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President Obama’s pre summit „compromise” reform bill is scheduled to go online Monday morning, and a key provision is already in the news. „Obama will propose on Monday giving the federal government new power to block excessive rate increases by health insurance companies, as he rolls out comprehensive legislation to revamp the nation’s health care system,” the New York Times reports. The Washington Post Canada Goose Coats On Sale writes „the new proposal. It would be based, at least in part, on legislation initially proposed last week by Sen. Those considered unjustified could be blocked by a federal board. Customers might even qualify for rebates.”
As for Thursday’s planned gathering, : „Congressional Republican leaders canada goose black friday sale on Sunday continued to voice skepticism that the bipartisan health care summit scheduled to take place this week will be a good faith effort by canada goose coats Democrats to get GOP input on a reform plan.” Politico examines Obama’s balancing act: „He doesn’t want political theater, he insists, but a serious effort to forge bipartisan consensus. And yet Obama is unveiling a health care bill just days before the six hour summit that wouldn’t require a single GOP vote, with plans to short circuit the Senate rules and push it through without Republicans if necessary.” The New York Daily News says „many Democrats hope he’s determined enough to stick with a tweaked version of his original plan and force passage using a budgetary loophole that needs just 51 votes in the Senate. The question is ‚whether the President plans to fight for a good bill, or he plans to settle for just about anything,’ said Rep. Anthony Weiner. Dionne argues, „If the summit fails to shake things up and does not lead to the passage of a comprehensive health care bill, Democrats and Obama are in canada goose clearance for canada goose a miserable time for the rest of his term. Republicans know this and are doing all they can to undermine, discount, discredit and back away from the encounter.” The Los Angeles Times says Obama „is struggling with the consequences canada goose factory sale of one of his most important early decisions: letting Congress take the lead in designing his signature policy proposal. Leaving it to Congress put an canada goose uk shop unusually glaring spotlight on how Capitol Hill does business. The spectacle of Congress’ horse trading, secrecy and gridlock has fueled today’s virulent anti Washington mood.. The Canada Goose Online way voters saw it, the smoke filled room was back and they did not canada goose uk black friday like it.”
Robert Kuttner thinks „March 2010 will either be remembered as the month when the scales fell from Barack Obama’s eyes and he realized that the bipartisan fantasy, given the current Republican Party, is a fool’s errand. Or it will go down in history as the buy canada goose jacket cheap moment when Obama had a chance to change course and emerge as a leader Canada Goose Jackets and flinched. Which will it be?” Mike Allen reports my website that Obama „is putting Canada Goose online the finishing touches on a new election canada goose clearance sale year strategy that replaces sweeping ‚change’ with incremental reform. starting with a ‚competitiveness’ push, a call for tighter campaign finance laws and renewed attention to Obama’s open government agenda.” Michael Barone says Obama lacks intuition: „Great leaders have it, though it sometimes fails; failed leaders don’t, though their plans sometimes succeed.. Obama’s two predecessors also suffered from failures of intuition. Bill Clinton recovered and got deserved credit for cheap canada goose uk the 1996 welfare reform and the 1997 balanced budget deal. George W. Bush recovered and deserves credit (though Joe Biden is claiming it now) for canadian goose jacket the success of the Iraq surge strategy. Obama, too, may develop better intuition than he has shown so far. But first he has to acknowledge that a successful presidency requires more than the confidence conferred by a high IQ and fancy degrees.”
Health care won’t be the only headline Monday. CongressDaily writes that Harry uk canada goose outlet Reid „faces a major test today on his initial jobs bill, with Republican support uncertain and at least one Democratic supporter [Frank Lautenberg ] that will not make it for the vote.. No Republican has buy canada goose jacket announced support for it, putting Reid’s first attempt to move Democratic jobs legislation this election year in peril.” The Associated Press says Mitch McConnell „told reporters. that he hopes the measure could advance in a couple of canada goose coats on sale weeks. But to do so means Republicans would have to filibuster Reid’s take it or leave it approach, which could allow them to seek to restore provisions that have been dropped.” The New York Times reports, „In a warning to those intending to block the bill, Mr. Reid’s aides have let it be known that a Republican filibuster of his jobs plan does not mean that he will then turn around and offer the earlier bipartisan version. But just exactly what he will do is not clear.”
The Washington Post notes „Democrats are also targeting newly elected Sen. Scott Brown (R Mass.), hoping to persuade him to vote for the bill or paint him as a lockstep conservative if he doesn’t.” The liberal group Americans United for Change is airing a television ad Monday and Tuesday in Massachusetts urging Brown to keep his „promise” to be an independent voice and not take direction from GOP leaders. that Reid faces a test of his leadership this week as „the anxiety among Senate Democrats is palpable.” Critics of Reid’s jobs bill abound. the New York Times reports that „governors said Sunday that they still needed assistance from the federal government but urged Congress to focus more on creating jobs in the private sector.” And The Hill writes uk canada goose that „unions and liberal groups have dismissed Sen. Harry Reid’s $15 billion jobs bill as ‚puny’ while calling for larger stimulus measures.”
On the campaign trail, USA Today Canada Goose sale does its version of „the new Mitt Romney” story, writing that he „will launch a 19 state, three month tour next week to promote his new book, No Apology: The Case for American https://www.topcanadagoose.ca Greatness. Included are speeches canada goose uk outlet and appearances in the states that hold early contests in 2012, including Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. The book’s subtitle might as well be The Case for Mitt Romney.” Politico notes that „Mike Huckabee blasted the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Saturday as outdated, nearly corrupt and unrepresentative of the conservative movement.” The Wall Street Journal says „Republicans are adopting a softer vocabulary on immigration Canada Goose Parka and trying to recruit more Hispanic candidates, a response to cheap Canada Goose the party’s soul searching about tactics that many strategists believe have alienated the country’s fastest growing voter bloc.”
Newsweek examines the theory that the 2010 results will tell us something important about how Obama will fare in 2012, and judges it „totally wrong.” Andrew Kohut tells Democrats to calm down: „With all the gloom and doom these days, the Democrats may be talking themselves into a crisis. While there is every reason to believe that the party is in trouble and will lose seats this year, there is no solid data that would justify a view shared by many here in Washington that the Democrats are destined to lose control of the House. This certainly could happen, but it is really too early to jump to that conclusion.”
Jake: I can’t get any posts through to „The Fix.” Maybe Big Brother has leaned on Cillizza? Show your liberatrian bona fides by relaying my post in this thread to „The Fix,” along with this note.
Censorship is never good, as you surely agree. Personally, I think Team Obama has a serious chain of command problem. Secs. Clinton and Napolitano have spoken out strongly against internet censorship and using government as an ideological lever.