Morning EDition: June 2, 2011

Updated

The Rev. Al Sharpton fills in for Ed tonight. Today’s Outlook and Underbuzzed are on the way, so check back in a bit. Meanwhile, here’s some of the stuff we’re keeping our eye on this morning:

TODAY

  • Fmr. Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) speech today formally announcing presidential bid, tapes Hannity interview to air tonight.
  • Treasury Sec. Tim Geithner makes the case for hiking the debt ceiling to GOP House freshmen.

RYAN PLAN

  • Analysis: Dionne explains why Ryan is losing the debate.
  • The same morning Ryan told the president to stop demagoguing Medicare, he said Dems want to ration health care for seniors.
  • VIDEO: Dems have a new ad targeting Rep. Charlie Bass (R-NH) for supporting the Ryan Plan.

DEBT CEILING

  • Speaker Boehner says he wants a deal this month.
  • Ezra Klein: If Congress really wants to end deficits, it should do nothing.
  • House GOP freshmen greet Treasury Sec. Geithner with skepticism.
  • CORRECTION: Politico now says Dems did not whip against the debt-ceiling vote.

BUDGET

  • In first appropriations vote, bipartisan consensus defeats House leadership by increasing spending.

ECONOMY

AUTO INDUSTRY

  • Report suggests auto bailout will end up costing only $14 billion, much less than first projected.

GAS PRICES

  • High gas prices may be the cause of slowing auto sales, which may have triggered yesterday’s stock-market dip.

WALL ST. / BANKS

  • US Chamber and Wall St. firms seek delay of rules intended to prevent repeat of financial meltdown.
  • Analyst predicts Goldman Sachs will evade prosecution because it’s “too big to fail.”
  • Former GOP Sen. Judd Gregg joins Goldman Sachs.
  • Support growing for recess appointment of Elizabeth Warren.

UNIONS

  • Delta under investigation for possibly interfering with attempts to organize workers.

CIVIL RIGHTS

HEALTH

  • House GOP trying to roll back progress on school lunches, tobacco.

LIBYA

OBAMA 2012

GOP 2012

  • Is fmr. Gov. George Pataki (R-NY) running for president?
  • Has Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell decided the Senate is more important than the White House in 2012?

MITT ROMNEY

  • Romney speech focuses on economy, jobs.
  • So what exactly is Romney’s record on jobs?
  • RomneyCare looms over his speech today.
  • Democratic insiders see Romney as the biggest threat to Obama.
  • Republican insiders think the nomination’s his. The White House? Not so much.
  • A comparison between last time and this time.
  • VIDEO: A new DNC video reminds voters of Romney’s many positions.
  • VIDEO FLASHBACK: He’s implied Pres. Obama’s lack of American-ness before.

TIM PAWLENTY

  • His state’s projected deficit skews the whole fiscal-conservative thing.

STATES

CHRIS CHRISTIE

  • Hey, NJ taxpayers pissed at paying for his personal-use chopper ride? Suck it.

RICK SCOTT

  • Fla. governor turns head into Moebius strip justifying/denouncing stimulus spending.

ANTHONY WEINER

WAR ON DRUGS

(What I’m reading: Greg Sargent’s Plum Line, Think Progress, Matt Yglesias, The Wonk Room, Talking Points MemoTPMDC, Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire, the Washington Monthly, the National Journal, Ezra Klein, Politico’s Playbook and Huddle, Dave Weigel, Wonkette, Firedoglake, the NYT Caucus, Daily Kos. What my iPod has me listening to: Pressure Drop, as covered by The Clash.)

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The Ed Show Morning Edition

Morning EDition: June 2, 2011

Updated