Senate Majority Leader and Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin announced in a statement today that the Senate will seat embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s senate appointee Roland Burris this week.
In a move based in bi-partisan spirit, House Republicans today invited president elect Barack Obama to address their conference. In their letter to Obama the GOP House leadership said that they would like to build a positive relationship with the new president.
President elect Barack Obama was cautious with his comments about the Gaza crisis while appearing on ABC’s This Week program on Sunday morning. Obama agreed with Israel’s right to self defense, while calling the violence heartbreaking. He also hinted at a return to Clinton era Middle East policy.
It is unfathomable in the 21st Century that we need to talk about this issue. However it seems that now is the time for legislation that would ensure equal pay for women is passed. Speaker Nancy Pelosi called this a priority of the House.
Some conservatives are upset because PBS talk show host Tavis Smiley, told Harry Reid to put down the crack pipe and acknowledge that Democrats in Congress work for Barack Obama. Smiley added that, “We all work for Barack Obama.” This little comment has brought out the media bias conspiracy again.
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On the day when he became the first governor to be impeached in the United States in 21 years, Rod Blagojevich held a press conference that looked like something straight out of The Simpsons. Surrounded by a dozen people, Blago framed the House vote to impeach him as political payback because he fought for health care.
Today President elect Barack Obama addressed the news that 524,000 jobs were lost in December, and 2.6 million jobs were lost last year by calling for the passage of his economic stimulus plan. “Clearly, the situation is dire, it is deteriorating, and it demands urgent and dramatic action,” Obama said.
John Conyers says no to Dr. Sanjay Gupta for Surgeon General because Gupta opposes single payer universal health care.
In an interview with conservative filmmaker John Ziegler, Sarah Palin continued to blame the media, specifically Katie Couric, and comedian Tina Fey for her loss in the November election. She said that exploitation of her was the reason Fey was named entertainer of the year, and Couric’s ratings have increased.
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The most interesting element of president elect Obama’s speech on his stimulus plan was its focus on government accountability, a lack of earmarks, and tax cuts. Obama was trying to defuse the potential charge that he is a big government liberal by making an urgent but practical appeal, and promising to change the course of the economy.
On a day when President Elect Barack Obama had a chance to have lunch with all the living former presidents and the current president Bush, I wonder what other ex presidents Obama could benefit from having lunch with. Here are 4.
Will Ferrell is going to be taking his George W. Bush impression to Broadway with his show, “You’re Welcome America: A Final Night with George W. Bush.” I think we all can agree that Ferrell does the best Bush impression. Check out the video of “W.” promoting his show.
During his statement to the new Congress, Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) waded into the disputed Minnesota Senate race by referring to Republican Norm Coleman as a former senator, and he called on him to concede, but Coleman said he will be filing suit to contest the certification of Al Franken as the winner.
TThe ugly yet completely scripted theater that was Roland Burris being turned away from the Senate today has managed to make Burris appear to be an innocent victim, and the Senate leadership racist. Harry Reid has been outmaneuvered by Rod Blagojevich.
Al Franken put out a statement tonight that celebrated his Minnesota U. S. Senate victory, and declared that he is ready to go to Washington and help Barack Obama get the country going.
Some Democrats are questioning why president elect Barack Obama would appoint Leon Panetta, who is known as a budget expert, to head up the CIA. Part of the answer can be found in Panetta’s opposition to the torture of detainees.
After the Minnesota Supreme Court rejected a request to count an additional 650 absentee ballots, the attorneys for Sen. Norm Coleman vowed to fight on despite the fact that Democrat Al Franken is likely to be certified the winner of the Senate election.
In a Sunday surprise Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM) withdrew his name for nomination to position of Sec. of Commerce due to a grand jury investigation into pay to play allegations in his state. It seems that Richardson has become the first casualty of the political fallout from the Blagojevich scandal.
Former U.S. Senator Claiborne Pell (RI – D) died on January 1, 2009. I heard the late Senator speak in 1995 at a rally on Capitol Hill.
In his weekly radio address president elect Barack Obama urged the quick passage of his stimulus package titled the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan. Obama argued that without immediate action the economy could slip even deeper into recession.
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