Democrats

Obama Administration has fails to meet 18 of the new health care law’s 30 deadlines

November 3, 2011

“The Obama administration has failed to meet more than half of the new health care law’s deadlines, from submitting plans for new, value-based Medicare purchasing programs to publishing criteria for determining the medically underserved.

A report requested by Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, indicates that the Department of Health and Human Services and other federal agencies missed 18 of 30 deadlines since the Affordable Care Act was passed in March 2010.”

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Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx won’t rule out challenging North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue in the Democratic primary

November 3, 2011

“Less than a week before his own reelection, Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx left the door open to challenging North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue in the Democratic primary next year.

During an online chat hosted by The Charlotte Observer today, Foxx first dodged the question, saying he was happy serving as mayor. But when pressed on ruling it out, he replied, “Until you asked the question, I had never given the matter a second thought. So, no.”

Speculation about a challenge to Perdue from the left has swirled in state political circles for weeks now and Foxx’s refusal to shut the door will only fan the flames.”

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At the G-20 Summit French President Sarkozy asks Obama to help with the European debt crisis

November 3, 2011

“President Obama was greeted at the G-20 summit in this seaside resort Thursday with a plea by French President Nicolas Sarkozy to get more involved in resolving Europe’s spiraling debt crisis.

“We need the leadership of Barack Obama,” Mr. Sarkozy said after the two leaders huddled to start the meeting of the world’s industrialized and large developing nations. “We need the solidarity and support of the United States of America.”

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Obama to the House Speaker on ‘wasting time’: “What have you guys been debating, John [Boehner]? A commemorative coin for baseball? You have legislation reaffirming that ‘In God We Trust’ is our motto.”

November 3, 2011

“President Obama on Wednesday attacked House Republicans for failing to pass jobs growth measures and instead voting on commemorative coins and a resolution reaffirming “In God We Trust” as the national motto.

“What have you guys been debating, John?” Obama said, referring to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). “A commemorative coin for baseball? You have legislation, uh … reaffirming that ‘In God We Trust’ is our motto,” said the president.

Obama’s attacks were not reserved for House Republicans, saying that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) supports infrastructure improvement.

“ ‘Roads and bridges are not partisan in Washington’, that’s a quote from him,” Obama said.”

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Oh, How the Mighty Have Fallen: Once mentioned as a possible Treasury Secretary, Jon Corzine is now under investigation by the FBI

November 3, 2011

“With the sinking of MF Global, where he now serves as CEO, former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, D, could well be remembered as the man who bet on a government bailout one time too many. (Don’t forget, Corzine was CEO at Goldman Sachs during the infamous bailout of Mexican bonds in 1995, engineered from within the Clinton White House by his predecessor.)

But don’t just think of Corzine as a bad governor who drove a multi-billion-dollar firm to bankruptcy. The Weekly Standard’s Mark Hemingway reminded me on Twitter today of this lovely November 2008 essay on Corzine as Obama’s prospective Treasury Secretary, in which The Nation’s John Nichols called Corzine “change we can believe in.” “

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Report: Obama Administration considered Bailout for Solyndra days before bankruptcy

November 3, 2011

“Days before a solar panel maker collapsed, the Obama administration considered a bailout that would have provided an infusion of cash and made the federal government a part-owner of the company.

Officials rejected the plan, which was recommended in August by the investment banking firm Lazard Ltd. Lazard was paid $1 million for analyzing options related to the faltering company, Solyndra Inc.

Details of the bailout plan were among nearly 1,200 pages of documents released by the government Wednesday, hours before a House subcommittee was set to vote on a plan to subpoena White House documents related to Solyndra.

The Republican-controlled House Energy and Commerce Committee said a subpoena was necessary because the White House has denied or delayed requests for thousands of documents related to Solyndra. The California company received a $528 million federal loan before filing for bankruptcy protection and laying off 1,100 workers.

An Energy Department spokesman said the administration was cooperating with House investigators and has provided more than 80,000 pages of documents. The administration turned over more than 15,000 pages of documents to the committee this week, including about 1,200 pages of communications between the White House and the Energy Department, Energy Department spokesman Damien LaVera said.”

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House Republicans moving towards Judiciary Committee subpoena of White House immigration data

November 3, 2011

“House Republicans are moving to subpoena a list of all immigrants whom the Obama administration has flagged under its secure communities program but failed to arrest for deportation, after the Homeland Security Department missed a congressionally imposed deadline to produce the information this week.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, Texas Republican, said he wants the data so he can see who is among the 300,000 people theadministration has deemed too low a priority to detain under new deportation guidelines. He has scheduled a meeting for Wednesday for the immigration subcommittee to vote to authorize the subpoena.”

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Senator Bill Nelson (FL) called on the Justice Department to investigate new voting laws in 14 states

November 3, 2011

“U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson called on the Justice Department today to investigate whether new voting laws in Florida and 13 other states are part of a coordinated effort to suppress voting nationwide.

The letter sent by Nelson — a Florida Democrat up for re-election in 2012 — echoes a similar request he recently sent to the Senate subcommittee with oversight of civil rights.

Nelson and other Democrats are concerned new voting restrictions — such as a reduction in the days for early voting or the ability to change voter information at the polls — will disproportionately affect college students and minorities, who tend to lean Democratic.”

