The Senate had a week to arrange for at this time’s session and it nonetheless manged to screw the pooch. As Dianne Feinstein proposed a pointless Gaza flotilla probe and Lisa Murkowski tried to categorise carbon as a non-pollutant, Chuck Schumer advised reporters that the upper chamber won’t pass an unemployment advantages extenders invoice until next week. Talking of swings and misses, Stephen Strasburg, whose heater is the sickest thing D.C. has seen for the reason that Schumwich, makes his debut for the Nationals tonight. That is HUFFPOST HILL for Tuesday, June 8th, 2010:
Simply IN: OBAMA HEADING Back TO GULF – White Home press workplace: “On Monday, June 14 and Tuesday, June 15, President Obama will travel to Mississippi, Alabama and Florida to additional assess the most recent efforts to counter the BP oil spill. Extra particulars, together with media credentialing information, will be launched in the coming days.”
More: Speaker Pelosi has set a “strict timetable for lawmakers to act on payments to cope with the Gulf oil spill and stop related disasters” — Home committees should have legislation ready by July 4, and the full House will act on the bills by the point of the summer time recess on Aug. 9, Pelosi said after meeting with committee chairmen. http://huff.to/afmCo6
BP CEO TO TESTIFY Earlier than CONGRESS Subsequent WEEK – Hey Tony Hayward: put together for the folksy wrath of BART STUPAK. The Hill experiences: “Embattled BP CEO Tony Hayward will testify before a congressional panel next Thursday analyzing the causes of the Gulf oil spill. The House Vitality and Commerce Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight will hear testimony from the government who has found himself between the crosshairs of lawmakers and the president for his firm’s function in the spill.” http://bit.ly/9Fx9v3
Main POLL CLOSINGS (EST) 7 pm: South Carolina, Georgia and Virginia. Eight pm: Maine and New Jersey. Eight:30 pm: Arkansas. 9 pm: North Dakota and South Dakota. 10 pm: Iowa, Montana and Nevada. Eleven pm: California.
Blanche Lincoln on her potential loss: “I will all the time support the Democratic Occasion of Arkansas. I am a Democrat,” she informed advised CNN. http://bit.ly/a4uf9T
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He’ll be back. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ballot was rejected after a polling official mentioned he voted for two Senate candidates. http://huff.to/cD0fBo
FEINSTEIN (!) Calls for FLOTILLA INVESTIGATION – Although Israel botched the flotilla raid worse than Dianne Feinstein botched the inauguration (“2-four-6-eight open up the purple gate!”), the California Senator nonetheless wants an “impartial” investigation into the matter. From CQ: “The California Democrat, considered one of Israel’s most dependable supporters on Capitol Hill, additionally urged Israel to ‘reassess’ its ‘pressured isolation’ of the Gaza Strip and allow more humanitarian help and other materials to reach its beleaguered Palestinian population. ‘There ought to be an impartial inquiry to determine exactly what took place,’ Feinstein mentioned in a statement.” http://bit.ly/clia29
PAUL VOLCKER: Don’t EXEMPT BANKS FROM MY RULE – Reuters: “White House financial adviser Paul Volcker firmly opposes exempting banks from his proposal to ban them from hedge funds or private equity funds after they make solely small investments, in accordance with a letter obtained by Reuters on Tuesday. Large banks are in search of exemptions for small, or ‘de minimis’ investments, below the proposed rule. ‘I completely oppose any such modification’ of the U.S. Senate’s Wall Street reform bill, Volcker wrote in the Could 17 letter to Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd.” http://bit.ly/9ZdfRt
