When Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner testified before the Senate Budget Committee, New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte was vocal in her criticism of the administration for not embracing the Bowles-Simpson deficit reduction recommendations — until she was asked about the report’s proposals for raising revenue.
Geithner was responding to questions by Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), and at one point turned the tables on her. He asked Ayotte if, given her “affection” for Bowles-Simpson, she would support its tax reform that raised trillions in revenue for deficit reduction.
“Are you willing to embrace the broad balance of Bowles-Simpson? Then there is a lot to talk about,” he said.
Ayotte would only say that it is up to the president to take the lead on the budget.
CORRECTION: Due to sloppy research by our interns, the authors would like to clarify a couple of points. It turns out that all news reports cited above were not published in the last ten days, but right after the 1994 Republican midterm landslide. Every time “Barack Obama” appears in print, you should substitute “Bill Clinton”. The acronym “OTB” actually stands for “One-Term Bill” not “One-Term Barack”.
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It sounds like a headline ripped from the pages of The Onion, but it’s true. Rhode Island votes resoundingly defeated a ballot initiative to change the state’s official name from “State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations” to “Rhode Island”. Who knew?
North Carolina Republican Congressional candidate Ilario Pantano had footage to die for when he made a campaign ad: an introduction from NBC anchor Stone Phillips and reporter Ann Curry. They just needed a little editing.
Here are the original quotes, with the cuts in brackets:
[His decision to take two lives led to rare criminal charges that could cost him his own life.] Ilario Pantano, described by one superior as having more integrity, dedication and drive than any Marine he’s ever met, [now stands charged with murder.]
You served in Gulf One, you got out, you got a big great job [at Goldman Sachs], a beautiful wife and a kid, then 9/11 happened, you come home, your hair is shaved off, you’re ready to head back into a war zone to help America.
The other two men named in the indictment are Tariq Ur Rehman, who is believed to be in Pakistan, and Fnu Lu, who took Zazi to meet with militants in Waziristan so he could obtain weapons training, the indictment said.
Oops. The government uses FNU LU to refer to “first name unknown, last name unknown.”