NFL Week 13 Power Rankings: Jets, Patriots move up as Monday showdown looms, but Falcons still No. 1…

Here they are for this week…..

From the New York Daily News……


Rex Ryan thinks that when the Jets and Patriots play in Foxborough Monday night, it will be a meeting of the two best teams in football. We think it’s 2 vs. 3 but that’s close enough. It’s the Falcons who remain atop the Daily News power rankings after winning their dramatic showdown with the Packers.

The Jets and Patriots, however, moved up into the next two spots after impressive Thanksgiving wins, hopping past the Saints who posted a less-than-impressive Thanksgiving win.

Meanwhile, the Giants’ second-half rally against the Jaguars kept them in the No. 10 spot with the Bears moving into the Top 10 for the first time after holding off the Eagles at Soldier Field.

The Jets and Pats aren’t the only showdown this week. The No. 5 Ravens host the No. 6 Steelers in the second of their grudge matches Sunday night.

Don’t agree with our Week 13 rankings? Let us know how you see ’em below:

1. Falcons (9-2), last week: 1
That was a signature win against the Pack.

2. JETS (9-2), Last week: 3
Time to back up boasts again. Pats are just the Jets’ second above .500 foe in nine games, and they lost to the other (Packers).

3. Patriots (9-2), Last week: 4
Tom Brady puts home winning streak on line vs. Jets.

4. Saints (8-3), Last week: 2
Thanks, Roy Williams.

5. Ravens (8-3), Last week: 8
Licking chops with Steelers on the way.

The rest of the list here…..

Virginia Judge Rejects Challenge to Health-Care Law……

Another challenge thrown out….

No big headlines…

Just another judge asserting the Federal Governments right to put this bill on the books…

Another small win for the people of America and their ability to have healthcare…



A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit in Lynchburg, Virginia, challenging the Obama administration’s health-care overhaul.

The suit, brought by Liberty University, a Christian college, and five individuals, claimed the health-care reform law didn’t protect against mandatory insurance payments being used to fund abortion coverage. They asked the court to find the law unconstitutional.

“Plaintiffs fail to allege how any payments required under the act, whether fines, fees, taxes, or the cost of the policy, would be used to fund abortion,” U.S. District Judge Norman Moon said today. “The challenged provisions of the act are well within Congress’s authority under the Commerce Clause” of the U.S. Constitution, he said in a 54-page decision.

The case is one of several challenges to the health-care act, including a lawsuit filed in Florida federal court by 20 states. A separate action filed by Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli is before a federal judge in Richmond.

A federal judge in Michigan upheld the constitutionality of the health-care overhaul in October, rejecting an argument by a self-described Christian law center in the first court victory for the new law.

U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson in Pensacola, Florida, in October ruled that the 20-state challenge could go forward after finding that the U.S. government’s expansion of power is “simply without prior precedent.” He is scheduled to hear further argument on Dec. 16.

‘We Are Confident’

“In the weeks ahead there will be additional court cases examining this matter and the health reform law,” Stephanie Cutter, assistant to Obama for special projects, said today in a blogposted on the White House website. “We can’t predict the outcome of each case, but we are confident that we will ultimately prevail in court.”


Slurpee Summit…..Talkandpolitics….

BO looks pale and tired.

From left, anti-clockwise: Boehner, Hoyer (House Maj.Leader), Cantor, Joe,
Sen. Kyl (R-Whip), Dick Durbin, Turtle-boy, Harry, BO and Pelosi.

On the agenda: START treaty, expiring tax cuts, extending unemployment benefits. 112th Congress.

Full size.….

More @ Talkandpolitics….

Wikileaks Update 11/30/10…..Arrest Warrant, Clinton resign? and The Death Penalty?


The story is beginning to come back down to earth with the President meeting with the Republicans stealing all the oxygen…

But there are STILL goings on…

Including some action finally by the Swede’s….

He seems to be among the missing right now….

Has he ‘gone to ground’?

