"While I will negotiate over many things, I will not have another debate with this Congress over whether or not they should pay the bills that they’ve already racked up through the laws that they passed."
"President Obama is experiencing an approval bounce in the wake of the Newtown, Conn. shooting tragedy, according to a new poll from Gallup. The president received a 56 percent approval rating Dec. 17-19 and a 37 percent disapproval rating. Gallup reports that was his highest three-day rating since Oct. 2009. Gallup, in its analysis, suggests that the shooting may have rallied Americans around the president or they approve of his handling of the tragedy."
"Leaders of both parties have pledged to work together in the coming weeks, and we are confident, as I just said, that we can reach an agreement. However, with less than one month left before a potential sequestration order would have to be issued, the Office of Management and Budget must take certain steps to ensure the administration is ready to issue such an order should Congress fail to act."
"In one sense, Lincoln was lucky. All he had to contend with was ingrained racism, a war-weary nation and daunting political arithmetic. What he didn’t have to deal with was…modern media."
"Part of the Obama strategy from day one was clearly to — in addition to promoting their candidate, and promoting their candidate’s reelection — make their opponent unacceptable,” a Democrat who has served as a senior presidential campaign strategist told Yahoo News.
“The whole race hinges on it,” the strategist said. “There are lots of things about which you can say ‘the race hinges on it,’ — get-out-the-vote efforts, for example. But if it’s as close a race as everyone says it is, this may be the decisive factor."