Obama Press Secretary Robert Gibbs out

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs confirms his departure, saying he will be working as a private consultant to President Obama. Robert Gibbs, the media face of the Obama presidency, will leave his post as White House spokesman and will boost the president’s reelection drive from outside the West Wing. Read more from the original source…

Snapshots of the new Congress on Day 1

As the 112th Congress takes shape, freshman House Republicans say they won’t be hanging around Washington. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs says President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner could hit the links. WASHINGTON – The freshman House Republicans just landed in Washington this week, but true to the ethos of this anti-establishment class, […]

John Boehner takes over as House speaker, promises GOP-controlled chamber will be ‘honest, accountable and more responsive’

As the 112th Congress gets underway, John Boehner defeats Nancy Pelosi on a vote of 241 to 173 to take over as House speaker. ‘The American people have humbled us,’ says the Ohio Republican. In the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid calls for a change in filibuster rules. WASHINGTON — Rep. John Boehner was sworn […]

The More Things Change

The Wall Street Journal examines the 112th Congress and finds that while the party makeup has obviously changed a lot, “the demographics haven’t changed much.” “Though there are some true outsiders, many freshmen have followed the tried and true paths to the Capitol: They worked on city councils and got elected to state legislatures.” The […]

Pence Still Mulling Presidential Bid?

Despite previous reports that Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) had scheduled a series of events in Indiana and was most likely eying a run for governor in 2012, Politico notes that Pence will be the keynote speaker at an invitation-only conservative Awakening Conference in South Carolina this weekend, a hint that he may still be mulling […]

Rick Scott Still Unknown

Despite spending more than $60 million on TV ads in his winning campaign for Florida governor, Rick Scott (R) is still a mystery to Floridians, says the St. Petersburg Times. “We don’t know whether Scott cares about consensus or worries about combativeness. We don’t know if he’s ready to work with — or stand up […]

Sen. Bernie Sanders ends filibuster

The Vermont senator stops after more than 8 1/2 hours. ‘It has been a very long day,’ he says. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has ended a marathon filibuster of the proposed tax compromise, ceding control of the Senate floor after more than 8 1/2 hours. Read more from the original source…

Obama’s tax-cut deal upsets many major donors

Some say they will withhold funds for the next election. Even if they come around before the campaign kicks into gear, the initial backlash could hurt early Democratic efforts to counter GOP-allied groups. President Obama’s advisors are confident that liberals dismayed by his agreement to extend tax breaks for the wealthy will forgive him by […]

House Democrats in open revolt over tax-cut deal

In a major challenge to President Obama, they say they’ll reject his compromise with Republicans unless it’s rewritten. House Democrats erupted into open revolt Thursday over the tax-cut deal negotiated by President Obama and Republican leaders, threatening to undermine GOP support and rekindling the prospect of a tax increase for virtually every American worker. Read […]

Tax-cut deal now taking fire from both sides as Republicans speak out

After House Democrats revolt over the compromise plan to extend tax cuts, GOP Sen. Jim DeMint voices opposition to the deal and Sen. John McCain tweets his displeasure while later saying he would still support it. Influential Senate Republicans are signaling their unease with the fragile accord reached between the White House and GOP leaders […]

Quote of the Day

“I’m not here to set any great records or to make a spectacle. I am simply here today to take as long as I can to explain to the American people the fact that we have got to do a lot better than this agreement provides.” — Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), beginning his “tax cut […]

Obama’s Big Swindle

Charles Krauthammer: “Barack Obama won the great tax-cut showdown of 2010 — and House Democrats don’t have a clue that he did. In the deal struck this week, the president negotiated the biggest stimulus in American history, larger than his $814 billion 2009 stimulus package. It will pump a trillion borrowed Chinese dollars into the […]

Bonus Quote of the Day

“I was Chris Christie in New Mexico — I just didn’t receive the same publicity.” — Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson (R), quoted by the Wall Street Journal, referring to the high profile New Jersey governor. Read more from the original source…

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