Political Capital

Daily Archives: September 11, 2012

Sen. Olympia Snowe in Washington, DC.

Photograph by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Sen. Olympia Snowe in Washington, DC.

Snowe Voices Frustration With Congress’ Early Recess Idea

Let’s assume Senate Democrats can work with their Republican colleagues to pull off a six-month stopgap measure to keep the federal government operating past Oct. 1. If they kick that can down that road, Majority Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois...

Read more »


Julius Genachowski, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission

Photograph by Phelan M. Ebenhack/Bloomberg

Julius Genachowski, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission

Federal Tech Chief Reaches out Via Twitter and Bafflement Ensues

Updated 5:50 p.m. adding FCC response Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski, a promoter of U.S. technology, took to Twitter to field questions today and generated bafflement as followers couldn’t see his replies. “Maybe #askjulius should be #whereisjulius,” tweeted Katy Bachman, Washington bureau chief...

Read more »


Representative Paul Ryan, Republican vice presidential candidate, at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa.

Photograph by Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg

Representative Paul Ryan, Republican vice presidential candidate, at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa.

Ryan Prepares Television Ads for House Campaign

Paul Ryan would rather be vice president than a congressman. Fortunately for him, Wisconsin law allows him to seek both offices at once. Ryan’s U.S. House campaign is going up with television ads in his district, according to a contract with Milwaukee’s...

Read more »

Protestors demonstrate against proposed cuts to Medical and Medicare outside San Francisco city hall.

Photograph by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Protestors demonstrate against proposed cuts to Medical and Medicare outside San Francisco city hall.

Medicaid Would Lose $1.26 Trillion Under Romney’s Block Grant

Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee, says his plan to block-grant Medicaid would free governors from obtrusive federal rules on how they deliver health care to the poor. It would also cost states and health providers such as nursing homes...

Read more »

U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters from the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, land to pick-up soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division while conducting an air assault in preparation for the Week of Eagles, at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Photograph by Staff Sgt. Todd A Christopherson/U.S. Army/AP Photo

U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters from the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, land to pick-up soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division while conducting an air assault in preparation for the Week of Eagles, at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Sequestration Derangement Syndrome Hits Washington

A new psychological disorder is afflicting Washington: sequestration derangement syndrome. Symptoms for members of Congress include deep remorse for voting for last year’s Budget Control Act and the sin of forcing $110 billion in automatic cuts to government spending on...

Read more »

A farmer with her pigs in Shueng Shui, Hong Kong.

Photograph by Paul Hilton/Bloomberg

A farmer with her pigs in Shueng Shui, Hong Kong.

Republicans Question EPA Spending on Jakarta’s Air, China’s Cows

The Environmental Protection Agency isn’t just guarding American land, air and water, it’s looking out for Jakarta’s air. House Republicans raised the issue at a hearing today where they said the agency spent more than $21 million on projects such...

Read more »

U.S. Army SFC. Roy Hibbetts of Civil Military Operations Team, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 4-73rd Cavalry, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, secures the outside of a project site where a school is being built in Zharay District, Kandahar Province on July 28, 2012.

Photograph by Andrew A. Nelles/Zuma Press

U.S. Army SFC. Roy Hibbetts of Civil Military Operations Team, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 4-73rd Cavalry, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, secures the outside of a project site where a school is being built in Zharay District, Kandahar Province on July 28, 2012.

Romney’s ‘Make-Up’ Speech to National Guard Gathering

Mitt Romney has been taking a daily dose of guff for not making any mention in his Republican National Convention speech of the protracted U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq. Democrats also have piled on for his failure in...

Read more »

Shoppers on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.

Photographer: Patrick Fallon/Bloomberg

Shoppers on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.

Democrats and Republicans Read Economic News Differently

Here’s one more difference between Democrats and Republicans: They’re viewing recent economic news through different prisms. A poll out today by the Pew Research Center found that just 15 percent of Democrats say the news they’re hearing about the economy...

Read more »