By Jessica Taylor
Official Washington waits all year for this moment – the White House correspondents’ dinner – where journalists, politicians and celebrities rub elbows and party.
The decades-long ritual also presents a chance for a president to charm the media and the nation.
And President Barack Obama did not abandon the tradition at Saturday night’s dinner. But he delivered both praise and criticism of the media’s response to the terrorist attacks in Boston and the explosion at a fertilizer plant in Texas.
Addressing journalists and Hollywood elites in attendance alongside comedian Conan O’Brien, the president praised not just law enforcement in Boston and responders in the Texas explosion, but also print and broadcast reporters who took the time to get the story right. FULL ARTICLE
What dark motives are at play?
Dwight D. Eisenhower photo portrait. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Dwight D. Eisenhower is known first for winning WWII. His legacy as president is the creation of our system of super highways.
Sir, please adopt INFRASTRUCTURE REPAIR AND INNOVATION as the signature of the Obama legacy.
Our nation is crumbling as countries, like China, are investing in programs that bring their infrastructure up to 21st century technology and imagination. We need a system of high-speed rail, state-of-the-art airports, a new secure electrical grid, true high-speed INTERNET for all Americans, etc. Mr. President, please keep the energy ‘moving forward’ to improve, repair and innovate on American infrastructure. —GoodOleWoody
By The Red Phone Is Ringing
“McConnell is also well known for his opposition to campaign finance regulation on First Amendment grounds. … He spearheaded the movement against the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (known since 1995 as the “McCain–Feingold bill” and from 1989–1994 as the “Boren–Mitchell bill”), calling it “neither fair, nor balanced, nor constitutional.” His opposition to the bill culminated in the 2003 Supreme Court case McConnell v. Federal Election Commission and the 2009 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.”
BOEHNER, CANTOR, TEA PARTY: WHAT A WAY TO GOVERN!
THE HUFFINGTON POST
By Sam Stein and Sabrina Siddiqui
WASHINGTON — Negotiations to resolve forthcoming tax hikes and spending cuts had their bleakest day in weeks on Tuesday, aides from both sides told The Huffington Post. Still, those involved in talks between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said they held hope that the snag was simply the usual negotiation histrionics and won’t prevent a deal before the so-called fiscal cliff.
Boehner and Obama remain in talks, aides in the House and in the Obama administration said. But bickering and acrimony was on the rise. A flurry of new proposals, hastily offered press releases, and emotional caucus meetings on Tuesday had folks on Capitol Hill legitimately worried that they will burn through Congress’s traditional Christmas deadline for resolving legislative standoffs without reaching an agreement.
“Today was a step back,” said one top Senate Democratic aide. “There are two schools of thought. Either the wheels are totally coming off or one wheel has come off and can still be put back on. I’m more towards the former.” FULL ARTICLE
Boehner moves to Plan B
By Erik Wasson
Speaker John Boehner told his conference on Tuesday he will move to a Plan B in fiscal cliff talks with the White House that would raise tax rates on annual income above $1 million.
Boehner (R-Ohio) announced the plan to his conference behind closed doors after a flurry of negotiations with President Obama that made it appear the two sides were moving closer to a deal.
Boehner is not cutting off talks with Obama and told members his “Plan B” is less than ideal.
But he told members that with time dwindling before massive tax increases on all taxpayers occur in January, the House must also have a back-up plan.
Read the story here.