President Obama effectively caved into Republican demands Tuesday when he said he’d be open to short term increase in the debt ceiling and a brief extension of funding for the federal government. Obama, who spoke today during a hastily called White House news conference, even tied the length of the extensions to negotiations demanded by Republicans. “If they can’t do it for a long time,
New polling shows disapproval with Republican handling of the government shutdown growing and blame toward Obama for the standoff declining. According to a poll by the Pew Research Center released Monday, only 30 percent said the Obama administration was to blame for the shutdown, compared to 36 percent two weeks ago. Thirty eight percent blamed Republicans, about the same as the 39 percent who blamed
President Obama will make a statement on the budget standoff and answer questions at 2 pm ET today in the White House briefing room. I’ll live stream it for you. As you might imagine, the Carney briefing is cancelled. Meanwhile, Obama placed a call this morning demanding he pass a clean bills to fund the government and raise the debt ceiling.
Pretty blunt for the Wall Street Journal. According to an op-ed by the WSJ editors running today, Attorney General Eric Holder is suing states over their voting rights laws in order to gin up black voter turnout. All the evidence suggests that Mr. Holder’s real motive here is political. Portraying voter ID laws as racist helped to drive Democratic voter turnout among minorities in 2012,
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