Interpol issues global arrest alert for Assange over Swedish rape allegation

Interpol issues global arrest alert for Assange over Swedish rape allegation

The global police agency Interpol confirmed Wednesday it had alerted member states to arrest WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on suspicion of rape on the basis of a Swedish arrest warrant. “There is…

Read Full Story@the New York Post

WikiLeaks founder: Clinton should quit

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange wants Hillary Clinton out of the State Department.

Asked by Time magazine if he’d like to see the secretary of State resign or be fired by President Barack Obama, “I don’t think it would make much of a difference either way,” Assange said. “But, she should resign if it can be shown that she was responsible for ordering U.S. diplomatic figures to engage in espionage in the United Nations, in violation of the international covenants to which the U.S. has signed up.

“Yes, she should resign over that,” he said.

Assange spoke from an undisclosed location via Skype with Richard Stengel, Time’s managing editor.

Assange said he doesn’t think his project is breaking U.S. law…….

More@ Politico….

Huckabee Says Document Leaker Should Be Executed

Mike Huckabee said the person who provided thousands of secret State Department cables deserves to be executed, Politico reports.

Said Huckabee: “Whoever in our government leaked that information is guilty of treason, and I think anything less than execution is too kind a penalty.”

The last of the Undecided races and Public feeling about ‘Don’t Ask’… from Fivethirtyeigth…

Ole’ Nate Silver must out running around…

He actually let two other people pen these two pieces…..

Checking In on Those Lingering Midterm Races


Since our last update, closure (or something close to closure) has come to seven of the nine midterm contests that were unresolved.

Still Undecided

Minnesota Governor : The recount has begun. It is expected to last nine days (it started Monday). Mark Dayton led Republican Tom Emmer by about 8,700 votes. After the recount is completed, challenged ballots will bereviewed by the State Canvassing Board from Dec. 8 through Dec. 10. The Canvassing Board is scheduled to certify the results on Dec. 14.

New York 1: In the last unresolved House race, the Democratic incumbent on Long Island, Timothy Bishop, was clinging to a lead of about 200 votes over Republican Randy Altschuler after military ballots were counted Tuesday. The race could be decided by a judge’s review of challenged absentee ballots. That process may start Wednesday. A total of about 2,000 absentee ballots were challenged by the campaigns.

Mostly Decided

Alaskan Senate: Senator Lisa Murkowski’s write-in campaign succeeded, at least according to virtually everyone except the state of Alaska (granted, they do have a say in this matter). But Alaska has failed to certify Ms. Murkowski’s victory only because a federal judge ruled that certification must be delayed while a lawsuit filed by Joe Miller, the Republican nominee, is heard in state court. The lawsuit challenges the state’s standards for counting write-in ballots. On Monday, a state judge moved the lawsuit from Fairbanks, Mr. Miller’s hometown, to the capital, Juneau – a move Mr. Miller opposed. Legal wrangling aside, Ms. Murkowski is almost certainly returning to the Senate.
Read more…


Public Opinion on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’


The Pentagon on Tuesday released its long-awaited report on “don’t ask, don’t tell,” the policy that allows gay men and women to serve in the military as long as they keep their sexual orientation quiet. The report, the result of a nine-month study, said that repealing the law would present a low risk to military effectiveness. It also found that 70 percent of service members believe that the impact of repealing the law would be positive, mixed or of no consequence at all.

But how does the rest of America feel about the 17-year-old policy?

Public opinion on the service of gay men and lesbians in the military falls into three categories. The first holds that they should be allowed to serve openly. The second position — held by proponents of “don’t ask, don’t tell” – holds that gay men and lesbians should be allowed to serve in the military as long as they don’t disclose their sexual orientation. And the final position holds that they should not be allowed to serve in the military at all. For shorthand, we can call these positions the permissive, the restrictive and the prohibitive.

