Blog Posts by Chris Moody, Yahoo News

  • GOP leaders say they’ve sacrificed enough already on debt negotiations

    (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)Amid ongoing negotiations with President Obama over raising the debt ceiling, House Republican leaders responded to Obama's call Monday for compromise by saying that their openness to raising the debt ceiling at all is sacrifice enough.

    "A vote to increase the debt limit in this country is an existential question for a fiscal conservative," House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Monday. "These votes aren't easy. ...What I don't think that the White House understands is how difficult it is for fiscal conservatives to say they're going to vote for a debt ceiling increase."

    Congressional leaders are heading into a second straight day of negotiations with the president today over raising the nation's $14.3 trillion debt ceiling, which Republicans have refused to support without "major" cuts to federal spending. The White House has suggested a compromise that includes restructuring the nation's entitlement programs--currently the main drivers of debt--in exchange for tax increases, but Republicans continue to refuse any deal that raises rates.

    "Adding tax increases to the equation doesn't balance anything," House Speaker John Boehner said before today's meeting with Obama, arguing that as a lead Republican negotiator on the issue, he's already "going to take my fair share" of hurt by merely talking to the president about raising the debt limit.

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  • Pelosi flexes muscle as House Democrats prepare for final debt ceiling negotiations

    (Alex Brandon/AP)House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has so far played a minor, background role in the negotiations between President Obama and congressional Republicans over raising the debt ceiling. But she sought to change all that Friday, in a private meeting with Obama to drive home her earlier pledge to oppose any deal that cuts the nation's entitlement programs.

    Pelosi emerged from a meeting with House Democrats Friday to announce that they remain "firm" in their commitment to keep Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare free from cuts.

    One day earlier, Pelosi made clear that many House Democrats fervidly oppose the White House's bid to place cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security on the table during the debt-ceiling talks. Republican leaders, meanwhile, say they won't proceed with negotiations unless such cuts are included, together with provisions to restrain the future growth of government spending.

    "We do not support cuts in benefits for Social Security and Medicare," Pelosi said. "Any discussion of Medicare or Social Security should be on its own table. I have said that before. You want to take a look at Social Security? Then look at it on its own table. But do not consider Social Security a piggy bank for giving tax cuts to the wealthiest people in our country."

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  • Democratic group asks Koch Brothers for donation after attacking them…UPDATE: DSCC responds

    (Larry W. Smith/AP)Koch Industries, the billion-dollar energy conglomerate that faces regular attacks from liberal groups for donating millions to conservative and free-market political causes, reported that a national Democratic group approached the company seeking campaign donations. The appeal went out out over the signature of Washington Sen. Patty Murray, who chairs the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC).

    The DSCC asked Koch for a five-figure donation, a request the company is making very public after it weathered months of criticism from Democrats, including the DSCC.

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  • Group raises $400,000 in three weeks for Perry

    (Photo of Perry: Patrick Semansky/AP)Texas Gov. Rick Perry is still mum about whether he'll jump into the race for the White House, but supporters are trying to spur him on by flashing a ton of cash in his name.

    Americans for Rick Perry, an outside group with no formal affiliation to the governor, announced Thursday that it had raised $400,000 in three weeks, a sign that he will have a solid foundation of financial support if he decides to run.

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  • LAST TICKET: Missing Palin emails revealed; Rick Perry leads Romney in Texas

    Here are the stories we took note of today but didn't give the full blog treatment:

    • Minnesota can't calculate how much the government shutdown costs because the state employees who do that were laid off. (Washington Post)

    • Missing Palin emails released. (Associated Press)

    • Ron Paul to campaign across Iowa with his son, Rand. (The State Column)

    • New York Democrats choose State Assemblyman David I. Weprin to run in special election for Anthony Weiner's vacant House seat. (New York Times)

    • Georgia Republican Rep. Paul Broun: Hey, let's lower the debt limit. (National Review)

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  • Dalai Lama brings Boehner, Pelosi together

    (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)If there's one person on Earth who can bring John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi together, if only for a moment, it's the Dalai Lama.

