National Journal

Washington’s premier source of nonpartisan insight on politics and policy. More at NationalJournal.com. Curated by Alex Laughlin.

#democrats

“2. Obama will learn from his mistakes. He let Romney go unchallenged Wednesday night as the GOP nominee distorted his own policies and injected some new ones into the campaign. Strategists close to Obama predicted hours after the debate that the president will be more aggressive in the next encounter. If Obama took the challenge lightly on Wednesday night, as some allies believe, Romney jolted him out of his nonchalance.”

5 Reasons Why It’s Too Early to Write Off Obama

“If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will be either be dead or in jail by this time next year.”

– Quote of the Day. Find out the source here.

The Fighter: The Democratic House leader reflects on battles past—and those yet to come. 
By John Aloysius Farrell
NJ What kind of chauvinism have you faced in Congress?
PELOSI At first the men thought having women in the House was nice. Then they started to get a little threatened—it wasn’t as cute. When I decided to run for leadership, they said, “Who said she could run?” And I thought, “Perfect. That is exactly right. Who said she could run? Not you.” That is how they thought not that long ago.
Read the rest of the interview here.

The Fighter: The Democratic House leader reflects on battles past—and those yet to come. 

By John Aloysius Farrell

NJ What kind of chauvinism have you faced in Congress?

PELOSI At first the men thought having women in the House was nice. Then they started to get a little threatened—it wasn’t as cute. When I decided to run for leadership, they said, “Who said she could run?” And I thought, “Perfect. That is exactly right. Who said she could run? Not you.” That is how they thought not that long ago.

Read the rest of the interview here.

“"I think the White House made a good decision in including a mandate for contraception coverage in the Affordable Care Act insurance policy but I think they made a bad decision in not allowing a broad enough religious employer exemption," said Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine.”

Obama Facing Breaks From Base On Contraceptive Mandate

"And based on yesterday’s reactions from senators and Senate candidates to the Obama administration’s policy requiring some religious institutions to provide coverage for prescription contraceptives, President Obama faces plenty of road mines ahead."

By Kevin Brennan and Sean Sullivan