To measure public opinion on the service of gay men and lesbians in the military, pollsters typically rely on one of two questions. One type of question asks about allowing gay men and lesbians to openly serve in the military (e.g., “Do you favor or oppose permitting people who are openly gay or lesbian to serve in the military?” CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll, November). This wording differentiates the permissive position from the other two. It tells us how many people support open service, but among nonsupporters, it doesn’t tell us how many favor an outright ban or how many support service by gay men and lesbians who do not disclose their orientation. Read more…

Hint…..The Public has The Secretary of Defense’s back…..

Senator McCain is out on a limb……

Nuff said….

In Tax Cuts, the Options Run Short…..Bulls*#t!

Let me be clear on this….

I DISAGREE with the lede on this piece…..

There tons of options ….

They ALL involve the Democrats sticking to their guns and saying there WILL be a tax INCRESEASE for those couples making over $500,000….


If the Republicans want the bill lapse …

Screw it!…..

Down the ways the author of the piece kinda agree’s with this …

Putting it in a different form…..

A millionaire’s tax..

Why the verbal judo?

How many people making over $500,000 are gonna vote against this?

My guess is VERY FEW….

How many people are gonna be FOR this?

My guess a whole damn lot!

If Obama and the Democrats want to draw a line in the sand….

This is the place…

This Dog refuses to believe that the Democrats should get rolled on this…….


The political argument for taking a risk and trying to pass the millionaire’s tax is that it will allow the Democrats to cast themselves as friends of the middle class. The economic argument is that such a tax would probably do more long-term good than any of the other remaining options.

The country, as you’ve no doubt heard, is facing a huge budget deficit. To reduce the deficit to a level economists consider sustainable, Washington needs to find about $400 billion in annual tax revenue and spending cuts by 2015. A millionaire’s tax would be a good start, producing about $30 billion a year. By comparison, Mr. Obama’s plan to freeze federal workers’ pay would save about $5 billion a year.

A millionaire’s tax would also fall on an income group that, by almost any definition, can best handle a tax increase. Since 1980, pretax income for households making at least $1 million hasmore than tripled, after adjusting for inflation. Pretax income for households in the dead middle of the income distribution, making roughly $50,000, has risen just 13 percent.

At the same time, the wealthy have received a much bigger tax cut over the last three decades than any other group. The total federal tax rate on households making more than $1 million — including the income tax, the payroll tax and others — was above 50 percent in 1980. In recent years, it has been about 33 percent.

Finally, a millionaire’s tax would make a distinction between the 400,000th dollar of income and the 40 millionth dollar. Today, the government taxes those dollars at the same rate, which is hard to justify in a country with a progressive tax system and high inequality. Until the 1970s, the highest tax bracket began at more than $1 million a year in today’s dollars.

So which route should Democrats take? It depends on whether they think they have any chance of persuading a couple of Republicans to vote for a millionaire’s tax. If the Democrats fail and don’t leave themselves enough time to pass a bill with job creation measures, they will be facing total capitulation — an extension of the high-end Bush tax cuts with nothing in return.


Abbreviated pundit round-up…..Dailykos 11/30/10…Ihhofe, Wikileaks, Capital Punishment, Carbon Tax, America 1st, “Secession Ball”, Earmark’s and Poor states

by Meteor Blades…..

Phyllis Schlafy thinks Sen. Jim Inhofe is “[t]he Senate’s environmentalism expert.” And I write code for faster-than-light interstellar spaceships.

Patrick Cockburn:

Much of the reaction by governments and the media to the Wikileaks revelations is mean-spirited and misleading. The State Department cables are interesting, informative and amusing, but they certainly do not contain the deep secrets of American foreign policy. …

Since several million people potentially had access to this data via America’s online repository only information which was not particularly sensitive was included. Newspapers promoting or denouncing supposed insights into the way the US deals with foreign government to be gained from the cables are not dwelling on how well-known and unsurprising are these disclosures.

