12:08 PM, Apr 23, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The political conventions will be coming in the summer of 2016 and the parties must choose locations for the festivities. As Mario Trujillo of the Hill writes, the Democratic National Committee has asked several cities to submit bids, among them:
… Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Miami, Nashville, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh and Salt Lake City.
The name on that list that grabs your attention is, of course, Detroit.
What city could be more appropriate as a setting for the celebration? Detroit was ruled, for a half-century or so, by a corrupt, one-party (Democratic) political machine that drove the city into the greatest municipal bankruptcy in the nation’s history and sent many office-holders to jail. Formerly prosperous citizens (Detroit once had the highest per-capita income of any American city) left by the thousands leaving empty streets, abandoned buildings, and feral dogs behind.
Joe Biden likes to brag that the administration “saved" Detroit. It would be fitting then, for a Democratic party to convene itself in this ruined city and be addressed by a long-serving, water carrying, pitch man who can say that with a straight face. Then the delegates could leave the hall and step out into the night and reality.
Also, it would be fun watching all the interest groups and media operations trying to line up some slick venues for their cocktail parties and buffets. And to count the number of pistol-packing security types necessary to keep them safe on the mean streets of the Motor City.
12:26 PM, Mar 3, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The ongoing crisis in Ukraine is not slowing down the president. Barack Obama will travel to Boston on Wednesday for Democratic National Committee events, the White House announced today.
President Obama to Travel to Boston
9:31 AM, Mar 2, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
President Obama spoke to the Democrat National Committee's winter meeting in Washington, D.C. on Friday and addressed the minimum wage increase that he recently proposed, comparing it to the minimum wage in Ronald Reagan's time.
9:02 AM, Jan 31, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
First Lady Michelle Obama tells rich donors to keep the checks coming. "You can write a check. Or another one. Write a big fat check. Write the biggest check you could possibly write," the first lady said at a high-dollar Democratic fundraiser last night in San Francisco.
"Some of you might be tired being always asked for money,'' Obama added. "I know that writing those checks is the single most impactful thing you can do right now."
Via the pool report:
9:42 AM, Jan 24, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Certain elements of the pro-Israel community are willing to give DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz a pass on being tough on Iran. After all, she's in difficult position, they say, trying to be pro-Israel and the head of the Democratic party.
9:45 AM, Jan 19, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz won't say where she stands on Iran. Instead, she's ducking questions from a reporter on her trail.
As Adam Kredo of the Washington Free Beacon reports:
12:42 PM, Jan 7, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Adam Kredo of the Washington Free Beacon reports:
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., Fla.) has become a major obstacle to a new bipartisan Iran sanctions measure, according to multiple sources on Capitol Hill and in Florida.
3:33 PM, Nov 5, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Florida congresswoman and chair of the Democratic National Committee, told viewers of MSNBC Tuesday that Americans were not "myzled" by President Obama when it came to being able to keep their health plans under Obamacare.
"At the end of the day, Americans were not only not myzled [sic] by the president, the overwhelming majority of Americans are already insured," Wasserman Schultz said, apparently mispronouncing the word "misled."
Watch the video below:
3:42 PM, Oct 15, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz told the Huffington Post today that "I don't think we should be making excuses" for the Obamacare roll-out:
Wasserman Schultz admitted that she's "no tech expert" but she recognized that the designed is flawed.
10:28 AM, Oct 15, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Debbie Wasserman Schultz is out, today, with her first book. In his Politico Playbook, Mike Allen calls it a "D.C. Must-Read." Which, if true, is the most depressing news to come out of the Imperial City so far this week. But, then, it is only Tuesday.
10:49 AM, Aug 25, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz declined to comment on Anthony Weiner's bid to become the next mayor of New York City:
The DNC chair said the voters would be deciding the outcome of that race, and added, "We can't be weighing in on every single race in the country."
Weiner served with Wasserman Schultz in the U.S. House of Representatives.
10:31 AM, Jun 12, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama is attending three Democratic fundraisers today. One in Boston, Massachusetts, and two more at private homes in Miami, Florida. He'll return to Washington later tonight.
"In the morning, the President will travel to Boston, Massachusetts. The departure from the South Lawn and the arrival at Logan International Airport are open press," the president's public schedule reads.
9:35 AM, Jun 5, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Audio of Michelle Obama being interrupted last night by a heckler:
Via the pool report from the DNC event the first lady was attending:
Raising money to win back the House.7:02 AM, May 29, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Later this evening, President Barack Obama will head to his hometown of Chicago to attend two Democratic party fundraisers aimed to help his party help win back the House of Representatives from the Republicans.
"In the afternoon, the President will travel to Chicago. The departure from the South Lawn and the arrival at O’Hare International Airport are open press," Obama's schedule reads.
8:12 AM, Apr 11, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz made a special request of the United States Capitol Police for her staff members to be treated well during sequester: