Alan Simpson News
5 Familiar Names (and Faces) You'll Recognize in 'Confirmation'
While there are a bevy of familiar television stars in HBO's upcoming movie "Confirmation," one of the most startling revelations is the sheer number of familiar names among the characters. The drama portrays the confirmation hearing process for Clarence Thomas and the sexual harassment allegations
The Pull and Push Of The Unemployment Debate
By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES SENATE MOVES FIRST, THEN THE PRESIDENT: This morning the Senate will take a procedural vote on a bill to extend unemployment benefits to Americans for three months. Senate Republicans appear poised to block the measure, an outcome that will...
Read an Excerpt of Peter Baker's New Book 'Days of Fire'
Excerpted from DAYS OF FIRE: BUSH AND CHENEY IN THE WHITE HOUSE by Peter Baker Copyright © 2013 by Peter Baker. Excerpted by permission of Doubleday, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted...
Judge Defies Victim's Family by Sentencing DUI Driver to Jail
A judge, who sentenced a Fresno, Calif., man to jail for his role in a deadly drunk driving accident, defied the wishes of the victim’s family who had asked that the driver not receive jail time. Judge Alan Simpson sentenced 25-year-old Brian Cappelluti to a...
Obama's Chained CPI Throws Off Pols and Here's How It Works
President Obama’s outline for government spending in fiscal year 2014 includes a controversial proposal that has not only thrown the Republican Party off balance at the outset of upcoming budget negotiations but has also split his own party. The proposal is a move to slow...
President Obama: There Is No Debt Crisis
There has been no shortage of dire warnings about the mounting US national debt, but President Obama is now offering a different assessment: no big deal. “We don’t have an immediate crisis in terms of debt,” President Obama said in an exclusive interview with George...
Debt Group Pans White House Call for 'Petit Bargain'
As the sequester spending cuts begin to take effect, the White House today pointed to one potential silver lining: significant progress in the battle to tame the nation’s deficit and debt. “The ‘big deal’ has been partly accomplished,” declared White House spokesman Jay Carney, when...
It Was The Best Of Fights, It Was The Worst Of Fights (The Note)
By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES THE SEQUESTER SHOWDOWN: The White House says that a short-term resolution may be the only workable option to avoid triggering the sweeping package of federal budget cuts known as “the sequester,” unless Congress can reach a broader deficit-reduction
Bowles, Simpson Protested at Playbook Breakfast
It’s hard to talk about the deficit these days. At the Newseum this morning, bipartisan budget-cutters Alan Simpson, a Republican, and Erskine Bowles, a Democrat, found out just how hard. Protesters interrupted the two as they sat onstage, being interviewed by Politico’s Mike Allen before...
How Do You Solve A Problem Like The Sequester? (The Note)
By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES OBAMA PLAYS THE ‘SHAME’ GAME: This morning, according to the White House, “the President will deliver remarks to urge action to avoid the automatic budget cuts scheduled to hit next Friday if Congress fails to find a path forward on...