Much attention has been given to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia saying that Iraqi prime minister Nuri al-Maliki is effectively an Iranian agent. Aside from being untrue, its impact depends on the reader not knowing what every taxi-driver in the Middle East knows: that the King detests Mr Maliki and this is largely due to Saudi Arabia’s fear of a Shia government in Baghdad.

Bob Herbert, commenting on Justice John Paul Stevens’ recent essay on capital punishment in The New York Review of Books, says the death penalty is an “abomination  – a grotesque, uncivilized, overwhelmingly racist affront to the very idea of justice.”

Carrie L. Davis:

According to the Office of the Ohio Public Defender, 27 men on the state’s death row have had their convictions vacated or their sentences reduced since February 2006. In the same period, 22 men were executed.

In other words, more people left death row through judicial reversals than executions. How many more people awaiting execution should not be on death row?

Clive Crook:

Where, then, should the government concentrate its efforts? No prizes for guessing the answer: introduce a carbon tax.

In the US, many dismiss this as a political impossibility. They are wrong. Whether the country likes it or not, with or without an effective climate change policy, Americans will eventually have to pay more in taxes. The state of the public finances decrees it. However you do the political calculations, this unpopular outcome is inevitable. Therefore, start measuring a carbon tax against the relevant alternatives. At worst, a moderate carbon tax would be no more indigestible than higher income taxes or other revenue-raising options.

Robert Dreyfuss:

Curious it is that Republicans, hardliners, and neoconservatives anxious to proclaim “American exceptionalism”—which, stripped down, means that America can and should do anything it wants around the world because it’s the greatest—are now trumpeting the fact that, according to Wikileaks at least, various leaders of the Arab Gulf kleptocracies are calling for the United States to attack Iran.

You’d think that the United States could safely ignore, and privately laugh at, the policy recommendations made by kings, royal sheiks and emirs of the gulf states. The leaders of these nations—and most of them, such as Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and the UAE, really don’t deserve to be called “nations”—are anyway for the most part puppets of the United States. Three of them (Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain) are essentially US-occupied territories, hosting American ground troops, naval forces and an air force base; and the fourth, the UAE, is not really populated by its own citizens but by imported South Asians, Iranians and others, and made up of a series of family-ruled sheikhdoms run by utterly corrupt and degenerate, inbred gangsters.

Without once writing the words “pack of lies,” the insufferably insufferable Richard Cohen, our nation’s No. 1 hack pundit,suggests that George W. Bush read the Wikileaks documents and reassess Decision Points, the hilarious but unfunny memoirs Dubya was too lazy to write.

Ta-Nehisi Coates is irked that The New York Times chose to have a “liberal sociologist” reply to this nonsense from the Sons of Confederacy defending their 150th anniversary “Secession Ball”:

“We’re celebrating that those 170 people risked their lives and fortunes to stand for what they believed in, which is self-government,” Mr. Antley said. “Many people in the South still believe that is a just and honorable cause. Do I believe they were right in what they did? Absolutely,” he said, noting that he spoke for himself and not any organization. “There’s no shame or regret over the action those men took.”

“Far better to simply quote from the founding documents which those 170 people authored,” Coates explains. Indeed.

Geoff Pender writes that for a dirt-poor state, earmark is not necessarily a dirty word.

Today in Congress…..11/30/10

By David Waldman @ Dailykos….

In the House, courtesy of the Office of the Majority Leader:


House Meets At: 10:30 a.m.: Morning Hour
12:00 p.m.: Legislative Business
First Vote Predicted:12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Last Vote Predicted: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

“One Minutes”

Senate Amendments to H.R. 4783 – Claims Resolution Act of 2010 (Rep. Rahall – Natural Resources) (Subject to a Rule)

Suspensions (22 Bills)

