The courtyard of the United States State Department.
YOUR LAME DUCK CONGRESS AT WORK: The Simpson-Bowles deficit commission fails to reach consensus for immediate consideration by Congress but inches closer to a bipartisan solution; Senate Democrats, led by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) raised the heat against “tax cuts for millionaires” as the Senate considers extending Bush era tax cuts, Pelosi restates her claim that unemployment benefits creates jobs; Military chiefs support repeal and a delay of DADT.
BREAD AND CIRCUSES: Sens. Tom Harkin and Michael Enzi talking to reporters after the Senate bill passed legislation that would grant the F.D.A. new powers to recall tainted foods, increase inspections, demand accountability from food companies and oversee farming.
DON”T ASK, DON”T TELL, DON”T DECIDE: Appearing before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing reviewing the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, Air Force chief of staff Gen. Norton Schwartz, 2nd from left, and Marine Commandant Gen. Jim Amos, 3rd from left, said they do not recommend Congress change the law to allow gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military. Sen. Joe Lieberman talks to reporters after the hearing. In the background, third from left, is former Air Force Maj. Mike Almy, who was discharged for being gay.
REINING IN TAX CUTS: Senator Charles Schumer looks over to a sign critical of the Republican Tax cut plan during a press conference at the US Capitol. With him are Democratic Sens. (l-r); Claire McCaskill and Dianne Feinstein. On Saturday the Senate rejected Schumer’s proposal to end tax breaks only on income exceeding $1 million.
RAINING ON COAL PROTEST: Lacking a demonstration permit that would have allowed them to turn their shelter in an upright position, Sierra Club members from Michigan State University braved inclimate weather in a park outside the Senate Russell Building on Capitol Hill. The organization is urging the United States to “move beyond dirty coal”.
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