"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."
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.”
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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.
Jackie Collins is a John McCain fan! Who knew! (via The Ticket)
"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."
Jeff Greenfield on how to watch tonight’s big political event
If you’re in a civic-indeed mood and plan to watch tonight, is there any way to turn the speech into a more-or-less enjoyable experience? Here, a few helpful hints:
1. Count the standing ovations
2. Find a memorable phrase