The White House thinks the presence of press prevents lawmakers from truly speaking their minds. Press Secretary Jay Carney spoke on behalf of President Barack Obama on Tuesday, offering the White House’s explanation for why the press was not invited to the President’s Wednesday debt talks with House Republicans.
A “stunningly high” number of people are suffering from infection by a particularly unpleasant strain of E. coli bacteria, The Associated Press reported. Officials in Germany are warning citizens to avoid consuming raw cucumbers, tomatoes or lettuce as the death toll rises in an outbreak of foodborne bacterial infections.
Tuesday night, the House rejected a proposal to raise the debt limit without cutting spending. The bill’s defeat, 318-97, was orchestrated by the very party that proposed it. “This vote, a vote based on legislation I have introduced, will and must fail,” said the bill’s chief sponsor, Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.).
A new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says energy drinks are not appropriate for children and adolescents. The report also said sports drinks are rarely needed by kids; for simple rehydration, water is best.
Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Sunday slammed President Barack Obama for his handling of the nation’s military strategy in Libya. During an appearance on FOX News Sunday, McCain said that Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi would have already been removed from power if the United States had remained in control of the operation.
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin recently embarked on a national bus tour, which has reignited speculation that the Tea Party favorite is readying for a Presidential campaign.
Several advocacy groups have criticized voting sticker designs in Ohio because of their inclusion of the word “God.” Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has proposed six new voting sticker designs, one of which will be handed out to voters on Election Day.
Michele Bachmann is not Sarah Palin. So says the Congressional Representative from Minnesota’s 6th District and founder of the House Tea Party Caucus. Yet Bachmann, who may or may not announce a bid for the 2012 Presidency in June, is still fighting comparisons to the former Alaska Governor.
In an interview with NBC’s Today, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney said of President Barack Obama’s Administration over the past two years: “It’s failed.” Romney will formally launch his campaign for the 2012 Presidency on Thursday.
Recently, the press was denied access to two fundraisers where Vice President Joe Biden was speaking. Requests for admission by local media were denied by the Vice President’s press office, a move that mirrors the recent shut-out of the Boston Herald by the Administration of President Barack Obama.