, saying Republicans had rejected their latest offer to pare down the size and cost of the package.

ABC News (USA)
A day after President Obama replaced the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan , Gen. Stanley McChrystal, with Iraq War architect Gen. David Petraeus, Sen. John McCain urged the president not to stop there.

Daily Times (Delaware County, PA)
U.S. Rep. Joseph Sestak, D-7, of Edgmont, and former U.S. Rep. Pat Toomey, of Allentown, are in a dead heat for the U.S. Senate seat held by Arlen Specter, according to a new poll.

The Hill (Washington, DC)
House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) has pledged to contribute $1 million to congressional Republicans’ campaign efforts this fall.

Stories You Should Know (6/23/10)

June 23, 2010

The Washington Post (Washington, D.C.)
The Republican Party stepped away from its long and uncomfortable history of racial and ethnic politics in South Carolina on Tuesday, nominating Nikki Haley, an Indian American woman for governor and Tim Scott, an African American man for the House.

The Associated Press (Washington, D.C.)
Themes of the November midterm elections popped up in the handful of primaries and runoffs held yesterday in four states, the latest cluster of contests to determine match ups for the midterm congressional elections just over four months away.  It’s shaping up to be an anti-establishment year, with angry voters casting ballots against candidates with ties to Washington and the national political parties.

The New York Times (New York, NY)
A federal judge in New Orleans on Tuesday blocked a six-month moratorium on deep-water drilling projects that the Obama administration imposed after the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Citing potential economic harm to businesses and workers, Judge Feldman wrote that the Obama administration had failed to justify the need for such “a blanket, generic, indeed punitive, moratorium” on deep-water oil and gas drilling.

Salt Lake Tribune (Salt Lake City, UT)
After weeks of bitter sparring, attorney Mike Lee won a hard-fought victory over businessman Tim Bridgewater, clinching the Republican nomination and likely a spot as Utah’s next U.S. Senator.

Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, CA)
Meg Whitman will begin airing a new 60-second television ad Wednesday that takes aim squarely at Democratic nominee Jerry Brown. If the ad is any indication, it looks like Californians can brace themselves for a long season of campaign ads.

The Washington Post (Washington, D.C.)
Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal’s belittling critique of some of the Obama administration’s top officials left the president with a stark choice on Tuesday: overlook comments that border on insubordination, or fire his top commander at a critical moment in Afghanistan.

Stories You Should Know (6/22/10)

June 22, 2010

The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, CA)
Enthusiasm among Republicans and their allies has hit the highest level for a midterm election year since pollsters began tracking this measurement, Gallup announced on Monday

Politico (Arlington, VA)
Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, on Monday evening warned that Republicans may boycott the start of Elena Kagan’s Supreme Court hearings if senators do not get to review scores of documents from the solicitor general’s past.
Washington Post (Washington, D.C.)
Former Congressional candidate Tim Bridgewater holds a nine-point lead over businessman Mike Lee heading into Tuesday’s Utah Senate Republican primary, according to a poll released over the weekend.  The most telling number in the poll, though, is that one in four primary voters remain undecided, an unusually high number that speaks to the difficulty voters could be having differentiating between the two candidates.

New York Times (New York, NY)
President Obama will soon expand the rights of gay workers by allowing them to take family and medical leave to care for sick or newborn children of same-sex partners, administration officials said Monday.

Wall Street Journal (USA)
White House budget director Peter Orszag, one of the most visible members of President Barack Obama’s economic team, will be leaving his post in July—the most senior official to leave the Obama administration, according to two knowledgeable administration officials.

Stories You Should Know (6/21/10)

June 21, 2010

Voters in three states head to the polls Tuesday, and in South Carolina history might be made.  South Carolina Republicans could make state Rep. Nikki Haley their first female gubernatorial nominee.

The Associated Press (Salt Lake City, UT)
After ending U.S. Sen. Bob Bennett’s bid for a fourth term, Utah’s two remaining GOP Senate candidates are struggling to differentiate themselves now that there’s no one in the race to absorb the anti-Washington anger of voters.

The Washington Post (Washington, D.C.)
The roots of a Republican political renaissance in 2012 lie in the Rust Belt with a swath of manufacturing- based states in the Midwest — Illinois, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Michigan.  Republicans argue that a clean sweep (or close to it) would immediately change the electoral calculus heading into the nationwide redistricting in 2011 and President Obama’s reelection race in 2012.

Bloomberg Business Week (USA)
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and state Attorney General Buddy Caldwell asked a U.S. judge to lift a six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico within 30 days to avoid “turning an environmental disaster into an economic catastrophe.’’

Reuters (USA)
The clash in New Jersey’s legislature is part of a wider battle over how to erase a $10.7 billion budget deficit and is emblematic of the decisions facing states across America

Stories You Should Know (6/17/10)

June 18, 2010

The Washington Post (Washington D.C.)
Members of the South Carolina Democratic Party’s executive committee voted overwhelmingly tonight against holding a new Senate primary, upholding last week’s controversial win by unemployed veteran Alvin Greene (D) over former state Rep. Vic Rawl (D).

Mercury News (San Francisco, CA)
Attorney General Jerry Brown said Thursday he was surprised that his offensive comments comparing his rival Meg Whitman’s advertising campaign to a Nazi propagandist were published on a San Francisco radio station’s website.

Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, CA)
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said Thursday that she’s angry over comments by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton that the Obama administration would sue the state over its new immigration law.

Palm Beach Post (Palm Beach, FL)
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio is facing foreclosure on a Tallahassee house after missing five months of mortgage payments, according to a lawsuit filed in Leon County Circuit Court.

Stories You Should Know (6/17/10)

June 17, 2010

The Washington Times (Washington, D.C.)
Across Wisconsin, Democrats suddenly find themselves fighting to hold seats they once took for granted.  With six months before Election Day, Republicans are pressing to claim the governor’s office for the first time since 2001, win majorities in the legislature, challenge liberal Sen. Russ Feingold with a tea party activist, and seriously contend in three of the five congressional districts held by Democrats.

The Washington Times (Washington, D.C.)
The Senate on Wednesday rejected a $140 billion taxes and spending package in a resounding defeat for President Obama and Democratic leaders that signaled the era of freewheeling stimulus spending is giving way to greater concern for deficits.

The Miami Herald (Miami, FL)
The Tea Party Express is pledging to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to boost little-known Joe Miller’s bid to defeat U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

Boston Globe (Boston, MA)
Senator Scott Brown, a freshman Republican from Massachusetts who has sided with Democrats on several key votes, said after meeting briefly with President Obama yesterday that he will not back any climate-change measure that includes a fee on carbon emissions, but he left open the possibility of supporting “a comprehensive energy plan.’’