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Politico: White House includes correction in its own transcript for Press Secretary Carney’s misquoting of the Bible

November 3, 2011

“From today’s briefing:

MR. CARNEY: Well, I believe the phrase from the Bible* is, “The Lord helps those who help themselves.” And I think the point the President is making is that we should — we have it within our capacity to do the things to help the American people.

The White House adds in the official transcript:

* This common phrase does not appear in the Bible.”

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Obama on Jobs Bill: “That’s not putting people back to work. I trust in God, but God wants to see us help ourselves by putting people back to work”

November 3, 2011

“President Barack Obama Wednesday said even God wanted to put Americans back to work, invoking divine blessing for his joust with Republicans over measures designed to slice into high unemployment. Obama also taunted his foes with historic arguments in favor of repairing vital infrastructure once made by conservative icon Ronald Reagan, as he stumped for a $60 billion infrastructure bill being taken up by the Senate. The president rebuked the House of Representatives for passing a bill reaffirming the US motto “In God We Trust” rather than getting to work on his stalled $447 billion jobs program. “That’s not putting people back to work. I trust in God, but God wants to see us help ourselves by putting people back to work,” the president said.

Obama’s spokesman Jay Carney denied that Obama had perhaps gone too far by dragging the Almighty into a fierce political spat. “I believe that the phrase from the Bible is ‘the Lord helps those who help themselves,’” Carney said. “I think the point the president is making is that, you know, we have it within our capacity to do the things to help the American people.” The White House was later forced to clarify however that the phrase Carney used, though often mistaken for scripture, was not in fact biblical.”

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#DrudgeDisparity – Site runs story juxtaposing picture of Obama with headline “Subpoenaed”

November 3, 2011

www.DrudgeReport.com’s feature story implies that President Obama has been subpoenaed by the Energy and Commerce Committee’s investigative subcommittee on the Solyndra investigation. President Obama himself was not subpoenaed; instead, internal communications and documents from the White House were subpoenaed. Although metonymy is often used and appropriate, it is difficult to use such literary devices on www.DrudgeReport.com because its simple, sound-byte format is meant for quick consumption of direct, transparent news.

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House Republicans vote to subpoena all White House internal communications related to Solyndra

November 3, 2011

“Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee voted Thursday to subpoena the White House for all internal communications related to the failed solar company Solyndra. The subpoena escalates the ongoing battle between the White House and Republicans over a $535 million Energy Department loan guarantee to Solyndra, the California solar panel maker that filed for bankruptcy in early September, setting off a firestorm in Washington.

Republicans have pummeled the White House over the loan guarantee for weeks, using Solyndra’s bankruptcy to challenge the administration’s green-energy agenda. The committee’s investigative panel voted 14-9, along party lines, to subpoena the internal communications a day after the White House offered to provide documents if Republicans narrowed their request. Every Republican on the panel voted in favor of the subpoena and every Democrat voted against it.”

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#DrudgeDisparity – Site discredits, makes character attacks against Cain’s anonymous sexual misconduct accusers

November 3, 2011

www.DrudgeReport.com is choosing to discredit the women who made sexual misconduct allegations against Herman Cain in the 1990s although there is no evidence that these women were responsible for the leaking of the story. Defending a candidate is justified but defaming innocent women before all the facts have surfaced is unacceptable.

In addition to skewing the headlines, Drudge also misrepresents one of these stories. The real issue presented in the ‘One a ‘Registered Democrat’… story that www.DrudgeReport.com fails to publish what is featured in the title – “Third Cain Accuser Emerges”. The political affiliations and careers of Monica Lewinsky and Paula Jones (both government employees) should not have been lambasted during the Clinton sexual misconduct scandals, and neither should these accusers. Instead of siding with the victims, www.DrudgeReport.com chooses to brainlessly defend a politician.

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Democratic Senator Blumenthal introduced legislation to allow child care federal block grants to cover diapering supplies

November 3, 2011

“Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) on Tuesday introduced legislation that would allow federal block grants that states now use to subsidize child-care services to also allow for the purchase of diapers and “diapering supplies.”

The bill, S. 1778, would amend the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990 to allow diapers and related supplies to be bought with grant money provided to states. Under current law, the money is meant to subsidize child-care services to parents who are entering the labor force or are in job training and education programs. It also helps subsidize child-care services for certain eligible families.

Under the law, 4 percent of all funds must be used to improve the quality of child-care. A summary of Blumenthal’s bill indicates that it would allow the purchase of diapers under this provision, as it would “include the provision of diapers and diapering supplies among the activities for which funds may be employed to improve the quality of and access to child care.”

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Former Chief of Staff, current Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel allegedly involved in leaking of sexual harassment accusations against Herman Cain

November 3, 2011

“Herman Cain’s campaign is revealing suspicions about who is behind the story regarding the former unidentified employees who accused Mr. Cain of sexual harassment in the late 1990′s.

According to a source who is friends with the Cain campaign, not only is the Rick Perry campaigninvolved but also the Mayor of Chicago and former Obama White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is likely involved with the sexual harassment accuser attacks. A friend of the Cain campaign believes a National Restaurant Association (NRA) employee out of the Chicago office leaked the story to the Perry campaign via information and influence from Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office.”

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