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, 10/21/12

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On “Meet the Press” on NBC, Marco Rubio (R-FL) will discuss the final days of the campaign. David Axelrod and Rob Portman (R-OH) will discuss preparations for the third and final Presidential debate between President Obama . . . → Read More: Sunday Talks, 10/21/12

Sunday Talks, 6/3/12

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All right, I checked my math twice, and I think it’s correct: This week (hold on to your skirts, Martha), we have 5 Democrats and 5 Republicans on the Sunday talkies!

This fall’s presidential election takes . . . → Read More: Sunday Talks, 6/3/12

Sunday Talks, 5/20/12

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This Sunday’s television talk shows are packed with Congressional leaders, headlined by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on ABC’s “This Week.”

Paul Ryan stops by NBC’s “Meet the Press,” . . . → Read More: Sunday Talks, 5/20/12

Sunday Talks, 11/13/11

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Members of the powerful deficit-slashing supercommittee highlight this Sunday’s television talk shows as the 12-member, bipartisan panel struggles to find $1.2 trillion in savings by Thanksgiving.

The committee’s Republican co-chair, Texas Rep. Jeb Hensarling, is on . . . → Read More: Sunday Talks, 11/13/11

TSW #20

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Clinton isn’t the only one who could replace Obama (don’t get excited Joe Biden, it’s not you). There is Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, who could appeal to moderates; Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York, who . . . → Read More: TSW #20

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

Sunday Talks 7/24/11

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It’s another debt-centric lineup on this Sunday’s television talk shows, with White House chief of staff Bill Daley and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner covering all five of the major networks to discuss the troubled negotiations to . . . → Read More: Sunday Talks 7/24/11