Winter drags on in Washington and with it comes a bumper crop of slush and ice this week: Bill O’Reilly of FOX News had a testy interview with President Obama; the White House was cross about the news media’s handling of a new report from the Congressional Budget Office, and everyone was cranky in Sochi. So SAD!
Julie Mason, host of the Press Pool on SiriusXM’s POTUS channel, chatted with Ron Fournier of the National Journal whose coverage of the Clintons goes back to Arkansas days. Fournier groused that everyone is wrong about Hillary Clinton (for now).
The CBO, meanwhile, released a confusing report about the effects of the Affordable Care Act on employment and the deficit. Michael O’Brien of NBC News analyzed the fallout.
The Winter Olympics started in Sochi, amid a new terror warning and epic issues with toilets, stray dogs and open manhole covers. What did we do before Twitter? Rosalind Jordan of Al- Jazeera English joined Jules to talk a little foreign policy.
Though it doubtless gave him little pleasure, the president sat for an interview ahead of the Super Bowl with FOX personality O’Reilly, honoring a tradition to take questions from the network hosting the game. Christi Parsons of the Los Angeles Times found the two men in feisty moods.
And speculation intensified in Washington that the Obama administration is preparing to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, a move that is strongly opposed by many environmentalists. Josh Lederman of the AP mulled the politics at play in the decision-making.
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