EXTENDERS BATTLE EXTENDS ITSELF – Chuck Schumer stated the Senate will end the extenders invoice someday subsequent week. Dems are reinserting FMAP — aid to states — and Ben Nelson is sad about the all of the deficit spending. But he is glad Dems are weakening the payfor that raises taxes on funding fund managers, requiring them to rely only sixty five% of their income as income. In the meantime, a whole bunch of thousands of the lengthy-term unemployed are lacking benefits checks. Harry Reid, nonetheless, told reporters he’d get the invoice accomplished this week and thinks the House would have the votes to go the bill with the extra state support, often known as FMAP. More on the extended extenders fail festival from Arthur Delaney: http://huff.to/bjIfAu
WHO’S Extra DESPISED, WALL Avenue OR Big OIL? – Simple: Huge Oil. Fossil gas lobbyists had been furious immediately that the Senate lowered the investment fund manager tax hike and made up the hole by rising taxes on Huge Oil to fill up the Oil Spill Liability Belief Fund. The Nationwide Petrochemical & Refiners Association was fuming. “This tax increase will elevate the cost of gasoline, diesel fuel and different merchandise for American families, all in the title of giving more tax breaks to bankers and hedge fund managers,” said the lobby’s president, Charles Drevna. “This proposal quantities to an effort to pay Wall Avenue by robbing Main Road.” While it is an awful good time to observe Wall Street and Massive Oil battle it out, the oil people do have the dynamic correct here. Dems are searching for ways to pay for the tax extenders bill and the investment guys out-lobbied petroleum — right this moment, not less than.
OBAMA BACKS EXTENDING COBRA SUBSIDIES, WILL GET Floor VOTE – At a townhall, Obama advised a questioner that Congress ought to lengthen COBRA subsidies “for a minimum of another six months, as a result of there’s nonetheless a lot of oldsters who’re out of labor.” The Home extenders bill dropped the subsidy and the Senate one won’t embrace it. However, stated Harry Reid at his stakeout at this time, COBRA will get a flooring vote and he’ll support it. That’s a helluva no vote to need to solid. (The amendment, experiences HuffPost’s Lucia Graves, will come from Bob Casey, who led the last effort to extend advantages.)
MURKOWSKI Resolution GOING DOWN A method OR One other – A Lisa Murkowski resolution scheduled for a Thursday vote would declare that carbon isn’t a pollutant and shouldn’t be regulated as such by the EPA. (Why not additionally declare that pelicans love the scent of Quaker State within the morning?) Either means, Obama issued a veto threat at the moment and the decision would have a steep climb in Pelosi’s Home. Tom Carper, Carl Levin and Max Baucus stated today they’ll oppose it. “It is a science query. It is not a policy question,” mentioned Baucus, who then added that an alternate decision from Jay Rockefeller that might delay regulation for two years was a extra attractive coverage choice. Rockefeller, so far as we’re aware, isn’t a scientist. The Senate vote can be close. “I’ve acquired my whip doing the numbers,” said Reid. “It seems we’ll be Okay, but we’ll by no means know until the vote takes place.”
Choice ON Power COMING Subsequent THURSDAY – Green groups panicked when Chuck Schumer suggested that the Kerry-Lieberman climate change invoice can be voted on as an modification to Jeff Bingaman’s vitality bill. That’d spell the end of local weather change lesgislation for the 12 months. Schumer shortly backed off, saying he was simply speculating. Reid slapped Schumer’s suggestion down at this time “Any of the press reports that you saw yesterday, there’s not a phrase that I mentioned. It is all different people speaking,” Reid mentioned, laying out the way ahead: A Thursday meeting with the relevant committee chairs followed by a caucus-extensive meeting subsequent Thursday to chart the energy course forward. That offers greens per week and a half to make the case that humanity mustn’t commit collective suicide.
