The third-ranking House Republican, Kevin McCarthy, discussed the need for another short-term bill to fund the federal government, the political risks of the Republicans' push for spending cuts, and the Obama administration's handling of the upheaval in Libya at a March 8 Monitor breakfast.
US Trade Representative Ron Kirk says the country is on track to double exports over a five-year period – a target laid out by President Obama.
There's some talk about US Trade Representative Ron Kirk becoming the next Commerce secretary. But he calls his post 'fun' and says the only job he'd rather have is NBA commissioner.
George Will says the 2012 Republican field is 'cluttered with careless, delusional' candidates. But GOP whip Kevin McCarthy lauds 'a longer primary ... based upon ideas.'
House majority whip Kevin McCarthy says that Congress will likely need to pass another temporary spending measure by March 18 to avoid a federal government shutdown.
President Obama's chief economist, Austan Goolsbee, discussed the economic impact of rising oil prices, why he believes corporate leaders will create jobs in the US, and why it's a bad idea not to raise the US Government's debt ceiling at a Feb. 24 Monitor breakfast.
Potential Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee discussed his view of the power of public employee unions, the Obama administration's decision to stop defending the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, and conservatives' criticism of Michelle Obama's anti-obesity campaign at a Feb. 23 Monitor tea.
Obama’s chief economist, Austan Goolsbee, remains 'optimistic' that corporate executives on the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness will hire workers in the US, not overseas.
Possible GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee blasted the Obama administration's decision to stop defending the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibits federal recognition of gay marriage.
Mike Huckabee, Fox News Channel program host and potential Republican presidential candidate, says fellow conservatives have criticized Michelle Obama 'unfairly' for her anti-obesity program.
Foreign-policy expert Zbigniew Brzezinski discussed the response to US calls for political change in Egypt, his rating of President Obama's foreign policy, and GOP threats to cut US foreign aid at a Feb. 10 Monitor breakfast.
Budget director Jacob Lew commented on the role of Social Security in solving major budget problems, reports of bipartisan Senate deficit talks, and whether there are contingency plans for a shutdown of the US government at a Feb. 17 Monitor lunch.
Jacob Lew, director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), says Social Security 'is essentially a parallel issue.' But this doesn't mean policymakers shouldn't address its challenges.
Jacob Lew responded Thursday to a report that some senators are working on legislation that would trigger tax hikes and spending cuts if Congress fails to live within spending targets.
To avoid bloodshed and ensure democracy in Egypt, a political process of some sort is needed, Zbigniew Brzezinski says. The challenge is tougher than it was to help European freedom movements decades ago.
The Obama administration should pay attention to 'self-restraint, tone, and discretion,' said Zbigniew Brzezinski, who served as national security adviser under President Carter.
Senator Richard Lugar (R) of Indiana, ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, discussed Chinese President Hu Jintao's degree of control over the Chinese military, the consequences of US military withdrawal from Afghanistan, and Tea Party opposition to his reelection in 2012 at a Jan. 18 Monitor breakfast.
Former Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean discussed President Obama's choice for his new chief of staff, the Tea Party's likely impact in the 2012 presidential election, and his current role in the Democratic party at a Jan. 5 Monitor breakfast.
Sen. Richard Lugar notes that the GOP's renewed focus on the deficit – and the huge costs of the Afghanistan war – mean that many conservatives are starting to question the endeavor.
The tea party plans to oppose Senator Richard Lugar in the 2012 Republican primary election – his first primary challenge since 1976.