The WonkLine: May 28, 2010

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“The federal prosecutors investigating Goldman Sachs are focusing on Timberwolf, the infamous ‘shi*ty deal’ repeatedly cited in a tense Senate hearing last month,” the Huffington Post reports.

The New York State Assembly and New York City officials “reached a tentative deal late Thursday to more than double the number of charter schools, a move that officials hope will give the state a better chance at receiving $700 million in federal grant money” available through the Race to the Top program.

Deputy Treasury Secretary Neal Wolin said in a speech that the financial regulatory reform legislation passed by both chambers of Congress is “substantially consistent” with President Obama’s goals.

Climate Change

A new commercial from VoteVets features a member of the Louisiana National Guard amid the oil-soaked beaches of his state, calling for the US to “end our oil dependence by passing clean energy legislation.”

A top ranking BP official, Donald Vidrine, and James Mansfield, Transocean’s assistant marine engineer on the Deepwater Horizon, refused to testify at an investigative hearing into the causes of the rig explosion, citing “medical conditions.”

Dozens have died from a 120-degree heat wave in India, while hail storms pelt Colorado and thunderstorms leave 30,000 without power in western Massachusetts.


When asked if he supports boycott efforts against Arizona following the passage of SB-1070, Obama replied, “I’m the president of the United States, I don’t endorse boycotts or not endorse boycotts.”

Peruvian officials are trying to help a 7-year-old girl who made headlines when she asked Mrs. Obama if the President would deport her mother by helping her family get documentation with their home country.

In the Washington Post, Rep. Connie Mack (R-FL) writes that “the latest issue freedom-loving conservatives should be concerned about is the Arizona immigration law.”

Health Care

“The Obama administration on Thursday announced it is about to mail out the first rebate checks to help seniors on Medicare pay for their prescription drugs.”

“House Republican leaders introduced a bill Thursday to repeal and replace the sweeping healthcare law adopted in late March.”

“Federal regulators want self-insured employers – who provide health coverage for millions of Americans – to keep young adults up to age 26 on their parents’ plans before the new law requires them to do so.”