Morning EDition: June 7, 2011

Updated

I know, I know: Anthony Weiner. His news conference is why I didn’t get an Underbuzzed up yesterday. Sorry about that – but with that going on, EVERYTHING else was underbuzzed yesterday. Anyway, here’s today’s Morning EDition. The Tuesday Outlook and today’s Underbuzzed will be up later. Unless David Vitter resigns or something…

TODAY

  • Speaker Boehner gives a speech on the economy today in Ohio.
  • Pres. Obama hosts German Chancellor Merkel.

ECONOMY

  • Austan Goolsbee leaves the White House.
  • Ezra Klein theorizes about Goolsbee’s departure and the irrelevance of his replacement.
  • Goolsbee was the sole economist on Obama’s economic team. Hmm.
  • Is Goolsbee’s departure a sign Obama’s heading his ship into an iceberg?
  • Obama no longer has daily economic-briefing meetings.
  • Pres. Obama’s focus on the deficit is hurting him.
  • Pres. Obama will focus on job training tomorrow–which is great long-term, now not so much.
  • Right wing stiffens demands of GOP leadership.
  • What our country could have had if we had passed on the Bush tax cuts.
  • Ten years of Bush tax cuts: A review.
  • Markets are starting to conclude that political obstinance will doom our economy.
  • Fmr. White House advisor says we need to focus on jobs; but elites already have jobs so we talk debt.
  • Republican tax cuts aren’t even helpful to the middle class.
  • State courts keep messing up local Republican budget-cutting.
  • Ken Blackwell: Decent housing and clean water are not rights.

HOUSING

  • Almost 40-percent of two-mortgage homes are under water.
  • Bank of American threatens to foreclose on man because of his debt of $00.00.

JOBS

  • Long-term unemployment is now worse than it was during the Great Depression.
  • Carville calls unemployment a humanitarian crisis.

BUDGET

  • GOP seeks reform of budget process as part of debt deal.
  • GOP finds a way around its earmarks ban.

WALL ST. / BANKS

  • Geithner warns about economic consequences of blocking nominees.
  • More than two dozen Dodd-Frank rules are still behind schedule.

HEALTH CARE

  • Alabama gets all socialism-y.
  • Ryan Plan doesn’t account for regional differences. Choose your home state wisely.
  • Sen. Schumer says Dems are willing to cut Medicare spending, but not Medicare benefits.
  • Democrats try to balance Medicare defense with desire to look like deficit hawks.
  • Chart: America fails, where other countries succeed, at keeping down health costs.
  • Chart: Socialism keeps health-care costs down.

GAS PRICES

EDUCATION

  • NC state rep. is pissed that his daughter wrote him a letter begging him not to fire her teachers.
  • 2008 high-school graduation rate highest in more than 20 years.
  • New GOP governors who pushed drastic changes see approval ratings plunge.

AFGHANISTAN

  • Poll: Most Americans say the war isn’t worth fighting.
  • But support for the war is rising.

ANTHONY WEINER

  • Constituents want Weiner to stay.
  • Except for those who want Weiner to go.
  • Pelosi calls for ethics probe.
  • Republicans try to tar entire Democratic Party.
  • First Read concludes he cost Democrats a week of messaging.
  • Did he offer use of office resources to cover it up?

JOHN EDWARDS

DAVID VITTER

  • Nothing new. Still in office. Just sayin’.

ELECTIONS

RICK SANTORUM

TIM PAWLENTY

JON HUNTSMAN

  • Michael Gerson finds his new Bush.

RICK SCOTT

  • VIDEO: Fla. governor defends drug-testing the poor before feeding them.

SARAH PALIN

  • msnbc.com to post her emails on Friday.

PAUL REVERE

  • Revere author writes in National Review that Palin made him groan.

(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, Crooks and Liars. What my iPod has me listening to: Baby Please Don’t Go, by Otis Taylor.)

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The Ed Show Morning Edition

Morning EDition: June 7, 2011

Updated