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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Daily Democratic Wire 12-27-2009

George Wenschhof

President Barack Obama and family continue vacation in Hawaii -
even though a President is never really off the clock. He was singing Christmas carols with his family when an aide interrupted to inform him of the attempted terrorist attack aboard an airline. His vacation home is equipped with secured telephone lines and they were put to use immediately as he ordered investigation into the use of the terrorist "watch list". The NY Times has a article on how Presidents have chosen to vacation in
the past you can read here.


Senator Tom Harken (D-Iowa) to introduce legislation in January to reform Senate Filibuster procedure -
politics in the 21st century have given Americans a steady dose of civic lessons. The filibuster which is unique to the Senate, was subject to an attempt to reform back in 1995, also by Harkin, which failed. has more here.


Moderate Senate Democrats urge White House to hold back on "Cap and Trade" bill scheduled for next year -
Senators Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) and Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) are among a handful of Democrats who want the legislation delayed during the mid term election year. has more here.


Governors Mitch Daniels (R-Ind.) and Ed Rendell (D-Pa.) appear on CNN "State of The Union" and discuss economic conditions within their states.


Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) calls for Generals who spoke publicly about wanting more troops in Afghanistan to be fired - the liberal Congressman points out the military takes orders from the Commander-in-Chief, who is the President. Furthermore, they are banned from speaking publicly in regard to politics. He was referring to general Stanley McChrystal who spoke early and often about the need for an additional 30,000 troops in Afghatp://thehillnistan. You can read more here.


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