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  • Specter's rash

    Some readers and a few of us at the PG have been wondering if Sen. Arlen Specter is having another health scare, with the odd looking rash visible on his head today at the event with President Obama (shown above, Specter wtih Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, phot...
  • Steady diet of nothing

    Dennis Roddy reads the president's speech and finds it "calorie free." Here's the top of Dennis' essay -- with the full version over here at PG+: WITH EVERY PASSING DAY, every faux scandal complicated by reticence, every gallon of crude disgorging int...
  • More speech reaction

    More speech reaction . . . The Atlantic: President Obama is dealing with a lot right now--BP's oil spill in the Gulf, the Gaza/Israel crisis over aid ships--but he came out swinging at his opponents and made some strong statements about the need for c...
  • Boehner condemns Obama speech

    Obama's shots at the GOP during his Pittsburgh speech today "diminishes the Office of the President," said House Minority leader John Boehner. From The Hill: Boehner ripped a speech by the president in Pittsburgh this afternoon in which Obama spoke a...
  • Oil firm gives big to Toomey

    Politico has a new story up on the spike of PAC donations from Halliburton, and notes the oil firm's single biggest check in May went to Pat Toomey: As Congress investigated its role in the doomed Deep Horizon oil rig, Halliburton donated $17,000 to can...
  • Full transcript of Obama speech

    Here's the transcript (full after jump) from the White House of Obama's speech today:   REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT ON THE ECONOMY   Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1:22 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  Thank you very...
  • Twinkle Cavanaugh is a man

    From Dennis Roddy Look at the names in these election results from the Alabama primaries. They are real names. And Twinkle Cavanaugh, by the way, is a man. The Attorney General could be Luther Strange. The Treasurer could be Young Boozer. I'm all for see...
  • Marino stable after car crash

    10th District GOP candidate Tom Marino was hospitalized after a car crash, the AP reports: TOWANDA, Pa. (AP) — A candidate for Congress in northeastern Pennsylvania is hospitalized following a head-on car crash that occurred after he left a Bradford ...
  • Speech reax

    From the WashPost : PITTSBURGH -- President Obama on Wednesday promised to find the votes for comprehensive climate change legislation in the "coming months," saying the case for putting a price on the nation's addiction to carbon has been made clear b...
  • Obama's PR offensive

    We talked earlier about the West Wing-like farce Obama is in these days, what with Paul McCartney and the Jonas Brothers at the White House tonight, while he's also dealing with international and environmental crises. It just got crazier. He's going on L...
  • WH smooths over Sestak story

    The White House transcript of spokesman Bill Burton's talk with reporters this morning has been released, and he seems to smooth over any differences between their take on the Pittsburgh trip and Sestak's, perhaps in response to the WSJ story we posted ea...
  • Obama fires first salvo

    We wondered earlier how Obama -- who is so comfortable in politics, but unproven in crisis -- would handle the worst moment of his presidency. With more politics, it appears. If his advisors wanted him to project confidence that's what they got. We menti...
  • Obama's full remarks

    From the White House (full after jump): As Prepared for Delivery— Good afternoon.  It’s great to be back at Carnegie Mellon, and in the beautiful city of Pittsburgh.  I love visiting a good sports town.  Last year, I stole Dan Rooney to se...
  • Obama begins CMU remarks

    1:25 Obama begins remarks. Says Luke Ravenstahl doesn't look a day older, and the Chicago native makes a joke about the Blackhawks/Flyers Stanley Cup series, before starting to talk about it being "an incredibly difficult time for America." The governmen...
  • Most candidates in 35 years

    The Associated Press confirms a nationwide election trend that we saw here in Pennsylvania a couple months ago -- a huge number of candidates in congressional and Senate races: WASHINGTON — Discontent with incumbents and anti-Washington anger are addin...
  • Obama webcast up

    As you might guess, CMU has a nice live webcast up and running already from Weigand Gym....
  • Obama hits GOP

    The AP has their write-thru up on Obama's speech today, stressing his swipes at the GOP: The timing comes as Obama, juggling the oil-spill disaster in the Gulf and mounting foreign crises, tried to assure the country that he is also working on the peop...
  • Obama, Sestak stories differ

    The WSJ sees more miscommunication between the Obama and Sestak camps (and see UPDATE here) So has Joe Sestak forgiven President Barack Obama’s efforts to nudge him out of the Democratic Senate primary he just won? And has the president forgiven Sest...
  • 538: Obama numbers down

    Here's poll analyst Nate Silver on Obama's (slight) approval rating dip since the oil spill: Although the trend is not very robust -- it may just be statistical noise -- the notion of some modest downward pressure on Obama's numbers rings true to me. O...
  • Specter riding shotgun

    He might have preferred the joint appearance a few weeks ago, but Sen. Arlen Specter, now a lame duck, was flying from Washington to Pittsburgh with President Obama on Air Force 1.  The Specter campaign, in the home stretch of its battle against Rep.Joe...