  1. H.Res. 1585 – Honoring and recognizing the exemplary service and sacrifice of the 60th Air Mobility Wing, the 349th Air Mobility Wing, the 15th Expeditionary Mobility Task Force, and the 615th Contingency Response Wing civilians and families serving at Travis Air Force Base, California (Rep. Garamendi – Armed Services)
  2. H.Res. __ – Recognizing and honoring the National Guard on the occasion of its 374th anniversary (Rep. Latta – Armed Services)
  3. H.Res. 1217 – Honoring Fort Drum’s soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division for their past and continuing contributions to the security of the United States (Rep. Owens – Armed Services)
  4. H.Res. 1724 – Commending the City of Jacksonville, Arkansas, for its outstanding support in creating a unique and lasting partnership with Little Rock Air Force Base, members of the Armed Forces stationed there and their families, and the Air Force (Rep. Snyder – Armed Services)
  5. H.Res. 1430 – Honoring and saluting golf legend Juan Antonio “Chi Chi” Rodriguez for his commitment to Latino youth programs of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (Rep. Baca – Education and Labor)
  6. H.Res. 1638 – Supporting the goals and ideals of National GEAR UP Day (Rep. Fattah – Education and Labor)
  7. H.Res. 1598 – Expressing support for the designation of the month of October as National Work and Family Month (Rep. McCarthy (NY) – Education and Labor)
  8. H.Res. 1576 – Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that a National Day of Recognition for Parents of Special Needs Children should be established (Rep. Burton – Education and Labor)
  9. H.Res. 1313 – Expressing support for designation of May as “Child Advocacy Center Month” and commending the National Child Advocacy Center in Huntsville, Alabama, on their 25th anniversary in 2010 (Rep. Griffith – Education and Labor)
  10. H.Con.Res. 323 – Supporting the goal of ensuring that all Holocaust survivors in the United States are able to live with dignity, comfort, and security in their remaining years (Rep. Wasserman Schultz – Education and Labor)
  11. H.Res. 1690 – Supporting the observance of American Diabetes Month (Rep. DeGette – Energy and Commerce)
  12. S. 2847 – CALM Act (Sen. Whitehouse – Energy and Commerce)
  13. H.Res. 1735 – Condemning North Korea in the strongest terms for its unprovoked military attack against South Korea on November 23, 2010 (Rep. Berman – Foreign Affairs)
  14. H.R. 6411 – To provide for the approval of the Agreement Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of Australia Concerning Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy (Rep. Ros-Lehtinen – Foreign Affairs)
  15. H.Res. 527 – Commending the NATO School for its critical support of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) efforts to promote global peace, stability, and security (Rep. Tanner – Foreign Affairs)
  16. H.Res. 528 – Commending the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies for its efforts to promote peace, stability and security throughout North America, Europe, and Eurasia (Rep. Tanner – Foreign Affairs)
  17. H.R. 6398 – To require the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to fully insure Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (Rep. Doggett – Financial Services)
  18. H.Con.Res. 325 – Supporting the goals and ideals of National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day (Rep. Hastings (FL) – Financial Services)
  19. H.R. 5866 – Nuclear Energy Research and Development Act of 2010 (Rep. Gordon – Science and Technology)
  20. H.Res. 1622 – Honoring the historic contributions of veterans throughout all conflicts involving the United States (Rep. Baca – Veterans’ Affairs)
  21. H.R. 5953 – To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to display in each facility of the Department of Veterans Affairs a Women Veterans Bill of Rights (Rep. Filner – Veterans’ Affairs)
  22. H.Res. 1644 – Expressing support for designation of a “National Veterans History Project Week” (Rep. Kind – Veterans’ Affairs)

  • Conference Reports may be brought up at any time.
  • Motions to go to Conference should they become available.
  • Possible Motions to Instruct Conferees.

In the Senate, courtesy of the Office of the Majority Leader:

Convnes: 9:00am

Following the prayer and pledge and any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration ofS.510, FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, and immediately proceed to a series of up to 3 roll call votes. Those votes will in relation to the following items:

  • Coburn motion to suspend Rule 22 for the purpose of proposing and considering Coburn amendment #4697 (earmarks);
  • Coburn motion to suspend Rule 22 for the purpose of proposing and considering Coburn amendment #4694 (substitute); and
  • Passage of S.510, as amended, FDA Food Safety Modernization Act.

