Fox News Off Limits

“At least one Democratic political strategist has gotten a blunt warning from the White House to never appear on Fox News Channel, an outlet that presidential aides have depicted as not so much a news-gathering operation as a political opponent bent on damaging the Obama administration,” the Chicago Tribune reports.

The strategist said the message was, “We better not see you on again.”

“In urging Democratic consultants to spurn Fox, White House officials might be trying to isolate the network and make it appear more partisan. A boycott by Democratic strategists could also help drive the White House narrative that Fox is a fundamentally different creature than the other TV news networks.”


Just a Matter of Time

If you look at the age breakdown of polling data showing support for gay marriage, it’s clear that younger people are much more supportive than older people. Even in states normally considered hostile to gay rights, there is still a significant age difference: For instance, 18-29 year-olds in Alabama, for example, are still more supportive of gay marriage than people 65 and older in Massachusetts.


Tipping Point?

Kim Strassel: “On Jan. 20, Barack Obama began a race against time. The White House knew its liberal agenda would prove unpopular in many parts of the country represented by Democrats. So long as the president looked strong, those Blue Dogs and freshmen and swing-state senators would stick. Show them any sign of weakness, however, and rattled Dems would begin to care more about their own re-elections than they did their president.”

“Tuesday, the White House hit that tipping point.”


House Democrats Line Up Votes

House Democrats “are scrambling” to secure votes to pass President Obama’s health care reform effort, “working to soothe last-minute concerns from rank-and-file Democrats ahead of a make-or-break vote,” the AP reports.

Voting is set for Saturday on the 10-year, $1.2 trillion legislation.

The Washington Post says party leaders “were struggling” to “contain uprisings on the hot-button issues of abortion and immigration that have left them little margin for error as they attempt to push through a massive health-care reform bill this weekend.”

First Read: “The next 48 hours are going to be wild, but considering the country’s focus on the tragedy to Ft. Hood, the battle will take place mostly behind the scenes and out of the media spotlight.”


Unemployment Rate Hits 10.2%

“U.S. unemployment rose by more than expected in October to hit its highest level in more than 26 years and employers cut more jobs than forecast, a sign the labor market continues to struggle as the economy emerges from its deep recession,” theWall Street Journal reports.

“The unemployment rate, calculated using a survey of households as opposed to companies, rose by 0.4 percentage point to 10.2%, the Labor Department said Friday. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones Newswires had forecast an increase to 9.9%.”

Interestingly, ABC News notes public opinion on the economy “has not moved” over the last year. But the question is “how long Obama’s got until it goes up, or he goes down – possibly with his party in tow.”


Stewart Spoofs Glenn Beck

The perfect way to start your day: Jon Stewart makes fun of Glenn Beck.

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Republicans Descend on Iowa

“It is harvest season in Iowa. For Republicans who want to challenge President Barack Obama in 2012, though, it is time to start planting seeds,” Bloomberg reports.

Tim Pawlenty, Mike Huckabee, and George Pataki all have planned visits before the end of the year. Sarah Palin is considering one as well.

“If it all seems early — the next presidential election is three years away — consider that Huckabee, who won his party’s 2008 Iowa caucuses, had been to the state five times by this point in 2005.”


Strategic Vision Vanishes

Nate Silver notes polling firm Strategic Vision has been very quiet since thecontroversy broke about their methodology and accusations that they possibly faked results.

“Strategic Vision vehemently denied my interpretation of the evidence and made public threats to sue me. But no lawyer has contacted me, and in fact, Strategic Vision has not conducted any further public polling since that time.”


Feinstein Still Considering Run for Governor

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said “she will base a decision on whether to run for California governor next year largely on the solutions the announced candidates put forward to deal with the state’s fiscal problems,” the AP reports.

Republicans have three candidates running for governor: Steve Poizner (R), Meg Whitman (R) and Tom Campbell (R).

Democrats have no announced candidate so far, though Attorney General Jerry Brown (D) has formed an exploratory committee.

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