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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.