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The President’s Vacation

  • 8:30 pm Monday, August 31st, 2009 by Jamie Dupree

I have to admit that I’m puzzled by how the White House handled President Obama’s vacation plans for this week.  Something just is odd about it. Last week, the First Family was up in Martha’s Vineyard.  We all know that a President doesn’t really ever vacation, and last week was prime evidence …

A Week To Go

  • 5:27 pm Monday, August 31st, 2009 by Jamie Dupree

Congressional Democrats are probably somewhat excited about turning the calendar today to the month of September, for what they hope is a fresh start to the troublesome debate over health care policy. August was supposed to be the month in which lawmakers from the Congress would seal the deal for …

Treading Water

  • 12:21 pm Monday, August 31st, 2009 by Jamie Dupree

It’s now September, and that must be a reason for Democrats in the Congress to breathe a sigh of relief.  But when it comes to health reform, we seem to be on hold until lawmakers are back at work next week. If you look back at the last two plus …

More Dirt On Rangel

  • 11:27 am Monday, August 31st, 2009 by Jamie Dupree

When Congress returns to work a week from today, Democratic leaders in the House will face new questions about the financial dealings of the Chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Charlie Rangel. Last week it was reported that Rangel had quietly amended his 2007 financial disclosure forms …

Obama On Vacation

  • 9:24 pm Sunday, August 30th, 2009 by Jamie Dupree

The White House suddenly announced Sunday night that President Obama would remain on vacation for a second straight week, snuffing out any thoughts about starting a public health care pushback. I don’t begrudge any President who wants some time off.  It’s got to be a brutal job. On the other …

The Kennedy Finale

  • 9:20 pm Sunday, August 30th, 2009 by Jamie Dupree

Watching the final goodbye in Washington, D.C. to Sen. Edward Kennedy, it was hard not to draw the parallels to the earlier farewells for his two brothers. But in 2009, this Kennedy’s death wasn’t a full scale shot to the mental solar plexus of many Americans, as he had been …

Congress Stays Put

  • 9:14 pm Sunday, August 30th, 2009 by Jamie Dupree

I had a good, long chuckle on Sunday afternoon, when a poll from Rasmussen Reports was released, which showed that “57% Would Like To Replace Entire Congress.”  My laugh became even louder when I read that back in October, 59% of those surveyed wanted to Throw The Bums Out. Let’s …

The Senate Shuffle

  • 10:58 pm Thursday, August 27th, 2009 by Jamie Dupree

The death of Sen. Edward Kennedy opens up a prime committee chairmanship in the U.S. Senate, which has the chance to set off a scramble for power and turf among Democrats. The person with the biggest choice right now is Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut, who is next in line …

Health Care Limbo

  • 10:57 pm Thursday, August 27th, 2009 by Jamie Dupree

What a weird time this is right now for the health care reform debate.  Congress isn’t back for another eleven days, as Democrats struggle to turn this battle back in their favor. I had thought next week would be one where President Obama could try to swing things to his …

Making Tough Choices

  • 9:34 pm Wednesday, August 26th, 2009 by Jamie Dupree

Did you see what’s happening in Rhode Island right now on the budget front?  It might give us some clues as to what the federal government may some day experience. Like many states, Rhode Island is getting hit hard by the recession, as tax revenues are way down, and even …