Rahm Emanuel’s bid to become mayor of Chicago may have hit a major roadblock Monday, as one of his major hometown papers is questioning whether he is eligible to run.
The Chicago Sun-Times, in a prominently featured story, points to election law experts who doubt that the former chief of staff meets the qualification of having maintained residency within the city for the past year in order to run.
An engrossing process-piece on Bob Woodward’s new book ‘Obama’s Wars’ by Mike Allen and John Harris from @Politico.
Of particular interest is how Woodward shrewdly uses information, sources, and his the egos of his subjects to craft an air-tight narrative.
Early in Barack Obama’s term, he and his aides faced a rite of passage familiar to every White House for the past 40 years: What to do about Woodward?
In Obama’s case, the answer came quickly: The White House doors swung wide for the world’s most successful non-fiction writer. Once inside, the author was treated to a buffet of access to bold-faced names—Biden, Clinton, Gates, Panetta—topped off with a sit-down with Obama himself…
“An effort to repeal the military’s “don’t ask don’t tell” policy went down to defeat Tuesday afternoon, with Senate Democrats and Republicans squaring off in a procedural vote. In the face of a promised filibuster by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Democrats could not convince a single GOP senator to cross over and provide the 60th vote needed to begin debate on a defense spending bill containing the repeal measure. The vote to open debate failed, 56-43, with Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) joining all Republicans in opposing taking up the bill.”—Josh Gerstein and Scott Wong on Senate Republicans block ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ repeal -
Here’s what you need to know from today's WH briefing with press secretary Robert Gibbs
— The nomination of tea party candidates around the country, most recently Christine O’Donnell’s in Delaware, has changed the “complexion” of races, Gibbs said. “The president, regardless of who that makeup is, will seek to work with anybody in Congress – in the Senate and the House – that is serious about moving the country forward and addressing the problems that we have,” he said. “Working with someone on Capitol Hill is a two-way street.”
— Obama “made some calls last night” after the primary results were determined, Gibbs said, not being specific about who was phoned. He added, though, that Obama “will find the opportunity, if he hasn’t already, to call Mayor Fenty and wish him well.”
— Gibbs maneuvered through House Minority Leader John Boehner’s statements on extending the Bush tax cuts, stemming from Sunday: “There appeared to be a willingness to accept the president’s position that those in the middle class shouldn’t be held hostage to millionaires and billionaires. But again, that was Saturday, early Sunday Boehner. But then there was late Sunday, Monday, Tuesday Boehner, who seemed very willing to go back to last week Boehner.”
"It’s the second-biggest primary day of the year and the unofficial end of the 2010 primary election season. When the last of seven states (and the District of Columbia) closes its polls Tuesday evening, the November ballots will be all but set, and in seven weeks, the fate of the Democratic majorities in Congress will be known."