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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Daily Political Wire

George Wenschhof

Obama to Address Energy Concerns Today -
as gas prices rise and the economy remains stagnant, the president will speak of efforts to cut the reliance on foreign oil. An often heard refrain, from past presidents of the United States. The Wall Street Journal has more here.

Look to see how Obama addresses expansion of nuclear power plants in the U.S. as the nuclear disaster continues to unfold in Japan.


Obama Hits lowest Reelect Numbers in Latest Quinnipiac Poll -
the poll conducted from March 22-28 shows 50-41% the president does not deserve to be reelected. You can read the full poll results here.


Gaddafi Supporters Push Rebels Back -
forces loyal to Gaddafi have attacked rebels and pushed them out of Bin Jawwad. New pleas for the U.S. to provide arms to the rebels have begun as the president meets with congressional leaders today for classified meetings on Libya. The Washington Post has more here.


Republican Presidential Debate Postponed -
the first of the Republican presidential hopeful debates has been postponed due to the fear only a few candidates will have announced. The debate had been planned for may and will now be held on September 14 at the Ronald Reagan Library. It will still be co-hosted by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, NBC News and You can read more here.


Japan Orders Immediate Safety Upgrades on Nuclear Power Plants -
as the battle continues to control the complete meltdown of four reactors damaged by the earthquake and tsunami. has more here.


Government Shutdown Possible as Budget Talks Stall -
the latest three week budget extension expires April 8 and agreement on the budget for the remainder of the current fiscal year remains elusive. So, both Republicans and Democrats are beginning the spin game in case a shutdown would transpire. has a Democratic perspective here and a Republican counter here.

Keep in mind, this current budget battle is for the current fiscal year which ends September 30. The fiscal year 2012 budget which begins October 1 also needs approval. And, don't forget the nation's debt ceiling needs to be raised.

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