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Friday, March 16, 2012

Daily Political Wire

George Wenschhof

Obama To Attend 5 Fundraisers in One Day -
although, the President is not facing opposition in the primary, the expectation is the general election will be costly. Obama will be attending 3 fundraisers in Atlanta and two in Chicago today. You can read more here.


Representative Ackerman Latest To Retire -
Democrat NY Rep. Gary Ackerman's decision not to run again came as a surprise. The seat is in a heavy Democratic voter registered district so it is expected to remain Democrat. 15 Democrats and 9 Republican Representatives have announced retirement in this election cycle. The Washington Post has more here.


"Individual Mandate" Key To Health Care Argument - the Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments on March 26 with the Obama administration expected to use the Commerce Clause and the Necessary and Proper Clause of the constitution to defend the provision in the health care law. has more here.


SWIFT Cuts Off Iranian Banks -
the world's largest electronic payment system has cut off Iranian banks in a move sure to catch the attention of the leaders of that country. The sanctions are aimed at encouraging Iran to enter into substantive talks on their nuclear development program. has more here.


Investigation Into Afghan Shootings to Include Mental Evaluation -
the soldier who is accused of the grisly shootings of 16 Afghanistan civilians will be evaluated for combat stress symptoms. has more here.


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