"That’s way off into the future," Jeb Bush, a Republican and former Florida governor, responded on Monday’s "Today" show when asked about a possible presidential bid. "I won’t [rule it out], but I won’t declare today either."
“Roughly two out of three Americans say that automatic spending cuts set to trigger Friday will have a major negative effect on the economy, according to a new public opinion poll. And more would blame congressional Republicans (45 percent) than President Barack Obama (32 percent), the non-partisan Pew Research Center found in its survey.”—Two in three Americans say sequester will hurt economy |
Governors coming to terms with sequester, but demand more flexibility from Washington
WASHINGTON — Governors frustrated by the prospect of $85 billion in across-the-board federal spending cuts set to kick in next week have made the “F-word” their term of choice at the annual winter meeting of the National Governors Association.
That word, of course, is “Flexibility.”
"We believe in what we call flexible federalism," said Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, a Democrat who chairs the NGA. "That’s a strong cooperative relationship between the states and the federal government that solves problems at all levels."
I would like the president to settle back and pick up a copy of John McCain’s “Faith of My Fathers.” Now here we have a true American hero, a man with a moral compass and a sense of stunning loyalty and integrity. I think anyone will benefit from reading this book, especially the president.
“Republican Senator Lindsey Graham has put the death toll at 4,700—the first time an American official has publicly put a figure on the impact of strikes by unmanned aerial vehicles.”—Drones have killed 4,700, U.S. senator says=
As with virtually all Crossroads ads, the chief weapon here is humor. It mockingly describes Judd as “an independent voice…for Obama” and “a leader who knows how to follow,” and it shows her proudly declaring “Tennessee is home.” Another segment truncates a speech she gave denouncing the coal-mining practice of mountain-top removal, showing her saying, “I don’t know a lot of hillbillies who golf.” (That speech was poorly received in Kentucky, but not because of her “hillbillies” comment—because coal is such a major industry in the state. In that same speech, she declared, “I love, and am proud of, being a hillbilly.”)
Obama campaigned in 2008 as a fierce critic of George W. Bush’s national security policies, but he has apparently learned to stop worrying and love nearly unfettered executive power—the literal power of life and death over fellow U.S. citizens overseas thought to be consorting with extremists groups that may be targeting America. So, under what circumstances does he have the right to act?
The memo says “an informed, high-level official of the U.S. government” must decide that the target is a “senior operational leader” of al-Qaida or “associated forces,” “poses an imminent threat of violent attack against the United States,” and that an attempt to capture that individual is “infeasible.”
One thing McConnell was eager to discuss: bourbon, the drink his home state is known for. “The best way to drink it, in my opinion, is to make a Manhattan, which is a combination of bourbon and other unknown substances,” McConnell said. “Drop a couple of cherries on top of it, make sure there’s ice there, and it’s a terrific drink around Christmastime, which I frequently offer to my guests.”
“New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo predicted his record-high popularity would take a hit after he signed a tough new gun control measure into law earlier this month, and according to a new poll, he was right.
A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday found that Cuomo’s 74 percent job approval rating—one of the highest for any governor in the country—fell to 59 percent in the aftermath of the gun bill. According to the poll, 28 percent of New York residents surveyed disapproved of the job he’s doing as governor—an increase of 15 points since December.”—Cuomo’s poll numbers drop thanks to N.Y. gun control law
“So just how confident can a prognosticator be in assuming that the demographics of the 2012 election are reliable guides to the future? If Congressional Republicans really embrace immigration reform, and if a Hispanic winds up on the GOP national ticket in 2016, can Democrats continue to rely on winning the Latino vote by a near 3-to-1 margin, as they did last November? For its part, can the Republican Party embrace a version of immigration reform that alienates a significant part of its base without risking defections, possibly in the form of a third party?”—Maybe we should all shut up about 2016 (Jeff Greenfield)
We’re sitting down with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday to ask him what to expect from the GOP in President Obama’s second term. What would you ask McConnell?
We’re particularly interested in hearing your questions on immigration reform and gun violence. You can watch the interview on Friday, Feb. 1 at news.yahoo.com. Please include your city and state. Thanks!
“The crowds will be smaller and President Barack Obama will be grayer when he takes the stage on Monday to deliver his second inaugural address. Will the orator in chief reclaim his mantle of eloquence with a big, bold speech? Or will he play it safe and keep it short?”—In second-term speech, Obama as orator faces test(Liz Goodwin)
Presidential second terms have a bad reputation. It’s almost enough to make you wonder why President Barack Obama wanted the job.
President George W. Bush saw his popularity dragged into the cellar in his second term by the unpopular Iraq war, the botched government response to Hurricane Katrina and the failed push to privatize Social Security. Bill Clinton’s dalliance with Monica Lewinsky was exposed and led him to become just the second U.S. president to be impeached. Sordid details of his affair with the White House intern made Clinton a punchline and drew headlines around the world.
President Ronald Reagan faced the “Iran-Contra” scandal in which Tehran, though designated a state sponsor of terrorism, received arms shipments with Washington’s blessing. And Nixon? Watergate!