Scozzafava quits after Siena poll;
Update: Hoffman campaign asking for endorsement?
Dede Scozzafava has quit the special election in New York after an independent pollster found her badly trailing both Douglas Hoffman and Democrat Bob Owens. Reportedly, she tearfully withdrew and threw her support to Hoffman.
Federal regulators close 9 banks
The closings boost the number of failed U.S. banks this year to 115. The nine banks closed Friday were the most the agency has shut in one day since the financial crisis began taking down banks last year. In 1989, at the height of the savings-and-loan crisis, the FDIC closed 534 banks, or about 10 a week.
The Pelosi Bill: Cost, Mandates and Taxes
-The real cost of the bill is at least $1.3 trillion (the CBO score, plus the "doc fix") - and probably much, much more.
-The absolute minimum increase in the deficit would be $150 billion. You can probably add to this most of the $426 billion in supposed Medicare "cuts," plus the substantial overruns in program costs as a result of underestimation of premiums. A deficit increase of between half a trillion dollars and a trillion dollars is almost certain.
Palin PAC: Problems With Contributions Resolved
Papers filed with the Federal Elections Commission show former Gov. Sarah Palin's political action committee has resolved problems with excessive contributions to Republicans.
Obama Administration Seeks to Block Wiretap Suit
The Justice Department invoked the state secrets privilege Friday to try to stop a lawsuit over Bush-era wiretapping - the first time the Obama administration has done so under its new policy on such cases.
N.D. Air Force Base Commander Fired
The military says the commander at the Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota has been relieved of his command. The Air Force told The Associated Press on Friday it lost confidence in Col. Joel Westa's ability to command the base.
Rep. Issa switches from Scozzafava
Dede Scozzafava is now losing her supporters to Doug Hoffman. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is switching his support in the New York special election from the GOP nominee to Conservative Party candidate Hoffman. A spokesperson said Issa is overnighting Hoffman a $5,000 check from Issa's political action committee.
Pelosi Health Bill Sets Stage for Contentious Negotiations with Senate
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's unveiling of a retooled health care bill Thursday sets the stage for what is expected to be contentious negotiations with the Senate over what the final legislation should look like -- and whether it will pass and make its way to President Obama to sign.
Lieberman Marching Further Right in 2010
Sounding more like an independent than a Democrat, Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., tells ABC News he will campaign for some Republican candidates during the 2010 midterm elections and may not seek the Democratic Senate nomination when he runs for re-election in 2012.
CBO Puts House Health Bill Total Cost At $1.055 Trillion
The Congressional Budget Office said Thursday a U.S. House health-care system re-write would extend health insurance to 96% of the nonelderly U.S. population by 2019, and spend $1.055 trillion to do so.
So-Called 'Death Panel' Measure Survives in House Health Bill
It's alive! The Medicare end-of-life planning provision that 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin said was tantamount to "death panels" for seniors is staying in the latest Democratic health care bill unveiled Thursday.
Saving America: "What Can I Do?"
"We the people" are waking up to the fact that America has been snookered, lied to, sold down the river, by both political parties. This is no joke, no conspiracy theory, no dress rehearsal. This is the real deal. The time is now, and we are the people. America sinks or swims through us, and us alone.
Breaking the Hippie Spell at the White House
Obama and his campaign arm are big on symbolism. The last time or should we say the first time Obama used the blue field where 50 stars usually are was at the Democratic National Convention where he delivered his acceptance speech. On that occasion, Obama stood on a raised podium at the Pepsi Center where the 50 stars on the blue field were drawn into a circle an unmistakable copy of the EU flag!
7 on defense panel scrutinized
The investigations by two separate ethics offices include an examination of the chairman of the Appropriations subcommittee on defense, John P. Murtha (D-Pa.), as well as others who helped steer federal funds to clients of the PMA Group. The lawmakers received campaign contributions from the firm and its clients. A document obtained by The Washington Post shows that the subcommittee members under scrutiny also include Peter J. Visclosky (D-Ind.), James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.), Norm Dicks (D-Wash.), Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) , C.W. Bill Young (R-Fla.) and Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.)
Zelaya returned to power
It is a triumph for Honduran democracy, said Mr Zelaya after the rival sides agreed to a deal under which he may be reinstated as President within days. Well, no, it’s actually not a triumph for Honduran democracy. The parliament in Tegulcigapa had voted unanimously for his removal after Zelaya attempted to violate the nation’s constitution and fake a referendum vote, for which ample evidence existed. It’s actually a triumph for American interventionalism, which this administration pretended to eschew. So much for a humble foreign policy.
Clunkers: Taxpayers paid $24,000 per car
A total of 690,000 new vehicles were sold under the Cash for Clunkers program last summer, but only 125,000 of those were vehicles that would not have been sold anyway, according to an analysis released Wednesday by the automotive Web site Edmunds.com.
U.S. set to pay Taliban members to switch sides
President Obama on Wednesday signed a $680 billion defense appropriations bill, which will pay for military operations in the 2010 fiscal year. The bill includes a Taliban reintegration provision under the Commander's Emergency Response Program, which is now receiving $1.3 billion. CERP funding also is intended for humanitarian relief and reconstruction projects at commanders' discretion.
Disorganized: What happened to Obama's massive network of grassroots activists?
Tea partiers, townhall protesters, Texas secessionists--for the past few months, grassroots organizing has seemed to be mostly the domain of the right. And for a period this summer, they (okay, not the Texas secessionists, but the others) appeared to be successfully tugging the national debate in their direction. As conservative activists, organized by groups such as FreedomWorks and encouraged by the likes of Glenn Beck, poured into the streets, moderate senators began to waver on health care, President Obama's approval ratings dipped, and momentum for reform seemed to stall.
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Kerry wants Law Library report on Honduras retracted
A month ago, the Law Library of Congress reviewed the removal of Manuel Zelaya from his post as President of Honduras, an act that the Obama administration called a "coup" and demanded reversed for its illegality. To the embarrassment of the White House and State Department, the Congressional body determined that Honduras acted lawfully in removing Zelaya for his crimes against their constitution, although they determined that his exile broke Honduran law. Now John Kerry wants the Law Library to retract its findings, apparently trying to rewrite history to hide the facts of the case: