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The Note: The Curious Case Of Chris Christie
By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie yesterday called for a special election this October to fill the U.S. Senate seat left open by Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s death. The surprise move upends both state and national political worlds, ABC’s
The Note: Capitol Hill Confronts Another Washington Scandal
By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES TOP BRASS TO TESTIFY: Top U.S. military officials, including Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey and Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno, will appear before the Senate Armed Services Committee today to testify about the epidemic...
Let the Liberal Pressure Begin: Union Ads Tell Dems Not to Cave on Cuts
Three major unions have joined forces to air ads pressuring Democrats to reject GOP demands as party leaders negotiate a way to sidestep the dreaded “fiscal cliff.” Congress will return after Thanksgiving to hash out a mix of spending cuts and tax hikes in the...
To Vet, Or Not To Vet? (The Note)
By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) and AMY WALTER (@amyewalter) NOTABLES: MARCO, THE MORNING AFTER. Was Florida Sen. Marco Rubio being vetted by the Romney campaign’s vice presidential search team at this time yesterday? ABC’s Jonathan Karl answered that question definitively in his reporting:
Rick Santorum Calls Mitt Romney Campaign 'Desperate' for Questioning Saturday's Delegate Haul
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Missouri – Rick Santorum called the Romney campaign “desperate” Saturday evening, responding to the claim that its candidate, not Santorum, earned more delegates today. While Santorum was the victor in Kansas Saturday by a wide margin, Mitt Romney won the Guam, Commonwealth of...
Congress Passes Two-Month Extension of Tax Cut, Unemployment Insurance
The House of Representatives agreed by unanimous consent to pass a temporary two-month extension of the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance, delaying a contentious battle over a long-term solution until early next year. House Speaker John Boehner presided over a pro forma session this...
Lawmakers Want to Eliminate Only Government Product Safety Complaints Database
Consumer Product Safety Commission's Online Database at Risk of Elimination
Members Edge Press In Bottom of the Seventh
ABC News’ John R. Parkinson (@JRPabcDC) reports: Tied up 4-4 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz drove in the winning run as the Members team beat the Bad News Babes 5-4 in the third-annual Congressional...
The Note: 2012 Focus Remains On ‘Nation Building’ At Home
After President Obama’s speech last night, Afghanistan may be driving the week in Washington, but for most Americans the economy remains the primary driver for their vote in 2012. The President alluded to that reality in his speech last night with this line: “America, it is time to focus on ...
Republicans finding it tough to 'defund' health law
House Republicans promised voters last fall that they would repeal the health care law. Since that effort stalled in an uncooperative Senate, they have vowed to "defund" it so it can't be implemented. On Feb. 18, they voted to add several amendments to the 2011 continuing resolution that funds