The WonkLine: August 30, 2010

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The Miami Herald notes that, once the primary was over, Meg Whitman’s (R-CA) campaign chairman and former Gov. Pete Wilson (R-CA) has “all but disappeared from public view” now that his anti-immigrant views are more of a liability.

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) said he didn’t expect a comprehensive bill to make its way through Congress, stating, “Sen. Schumer and I are working to bring a package to Congress, but reform isn’t going to happen this year.”

Gov. Jan Brewer (R-AZ) is calling on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to remove a reference to her state’s immigration law from a required human rights report to the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Health Care

“Faced with mounting debt and looming costs from the new federal health-care law, many local governments are leaving the hospital business, shedding public facilities that can be the caregiver of last resort.”

“The progressive coalition Health Care for America Now fought hard to pass health care reform. Now it’s fighting hard to help reelect lawmakers who voted for the bill – even if it means not talking about it.”

“Five months after the adoption of the sweeping new health-care law, momentum is building to modify and possibly repeal one of its funding sources.”

National Security

“The end of the U.S. combat mission in Iraq may increase pressure on the Pentagon to trim spending, giving ammunition to lawmakers who have long wanted to take aim at the massive defense budget,” Reuters reports.

“Jewish settlement in occupied Palestinian territories is the biggest obstacle that will emerge in peace talks with Israel, Palestinian officials said Monday.”

“Rutherford County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a complaint about shots being fired yesterday near the construction site of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, Tenessee.”


“Government anti-poverty programs that have grown to meet the needs of recession victims now serve a record one in six Americans and are continuing to expand,” USA Today reports.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan said yesterday that “the Obama administration’s Race to the Top contest has reversed the trend of officials lowering educational standards and misleading students into thinking they are prepared for college.”

Wall Street may bump its bonus season up this year in order to avoid potentially higher taxes in 2011.