Obama Campaign Reactivates To Pressure GOP

Just a month after President Obama won his campaign for a second term, his campaign apparatus sprang back to life Wednesday, urging supporters to keep pressure on the GOP to sway towards the president’s favored tax policies. In an email to supporters, Obama campaign chief Jim Messina urged supporters to ask Americans in Republican districts to contact their members of Congress to back an extension of tax cuts for the middle class while allowing the cuts for the wealthiest taxpayers to expire at the end of the year. GOP House Speaker John Boehner so far has resisted that approach to resolving the so-called fiscal cliff. “Whether you voted for the President or not, he’s fighting to keep taxes low for … Continue reading

President Under Fire For Keystone Delay

President Obama has come under increasing criticism, largely from Republicans, for the decision to delay approval of a massive and controversial transnational pipeline. More than 50, mostly Republican, members of the House sent the president a letter decrying his administration’s decision to put off a decision on the proposed 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast. The Obama administration earlier this month pushed back action on the pipeline to 2013 at the earliest after a huge outpouring of opposition to the project. Thousands of protesters had converged on the White House to demontrate against it. Because the project would cross the U.S. border, it requires a permit from the State Department. Connie Mack (R-Fla.), along with 56 … Continue reading

Capitol Idea: Occupy vs the Supercommittee: How the Movement Could Soon Impact the Debate

To the consternation of some, and the joy of others, the ballooning Occupy Wall Street movement has so far resisted injecting itself into the nation’s political debate. Even without a concrete list of policy goals or demands, however, there is a growing sense that, by simply existing and persevering, the month — old movement already is exerting a new influence. President Obama, for instance, has appeared to be taking a more forceful, populist, and progressive tone in recent weeks. And Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) has explicitly given Occupy Wall Street credit for the renewed energy on the left: “We’re coming together. Maybe the protesters unified the Democratic Party.” If Occupy Wall Street is indeed exerting a new gravitational pull leftward, … Continue reading