The legislative clock is ticking. Democratic lobbyist Billy Moore estimates that there are just 60 legislative days remaining before the Oct. 8 target for adjournment -- assuming four-day work weeks for the balance of the year. That means there's little time to finish the Dems' ambitious agenda.
Politico says that Nancy Pelosi and other congressional Democrats have warned the White House that President Obama's bashing of Washington could end up hurting Dems in November. "President Barack Obama's Washington-bashing could boomerang on his party in Congress if he's not careful, House Democratic leaders have warned White House senior adviser David Axelrod. The fear — raised by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, campaign chief Chris Van Hollen and Majority Whip Jim Clyburn in a closed-door meeting Thursday — is that Democrats have more to lose if anti-Washington sentiment is not directed at one party or the other."
The Washington Post profiles Pelosi. "House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is so unpopular in some places that she often avoids public appearances... But under the Capitol dome, Pelosi is a towering figure, perhaps even a historic one. Capped by her central role in passing the landmark health-care bill in March, the California Democrat, 70, has transformed herself from the caricature of a millionaire liberal with impeccable fashion taste into a speaker on par with the revered Sam Rayburn, according to historians, pollsters and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle."
"Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) said his arrest outside the White House on Saturday was meant to raise awareness about the need for comprehensive immigration reform," Roll Call reports.
The New York Times: "As Democrats close in on their goal of overhauling the nation's financial regulations, several prominent experts say that the legislation does not even address the right problems, leaving the financial system vulnerable to another major crisis. Some point to specific issues left largely untouched, like the instability of capital markets that provide money for lenders, or the government's role in the housing market, including the future of the housing finance companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Others simply argue that it is premature to pass sweeping legislation while so much about the crisis remains unclear and so many inquiries are in progress."