    The spiritual and political leader of Tibet, who has been exiled from repressive Chinese rule in India since 1959, met with House members from both parties Thursday. The Dalai Lama is in Washington to celebrate his 76th birthday, and was invited to the Capitol by House Speaker John Boehner.

    "Here in Congress, our commitment to the Tibetan people has always brought the two parties together. And I expect that it will continue to do so no matter how long it takes," Boehner said before introducing him.

    Pelosi echoed Boehner's remarks.

    "I'm very proud that we've come together under the dome of the Capitol a number of times to honor his Holiness," she said.

    At one point during the press briefing, Boehner tripped on a cord behind the podium and the Dalai Lama grabbed his hand to steady him. The two exited the room arm in arm.

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  • ‘Manhattan Madam’ who provided prostitutes to Spitzer would run against him for mayor

    (Photo of Kristin Davis: Evan Agostini/AP)Now that CNN has canceled former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer's primetime show, he could spend his new free time running for mayor of New York, a possibility that has been rumored for months.

    But if he does, he'll have some very unwelcome company.

    Kristin Davis, the "Manhattan Madam" who oversaw the prostitution ring that Spitzer patronized before he resigned from his post in 2008, confirmed that she will run against him in the event that he decides to run in 2013.

    "I am considering a run for Mayor," Davis told The Ticket. "If Spitzer runs it's a definite I would enter the race to oppose him."

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  • Congressional leaders meet with Obama on debt ceiling

    (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)After putting controversial cuts to Social Security and Medicare on the table in negotiations with congressional Republicans over a plan to raise the nation's debt ceiling, President Obama still doesn't have a deal in the works. Emerging from a meeting with congressional leaders on Thursday, Obama said that both sides in the negotiations would find the ultimate outcome "painful." He also explained that the two sides had not yet arrived at an accord, but would reconvene talks on Sunday.

    "I want to emphasize that nothing is agreed to until everything is agreed to," Obama said, adding that the talks were conducted "in a spirit of compromise" but that the parties "are still far apart on a wide range of issues."

    Both sides must come to a resolution to raise the $14.3 trillion limit by August 2, or the federal government could risk default, Treasury officials warn.

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  • Republicans, U.S. Chamber ‘crash’ Obama Twitter Town Hall

    Obama (Charles Dharapak/AP)When the White House announced that President Obama would hold a "Twitter Town Hall" in July by answering questions posed through the social media site, Republicans in Washington jumped at the opportunity, inundating the platform with questions, snarky comments and calls for action.

    The president answered a series of questions, not all of them total softballs, including one from Republican House Speaker John Boehner, who posted dozens of questions for Obama on his page.

    "After embarking on a record spending binge that left us deeper in debt, where are the jobs?" Boehner asked.

    Obama chuckled, and called Boehner's question "slightly skewed."

    Through a spokesman, the Speaker fired back: "'Where are the jobs?' isn't a 'skewed question' to the millions of Americans who lost jobs since President Obama's failed 'stimulus' spending binge began," Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck told Politico.

    Scores of other Republican members of Congress took the opportunity to pose their own questions, although all but Boehner's failed to yield a reply

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  • California youngster running for Congress raises $420,000 in first round

    Ricky Gill (Gill campaign)If the elections were held today, Ricky Gill would be too young to serve in Congress, but the 24-year-old Republican running to represent California's 11th congressional district already raised nearly half a million dollars in preparation for Election Day 2012.

    Gill will turn 25--the youngest age the Constitution allows for members of the House--before the election next year, and has raised $420,000 since announcing his candidacy in May, according to his campaign. If elected, Gill, who is still in law school at the University of California, Berkeley, would be the youngest member in the chamber.

    "Just 44 days after announcing our candidacy on May 17th, this campaign will report to the Federal Election Commission that we raised over $420,000 in donations, all from individuals like you," Gill wrote in a letter to supporters. "Unlike other campaigns, we didn't take out any loans to inflate this figure, and we didn't receive any contributions from PACs."

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