As Democrats and Republicans hunkered down on opposite sides of the Capitol on Wednesday, showing no signs of a compromise on slashing the deficit, a group called the Patriotic Millionaires for Fiscal Strength made its move.
Nearly 140 members wrote a letter to President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress to “do the right thing” and “raise our taxes.” Next they hit up the bipartisan “super committee,” laboring under a Nov. 23 deadline to reach agreement on the deficit or trigger unpalatable budget cuts.
In his Special Report “The golden age of oppo research”, our correspondent Tim Reid tells us that the combination of abundant money (post-Citizens United decision ) and great technology will take opposition research to a new level in 2012. Karl Rove’s SuperPAC American Crossroads alone plans to spend $240 million on this election cycle, mostly attacking Democratic candidates.
ORANGE, California (Reuters) – “The Undefeated,” a flattering documentary about Sarah Palin’s rise in American politics, opened in a handful of U.S. movie theaters on Friday, drawing die-hard fans of the Tea Party favorite from far away.
Distributors put the film in just 10 AMC theaters nationwide, mostly in reliably conservative markets like Dallas, Texas and Orange County in southern California.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Chipotle Mexican Grill has hired a team of Washington legal A-listers to shore up its hiring and handle a federal criminal investigation stemming from the discovery of hundreds of illegal workers in its popular burrito restaurants.
The Denver-based chain has been in hot water since audits by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) turned up large numbers of undocumented workers on payrolls in Minnesota, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
LOS ANGELES, June 17 (Reuters) – Chipotle Mexican Grill
(CMG.N: Quote, Profile, Research) has hired a team of Washington legal A-listers to shore
up its hiring and handle a federal criminal investigation
stemming from the discovery of hundreds of illegal workers in
its popular burrito restaurants.
The Denver-based chain has been in hot water since audits
by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) turned up
large numbers of undocumented workers on payrolls in Minnesota,
Virginia and Washington, D.C. [ID:nN20201127]
BEVERLY HILLS (Reuters) – Republican Newt Gingrich restarted his troubled run for the U.S. presidency with an appeal on Sunday to Jewish voters in California after senior campaign staff abandoned him over differences on strategy.
Four days after a staff exodus known as the “Newtiny,” Gingrich told a gathering of Jewish Republicans he would continue to campaign for Americans who want change in Washington and the repeal of President Barack Obama’s policies.
The United States slapped sanctions on Venezuela’s state oil giant PVDSA for trading with Iran, a move that could worsen Washington’s already sour relations with Caracas. Now we’re waiting for President Hugo Chavez to respond.
Expect a lot of noise, in typical Chavez fashion. In the warm-up act, one ally called the sanctions “ridiculous” and accused the United States of wanting to “once again…turn into the global policeman.”
Right off the starting line, Republican Tim Pawlenty is fashioning himself as the Chevy of presidential candidates. “We will not be the money champion in the race to start with. My friend, Mitt Romney, will be the front-runner in that regard,” he told NBC’s Today show. His nomination bid, he added, “may not be the BMW or the Mercedes campaign.”
Sounds like T-Paw is calling Mitt a Mercedes. But what Pawlenty isn’t saying is that he is running the Cadillac of campaigns in Iowa. The former Minnesota governor has put more troops on the ground in that early voting state than any of the other candidates combined, according to the Iowa Republican website.
WASHINGTON, May 10 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama asked
El Paso, Texas, today if those in Congress who walked away from
immigration reform were ready to come back to the table. If El
Paso could give an answer, it might have said: “Not until
And maybe that is what Obama is thinking too. Maybe today
we saw his game plan for a signature initiative once he is
re-elected. Call it Manifesto for 2013.
WASHINGTON, May 9 (Reuters) – Sheila Bair is ready to
abandon the FDIC ship. Who can blame her? She weathered five
stormy years at the helm, begrudgingly backed bailouts for
failing financial giants, talked tough on bankster pay and
butted heads with fellow regulators.
Come July 8, she’ll be off to the calmer waters of academia
or maybe a non-profit. She has street cred, but she won’t use
it to cash in on Wall Street, she has said. That would be too