October 31, 2014 |
Uber executive David Plouffe, former campaign manager and White House adviser to President Obama, said Wednesday new ride-share legislation in Washington was a model for Philadelphia and other cities. Meanwhile, Uber's defiant entry into Philadelphia continued to create drama on the city streets, as another Uber driver was nabbed by Philadelphia Parking Authority enforcement officers Tuesday night for providing rides in defiance of the PPA's ban on ride-share services. The car was impounded and the driver and Uber were each fined $1,000.
July 11, 2013 |
Copies of This Town , my friend and former Post colleague Mark Leibovich's soon-to-be released book about Washington culture, have begun to dribble out, and people in the capital are reacting by sorting out who came out worst. There's presidential friend and White House aide Valerie Jarrett, whose colleagues felt compelled to draft a memo, "The Magic of Valerie," defending her reputation. It included the bullet point "Valerie is someone here who other people inside the building know they can trust.
January 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats intend to approve a budget for the first time in almost four years, a prominent lawmaker said Sunday, but he said it will call for higher tax revenues that Republicans are sure to oppose. Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D., N.Y.) also said an announcement by House Republicans that they plan to approve a short-term increase in the nation's borrowing limit without demanding spending cuts was a "positive step. " He added, though, that the extension should be longer than the three months they have outlined.
November 9, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Big changes are coming to President Obama's administration - just not right away. The White House is making the nation's high-stakes fiscal crisis its top priority coming out of the election, underscoring the vital importance of averting severe year-end tax increases and spending cuts, not just for the economy but in setting the tone for Obama's second term. Still, Obama is weighing replacements for high-profile officials expected to leave his cabinet and the White House soon.
November 6, 2012 |
Mitt Romney urged supporters at a massive outdoor rally in Bucks County Sunday night to help him capture the White House, providing dramatic punctuation to the Republican's last-minute push to carry Pennsylvania. A crowd estimated by the Secret Service at 25,000 people filled a field at Shady Brook Farm in Lower Makefield Township on a brisk night with temperatures in the low 40s. Several thousand additional people couldn't get past security barriers to see the event up close. The flag-waving throng roared when Romney and his wife Ann took the stage to the theme from Rocky a little after 6:30 p.m. Amid chants of "Send him home!"
September 10, 2012 |
CHARLOTTE - After two weeks, enough speeches to conk a political junkie into a coma, silly hats, loud horns, hours of TV commentary, and millions of dollars in staging, the two national political party conventions may not reshape the presidential race much after all. Aides to President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney predicted Friday that the back-to-back conventions would do little to change the dynamics that have kept the contest stable...
June 20, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Planning its strategy ahead of a momentous Supreme Court ruling, the Obama administration plans to move ahead with major parts of the president's health-care law if its most controversial provision does not survive, according to veteran Democrats closely involved with the legislation. Even if the requirement that nearly every U.S. resident have health insurance is declared unconstitutional, the remaining parts of the law would have far-reaching impact, putting coverage within reach of millions of uninsured people, laying new obligations on insurers and employers, and improving Medicare benefits even as payments to many service providers get scaled back.
April 11, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - One budget deal down, President Obama and Congress began to pivot yesterday from the painful standoff over this year's spending to a pair of defining debates over the nation's borrowing limit and the election-year budget. Much will be revealed at midweek, when the House and Senate are expected to vote on a budget for the remainder of this fiscal year and Obama reveals his plan to reduce the deficit, in part by scaling back programs for seniors and the poor. Across the dial yesterday, messengers from both parties framed the series of spending fights as debates over cuts - a thematic victory for House Republicans swept to power by a populist mandate for smaller, more austere government.
February 15, 2011 |
President Obama's aides say his $3.7 trillion budget is an attempt to move America forward, partly by going back to how things used to be. The proposals "will reduce domestic spending to the lowest level since President Eisenhower ," as a percentage of the economy, Obama adviser David Plouffe , a Wilmington native (University of Delaware; St. Mark's), told a group of us in a conference call Monday. Plus, home-heating subsidies for the poor and other aid programs will be cut back to where they were before the 2008 financial crisis, Obama adviser Gene Sperling said.
November 2, 2008 |
In the frantic, final days, the long and captivating 2008 presidential campaign has gone back to basics. For Republican John McCain, that means reiterating that he is an experienced leader, tested in crisis, who advocates the low-tax economic approach best able to spur a recovery. Democrat Barack Obama counters that his own agenda embodies the change sought by a worried nation and that his rival offers only a continuation of the failed policies of President Bush. After all that has happened during the last year and more, after all the petty controversies, endless television commercials, and high-stakes debates, this is the choice facing the voters on Tuesday.