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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Daily Political Wire

George Wenschhof

Will Obama Name Susan Rice as National Security Adviser? - Susan E. Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations who lost out in a bruising bid for the job of secretary of state, may have the last laugh.
Rice has emerged as far and away the front-runner to succeed Thomas E. Donilon as President Obama’s national security adviser later this year, according to an administration official familiar with the president’s thinking. The job would place her at the nexus of foreign-policy decision making and allow her to rival the influence of Secretary of State John F. Kerry in shaping the president’s foreign policy. The Washington Post has more here.

Ryan's New Budget Repeals "Obamacare" - Representative Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) continues his efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act with his latest budegt submission in the House.

Appearing on "Fox News Sunday," Ryan explained that his budget is based on the assumption of repealing 'Obamacare' and replacing it with a new system. His budget also reforms Medicare for those currently under 55 years of age.

"Are you saying, as part of your budget you assume the repeal of ObamaCare?," host Chris Wallace asked.
"Yes," said Ryan.

"Well, that's not going to happen," Wallace said. has more here.


Obama To Nominate Thomas Perez for Labor Secretary - President Obama plans to nominate Thomas Perez, who heads Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, to become the next secretary of Labor, according to reports.

Perez, who previously headed Maryland’s labor department, would replace former federal Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, who stepped down in January. has more here.


Pelosi Says There Will Be No Government Shutdown - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says Democrats will "not allow" the government to shut down over a looming budget fight and expresses hope that a bipartisan Senate proposal would be "stronger" than the House Republican plan to avert such a scenario.
"We certainly are not going to have the government shut down," the California Democrat said in an interview aired Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." "When we weigh the equities of the value of the bill the Senate has, it's almost impossible for it not to be a better bill than what is written by the House Republicans. But they will have to send a bipartisan bill in order to get the 60 votes. And I'm sure it will be stronger." has more here.


Quinn Announces Run for Mayor of New York - Christine C. Quinn, the New York City Council speaker, declared her candidacy for mayor on Sunday with a glossy biographical video and a walking tour of the city, a signal that her campaign hopes to attract voters with her outsize, off-the-cuff personality — or at least a carefully curated version of it.

In eschewing a speech for a day of shoe-leather campaigning, Ms. Quinn, a Democrat, is opting for an intimate approach to a high-profile moment of her mayoral bid, a contrast to the businesslike style of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, her political ally and the man she hopes to replace in City Hall.  The NY Times has more here.


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