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Major Garrett Major Garrett is National Journal Correspondent-at-Large and Chief White House Correspondent for CBS News.
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Analysis: If reelected, would Obama be able to govern?

July 20, 2012 It’s only July, and President Obama’s campaign has already called Mitt Romney an outsourcing, job-killing, company-bankrupting whiner who may also be a tax cheat and a felon. The brass knuckles are out, the presumptive Republican nominee is bleeding, and Obama is selling off his likability as if it were an ...

Analysis: Unfairly maligned solicitor general has last laugh on health care ruling

June 29, 2012 Like some cable-news viewers, President Obama was at first confused on Thursday about the Supreme Court ruling on his health care law. He saw the erroneous CNN report that the individual mandate had been overturned and thought, momentarily, that the Court had nullified his signature legislative accomplishment. Standing in the ...

Issa letter hammers Obama on 'Fast and Furious' gun operation

June 26, 2012 The chairman of the House oversight committee investigating White House involvement in the botched “gun-walking” program that led to the 2010 death of U.S. Border Patrol agent accused President Obama on Monday of downplaying his involvement in the program or intentionally obstructing the Congress' inquiry. The letter from Rep. Darrel ...

Commerce secretary takes leave of absence

June 12, 2012 Commerce Secretary John Bryson, involved in separate traffic accidents in California over the weekend, informed President Obama on Monday evening that he is taking medical leave to cope with an unspecified illness. Deputy Secretary Rebecca Blank will serve as acting secretary in his absence. Bryson had a seizure, according to ...

Vice president again dumb like a fox

May 10, 2012 Joe Biden did it again. He walked for two days into a fusillade of ridicule and speculation that he wandered off the reservation and drove the finely crafted and "evolving" White House policy on same-sex marriage into the ditch. In fact, Biden cleared the path for President Obama to declare ...

Michigan and Arizona: Bruising GOP primaries brighten Obama’s prospects

February 29, 2012 When President Obama accused Republicans who opposed the auto industry bailout of peddling a “load of you know what,” he might have been describing the residue in Michigan and Arizona for Republicans now that the two primaries are over. Obama is in better shape in both states since the GOP ...

Standoff on payroll tax holiday extension continues

December 21, 2011 With the standoff over the payroll-cut tax package now set, and just 10 days for Congress to act, what is Harry Reid thinking? Top aides say the Senate majority leader remains adamant and will not relent to House GOP demands to appoint conferees and resolve differences between the House and ...

House delays payroll tax deal vote until Tuesday

December 19, 2011 House Republican leaders abandoned plans to vote Monday night and into Tuesday morning on the Senate's payroll tax-cut package, saying it would look bad to vote in the middle of the night. "These votes will take place tomorrow, in the light of day," said GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy of California ...

House speaker calls for Congress to continue work on payroll-tax package

December 19, 2011 House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said on Monday the House will defeat the Senate's two-month extension of the payroll tax and will seek a conference committee to resolve differences between the Senate bill and the House's one-year extension of the payroll tax cut. "It's time to stop the nonsense," Boehner ...

Congress now shooting for weekend wrap-up

December 15, 2011 Congressional leaders made significant progress toward breaking the impasse on year-end measures Thursday and lawmakers are now predicting they will soon wrap up funding for the bulk of government operations. If their optimism proves founded, they will avert a partial government shutdown for the third time this year. Congress needs ...