With the latest news that Robert Gates has agreed to stay on as Secretary of Defense, should liberals be getting concerned that so far President Elect Obama’s cabinet has the look of governing from the center? I think Obama is right where he needs to be.
The pardoning of the turkey given to the President of the United States of America is a fairly modern tradition. In fact, it isn’t even 20 years old yet. Contrary to popular myth, it wasn’t Harry Truman or Abe Lincoln who pardoned the first turkey. It was George H.W. Bush in 1989.
During his press conference announcing his economic team today, President Elect Obama stress that he is developing an economic plan, and will act on it immediately after taking office.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid held a joint news conference today where they made it clear that the auto industry has to come up with a viable plan to reorganize or they will not get a dime of federal money.
In a bit political symmetry, John McCain put out a statement today, endorsing the Democratic governor of his home state of Arizona, Janet Napolitano to be Barack Obama’s head of the Department of Homeland Security.
In an interview with Katie Couric on the CBS Evening News Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman said that he feels closer to the Democrats now than he has since the 2006 election. He also backed off of the Obama is a Marxist line, and defended his speech at the Republican convention.
Here is the video:
Mark Begich’s victory over Republican Ted Stevens has brought the Democrats closer to the magic number of 60 Senate seats, but his win also points out that there are some major policy differences in the Democratic caucus. In Begich’s case, the disagreement involves energy and ANWR, but those looking looking for liberal legislation might be disappointed by Obama and this Congress.
NBC News and Newsweek are reporting that Barack Obama’s senior legal advisor Eric Holder has been offered and accepted the position of United States Attorney General, so who is Eric Holder, and what can we expect out his Justice Department?
After Democratic Senate Caucus voted 42-13 not to strip Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman of his Homeland Security chairmanship, Lieberman admitted both that he owes Obama, and that he regrets some of the remarks he made about the president elect during the presidential campaign.
It is being reported tonight that Senate Democrats will vote tomorrow not to strip Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) of his powerful chairmanship of the Homeland Security Committee. Lieberman will lose his subcommittee chairmanship,and has Barack Obama to thank for his light punishment.
With the return of Sen. Red Kennedy to the Hill today, we are reminded that healthcare reform will be not only a prominent issue, but also it could be the biggest challenge that President Obama will face. Here are some of the pitfalls, and possibilities for healthcare reform.
After it was reported that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama met this morning about a potential role for her in his administration, Mrs. Clinton addressed the rumors about her becoming the next Sec. of State, with a little humor at a transit conference in Albany, NY.
So Hillary Clinton, the vanquished Obama foe for the Democratic nomination was seen boarding a plane headed to Chicago today. And this act has fueled tremendous speculation that she may be under consideration by the Obama transition team for a cabinet position.
As John McCain prepares to stump for Sen. Saxby Chambliss today, ahead of the US Senate runoff in Georgia, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee released an ad that uses McCain’s past criticism of Chambliss against him.
The infamous ad that Chambliss ran against then Sen. Max Cleland in 2002, question the triple amputee, Vietnam War hero’s patriotism by linking him to Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden.
Here is the original ad:
Sarah Palin’s perpetual presidential campaign continued today, as she told reporters that she thinks she represents something more than a celebrity. She represents hard working American families. She also represents ignorance and the politics of division.
The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Max Baucus unveiled his plan to overhaul the nation’s healthcare system. Much of his plan is in line with the goals that Obama laid out during his presidential campaign, but the Baucus plan imposes a mandate that everyone must be covered, which Obama opposes.
The latest AP-GfK poll was released this afternoon and it shows that the election of Barack Obama has led to a new wave of optimism among Americans. The poll found that most Americans are hopeful about the Obama administration, and 72% believe that he will make the changes needed to improve the economy.
With the news that Howard Dean will stepping down from his post as chairman of the DNC once his term ends in January, I wonder if Howard Dean helped or hurt the Democratic Party. The answer depends on whether we are talking Dean the spokesperson, or the man in charge of the DNC.
To say that expectations are high for the presidency of Barack Obama, would be an understatement. From the economy to Iraq, here are five changes that you can count on happening now that Democrats are back in control of the White House.
Showing that have learned nothing from being routed in two straight elections, the Republican National Committee and Minority Leader John Boehner each put out partisan statement’s criticizing Obama’s selection of Rahm Emanuel to be his chief of staff.