Upon disposition of S.510, the Senate will turn to a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak for up to 10 minutes each.

The Senate will recess from 12:30 until 4:00pm to allow for the party caucus meetings.

When the Senate convenes at 4pm, Senator Dodd will be recognized to give his farewell speech.

There will be 3 Roll Call Votes at approximately 9:15am:

  • Coburn motion to suspend Rule 22 for the purpose of proposing and considering Coburn amendment #4697: (earmarks) [link]
  • Coburn motion to suspend Rule 22 for the purpose of proposing and considering Coburn amendment #4694: (substitute) [link]
  • Passage of S.510, as amended.

The waning days of the 111th Congress look like they’ll be spent like most of the rest of the 111th — on suspensions. Twenty-two more post office namings and National Puppy Whiskers Days measures. Did I mention that unemployment benefits expire today? I guess I’d better not.

The Senate goes back to work on the bill they thought they were going to finish yesterday. That should leave plenty of time for major nuclear arms reduction treaties, unemployment, taxes and funding the entire federal government. So that’s good. Maybe that’ll come up at the party caucus meetings today, along with some discussion of whether it’s maybe time to do something about Senate procedure that leaves them in the position of having four days left in the Congress, and still stuck on a food safety bill — food safety! — when they also need to, you know, deal with funding and running the rest of the federal government and stuff.

Then at 4pm, Senator Dodd will give his farewell address. Hopefully, it won’t be about how they shouldn’t change anything. Because that’s maybe part of the reason why this is a farewell address, and why there will likely be several more given this week. But perhaps I overstate the case.

Today’s full committee schedule appears below.

Christine O’Donnell IS a Hillary Clinton fan….

Strange things do occur in nature…


In Politics….

Take this ……for example.…..

Video from Politico….

“I would love to see her take out Obama,” O’Donnell told ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “. . . You know, I would even be tempted to change my registration so that I could vote for her in the Democratic primary.”

But not in November 2012. O’Donnell, who was beaten decisively by Democrat Chris Coons earlier this month, says she would stick with Republicans in the general election.

O’Donnell’s Senate campaign went off the rails when reports trickled out about her past stands on social issues and her remark more than a decade ago on Bill Maher’s “Politically Incorrect” television show that she had dabbled in witchcraft as a teenager. She subsequently aired a campaign commercial in which she attempted to assure voters that “I am not a witch.” But that backfired, she later admitted.

As for 2012, “I love everybody in the Republican side who’s even considering throwing their hat in the ring, so I’d be happy with any candidate who gets the Republican nomination,” O’Donnell said Tuesday. And that includes Sarah Palin, who endorsed O’Donnell in her campaign, even though Palin “shoots from the hip.” But O’Donnell does like Hillary…..


Updates on the Obama – GOP Summit at the White House….

There was a get together at the White House finally between the President and his loyal opposition, the incoming Republicans….

Below is some of stories coming out of the meeting which lasted an hour and 50 minutes or so…..

President Barack Obama told GOP leaders behind closed doors Tuesday that he had failed to reach across party lines enough during his first two years in office, a senior administration official told CNN.

He promised to do a better job of bipartisan outreach in the days ahead, the official added.

“The president said he had to do better, and the president is ready to do his part,” the official said.

The list of attendees at Obama’s long-awaited post-election meeting with the newly empowered congressional Republicans included Vice President Joe Biden, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Boehner, the top Republican in the House, is set to become speaker in January.

Boehner also said Obama told him that he “didn’t spend enough time” working with the Republicans since taking office….


Obama floats Camp David retreat with GOP at White House meeting

Obama and his Republican adversaries both described the long-anticipated meeting as cordial and the beginning of a new dialogue between the two parties.

