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Entries by Amanda Terkel from 12/2010

Calling The Senate GOP's Bluff: Multiple Bills Likely To Come Up Before Tax Cuts

Posted 12.01.2010 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate GOP's threat to filibuster every single piece of legislation until the chamber resolves budget and tax cut measures will like...

'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Hearings: Live Updates From Washington

Posted 12.02.2010 | Politics

The Senate Armed Services committee is holding hearings for the military's controversial "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy on Thursday. Secretary of Defe...

Strickland Building Machine To Help Democrats Reclaim The State In 2012, Turn Kasich Into Ohio's GWB

Posted 12.03.2010 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Ted Strickland may have lost his campaign for reelection as Ohio governor, but he's not planning on disappearing from public life anytim...

Newt Gingrich Leaning Toward Presidential Run: I'm 'Much More Inclined To Run Than Not Run'

Posted 12.05.2010 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich continued to tease the media on Sunday, saying that he is now leaning toward running for p...

Sen. Richard Lugar Gives President Obama Credit For Reaching Out To The GOP (VIDEO)

Posted 12.05.2010 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), increasingly a voice of reason and moderation within his own GOP, gave President Obama credit on Sunday for...

Mitch McConnell: 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal Won't Happen This Year, Tax Cuts Will Be Extended (VIDEO)

Posted 12.05.2010 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) sent a message to "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) repeal advocates on Sunday: Don't hold y...

Will Scott Brown's Support For DADT Repeal Boost His Reelection Prospects?

Posted 12.06.2010 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) may be breaking away from his Tea Party supporters who poured blood, sweat and tears into getting him into of...

Bloomberg's Jobs Speech: Praises Tax Deal, Pushes For Immigration Reform, Criticizes Health Care Law

Posted 12.08.2010 | New York

WASHINGTON -- New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivered a speech on Tuesday outlining six steps to tackle unemployment and spur job creation, ar...

The Ghosts Of Health Care Deals Past: Industry Negotiations Could Haunt WH In New GOP-Led Congress

Posted 12.08.2010 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The deals that the White House cut with major industries during the health care debate are threatening to come back to haunt the adminis...

Media Matters Hires Angelo Carusone, Leader Of 'Stop Beck' Movement, To Ramp Up Campaign Against Fox News

Posted 12.09.2010 | Media

WASHINGTON -- The battle between progressives and Fox News just got hotter. Liberal watchdog Media Matters has hired one of Glenn Beck's key nemeses, ...

DeFazio: House Speaker Pelosi Unlikely To Hold Floor Vote On Obama-GOP Tax Deal

Posted 12.09.2010 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is unlikely to bring up President Obama's tax cut deal to the floor for a vote in its current form...

GOPers See 'Great Opportunity' For Afghanistan War Skeptic In 2012

Posted 12.10.2010 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In what promises to be a crowded field of Republican presidential candidates, there is a growing sense that a 2012 contender could disti...

Petraeus Aide Marvin Hill: If Troops Can't Deal With DADT Repeal, They Should Leave The Service

Posted 12.10.2010 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A senior aide to David Petraeus, commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, is out with a strong statement in support of repealing Don't A...

Holbrooke's Last Words On Afghanistan Clarified As Being Part Of A Humorous Exchange By Obama Administration

Posted 12.14.2010 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration said Tuesday that the reported last words of veteran diplomat Richard Holbrooke, its point person on Afghanista...

Afghanistan To See Greater Congressional Attention, Skepticism, Staff Say

Posted 12.14.2010 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The war in Afghanistan was barely mentioned at all in the midterm elections, pushed aside in favor of jobs, the deficit, and yes, even w...

Rep. Buck McKeon Praises Gen. Amos, Says Repealing DADT Right Now Would Be An 'Affront To The Military' (VIDEO)

Posted 12.15.2010 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), the incoming chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said on Wednesday that Democrats' last-minute ...

Afghanistan Strategy Review: Obama's Af-Pak Review Touts Progress, Lays Framework For Sustained Commitment

Posted 12.16.2010 | World

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration's much-anticipated annual review of the conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan is upbeat on progress and reaffirm...

Clinton, Gates: Low Public Approval Of Afghan War Won't Change Policy

Posted 12.16.2010 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With public support for the war in Afghanistan at a new low, top Obama administration officials on Thursday defended the United States' ...

House Republicans Block Child Marriage Prevention Act

Posted 12.17.2010 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Thursday, the House took up the International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act of 2010. The bill would ensure that c...

Bipartisan Support Building Around Three Changes To Senate Rules In New Congress

Posted 12.17.2010 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats met for their second caucus meeting about reforming chamber rules Friday, beginning to converge on three changes that s...

Mitch McConnell Announces He Will Oppose New START Treaty

Posted 12.19.2010 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will oppose the new START Treaty, a bilateral arms reduction treaty between the United States and...

Joe Biden: We'll Be Out Of Afghanistan By 2014, 'Come Hell Or High Water'

Posted 12.19.2010 | World

WASHINGTON -- Vice President Biden promised Sunday that the United States will withdraw from Afghanistan by 2014, "come hell or high water." Last wee...

LGBT Groups Warn Gay Servicemembers: Don't Come Out, Re-enlist Quite Yet

Posted 12.19.2010 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Although both chambers of Congress have now passed a repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) and the President is expected to sign the le...

Ten Years In, Afghanistan War Barely An Issue In 2010 Campaign

Posted 12.20.2010 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With the American public increasingly souring on the nearly decade-long war in Afghanistan, voters tossed out one of the conflict's lead...

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough: Richard Holbrooke Told Me Afghanistan Was A Losing Proposition

Posted 12.20.2010 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Before his death, Richard Holbrooke admitted that Afghanistan is a war that cannot be won, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough revealed Monday. ...