"It injects demand into the economy," Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said of unemployment checks. "It creates jobs faster than almost any other initiative you can name." Pelosi calls unemployment checks a "stimulus" that is a "double benefit" helping "those who lost their jobs" and at the same serves as a "job creator" "It's impo
"If there is a will on the Republican side of the aisle, there will be a way forward on comprehensive immigration reform," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said.
"You can't just beef up the border, you have to deal with the 11 million that are here and give them an opportunity to come out of the shadows, integrate them. You know, here in New Mexico we've given them driver's licenses with a lot of safeguards, we allowed the DREAM Act so that they can get college scholarships," New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson
"Being an American is not a matter of blood or birth, it's a matter of faith," President Obama declared at a speech he gave on immigration. Obama also blamed "resentment" to new immigrants on poor economic conditions. "Now, we can't forget that this process of immigration and eventual inclusion has often been painful. Each new wave of immigra
"Mr. Speaker, it is a shame and a disgrace that we did not extend unemployment insurance. Every single Member who voted no yesterday should be ashamed of themselves. People are suffering. They are hurting. They are in pain. They cannot make ends meet. And too many, just too many on the other side of the aisle turn a deaf ear. I ask my Republican
"For someone who asked to be held to a higher standard, President Obama spends an awful lot of time making excuses and whining about others. The American people want leadership from this White House, not childish partisanship," House Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) said.
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT): "Well, the president's in trouble, and so what are they doing? They're pandering to the Hispanics in this country and others by pretending that they're gonna do something about immigration." Hatch also said President Obama is playing politics. (source: ABC's "Top Line")
MSNBC's Alex Witt reacts to President Obama's speech on immigration: "I got a few chills listening to him there. It was very powerful."
"Professor Obama, today, giving another one of his speeches with historical antecedence," NBC's Capitol Hill reporter Mike Viqueira said. "A lot of poetry and no prose," Andrea Mitchell glowingly added.
MSNBC's Dylan Ratigan: "Bloomberg [is] reporting the Federal Reserve, led by Chairman Ben Bernanke, one of the chief destroyers and then then [former] New York Fed President Tim Geithner (currently Treasury Secretary), man in my view who should be jailed for life, may have lied to tax payers and put them on the hook for tens of millions of dollars
U.S. Senator George LeMieux (R-FL) spoke on the Senate floor about the administration's response to the Gulf oil disaster. Senator LeMieux, who asked the President on June 15th to lift regulations allowing skimmer vessels to leave their ports and come to the Gulf, stated the suspension is welcome, but comes several weeks too late.
Will massive government spending ever help the unemployed? The Wall Street Journal's John Fund discusses. Fund also discusses the new weekly jobless claims (for the week ending on June 26).
In a Special Comment, Keith Olbermann talks about the Democrats' struggle against the GOP to reestablish the unemployment safety net.
Arguing that it's his time to hang up his "nightly suspenders," Larry King announced he'll step down from his talk show. Chris Matthews honors the man he credits with getting him started in broadcasting.
Laura Ingraham: Every day we keep getting more bad news about the economy. Job numbers are not headed in the right direction.
Charles Krauthammer: "The president is showing in his response his style of demonizing and delegitimizing opponents' arguments. He pretends that he's a professor who deals in Socratic way, recognizes arguments and deals honestly with them. This is extrememly dishonest. The Republicans, he charged in that speech, are opposing his