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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Daily Political Wire

George Wenschhof

Obama to Give Deficit Reduction Speech Today -
at George Washington University this afternoon. It is likely he will be leaning more to the Simpson-Bowles plan which grew out of his bipartisan committee Obama appointed to address the problem.

Before the speech, the president has invited leaders of Congress to meet with him at the White House, where he is expected to brief them on his speech. The Washington Post has more here.


CNN Poll Shows Americans Split On Republican Budget Reduction Plan -
51% say the spending cuts go too far and 47% say the cuts are not too deep. More importantly, 68% say the proposed Republican cuts unfairly favor some groups. You can read the full results of the poll here.

You can bet President Obama will read this prior to his speech today.


Are Votes There to Pass Latest Budget Agreement? -
the House and Senate will vote on the latest budget on Thursday. The budget for the remainder of the current fiscal year contains 38.5 billion in cuts. Now, members of Congress have reviewed the agreement, questions remain as to the support from both Republicans and Democrats. You can read more here.


Hoyer and Boehner Talking Deal on Debt Ceiling -
Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), the House Minority Whip is reaching out to House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) to try to broker an agreement on raising the nations debt ceiling. has more here.


Confusion Reigns in Libya -
NATO, Arab and African representatives met with rebels to discuss what is the next move. Questions remain as to who is leading the rebels. Reportedly, Gaddafi has accepted a framework for a cease fire proposed by The African Union. The NY Times has an update here.


Pawlenty Says I'm Running For President -
after the announcement yesterday by Mitt Romney. The campaign of the former Governor of Minnesota quickly said an announcement will be forthcoming within the next several weeks. Pawlenty is polling low among Republican hopefuls, so it is obvious why he wants to get started officially soon. has more here.


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