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But not everyone has signed on to help, says Michael Cass, a reporter for the Tennessean in Nashville, who managed to obtain a copy of the roster. Despite the White House use of the word “confirmed,” “it’s a “wish list,” he observes.
A THOUSAND DAYS
When President Obama delivers his State of the Union address Jan. 24, it will mark exactly 1,000 days since the Democrat-controlled U.S. Senate has passed a budget. The Senate has not bothered to pass a budget since April 29, 2009, notes Americans for Tax Reform, which did all the checking.
“The Republican-led House of Representatives passed Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget that reduced Obama’s spending levels by 6 trillion dollars over the next decade. The Democrat-controlled Senate has not passed a budget in three years,” says Grover Norquist, president of the group. “When President Obama tries to blame a ‘do-nothing’ Congress for his problem, he is half right. The Democrat Senate has done nothing.”
WEEKEND WEB FORAY
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POLL DU JOUR
• 10 percent of Americans say they are “very conservative”; 20 percent of Republicans, 4 percent of Democrats and 8 percent of independents agree.
• 30 percent overall say they are “conservative”; 51 percent of Republicans, 16 percent of Democrats and 28 percent of independents agree.
• 35 percent overall say they are “moderates”; 23 percent of Republicans, 38 percent of Democrats and 41 percent of independents agree.
• 15 percent overall say they are “liberal”; 3 percent of Republicans, 29 percent of Democrats and 14 percent of independents agree.
• 6 percent overall say they are “very liberal”; 1 percent of Republicans, 10 percent of Democrats and 5 percent of independents agree.
Source: A Gallup tracking poll of 20,392 U.S. adults conducted between January and December and released Thursday.
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