The US would get in quick financial trouble and military funding could be jeopardized if Congress ignores the recommendations of the deficit commission, its co-chairs say.
Many new Republicans were elected on a platform of shrinking the federal government. The first big test of their sincerity it coming, with a vote on whether to let the US borrow more money to increase the national debt. Deficit commission co-chair Alan Simpson says he 'can't wait.'
Democratic strategist James Carville points out that for the past 76 years the GOP has picked its most senior white male to run for president. That would mean Mitt Romney.
Democratic strategists James Carville and Stanley Greenberg say President Obama should admit mistakes and clearly lay out a plan going forward.
At a Sept. 22 Monitor Breakfast, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke about youth violence, performance-based teacher salaries, and rising college tuition.
The divisions the tea party brought to the GOP could cause trouble come 2012, says Republican pollster Bill McInturff.
Members of President Obama's party unhappy with his military policy choices, especially in Afghanistan, could mount a primary challenge against him, says Republican strategist Bill McInturff.
At an Oct. 21 Monitor breakfast, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair Chris Van Hollen discussed Republican campaign spending, Nancy Pelosi's chance of remaining speaker of the House, and the potential for post-election bipartisanship.
A disproportionate amount of the 'secret money' being contributed to political campaigns in Election 2010 is going to Republicans, says Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Rep. Chris Van Hollen.
Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen led Democrats to a House majority in 2008 and has the same job in 2010, but he won't take a third term as Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee head.
At an Oct. 14 Monitor breakfast, Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine discussed the outlook for Democrats in the midterm elections, the coming fight in state legislatures over redistricting congressional seats using the 2010 census, and how President Obama might change in the second half of his term.
At a Sept. 30 Monitor breakfast, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius discussed progress in implementing the Affordable Care Act, misinformation about health-care reform, and the dangers of anonymous campaign cash.
Democratic National Committee chair Tim Kaine criticized the GOP for relying on anonymous donations. The source of funds for campaign ads should be disclosed, Kaine said.
Senate candidate Joe Manchin of West Virginia, a Democrat, denigrated 'Obamacare' and shot a hole in the cap-and-trade bill. Democratic National Committee Chair Tim Kaine was not impressed.
At a Sept. 29 Monitor breakfast, Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Mike Mullen discussed increased pressure to cut the defense budget, US strategy in the Afghanistan war, and the impact of extended deployments on troops and their families.
At a Sept. 17 Monitor lunch, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano discussed the response to the 9/11 attacks, securing the US southern border, and the current US threat level.
Rahm Emanuel's White House chief of staff role wasn't in crafting policy, but in managing strategy, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told reporters Thursday.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said she has seen dozens of political ads paid for by generic-sounding organizations with anonymous money.
Admiral Mullen and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel opposed each other on the way forward in Afghanistan, but Mullen said Emanuel 'contributed significantly.'
Michael Mullen, Obama's top military adviser, on Wednesday dismissed reports of infighting within the Obama adminstration over Afghanistan war strategy.