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David Obey

Everybody Eats Where? In Los Angeles, Il Ristorante di Giorgio Baldi, a Final Toast to My Friend

Mara Gibbs | Posted 06.14.2011 | Los Angeles
Mara Gibbs

I received sad news on Monday that my friend, teacher and favorite restaurateur Giorgio Baldi died over the weekend. Giorgio was a legendary character.

Zach Carter

House Republicans Amplify Attacks On Elizabeth Warren, Consumer Protection

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a hearing marked by openly hostile questioning from House Republicans, consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren made her highly anticipated...

Chris Dodd, David Obey Reflect On Decline Of Congress, Close Era Of Congressional Comity

Bloomberg News | Albert R. Hunt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In separate interviews, Dodd and Obey reflected on rich experiences and contemporary concerns. Both are liberal Democrats -- Obey more so -- who care ...

Race To The Top Embroiled In Budget Fight That Could Cost Colorado Chance At Winning

Education News Colorado | Todd Engdahl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Colorado Rep. Jared Polis, D-2nd District, and seven other House members sent a letter to Obey Thursday, asking him to withdraw the plan....

146 Votes Away From Afghanistan Exit

Tom Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Andrews

The WikiLeaks documents demonstrate why those 162 Members of the House were so right in casting their vote against an open ended military commitment to the government of Afghanistan.

David Obey: How The House Has Changed Over 40 Years

Politico | David Rogers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rep. Dave Obey (D-Wis.) came to Congress in the spring of 1969 after winning a special election to succeed Republican Melvin Laird, who had left the H...

54 Percent Want Afghan Exit, but Petraeus Could Nix Peace Talks with Terror Naming

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

Petraeus is pushing to have the Haqqani network, a key component of the Afghan Taliban, designated as a terrorist group.This move would undermine the policy in support of negotiations with the Afghan Taliban.

On Afghanistan, Michael Steele Speaks for Me

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Brad Woodhouse and the DNC owe all of us an apology for attacking Michael Steele on his Afghanistan remarks, but I would settle for a commitment not to engage in this sort of behavior in the future.

Education Reforms Will Miss the 'Top' Without Broader Consensus

Scott Lilly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Lilly

I am sure that Jonathan Alter's recent column in Newsweek, is as funny to the lobbyists of teacher unions as it is to me. The column is in fact not about Congress, but rather about Rep. David Obey (D-WI).

Baucus Proposes Cutting Broadband Build Out to Fund Tax Credits: Cut Programs That Create Jobs to Fund What Doesn't?

Harold Feld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Harold Feld

Politicians, news reporters, and now voters have become obsessed with deficit reduction. Unfortunately, this "deficit cutting fever" now threatens the money previously allocated for the broadband stimulus programs.

David Obey Retiring: Powerful House Appropriations Committee Chairman Won't Seek Re-Election In Wisconsin

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Rep. David Obey, a leading liberal Democrat and chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, said Wednesday that he wil...

Picking Up Steam in the House

Tom Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Andrews

Yesterday Congress moved one step closer to representing the majority of Americans who believe the war in Afghanistan has not been worth the sacrifice...

Obey's Edujobs Proposal Breaks National Promise to Our Schools and Our Students

Kati Haycock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kati Haycock

In a stealthy bit of last-minute legislation, Obey proposed an amendment to fund "Edujobs" legislation by hacking away at the budgets of three vital education reform efforts.

McGovern, Obey Lead House Showdown on Afghanistan War

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

Reps. McGovern and Obey are expected to introduce an amendment on the war supplemental that would require Obama to present Congress with a timetable for military redeployment from Afghanistan.

Speaker Pelosi, Put Afghanistan Drawdown on Record With McGovern-Obey

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

Pelosi is in a unique position to weigh in, since the House could put the Afghanistan drawdown in writing when it considers the war supplemental, by approving an amendment introduced by Reps. McGovern and Obey.

Speaker Pelosi, More War Funding Next Week Is No "Emergency"

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

The administration hopes to dodge questions about the war supplemental urgently being asked by Democratic leaders in the House by claiming that more funds are an exigent, "emergency" need. They're not.

Obey's Afghanistan: At Long Last, It's Guns vs. Butter

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

One of the many destructive legacies of the Reagan Era was the effective Washington consensus that wars and other military spending exist on their own...

Beware the Lame Duck Congress

Ernest Istook | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ernest Istook

Those who like the possible agenda of a lame-duck session may root for it. But we pay a heavy price whenever elected officials feel they are freed from accountability to the voters.

Friday Talking Points [115] -- Git 'Er Done!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Call it the calm before the storm. What everyone's waiting on is for Congress to leap into action. But, in a surprising twist, this time it might actually happen.

Banning Earmarks

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It's more fun to watch Massa's implosion on nationwide television, but we shouldn't allow this to distract us from what could shape up this year as a contest between Democrats and Republicans over who can denounce earmarks the loudest.

Ryan Grim

Obey Tells GOP They Can't Have Their Pork And Eat It Too

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The GOP may be the party of no -- but when it comes to individual Republican lawmakers taking credit for federally-funded projects in their home state...

Rep. David Obey Warns Obama: 'There Ain't Going To Be Money For Nothing If We Pour It All Into Afghanistan'

ABC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The powerful chairman of the House Appropriations Committee has a stark message for President Obama about Afghanistan -- sending more troops would be ...

The Hollow Politics of Escalation

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Solomon

An underlying conceit of the new spin about benchmarks and timetables for Afghanistan is the notion that pivotal events there can be choreographed from Washington.

We Owe It to Our Troops to Bring Hardnosed Realism to Whatever We Ask Them to Do

Rep. David R. Obey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. David R. Obey

I believe we need to more narrowly focus our efforts in Afghanistan and have a much more achievable and targeted policy, or we risk repeating the mistakes of Vietnam and the Russians in Afghanistan.

Jeff Muskus

Pelosi: House Dems Don't Support Afghan War Tax

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Despite ongoing concerns about the cost of troop escalation in Afghanistan, House leadership does not support a proposed tax to help pay for the war, ...