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  • Obama's prepared remarks

    Here are Obama's prepared remarks today (in full after jump). As expected, it's a largely political address: Excerpts from President Obama’s Remarks at Carnegie Mellon University  As Prepared for Delivery- America does not stand still.  We move...
  • Even Daily Show piles on

    Even the Daily Show is criticizing Obama's handling of the Gulf oil spill, and specifically his extracurriculars since promising not to rest until it was over. The extras including meetings with college basketball champions, a session on Jewish-American H...
  • DSCC: Sestak by 7

    WaPo's Chris Cillizza reports that a poll commissioned by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has Democrat Rep. Joe Sestak ahead of Republican Pat Toomey in the Senate race 47-40. They have similar favorable-unfavorable ratings, with Sestak at 34...
  • Obama in the wilderness

    Barack Obama's speech in Pittsburgh today is supposed to allude to Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. So how does he like being in the wilderness? He is being tested for sure, in what is unquestionably the worst point in his presidency. Think about it: while...
  • Boo boos @ Dem HQ

    It looks like there's some hurt feelings about the mighty (hahahahaha) state Democratic establishment these days. As John Micek reports at the Morning Call, there are rumblings coming out of the party's HQ that chairman (and wildly vocal Specter supporter...
  • Flu bug travels to Alabama

    The anti-establishment flu that knocked Arlen Specter out of the Senate (and WVa's Alan Mollohan from the House) traveled to Alabama yesterday. From the WashPost's Chris Cillizza: Alabama Republican Rep. Parker Griffith was soundly defeated in a Republi...
  • GOP: what about unemployment?

    At Politico, Mike Allen has an early GOP response to the president's economic remarks at CMU this afternoon: THE PRESIDENT flies to Pittsburgh and at 1:35 p.m. “will deliver a speech at Carnegie Mellon University and will discuss the state of our econo...
  • Welcome, Barack Hussein Obama

    Everything's coming together for today's Obama appearance: Speech, check. Traffic tie-ups, check. Tea Party demonstration, check. From Pittsburgh Tea Party leader Patti Weaver: WHO: Grassroots Tea Partiers WHAT: Sidewalk Protest of President Barack...
  • Beware Oakland/Obama traffic

    More Obama details: Mr. Obama is scheduled to arrive at the Pittsburgh International Airport at 12:40 p.m. There will be rolling closures along the route from the airport to Oakland. He will deliver a speech on the nation's economic prospects at 1:35 p....
  • Obama to address economy

    From Jim O'Toole: President Barack Obama will seek to refocus national attention on his vision for the economy in a speech this afternoon at Carnegie Mellon University. "The president will deliver a speech on the state of our economy, the future we n...
  • Distractions and diversions

      Pat Toomey thinks Joe Sestak and the White House could have saved us all a lot of trouble by speaking up a little sooner. During a campaign stop in the Strip District Tuesday, the GOP candidates was asked about the oft-regurgitated story of President...
  • OFA kicks off midterm voter drive

    Obama's political arm -- Organizing For America -- will kick off a drive this weekend to get first-time 2008 voters back to the polls for November's election, the group says. From a press release: Philadelphia – Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato, ...
  • Gibbs evades again on Sestak

    White House spokesman Robert Gibbs -- who did a nifty little dance for months at questions about the Joe Sestak "job" offer -- ducked some more questions today about lingering problems after Friday's news dump by White House counsel Bob Bauer. One report...
  • Corbett & Twitter reprise

    Via GrassrootsPa, here's The Legal Intelligencer on Tom Corbett's attempt to subpoena Twitter to identify online critics in the Bonusgate case: Those hoops, though, are "short-circuited" when a grand jury is used for a purpose other than determining whet...
  • Toomey hits Sestak on job offer

    From Jim O'Toole: Republican Pat Toomey said today it would have been helpful for his U.S. Senate opponent, Democrat Joe Sestak, to have been more forthcoming at an earlier point about his White House job offer. When asked about reports that former Pres...
  • Fox loves them some Sestak

    The Joe Sestak job-er-unpaid-advisory-post offer story that whipped us all into a frenzy last week was particularly big news on Fox News. As the frequent Fox-bashers at Media Matters for America point out, the number of Sestak mentions from Friday through...
  • Uphill battle in NW for Kelly

    Mercer County Republican Roberta Biros handicaps the 3rd District congressional race at PaWaterCooler: Mike Kelly has a very difficult task ahead of him. The very heated race for the Republican nomination left “the right” fractured. There were six re...
  • Rendell's memory off on Hoeffel

    A nice catch here from Amy Worden at the Inquirer: Gov. Rendell has gotten a lot of air time lately dishing out commentary on the political story of the moment involving Joe Sestak and a certain job offer. Today was no different. Rendell turned up on F...
  • Pa: a "Shadow Congress" leader

    No surprise here. A new study from TPM says of the 50 states in the union, only two -- Texas and New York -- have more former members of Congress working as DC lobbyists than Pennsylvania. But give Pa credit -- it has fewer congressional seats than tho...
  • Reminder: Obama here tomorrow

    Few details have been released yet, but Obama will be speaking at CMU tomorrow around noon. It's invite-only, and needless to say you'll probably want to avoid Oakland if at all possible during the lunchtime hours. UPDATE: We're getting indications it...