GRAHAM WILL OPPOSE KERRY-LIEBERMAN-GRAHAM From Congress Daily: “Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., right now said he would vote against a local weather change technique he helped develop with Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., citing new changes that further restrict offshore oil and gas drilling and the invoice’s influence on the transportation sector. He stated neither that plan nor any power and climate strategy will get 60 Senate votes this 12 months. http://bit.ly/bW6B7v
SENATE GOP LUNCHED ON OBAMA – During its weekly lunch right this moment, the Senate GOP loved this mashup of Obama being whacked on cable and the nets for his response to the BP spill, the weak jobs report and the growing deficit: http://bit.ly/aLKMnf
Credit UNION Lobby FLY-In this WEEK – Representatives from the Credit Union National Association, which represents the nation’s credit trade, are participating in a fly-in as we speak and tomorrow. A thousand trade officials will fan out throughout the Hill, lobbying lawmakers against a swipe payment amendment to the Wall Street reform invoice that is about to enter conference committee. Simply last night time, the Senate’s chief conferee Chris Dodd informed reporters that the modification will keep in the final model of the bill, although with modifications. The credit score unions argue it’s going to damage small debit card issuers. http://huff.to/bz119B
TONIGHT IN ROLL Call – Paul Singer on how the Office of Congressional Ethics is apparently investigating whether or not Members of Congress living at the “C Road house” — a residence run by a shadowy religious group — have been receiving an improper reward in the type of below-market rent for his or her rooms.
TONIGHT In the HILL – Lauren Victoria Burke and Bob Cusack report on The Hill’s survey of the 25 hardest-working members of Congress.
CARL LEVIN UPSET WITH GITMO CLOSURE DELAYS – Sam Stein: “Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), who chairs the Senate Committee on Armed Services, instructed the Huffington Put up on Tuesday that engagement from the president and his team on the subject has been sparse. As has, he added, any sort of political push to get Congress to help close Gitmo by appropriating cash for an alternate facility in Thomson, Illinois.”
WASHINGTON ABUZZ OVER STRASBURG DEBUT – Stephen Strasburg, the Nationals’ finest acquisition since that ex-cop who made certain Elijah Dukes did not impregnate any teenagers, debuts his 102-mph fastball tonight towards the AA Pirates. Tickets are bought out, which means the Nationals have really stuffed the stadium without the Purple Sox or Mets being present.
A tipster writes in: “So just walked out of Rayburn on the horseshoe side. There’s a whole “Remember the Fallen” wall for the Iraq warfare (however not Afghanistan, I don’t suppose). It is sort of fully out of area.”
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Major DAY 4G – At lengthy last it is here! If latest polling is in any respect prescient, Majority Leader Harry Reid will seemingly face Tea Social gathering darling Sharron Angle in November. This might prove to be a political boon for the Nevada senator, who might have the ability to eke out a plurality victory in opposition to a doctrinaire Tea Celebration opponent and vote-siphoning third social gathering candidates. In Arkansas, it could be all-she-wrote for Blanche Lincoln, who has been trailing Lt. Gov. Invoice Halter in recent surveys. In California, GOP Senate candidate Carly Fiorina and Gov. contender Meg Whitman will probably purchase their manner into victory.
TPM has an ideal abstract of the contests, together with what might Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbon and South Carolina Rep.’s Bob Inglis’s swan songs. http://bit.ly/8YNX2F
Pappa Bear Mike “Boo Radley” Allen reported this morning that Arkansas observers are forecasting a Lincoln loss by 5 or more points. http://politi.co/aOAySb
OBAMA Wants COBRA SUBSIDIES Prolonged – President Obama pressed Congress to increase COBRA subsidies throughout a town corridor question and reply session. COBRA is a program that permits laid-off staff to proceed to buy their employer-supplied health protection. Without the 65 percent subsidy created by the stimulus, COBRA is commonly unaffordable, a reality Obama pointed to in urgent for the extension. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) advised reporters that the COBRA subsidy would not be in the Senate’s model, both. http://huff.to/amZ2ui
