President Obama’s Weekly Address

November 25, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

A Thanksgiving Message from the President

The President offers his Thanksgiving Day message:

“To every American, I am thankful for the privilege of being your President. To all of our service members stationed around the world, I am honored to be your Commander-in-Chief. And from the Obama family to yours, have a very Happy Thanksgiving.”

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Weekly GOP Address with Rep.elect Austin Scott

November 25, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Representative Austin Scott of Georgia, who counts “family, faith, and freedom” among things to be thankful for on Thanksgiving Day, gives today’s Weekly GOP Address.

He commends his incoming Republican classmates and their unique backgrounds, including a pizzeria owner. That new lawmaker, Bobby Schilling, hails from Illinois’ 17th District.

Schilling’s campaign.

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On The Anniversary Of JFK’s Death, Watch His Inaugural Address

November 23, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

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JFK, President John F. Kennedy, the first American President born in the 20th century, the youngest elected to the office, and our only Catholic President, was shot and killed forty-seven years ago today. In this video clip, watch as Kennedy is sworn is as president, then delivers his Inaugural Address.

“Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans, born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage, and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today, at home and around the world!”

“If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.”

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President Obama’s Weekly Address

November 20, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

President to Senate: Ratify New START Treaty

This week, President Obama made another push for ratification of the New START Treaty (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) that he signed with President Medvedev back in April 8th of this year. Here’s a quick recap of what the Treaty entails as well as the politics involved:

The President used this weeks address to both answer the Treaty’s critics, and argue that its ratification is a matter of national security:

“Over the last several months, several questions have been asked about New START, and we have answered every single one. Some have asked whether it will limit our missle defense – it will not. Some, including Senator Jon Kyl, have asked that we modernize our nuclear infrastructure for the 21st century – we are doing so, and plan to invest at least $ 85 billion in that effort over the next ten years – a significant increase from the Bush Administration. Finally, some make no argument against the Treaty – they just ask for more time. But remember this: it has already been 11 months since we’ve had inspectors in Russia, and every day that goes by without ratification is a day that we lose confidence in our understanding of Russia’s nuclear weapons.

If the Senate doesn’t act this year – after six months, 18 hearings, and nearly a thousand questions answered – it would have to start over from scratch in January. The choice is clear: a failure to ratify new START would be a dangerous gamble with America’s national security, setting back our understanding of Russia’s nuclear weapons, as well as our leadership in the world. That is not what the American people sent us to Washington to do.”

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Happy Birthday, Gettysburg Address

November 20, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Seven-score and seven years ago.

Few people are aware that quite possibly the greatest speech in American political history was an afterthought. The biggest attraction for the dedication of the newest federal cemetery in Pennsylvania on Nov. 19, 1863, was Edward Everett, a famous orator of the day. Shortly before the dedication someone thought to invite Abraham Lincoln, the 16th […]

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Weekly GOP Address with Sen. Mitch McConnell

November 20, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) talks about what he calls “a jobs crisis” and the failed economic experiments of the Democrats in today’s Weekly GOP Address.

The senator speaks forcefully in favor of extending the Bush tax cuts for everyone and says Congress should focus on job creation.

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What your e-mail address says about you

November 17, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Alexandra Petri breaks it down:

Learning that your prospective date still has an Earthlink e-mail is the equivalent of discovering his vestigial tail. E-mail says something about you. It says, “I can be reached here,” but, like a physical address, it also carries a certain cachet. Gmail? You’re probably reliable and tech-savvy. AOL? You are probably someone’s grandmother. @mindspring? You probably live in a box under a bridge.

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Will the New GOP House Majority Address TSA Screening Abuse?

November 16, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Maybe somebody in Washington is listening to the growing outcry:

In addition to being large, impersonal, and top-heavy, what really worries critics is that the TSA has become dangerously ineffective. Its specialty is what those critics call “security theater” — that is, a show of what appear to be stringent security measures designed to make passengers feel more secure without providing real security. “That’s exactly what it is,” says [Rep. John Mica, the Republican who will soon be chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.” “It’s a big Kabuki dance.”

Now, the dance has gotten completely out of hand. And like lots of fliers — I spoke to him as he waited for a flight at the Orlando airport — Mica sees TSA’s new “naked scanner” machines and groping, grossly invasive passenger pat-downs as just part of a larger problem. TSA, he says, is relying more on passenger humiliation than on practices that are proven staples of airport security.

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Weekly GOP Address with Rep. Greg Walden

November 13, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) delivers today’s Weekly GOP Address. He talks about the incoming freshman class of Republican legislators, whom he says will bring a breath of fresh air to Washington. He also discusses the party’s Pledge to America-which, among other things, offers a promise to listen to the American people. That’s a breath of fresh air.

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