Stormy Monday, 4/8/13

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Senate bills on immigration reform and gun control originally anticipated this week will likely be delayed. The former is being drafted by a “bipartisan” group of eight senators, who apparently have yet to reach agreement on a guest-worker program, among other details. Despite optimistic noises from New York’s Charles Schumer, an anonymous “member of the business community” quoted by the Washington Post claims the eight have “substantial disagreements on almost all the major parts.”

As to gun legislation, “Senate staffers say a bipartisan agreement has yet to be reached on universal background checks.” The NRA has, um, targeted various lawmakers for heavy lobbying efforts, including Virginia’s Mark Warner. Also lobbying this week are the President, who will speak on gun control at the University of Hartford on Monday, Vice President Biden, who hosts a gathering of law enforcement officials at the White House on Tuesday, and Michelle Obama, who will address the subject of gun violence at a Wednesday appearance in Chicago.

Wednesday sees the unveiling of President Obama’s considerably overdue budget proposal, which will reportedly call for the adoption of chained CPI in exchange for closing some tax loopholes. The budget is also expected to include a proposal for reforming federal employees’ retirement benefits, supposedly saving $35 billion by upping employee pension contributions for newer workers.

No word yet on whether the President’s budget will include new Obamacare provisions to cover all the hair that’s been set on fire as rumors have circulated for weeks. Senator Lindsey Graham has already offered up tentative praise, which is never a good sign. Continue reading Stormy Monday, 4/8/13

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Sunday Talks, 7/1/12

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The Supreme Court’s decision upholding the core of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law leads this Sunday’s television talk shows.

White House chief of staff Jack Lew is on “Fox News Sunday,” ABC’s “This Week” . . . → Read More: Sunday Talks, 7/1/12

Sunday Talks, 5/6/12

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With President Barack Obama formally launching his reelection campaign this weekend, Vice President Joe Biden headlines this Sunday’s television talk shows with an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Afterward, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), a key . . . → Read More: Sunday Talks, 5/6/12

Sunday Talks, 4/1/12

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It’s the April Fool’s Day edition of Sunday Talks! However – no fooling! – Joe Biden is going to be on Face the Nation. Not to worry, though. There are still plenty of fools hitting the . . . → Read More: Sunday Talks, 4/1/12

Sunday Talks, 3/25/12

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The White House is in full campaign mode Sunday, with senior adviser David Plouffe hitting four of the five major network television talk shows.

Plouffe, who managed President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, stops by “Fox News . . . → Read More: Sunday Talks, 3/25/12

Sunday Talks, 3/11/12

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Republican presidential politics will again anchor this Sunday’s television talk shows, with rivals Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich making the rounds.

Santorum, the former senator from Pennsylvania who won three states on Super Tuesday and finished . . . → Read More: Sunday Talks, 3/11/12

Sunday Talks 7/31/11

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White House senior adviser David Plouffe and top economic adviser Gene Sperling fan out on this Sunday’s television talk shows as the fierce battle to raise the nation’s debt ceiling and cut the federal deficit rages . . . → Read More: Sunday Talks 7/31/11