DNC Mounts Full-Tweet Press On Sequester

Brad Woodhouse knows a thing or two about sports, so it should come as no surprise that the communications chief at the Democratic National Committee went for a “flood-the-zone” strategy of all-sequester-all-the-time Friday on Twitter as House Republicans remained away from the Capitol. By mid-day, Woodhouse had re-tweeted several sequester-related messages to his more-than 16,000 followers. He also was showing off the #StopTheSequester hashtag. One such tweet was a photo of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, a Republican member of the Cabinet, warning that the deep cuts the sequester would bring would cause air-travel delays. Another of Woodhouse’s tweets broadcasted the new DNC video on the sequester, the large slash-and-burn budget ax which is to fall March 1 without further congressional … Continue reading

Activists Pressure Administration To Reveal Name Of New Mortgage Task Force Head

Housing and mortgage-accountability activist groups are urging the Obama administration to reveal the name of the new director  appointed to the newly created Mortgage Fraud Task Force after Housing and Urban Affairs Secretary Shaun Donovan announced that such a director was now in place. President Obama first promised the creation of the task force in his 2012 State of the Union address, as a way “to expand our investigations into the abusive lending and packaging of risky mortgages that led to the housing crisis.” “This new unit will hold accountable those who broke the law, speed assistance to homeowners, and help turn the page on an era of recklessness that hurt so many Americans,” Obama vowed at the time. Although … Continue reading

Campaign Manager: Obama Re-Election Bid ‘Can’t Afford’ Not To Back Super PAC

The manager of President Obama’s re-election effort is defending the campaign’s decision to back a so-called super PAC, despite the president’s fierce criticism of the Supreme Court decision which led to the proliferation of such shadowy influence groups. The Obama campaign is supporting Priorities USA, a super PAC founded by two former Obama White House aides, says Jim Messina in an email to supporters sent late Monday night. “We decided to do this because we can’t afford for the work you’re doing in your communities, and the grassroots donations you give to support it, to be destroyed by hundreds of millions of dollars in negative ads,” Messina tells supporters. During his 2010 State of the Union address, Obama famously denounced … Continue reading

Video of the Day: Gabby Giffords Officially Resigns From Office

Rep. Gabby Giffords was in the spotlight last night at the State of the Union address as President Obama stopped to hug her on his way to the podium to make his address. Giffords cast her last vote in the House today, “for legislation she and Flake introduced this week, her office said in a statement.” The Christian Science Monitor reports, “The bill Giffords and Flake introduced would levy new penalties on people who use small, low-flying aircraft to smuggle drugs across the US. border with Mexico.” Gabby Giffords offically resigned from Congress today in order to focus fully on her recovery from the  injuries she sustained when she was shot in the head at close range on Jan. 8, 2011. … Continue reading

Senator John Kerry on President Obama’s State of the Union Address

Senator John Kerry tonight released a statement following President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address: “If Members of Congress are going to be honest about it, there was a lot of common sense and even more common ground in tonight’s address. We shouldn’t have to wait for another year or another election to act like it. Tax reform, energy security, infrastructure, and jobs matter to all of us and we’re so much closer on these issues than the shrillness of our politics pretends we are. We ought to prove peoples’ suspicions wrong and prove that Congress can actually get something done even in an election year. Dysfunction isn’t defensible.” The full text of President Obama’s State of the Union … Continue reading