Las Vegas (CNN) – The woman many in the progressive community hope will be the first head of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau received a hero's welcome Saturday at the Netroots Nation convention.
Speaking at a seminar on building a progressive economic vision, Elizabeth Warren received a standing ovation as soon as she was introduced.
Warren, head of the congressional panel overseeing the government’s Troubled Asset Relief Program, is considered a strong advocate for the working and middle classes and has been one of the fiercest proponents of the new consumer bureau, a centerpiece of the financial reform bill signed into law earlier this week by President Obama.
Las Vegas (CNN) - President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Saturday thanked progressive activists for their help in pushing through some of the Democrats' policy initiatives, but acknowledged more work needs to be done.
In a videotaped message played at the Netroots Nation conference, President Obama said some progress has been made to help the American economy, but "change has not come fast enough for too many Americans. I know that. It hasn't come fast enough for me either. I know it hasn't come fast enough for many of you who fought so hard during the election."
But he asked some of those who were his most loyal supporters during the 2008 election to take a moment and consider his administration's accomplishments. To help do that, the video included snippets of news broadcasts which reported on such developments as the passing of the stimulus bill and the health care overhaul, a new arms treaty with Russia, a new hate crimes prevention act and reforms in the student loan system.
(CNN) – Fresh off his re-engagement to Bristol Palin, the Associated Press reports that Levi Johnston is set to appear in an R&B music video in which he will play a young man driven away from his love interest by the young woman's mother.
Johnston, the fiancé of Bristol Palin, has agreed to appear in the video with Brittani Senser, an R&B artist.
"He's looking forward to doing it," Johnston's attorney told the Associated Press on Friday. "It will give him an opportunity to act a little bit in front of a camera. He's done a commercial before, but something like this is a little more involved."
Washington (CNN) – Republican Rep. Mike Pence criticized the Obama administration and Democrats in Washington on Saturday, delivering a biting attack on the economic and fiscal policies promoted by a legislature and White House controlled by Democrats.
"The economic policies of this administration have failed,” Pence said in Saturday’s weekly Republican address.
"In the worst economy in a quarter of a century, American families are hurting. That's obvious to just about everybody, except that is the Democrats in Washington, D.C.,” the Indiana Republican said.
"You know, it's more clear every day, they just don't get it. Washington politicians just aren't listening and the American people know it.”
But on the same day President Obama capped his week by touting the Wall Street reform bill that became law Wednesday, Pence was instead looking to the future, and warning of tax increases.
Washington (CNN) – President Obama used his weekly radio and internet address to tout the Wall Street reform bill signed into law this week but also slammed House Minority Leader John Boehner, saying the Republican's plan to create jobs is "surprisingly short, and sadly familiar."
"[W]hat we can't afford right now is to go back to the same ideas that created this mess in the first place," Obama says. "Unfortunately, those are the ideas we keep hearing from our friends in the other party. This week, the Republican leader in the House of Representatives offered his plan to create jobs. It's a plan that's surprisingly short, and sadly familiar."
"These are not new ideas. They are the same policies that led us into this recession. They will not create jobs, they will kill them. They will not reduce our deficit, they will add $1 trillion to our deficit. They will take us backward at a time when we need to keep America moving forward."
Boehner shot back Saturday, calling Obama "out of touch."
Las Vegas (CNN) – On Saturday the progressives here at Netroots Nation will announce the formation of “P Street,” a new effort to flex their muscle in Washington. P Street is a progressive lobbying shop designed to work in tandem with the Progressive Change Campaign Coalition. Its mission: helping members of Congress organize winning strategies to push progressive legislation.
P Street director Shaunna Thomas tells CNN, “It’s about being the progressive antidote to K Street.” K street is shorthand for Washington’s corporate and special interest lobbyists – many of whom work out of offices on K street.
“One thing we’ve noticed is that progressives are virtually absent on Capitol Hill as advocates and lobbyists,” says Thomas. “Other groups have single issue, narrow agendas, but there are very few people on the Hill who come with broad political context. We will do that, and work with members not just on the goals of legislation, but on political strategy that will galvanize not just the left, but mobilize members to pass progressive legislation.”