22 March 2010
Whether or not the threats of appeal are grounded in reality (the president has another two years to work on his sales pitch), one thing seems increasingly likely - the Democrats have ensured a bloodbath come November.
21 March 2010
'Just before taking the podium at a 4 p.m. news conference, the White House released the text of an executive order to be signed after the health care reform legislation is passed. It makes clear the president’s intention “to establish an adequate enforcement mechanism to ensure that federal funds are not used for abortion services” and continues the current prohibition on taxpayer money being used for abortions known as the Hyde amendment.'The Republicans believe that there are several rules violations in the reconciliation package that would violate House rules, including an appropriation to fund a new agency to implement the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act," that does not fall under the auspices of the committees that wrote the Senate bill. It remains to be seen if these rules violations would amount to a negative ruling by the Senate Parlimentarian.
19 March 2010
President Obama Job Approval
|RCP Average||3/3 - 3/18||--||47.5||47.7||-0.2|
|Gallup||3/16 - 3/18||1547 A||47||47||Tie|
|Rasmussen Reports||3/16 - 3/18||1500 LV||45||55||-10|
|FOX News||3/16 - 3/17||900 RV||46||48||-2|
|NBC News/Wall St. Jrnl||3/11 - 3/14||1000 A||48||47||+1|
|Pew Research||3/10 - 3/14||1500 A||46||43||+3|
|Associated Press/GfK||3/3 - 3/8||1002 A||53||46||+7|
Today's RCP Average also has the general Republican brand up to +1.6 over the Democrats. It looks more and more likely that November will bring a bloodbath.
Tomorrow: a closer look at the recent CBO scoring.
12 March 2010
Thank you ladies - for courage, service and patience.
08 March 2010
'The U.S. and South Korea argue the drills -- which include live firing by U.S. Marines, aerial attack drills and urban warfare training -- are purely defensive. North Korea claims they amount to attack preparations and has demanded they be canceled.
The North's People's Army issued a statement Monday, warning the drills created a tense situation and that its troops are "fully ready" to "blow up" the allies once the order is issued.
The North also put all its soldiers and reservists on high alert to "mercilessly crush the aggressors" should they encroach upon the North's territory even slightly, said the statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency.'
Pyongyang typically increases its defensive posture and ups its rhetoric in response to these drills. Although the spate of missile and nuclear testing over the past year make the threat somewhat more serious, North Korea has little ability to follow through on anything. It's soldiers may very well be more likely to ask for a good, hot meal at this point. While they are typically better fed than the average 'citizen,' the repeated halts to food aid this last year have left the entire country on the brink .