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Originally posted to Daily Kos on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 05:30 AM PST.

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  •  good morning! (4+ / 0-)
    NBC/WSJ poll: Public says GOP less interested in unity than Obama is

    With the automatic across-the-board spending cuts set to begin on Friday, Americans are split over whether President Barack Obama is emphasizing unifying the country or taking a partisan approach, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

    But by nearly a 3-to-1 margin, respondents conclude that the Republican Party is emphasizing partisanship more than unity.

    http://firstread.nbcnews.com/...
    NBC/WSJ poll: Public wary about sequester cuts, but Obama in stronger political position than GOP

    With automatic, across-the-board spending cuts set to begin Friday, majorities of Americans believe that approach is not a good idea and also say the contentious budget negotiations make them less confident about the U.S. economy, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

    Despite those findings, a majority still supports Congress moving ahead with either the current cuts or a plan containing even more cuts as a way to reduce the deficit, suggesting the public’s general appetite for reducing spending.

    But the poll also shows that as the nation’s political actors once again quarrel over these automatic cuts totaling $1.2 trillion over 10 years – commonly referred to as sequestration or the sequester – President Barack Obama finds himself in a much stronger position than his Republican adversaries.

    http://firstread.nbcnews.com/...

    "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

    by Greg Dworkin on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 05:43:37 AM PST

  •  look carefully (3+ / 0-)

    "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

    by Greg Dworkin on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 05:54:03 AM PST

  •  GOP Divisions Throw Wrench In Sequester Alternativ (3+ / 0-)

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/...

    The Senate was scheduled to vote Thursday on two sequestration alternatives — one authored by Democrats and the other authored by Republicans. The Democratic bill would replace sequestration with a mix of higher taxes on wealthy Americans and cuts to defense and agriculture spending. The GOP plan with the most support behind it is a plan that would provide the Obama administration some flexibility to apply sequestration in a less indiscriminate manner.

    But the vote on a Republican alternative appears likely to be delayed because as of Tuesday afternoon, Senate Republicans couldn’t agree among themselves on whether or how to proceed.

    "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

    by Greg Dworkin on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 06:00:25 AM PST

  •  Non-flash linky thing is working with Real Player (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Greg Dworkin, yuriwho
  •  Planet America (2+ / 0-)
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    yuriwho, Mathazar

    David is on around 18:10

    http://www.abc.net.au/...

    "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

    by Greg Dworkin on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 07:04:36 AM PST

  •  Congressional Questions (1+ / 0-)
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    yuriwho

    Yesterday, Boehner came out to complain that the House passed two Budget Bills to avoid the Sequester which the Senate has not taken action on.

    In response, Pelosi correctly pointed out that those bills were passed by the House during the previous (111th) congress and per the constitution, are now dead.  She also stated that again per the constitution, Budget bills must originate in the House, and therefore the Senate cannot initiate such legislation.

    However, today we see that at least the Dems. plan to bring to the Senate floor a Budget-Type bill to replace the Sequester.  What gives?

    We all know that Pelosi is technically correct that budget bills cannot originate in the Senate.  But we also know that the Senate has often taken up any House bill and amended it completely to effectively include its own bill as a way of getting around the budget bill origination problem.  Is that what Reid is doing with the Sequester replacement or am I missing something?

    BTW - I am glad to hear that the Senate Dems. are putting a bill on the table to replace the Sequester before March 1.  This will make it clear when the Sequester happens, the consequences will be due to a combination of a Republican filibuster in the Senate and inaction by the Republican House.

    "Some men see things as they are and ask, 'Why?' I dream of things that never were and ask, 'Why not?"

    by Doctor Who on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 07:24:52 AM PST

    •  Revenue bills have to start in the House (2+ / 0-)
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      Mathazar, Doctor Who

      Though sometimes, they like to expand that to include pretty much anything that has to do with money that they don't want the Senate to go first on.

      But budget resolutions can certainly start in the Senate.

      I don't know if the Senate has any House bills suitable to the task of carrying a Senate tax vehicle. Maybe. But it looks like Republicans have settled on an Inhofe-Toomey bill (S. 16) as their sequester replacement. So either they're counting on the House waving any objections to S. 16 should it pass, or maybe it's just all for show. And the Republicans may genuinely have reason to believe the House would waive objections (if any are applicable) to S. 16, because it's a Republican bill. And they may even be expecting to argue against adoption of the Democratic alternative by claiming that only their alternative has any chance of being accepted in the House, for just that reason.

      It should be a mess in there.

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