THE WHITE HOUSE REPORT
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President Obama takes a campaign-style approach this week, hitting the road and holding a primetime press conference to sell his stimulus package to a skeptical American public. Meanwhile, the Treasury Department is ready to rollout its plans for using the second half of funding authorized under the Troubled Asset Relief Program. Who is the frontrunner to be the Health and Human Services Secretary now that Tom Daschle is out?
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The Senate has a compromise deal cutting nearly $100 billion from the stimulus package and setting the stage for complex negotiations between House and Senate Democrats. We discuss the big losers in the Senate bill and why House Democrats aren’t crazy about the compromise cut in the Senate.
HOUSE AND SENATE SCHEDULE
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With the Senate tied down on the stimulus package and the omnibus appropriations bill delayed, the House debates the “Tomnibus” bill and celebrates John Dingell (D-MI) becoming the longest serving member of the House of Representatives in American history. Plus, President Obama hasn’t gotten his daughters the puppy he promised but he is going to have some Blue Dogs in the Oval Office this week.
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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s health sets off a new round of the favorite Washington parlor game – speculating about who will retire from the Supreme Court, when will they go, and who will President Obama appoint to the most coveted position in the legal world?
HEALTH CARE POLICY UPDATE
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The President signed the SCHIP bill last week and delayed consideration of the omnibus appropriations bill. Plus, what does the Daschle withdrawal as HHS Secretary mean for the healthcare reform agenda.
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The stimulus package includes $6 billion or $7 billion for broadband infrastructure development. We discuss the details of what the stimulus bill will do for broadband development.
DIGITAL TELEVISION TRANSITION
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Congress has hit the pause button on the digital television transition originally planned for next week, ordering a delay until June. We talk about the details of the transition and what it means for the use of the spectrum after the transition occurs.
CAPITAL THINKING INTERNET RADIO SHOW
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2009
Capital Thinking is our weekly Internet radio show on the VoiceAmerica Business network. The show brings you top guests from the world of politics, policy, the legal world, and the business community. Each week, here on the podcast, we will bring you highlights from past internet radio broadcasts.
Here are segments from last week's broadcasts: (click the segment below to listen to the broadcast)
Ilir Zherka, Executive Director of DC Vote, discuss the legislation that will give the District of Columbia a vote in the House of Representatives.
Sally Garr, co-chair of the Employment Law group at Patton Boggs, discusses the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and what employers may need to do to protect themselves in the future from pay discrimination claims.
Mary Beth Bosco reviews the challenges facing government contractors as they prepare to participate in programs funded by the economic stimulus package now pending in Congress.