Republican candidates spent last night’s debate pummeling President Obama rather than defining the differences among themselves in what turned out to be a remarkably friendly affair. The candidates took aim at regulation, calling for the scaling back or elimination of environmental, labor, financial and health-care rules.
Obama is trying to make sure you know he cares about the economy, even though he is out of big, immediate steps to fix it. Obama wants credit for cleaning up the “big mess” he inherited. The sputtering economy could complicate deficit reduction talks amid talk of the need for more stimulus.
The White House is trying to pare down the exploding number of government websites.
The FBI is probing peace activists and labor organizers, raising the hackles of progressives.