GULF SPILL NOW MADE UP OF MANY SLICKS, NOT Just one – AP: “The oil spill plaguing the states alongside the Gulf of Mexico is not one slick – it’s many. ‘We’re no longer dealing with a big, monolithic spill,” Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen mentioned Monday at a White Home information convention. ‘We’re coping with an aggregation of a whole lot of thousands of patches of oil that are going too much of various directions.'” http://huff.to/bxNqA8
OBAMA PUSHING FOR Extra OFFSHORE DRILLING – Chase that dragon, boys. Chase that dragon. WSJ: “The Obama administration, facing rising anger on the Gulf Coast over the lack of jobs and income from a drilling moratorium, mentioned Monday that it could transfer shortly to launch new safety requirements that might permit the reopening of offshore oil and gas exploration in shallow waters.” http://bit.ly/bwwcYK
IS BOBBY JINDAL Back? – Within the wake of Kenneth-gate, most observers counted the Louisiana governor and exorcism-buff a no go for 2012. The oil spill could have changed that. AP: “Since the drilling rig operated by BP PLC exploded in April and unleashed a gusher of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, Jindal has taken pains to rattle off all of the state is doing to maintain the oil from ruining a manner of life. He ticks off lists of initiatives, how a lot oil-soaking growth is being used, where barges are being despatched.” http://huff.to/dtCtjP
POLL: GOVT Should ENACT Energy REFORMS – A brand new poll commissioned by the League of Conservation Voters finds Individuals overwhelmingly support inexperienced power initiatives within the wake of the BP oil disaster. Lucia Graves: Sixty-six % of the 800 voters surveyed by Obama pollster Joel Benenson agreed with this statement: ‘British Petroleum should pay for the injury they’ve finished. However our addiction to oil threatens our security and we need greater than a band-support for that. Senators have to pass real reforms to carry polluters accountable and spend money on clean American vitality.'”
Read about how BP has been a catalyst for political unrest, death, destruction and possibly Justin Beiber. http://huff.to/9BNqsJ
Solely 23 % agreed with this assertion: “We’d like to make sure that British Petroleum pays every final dime of the damages they’ve prompted, however Senators could be wrong to attempt to make use of this tragedy to cross some huge new Washington program and job-killing energy tax.”
Anthony Weiner: Everyone from BP with a British accent is lying. http://huff.to/9FhOqh
THE CIA Doesn’t HAVE AN Inside WATCHDOG – Because an company that operates on the precipice of legality doesn’t actually need someone monitoring its habits. AP: “Greater than a year after the CIA’s inspector general stepped down, frustrated members of Congress are urging the White House to fill the inner watchdog place that was central in uncovering abuses inside the spy company…The government’s inspectors normal root out corruption, fraud and other abuses that not often floor otherwise.” http://huff.to/cMwM4D
IRAN’S Inexperienced Motion, ONE Yr LATER – With the one-yr anniversary of Iran’s turbulent election which birthed the opposition Inexperienced Motion, Overseas Coverage asked various Iran specialists to weigh in on the uprising’s influence and the prospects for reform. http://bit.ly/aDdxme
ROB BLAGOJEVICH BANNED FROM TWEETING IN Court docket – “Rod Blagojevich has been all for letting the public know every detail of his legal woes, and immediately–just earlier than opening statements begin in his federal corruption trial– Judge James B. Zagel put his foot down, banning Blago from courtroom tweeting. The former Illinois governor and his wife Patti have recently taken to Twitter to proclaim Rod’s innocence (and promote his radio appearances.).” http://huff.to/9lsh6h
JEREMY THE INTERN’S WEATHER REPORT – “It’s going to be stunning tonight; humidity will keep low, causing the temperature to remain within the upper 70s. Enjoy it while you may, as a result of you can count on rain all day tomorrow…”
But JB, wouldn’t low humidity mean temperatures cooler than excessive-70s? “Yes, but in Washington’s summer time, the place airless days with temperatures in the higher 80s are the norm, high 70s is low compared. It’s all relative.” Thanks, JB!
