Jonathan Chait, daily columnist at New York Magazine, rounds up the current national political news, including Chris Christie's growing problems and the current state of Obamacare.
Some of the coverage of the sequestration has been characterized as a "pox on both their houses" attitude towards the Democrats and Republicans who are, once again, inching us closer to the edge. Brooke speaks with New York magazine writer Jonathan Chait who says that sticking to that approach despite the facts can lead reporters and Op-Ed writers to mislead readers about what's really going on.
Nearly three months after the Iowa Caucuses, the GOP race is still anyone’s game. Rick Santorum won the Kansas Caucuses on Saturday, while Romney picked up delegates in Wyoming, as well as Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Newt Gingrich continues to trail Romney and Santorum, but he has campaigned aggressively in the South, where primary voters will go to the polls in Alabama and Mississippi on Tuesday. How will Mitt Romney fare in the South, a conservative stronghold? Do Santorum’s wins in staunchly conservative states like Kansas and Oklahoma spell trouble for Romney? And how does Gingrich figure into the race going forward?
Faced with an uphill reelection battle and a disenfranchised base, President Obama indicated on Monday that he plans on taking a harder line against an anti-tax GOP. In a speech introducing his debt reduction plan yesterday, Obama vowed to veto any plan Congress sends him that does not raise taxes on the wealthy and corporations while cutting Medicare benefits. "I will not support any plan that puts all the burden for closing our deficit on ordinary Americans," Obama said. Obama's plan, which will reduce annual deficits up to $4 trillion over 10 years, has been assailed as "class warfare" by Republicans.