Tales from the Trail

First Draft: Obama’s Day 101 to-do list — Chrysler, flu

April 30, 2009

OBAMA/On Obama Day 101, it’s all about Chrysler.

Unless it’s about swine flu.

Efforts at a last-minute rescue deal for Chrysler appeared to be dead ahead of a midnight Thursday deadline, with holdout creditors resistant to a debt forgiveness agreement and bankruptcy looming despite President Barack Obama’s statements of optimism at a Wednesday night news conference.

First Draft: Specter gives Obama anniversary gift

April 29, 2009

USA/

As he marks his 100th day in office, President Barack Obama has a new reason to celebrate — the defection of a senior Republican to his Democratic party.