– A research finds that players have the reflexes of fighter pilots but the bodies of 60-year-previous smokers. http://bit.ly/aTyWV9
– The smallest cars on the planet. http://bit.ly/aQfqsE
– The Boston Globe is tailoring its coverage to its remaining 3 readers. http://bit.ly/bkFleq
– forty desserts that may kill you. http://bit.ly/aaB1Zw
– A girl was struck by lighting and killed as her boyfriend proposed to her. http://bit.ly/8Y7w6H
– A Swiss elephant escaped from the zoo. http://bit.ly/9BHn6t
@maxsilvestri: Why does the Wikipedia entry for “Man cave” have so many citations? Who’s second guessing this information? http://bit.ly/aLGptl
@GregMitch: Too dangerous about Helen Thomas but Robert Novak also lost his job for outing priceless CIA agent. Uh, right? http://bit.ly/bBWznn
@FakeAPStyleBook: When writing about outstanding public figures, keep them unnamed so readers can guess who you are speaking about. Folks love that. http://bit.ly/bwcCZc
@fineout Crist says FL at battle with spill and is Normandy invasion coming to “our coasts.” Does this imply oil will win? http://bit.ly/chZ4ms
Mary Landrieu mentioned the oil spill on Ratigan. Charlie Melancon does the identical on Hardball. Bill Halter makes a last minute pitch for his candidacy on Ed Schultz. Charlie Melancon comes again for Chris Matthew’s second dwell hour. Broadcasting reside from Alabama, John King has Drew Brees and Sean Payton.
Peter King, Bruce Braley and HuffPost’s Sam Stein are on Morning Joe. Robert Menendez stops by Morning Rundow.
The three-day America’s Future Now! convention debates progressive technique within the Obama period, argues over how one can curb Wall Street power and wonders concerning the rise of random exclamation factors in progressive political nomenclature. Former aides to HCAN! can be in attendance. The schedule of audio system: http://bit.ly/bCtF9s
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: The convention’s award present kicks into full swing with a reception at the Regency Ballroom Foyer.
7:00 pm: Lights, digicam, activism: the awards show itself.
America’s Future Now! continues…
8:30 am – 9:00 am: Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) headlines a panel called “Talking Frankly.” Need we say extra? Regency Ballroom.
9:10 am – 10:10 am: “The Congressional Repair: Can Congress Work in Polarized Age?” features a speak by Tom Udall (D-N.M.).
9:10 am – 10:10 am: Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) discusses progressive national security coverage.
10:45 am – 12:30 am: Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) speaks on the closing occasion.
Congress is again in city and it is making up for misplaced time with a boatload of fundraisers…
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm: Peter Welch (D-Vt.) hosts a reception. $500 to be the Ben to his Jerry [Phoenix Park Hotel – 520 North Capitol Road NW].
7:00 pm: Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) will scalp you a ticket to the James Taylor concert for a paltry $2,500. So will John Corridor (D-N.Y.) [Verizon Heart, 601 F Avenue NW].
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm: Now it is a fundraiser we can get behind. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) joins donors on the Orioles-Yankees game [Oriole Park at Camden Yards Park, 333 West Camden Road, Balitomore].
8:00 am: Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) hosts a reception in his own honor at Charlie Palmer Steak…for breakfast [Charlie Palmer Steak, 101 Constitution Ave NW].
8:30 am: Ready for lots of names? Be a part of Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld [Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, 1333 New Hampshire Ave NW].
Eight:30 am: Mark Souder (R-Ind.) would have hosted a breakfast fundraiser on the Capitol Hill Membership had he not resigned in hypocritical disgrace. Unclear if donors can still present up and get eggs. [Capitol Hill Membership, 300 First Avenue SE].
Eight:30 am – 9:30 am: Ahhh the candy, savory taste of Congressman Joe Pitts (R-Pa.). Be a part of the Republican Rep. for his “Taste of Joe” event. At the Capitol Hill Membership…Champagne Room [Capitol Hill Club, 300 First Road SE].
12:00 pm: Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) convenes a “Telecom Lunch.” Michigan certain could use a few of that industry’s enterprise [Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar, 223 Pennsylvania Ave SE].
12:00 pm: Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) succumbs to the professional-electricity foyer at his “Edison Electric Institute Lunch” [Edison Electric Institute, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW].
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