In comments after the meeting, Obama lamented the “political incentive” of balking at compromise in the “current, hyper-partisan climate.”“I was pleased to see several of my friends in the room say, ‘Let’s try not to duplicate that,’” Obama said following a longer-than-expected two-hour meeting.

Boehner and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) described the meeting with Obama as “frank.”

To move the tax debate forward, Obama agreed to assign Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew to meet with four representatives of the Congress to find a way to extend tax cuts for the wealthy. The four lawmakers will include a House Republican and Democrat and Senate Republican and Democrat.

The White House wants to extend tax cuts for individuals with income less than $200,000 and families with income under $250,000, but would end Bush-era tax cuts for wealthier people. The GOP wants to extend all of the tax cuts permanently….

Gibbs: Dems are ‘unified’ on taxes

GIBBS BRIEFS — WATCH LIVE: Asked about President Obama’s promise to get some answers in days on tax cuts, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs clarifies, “We want to to continue to see forward progress on this.”

Detailing the meeting, Gibbs says the discussion on tax cuts “took up, by far, the majority of time.” (2:12 p.m.)

What else happened in the private 35 minutes without staffers? “I don’t know that the president would give that to me to read out,” Gibbs says.

Asked if there was talk of campaign rhetoric, Gibbs says that everyone recognized “an election had come and gone.” He adds, “After elections, there is a time in which both parties are responsible for governing the country.”

“There will be plenty of time for a political campaign in 2012,” he says. (2:14 p.m.)

Gibbs declines to answer logistical questions on the schedule of Obama’s deficit commission.

Asked if Obama will be keeping close tabs on Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner’s negotiations with Republicans on tax cuts, Gibbs says, “Yes, I anticipate that the president will, on occasion, ask his Treasury secretary, what are the byproducts of said negotiations?” (2:17 p.m.)

More on the GOP at the White House, after the jump …


States Find a Rebound in Tax Receipts…..

Another piece in my mantra that the economy IS coming back……Slowly….

What this report doesn’t tell you is that states have resorted to ALL sorts of measures to add revenue including extending BACKWARDS deadlines for expired taxes due and planting fee’s on just about anything they can……


According to preliminary tax collection data compiled by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, 48 early reporting states collected 3.9 percent more in taxes, in nominal terms, from July through September 2010 than in the same period in 2009. Still, don’t get too excited: tax collections were 7 percent below the same period two years ago, which means the pain that many states have been feeling is not likely to recede yet.

Forty-two states showed gains, with overall advances breaking down to $2.5 billion more in personal income taxes and $2 billion more in sales taxes. In dollar terms, New York reported the largest increase in total tax collection, up $577 million, or 4.5 percent….


Republican effort to ban earmarks fails in Senate…..

GeeWiz…. what a surprise!…..

There a good many Republicans that will vote against the ban no matter what….


An effort by Senate Republicans to temporarily ban earmarks failed on the Senate floor early Tuesday.

Passage of the measure, sponsored by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) would have instituted a moratorium on lawmaker-directed funds through the 2013 fiscal year. But because passage required a suspension of the Senate’s regular procedure, it required 67 votes — two-thirds — of the chamber, to pass.

The procedural motion to bring the amendment to a pending food-safety bill to the floor was defeated by a 39-56 vote. A handful of Democrats, including McCaskill, outgoing Sens.Evan Bayh, of Indiana, and Russ Feingold, of Wisconsin, and Colorado Sens. Michael Bennet and Mark Udall, supported the amendment.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who had long opposed a ban, also voted to support the proposal Tuesday.

Some Republicans, such as James Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, whose reelection remains contested in Alaska, voted against the motion.

The issue is likely to be revisited by the Senate in new session that begins in January — and may even arise again during this lame-duck session during debate over pending spending bills. Republicans in the Senate already have agreed to their own moratorium, although it isn’t binding. House Republicans have their own ban but could seek to pass a fully enforceable one once they take control of the chamber…..