The First Draft: Navel gazers no more
Republican Party chairman Michael Steele yesterday urged his fellow GOPers to stop “navel gazing” and go on the offensive against President Obama and his Democrats, and it appears they are getting right to it.
Today, the party votes on a resolution to ask the Democratic Party to rename itself “The Democrat Socialist Party.”
And Newt Gingrich, the former Republican House speaker, said current House speaker Nancy Pelosi should step down for accusing the CIA of lying to Congress about torture.
“Even Democrats have to be concerned that she is clearly not telling the truth,” Gingrich said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
So far, no Democrats have called on Pelosi to resign over the flap.
Elsewhere in Washington, the White House panel trying to find a way out of the economic crisis holds its first public meeting today. The 16-member Economic Recovery Advisory Board, led by former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, meets at 10 a.m.
Lots of administration officials on the Hill today.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testify at House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee at 12:30.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee at 9:30.
FBI Director Robert Mueller testifies before the House Judiciary Committee at 10:00.
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner testifies on TARP at Senate Banking Committee at 9:30.
And finally, Attorney General Eric Holder and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announce an effort to crack down on Medicare fraud at 1 p.m.
photo credit: ABC News (Steele appears on an ABC News show, Feb. 8)
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