It's Busy Inside the Beltway: Politics Are Sizzling in DC
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Talk about the mid-term elections is stirring up some heat this summer. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is on the warpath – over the campaign trail. She wants the White House to step up support for Democratic congressmen, instead of suggesting that Republicans could win in November. Republicans have made a few big gaffes lately, but politicos say they’re likely to take back the House this fall. What role will Sarah Palin play in the mix? Also, financial reform is finally ready for the President's signature, and Argentina breaks new ground. Lawmakers legalized same-sex marriage early today, and the Catholic Church isn’t happy about it. Sara Terry guest hosts.
Banner image: White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, (L) and moderator David Gregory appear on Meet the Press on July 11, 2010 in Washington, DC. Photo: William B. Plowman/NBC via Getty Images
Financial Reform Finally Ready for President's Signature ()
The financial reform bill is ready to become law. Democrats have the votes they need to pass the broadest overhaul of US financial roles since the Great Depression. Noam Scheiber is senior editor for The New Republic.
It's Busy Inside the Beltway: Politics Are Sizzling in DC ()
Politicos say all kinds of things on shows like Meet the Press. Last Sunday, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said that Republicans could win the House this fall. While he didn't say anything surprising to anyone tracking the mid-term elections, he unwittingly unleashed a political firestorm and his comments proved too much for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. House Democrats feel they're not getting enough credit or support for their role in helping President Obama win some big legislative victories. So Pelosi and the President had a lot to talk about when she went to the White House last night. Did she win more support from Obama? Is what's good for the President good for the House? Is the GOP on its way to a big win in November? What's rumbling in Alaska?
- Jonathan Allen: Reporter, Politico, @jonallendc
- Linda Feldmann: White House Correspondent, Christian Science Monitor, @linda_feldmann
- Dante Scala: Professor of Political Science, University of New Hampshire
- Ari Melber: Correspondent, The Nation magazine
Argentina Is First Latin American Country to Legalize Gay Marriage ()
Early today Argentina's Senate made history in Latin America, making it the first country to legalize gay marriage. The bill, which passed by a narrow 33-to-27 margin, was sponsored by the government of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, who took on the Catholic Church to make it happen. Jude Webber reports from Buenos Aires for the Financial Times.
- Jude Webber: Reporter, Financial Times
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