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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Daily Political Wire

George Wenschhof

Today, President Obama will meet with -
senior advisers, Vice president Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Senate Democratic leadership. Sure to be discussed is the situation in Egypt and the budget.


Democrats Criticize Obama Budget - Senators Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) and Chris coons (D-Del.) were among Democrats saying the president's budget did not cut enough spending. They pointed out his proposed 1.1 Trillion in reductions over the next ten years falls way short of the recommended 4 Trillion by the deficit reduction committee. has more here.


Is Obama Playing Chess on the Budget? -
some believe he is letting the Republicans make the first move against the major entitlement programs of social security, medicare and medicaid. has a good read here.


Eyes remain on Egypt -
the amazing non-violent demonstrations which led to the removal of President Hosni Mubarak have created the movement toward democracy. The military has created a commission to amend the constitution and establish a timetable for elections, hopefully in six months. The removal of emergency law which will allow the formation of political parties has yet to transpire. has an update here.


Anthrax Report Questions FBI Case Against Ivins -
the National Research Council report casts doubt on the evidence used by the FBI in their investigation of the 2001 Anthrax letters which sickened 17 people. Ft. Detrick scientist Bruce Ivins, now deceased, was determined by the FBI to be the individual behind the mailing of the letters. The Washington Post has more here.


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