Chuck Schumer Says He’s ‘Still Not Running for President’

Chuck Schumer. (Photo: Getty)
Chuck Schumer. (Photo: Getty)

Don’t start printing “Chuck 2016” signs just yet.

Senator Chuck Schumer may be heading to the cornfields of Iowa, a longtime tradition for pols seeking the White House. But he insisted over Twitter this afternoon that he has no such ambitions.

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White House Says It’s ‘Extremely Unfortunate’ Sixth Graders’ Tour Was Canceled Due to Sequester

Jay Carney at a White House press briefing last March. (Photo: Getty)
Jay Carney at a White House press briefing last March. (Photo: Getty)

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney responded to a plea from a group of sixth graders who had their tour of the presidential residence canceled due to the so-called “sequester” cuts in a press briefing this afternoon. Mr. Carney described the situation as “extremely unfortunate,” but unavoidable due to the $85 billion in automatic budget cuts that took effect March 1 after lawmwakers were unable to reach a deficit reduction deal.

“The President and the First Lady have throughout the time that they’ve been here made extraordinary efforts to make this the people’s house, and it is extremely unfortunate that we have a situation like the sequester that compels the kinds of tradeoffs and decisions that this represents,” Mr. Carney said. “The fact is the Secret Service, like other agencies of government, is affected by the sequester. And the Secret Service presented options that ranged from canceling tours to potential furloughs and cuts in overtime. And in order to allow the Secret Service to best fulfill its core mission, the White House made the decision that we would, unfortunately, have to temporarily suspend these tours.” Continue reading “White House Says It’s ‘Extremely Unfortunate’ Sixth Graders’ Tour Was Canceled Due to Sequester”

Iowa Sixth Graders Beg White House Not to Cancel Their Tour Due to Sequester

The sixth graders from St. Paul's Lutheran School in their Facebook plea to the White House. (Photo: Facebook)
The sixth graders from St. Paul’s Lutheran School in their Facebook plea to the White House. (Photo: Facebook)

A group of sixth graders from St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Waverly, Iowa has turned to the internet to save their school trip to the White House. The children were scheduled to tour the White House on March 16, but their visit was cancelled yesterday along with all other tours of the presidential residence due to “staffing reductions” caused by the so-called “sequester” budget cuts that took effect last Friday after lawmakers failed to make a deficit reduction deal. In an effort to muster support and salvage their trip, the school posted a brief video on Facebook featuring a plea from the children.

“The White House is our house, please let us visit!” the sixth graders say in the clip. Continue reading “Iowa Sixth Graders Beg White House Not to Cancel Their Tour Due to Sequester”

Joe Biden: ‘This Vice President Stuff Is Tough’

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Joe Biden (Photo: Getty)

Vice President Joe Biden is in Iowa today to appear at a campaign rally at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs. On his way there, Mr. Biden visited a Hy-Vee store where, according to the press pool report, he mingled with the other patrons and cracked jokes. One of his interactions, which was particularly priceless, occurred as Mr. Biden stopped at a food counter and poured himself a cup of vegetable beef soup while lamenting that he had to take it to go in order not to be late for the rally.

“They’re hard on me, man,” Mr. Biden said to his fellow shoppers. “This vice president stuff is tough.” Continue reading “Joe Biden: ‘This Vice President Stuff Is Tough’”

Congressman Explains The Difference Between Iowa And ‘Rough,’ ‘Loud’ Brooklyn

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Congressman Bruce Braley in his new ad. (Photo: YouTube)

In his latest campaign ad, Democratic Iowa Congressman Bruce Braley highlights the differences between Brooklyn, New York and his hometown, Brooklyn, Iowa.

“In the movies, growing up in Brooklyn meant the rough and tumble of New York. Well, I grew up in Brooklyn, Iowa where I learned that it’s less important how loud you talk than how well you listened,” Mr. Braley says in the ad. Continue reading “Congressman Explains The Difference Between Iowa And ‘Rough,’ ‘Loud’ Brooklyn”

Mitt Romney Releases A Slew Of State-Specific Ads

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Mitt Romney (Photo: Getty)
Mitt Romney has already shown television audiences what he would do on the first day of his hypothetical presidency, but his newest ads reveals what he’d like to do with his first 100 days in office. Mr. Romney released four variations of an ad entitled “First 100 Days” for audiences in Ohio, Virginia, Iowa and North Carolina. The ads contain different promises for each state. Continue reading “Mitt Romney Releases A Slew Of State-Specific Ads”

Obama: Romney ‘Should Be Proud Of The Great Personal Success He’s Had As A CEO’

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President Obama
At a campaign rally at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines last night, President Barack Obama reiterated his campaign’s message that their criticism of Mitt Romney’s work at Bain Capital isn’t an attack on the private equity industry as a whole. President Obama said the discussion of Bain is about wheter Mr. Romney’s time “engaged in corporate buyouts” was proper preparation for the presidency.

“He should be proud of the great personal success he’s had as a CEO of a large financial firm. There are plenty of good and honest people in that industry, and there’s an important, creative role for it in the free market,” said the president. “But Governor Romney has made his experience as a financial CEO the entire rationale of his candidacy for president. Now, he doesn’t really talk about what he did in Massachusetts. But he does talk about being a business — business guy. Right? He says this gives him a special understanding of what it takes to create jobs and grow the economy. … So I think it’s a good idea to look at the way he sees the economy.” Continue reading “Obama: Romney ‘Should Be Proud Of The Great Personal Success He’s Had As A CEO’”