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Inside Politics: Democrats oppose federal highway program extension
Question of the Day
Facing an end-of-the-week deadline, House Republicans are running into trouble passing a bill to temporarily keep federal highway and transit aid flowing to states.
Democrats are opposing a 90-day extension of highway aid. They are trying to keep pressure on the GOP to take up a bipartisan $109 billion Senate bill that would overhaul transportation programs while extending them through the end of the 2013 federal budget year.
Instead, Republicans want to pass a three-month extension to buy more time to line up votes for their five-year bill.
The Democratic opposition could prevent passage of the GOP’s short-term extension in a vote later Monday. A two-thirds vote is necessary under House rules that allow expedited consideration of bills. Without an extension, construction projects across the country could be shut down.
Obama draws suspicion with Korean contest
SEOUL — That maven of social media, President Obama, brought his act to Korea this week and got accused of disguising himself as a phony supporter in an online contest.
In advance of Mr. Obama’s visit, the U.S. Embassy here sponsored a competition called Ask President Obama. The three winning questions from Koreans received written responses from Mr. Obama.
But the president noted in a nuclear-policy speech Monday at Hankuk University that somebody who posted comments in the contest accused him of posting positive remarks about himself using a fake name.
“One of you … this is true … asked this question: ‘Have you posted, yourself, a supportive opinion on a website under a disguised name, pretending you are one of the supporters of President Obama?’ ” Mr. Obama said to laughter from the largely student audience.
He added, “I hadn’t thought of this. But the truth is I have not done this. Maybe my daughters have. But I haven’t done that myself.”
The president told students in the audience that they are inheriting a “dynamic” Korea.
“You know that in our digital age, we can connect and innovate across borders like never before - with your smartphones and Twitter and Me2Day and Kakao Talk,” he said. “It’s no wonder so many people around the world have caught the Korean Wave, Hallyu,” a reference to the rapid spread of Korean culture in the past decade or more.
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