Domestic Policy

Morning Must Reads: Stargazing

Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy

–The administration is trying to pick off individual Republican Senators to cross the aisle on financial reform. On their list: Olympia Snowe, Scott Brown and Kit Bond.

Judd Gregg says he wants back at the negotiating table. Much of the GOP’s current argument is that opposition is …

Morning Must Reads: The First Act

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

–If Mitch McConnell raised the curtain on this season of financial reform political theater yesterday, then the White House serves as backdrop for the first act today. Obama is set to meet with Speaker Pelosi, Leader Reid, Senator McConnell, Rep. Boehner and Rep. Hoyer at the White House …

Stupak Steps Aside

Updated, 3:50 p.m.

During the press conference at which he announced he will not run for re-election, Bart Stupak made only passing allusion to the hailstorm of controversy he’s endured since voting for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The nine-term incumbent said his decision was spurred by a desire to spend more …

Morning Must Reads: The Hot Hand

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

–Bart Stupak is expected to announce his retirement today. The heat generated from an arduous year of health reform debate and his role in forging a compromise on abortion language seems to have taken their toll on the 18-year vet.

–The Southern Republican Leadership Conference

Morning Must Reads: Prague

President Barack Obama is greeted by a large crowd following his Prague speech April 5, 2009, in Hradcany Square in Prague, Czech Republic. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

–President Obama heads to the Czech Republic on Wednesday night. He’s returning to the site of his April, 2009 speech on nonproliferation to sign a new …

Morning Must Reads: Steeled

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–Michael Steele’s woes atop the RNC are being compounded, not helped, by a handful of high-profile resignations, including chief of staff Ken McKay. Rather than looking like he’s getting his house in order, the departures inevitably lead to a series of stories citing the recent risque spending flap …

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