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

350,000 Respond To White House ‘#My2k’

With Republicans in a sour mood and in disarray following last month’s elections, President Obama appears to have scored a coup in public opinion, with more than 350,000 Americans responding to his call to share stories about what an impending middle-class tax hike would mean to them. More than 100,000 shared their stories of what losing $2,000 would mean to them on whitehouse.gov, with a peak submission rate of 9,000 per hour, according to a graphic tweeted by the White House. More than 250,000 shared stories via Twitter using the #My2k hastag, with a peak rate of 18,700 tweets per hour, the graphic says. The $2,000 figure is what many Americans would lose if taxes were allowed to rise for … Continue reading

A Streetcar Named Reform

The Supreme Court has (predictably) expanded police powers broadly, ruling broadly in a case involving strip searches and jail visits, to expand all police’s rights to strip searches (including cavity searches) of anyone for just about any violation — including, as Justice Breyer notes in his dissent, a traffic offense:… Continue reading