Saying Obama’s Proposal ‘Leaves Money On The Table,’ Group of Rich Tout Stronger Estate Tax

As President Obama and congressional Republicans wrangle over raising income tax rates on the richest Americans, a group of wealthy Americans is pushing an estate tax even more than that advocated by Obama. The group–which includes Bill Gates Sr., Disney heir Abigail Disney, former Treasury secretary Robert Rubin, and others … Continue reading

President Obama in Fairfax, Virginia Says Romney has “Romnesia”

In Fairfax, VA, today President Obama made the correlation of Romney’s flip-flopping into a case of Romney having amnesia or “Romnesia” — Watch: First Read reported today that “With fewer than three weeks until Election Day, new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls show President Barack Obama maintaining his lead over … Continue reading

Governor Deval Patrick Rocks the Democratic Convention

If you didn’t see Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s speech at the Democratic National Convention last night you missed a rousing speech that fired up the Democratic base and set the stage for the headlining speech of the night, Michelle Obama. Watch Deval Patrick rock the DNC:   Via the Boston Globe: … Continue reading

Latest Political Standoff: Violence Against Women Act

Although they’ve become famous for their use of obstruction and the filibuster to kill Democratic legislation in recent years, congressional Republicans increasingly appear to be using a different tactic to thwart Democrats: the political standoff. It works like this: the Senate approves some key piece of legislation on a bipartisan basis, but House … Continue reading

Obama Fires Up Labor Crowd

Although he hasn’t quite kicked off his first official campaign events, President Obama roused an organized labor crowd on Monday as if it were a full-fledged rally. Obama spoke to a capacity crowd of 3,000 delegates at the Building and Construction Trades Department’s 2012 National Legislative Conference in Washington. The … Continue reading

‘Discreet’ But Influential ALEC Blasts Obama’s Keystone Denial

Among those blasting President Obama’s decision to deny permission to build a massive, transnational oil pipeline is a conservative organization which has been described as “discreet” but highly influential. The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) says it is disappointed in Obama’s decision Wednesday to deny the application for the Keystone … Continue reading

Oil Industry Leans Hard For Keystone Pipeline OK

The petroleum industry is pushing hard on President Obama to give the green light to a controversial transnational pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast. The head of the oil and gas industry’s influential Washington lobby group, the American Petroleum Institute (API), is warning of political consequences should Obama deny … Continue reading

Jobs Report Puts Pressure On GOP

The federal government’s report that the nation added 200,000 last month only puts fresh pressure on congressional Republicans to do more to help the struggling U.S. economy, and struggling jobless Americans in particular, according to many both in and out of the Obama administration. The Labor Department released employment data … Continue reading

Enviro Group: By Forcing Riders, Republicans Breaking Their Own ‘Pledge To America’

By pushing a number of unrelated policy riders on spending bills and other key legislation, Republicans are breaking one of the promises they made to voters which helped them take control of the House of Representatives, a spokeswoman for a Washington environmental group charges. By attaching conservative policy provisions on … Continue reading

The Left Split: GOP Hopes To Exploit Labor Support To Push Pipeline Deal

Congressional Republicans, starting with House Speaker John Boehner, clearly want to exploit disagreement on the left over the controversial Keystone XL project to help force President Obama to reverse course and give the proposed transnational pipeline a quick go-ahead. Obama last month announced that his administration would put off, until … Continue reading