Steve Cobble: Speaker Pelosi, Don’t Go!

FWIW, I think you should stay, just like Sam Rayburn did. Don’t let the Blue Dogs run you off. They’re half-gone, anyway. And here’s an idea to start your comeback: in the lame duck session, pass the middle class tax cut extension all by itself. Ignore any White House “compromise,” and let Boehner try to […]

U.S. defends human rights record at U.N.

GENEVA (Reuters) – The United States weathered criticism of its human rights record from friends and foes alike on Friday in a United Nations forum that the former Bush administration had boycotted as hypocritical. Read the full story from Reuters

Van Hollen done at DCCC

Maryland representative: ‘When it comes to the DCCC chairmanship, I believe in term limits.” Read the full story from Politico

Norway seeks U.S. explanation in surveillance row

OSLO (Reuters) – Norway demanded on Friday an explanation from the United States of reports that its embassy in Oslo has conducted illegal surveillance of Norwegian residents for more than 10 years. Read the full story from Reuters

Obama: U.S. can’t afford two years of gridlock

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, still smarting from his Democrats’ big losses in congressional elections, said on Friday the United States cannot afford to get mired in legislative gridlock for the next two years while countries like China forge ahead. Read the full story from Reuters

Obama: Put politics aside to grow economy

President Barack Obama on Friday hailed new “encouraging” job numbers and said it is imperative that Democrats and Republicans work together to improve the economy. Read the full story from CNN

Boehner: Jobless rate shows need for tax cuts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House of Representatives Republican leader John Boehner said on Friday the high unemployment rate shows the need for President Barack Obama to work with Republicans to extend Bush-era tax cuts and reduce federal spending. Read the full story from Reuters