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Day 5of the second 100 days - History


The day began with the President receiving is daily economic and security briefing. He then met with his senior adviosrs. The President then delivered remarks calling for tax return. The President's called for reforming the tax code so as not to allow US corporations to avoid paying income taxes on foreign earnings. Remarks

Late in the afternoon the President delivered remarks at theCinco de Mayo event.


The Hundred Days, What Does It All Mean?

You wouldn’t know it from the amount of attention President Trump seems to be paying to it, but the 100-day standard is not much of a guide to the future success of failure of a presidency. Ronald Reagan signed his signature tax cuts into law on his 206th day in office President Obama signed what would be known as Obamacare on the 368th day of his first term and JFK’s stellar performance in the Cuban Missile Crisis came after his 634th day in office.

Until the first part of the 20th century, when an historian, journalist or politico used the term “Hundred Days,” they usually meant Napoleon Bonaparte’s ill-fated frenetic activity from the time he escaped from Elba in 1815 until his permanent fall from power after the military defeat at Waterloo. As for American precedents there is no evidence that George Washington, who was well aware that he was establishing the basic norms of the new American presidency, thought there was anything significant about his first 14 weeks in office. It was the actions of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the 73rd Congress in 1933 that turned the meaning of the concept on its head, making it a symbol of executive success.

As historian Arthur Schlesinger—whose hugely influential “The Coming of the New Deal” (1959) chiseled the concept of “The Hundred Days” into historical marble—noted, Roosevelt himself did not come into office thinking there was something magical about his first 100 days as president. What he knew was that action was required to calm American fears and stabilize the financial system. Using a constitutional power intended for use in a national emergency, the president called Congress back for a special session. Five days later, after another presidential proclamation announcing a bank holiday and passage of the Banking Bill, Roosevelt thought he had done enough for the moment.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1932. (Credit: GraphicaArtis/Getty Images)

“Roosevelt,” Schlesinger noted, “had first thought of putting through the emergency banking legislation and sending Congress home.” No hundred days of activity, just five. But like any good politician𠅊nd thanks to ambitious aides who encouraged—he sensed an opportunity to move on other fronts associated with the Great Depression. He asked Congress to stay in session for what would be about 100 days and the flood of legislative and executive activity later enshrined as part of The Hundred Days ensued—the Economy Act, the Agricultural Adjustment Act, the Tennessee Valley Authority Act, the Home Owner’s Loan Act and the Glass-Steagall Banking Act, the National Recovery Act, the abandonment of the gold standard, the creation of the Civilian Conservation Corps and beginning the process of overturning Prohibition by allowing the sale of beer and wine. Although the Roosevelt administration provided the push for these changes, most of this activity came in the form of legislation. FDR found he needed only to sign 9 executive orders through his Hundredth Day on June 11 (Presidential terms then started in early March). In other words, Congress, followed his lead.

That burst of presidential activity in 1933 has yet to be equaled by any subsequent president and arguably it would not be fair to judge any future president by that standard anyway. FDR’s Hundred Day phenomenon arose out of an almost unique political moment. President Herbert Hoover had left office as deeply unpopular as the newly𠄾lected Franklin Roosevelt was popular. The country was gripped with fear. The official unemployment rate was 25 percent as the only economic system the American people had ever known seemed in free fall. Meanwhile Democrats had increased their majorities in both houses of Congress and were ready to take their lead from the charismatic Roosevelt.

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Until Trump, presidents have been careful not to try to beat Roosevelt’s record. All modern presidents𠅎ven the unelected Gerald Ford who promised to end the “long national nightmare of Watergate”�me into office promising change of some sort or another. The iconic presidents like JFK and Ronald Reagan signaled that the change would be lasting and alter the basic relationship of the American people and their government but none of them promised to get the work done fast. Indeed JFK was explicit about it. 𠇊ll this will not be finished in the first 100 days,” he famously said in his Inaugural Address. “Nor will it be finished in the first 1,000 days, nor in the life of this Administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin.”

The fact that most presidents have understood how hard it is repeat FDR’s achievements hasn’t stopped the press and the public from assuming that the 100 Day mark somehow matters. Even Lyndon B. Johnson, who had unexpectedly become president as a result of the tragedy in Dallas, was asked not only to assess his first 100 Days but what slogan he might apply to his approach to governing. At a press conference in March 1964, LBJ replied, “I have had a lot of things to deal with the first 100 days, and I haven’t thought of any slogan, but I suppose all of us want a better deal, don’t we?”

After LBJ, presidents tended not to draw attention to the 100 Days, though they came to accept, seemingly grudgingly, that it signaled the end of the beginning of their administration and knew to expect 100-day assessments in the press. Richard Nixon didn’t acknowledge the standard on his hundredth day (Dwight D. Eisenhower for whom he had served as vice president had not been asked for a 100-day assessment at his press conferences in April 1953), though he did establish a different kind of standard, for music, by hosting that night perhaps the greatest jazz show ever at the White House in celebration of Duke Ellington’s seventieth birthday. Not willing to shy away from the Rooseveltian challenge, but knowing that his first weeks in office didn’t match up, Bill Clinton started talking up the importance of the Second Hundred Days. His successor, George W. Bush, simply made peace with the business. In spite of the fact that his chief political advisor Karl Rove believed that it was the first 180 days that mattered most—the length of the first session of Congress of the administration—George W. Bush acknowledged the existence of this guidepost by hosting a 𠇏irst Hundred Days Congressional Luncheon” in the Rose Garden.

Timothy Naftali is Clinical Associate Professor of History and Public Service at New York University.


King: Second 100 days will be bigger test for Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= hist-2022/8940/image_9hYd0L1B2ioxadEc1o.jpg caption="CNN's John King talks with President Obama in Peoria, Illinois."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - As introductions go, it has been a fast-paced, fascinating first 100 days: an ambitious domestic agenda aimed at reinvigorating the economy and the government's reach into its workings, and several provocative steps on the world stage that, like at home, signal a clear break from the previous administration.

It is the second 100 days that will give a much more comprehensive test of President Obama's approach, his resilience - and his effectiveness.

Still, the White House cites significant accomplishments, including:

• Passage of the $787 billion economic stimulus plan.

• Signing into law an expanded children's health care program that it says provides benefits to 4 million additional working families.

Soundoff (45 Responses)

it can be 100 days or 100 months doesn't really mater because ONE thing is going to remain constant..those who did NOT like, vote for, or support President Obama STILL will not support him no matter what he does. It's the far right think tank, still pouting because they lost the election and are basically out of power that refuse to offer this man a chance and the best they can do is come to newsites like this and make negative posts about EVERYHING he does from foreign policy to gettting a puppy. They try to put labels on him but so far the 60+ percent that DO support the president will not allow the lablels to stick. Of course the Limbaugh bunch want this man to fail. the very worst thing that can happen for the far right is for him to be successful meaning more time for them to be out of power. Him being of a different background and color is a problem for many also but that point is not even worth my time getting into. Just watch the negative comments about Obama on these sites. it's not as bad as FoxNews here but the haters still have their say on CNN. In the meantime I hope our president can continue to try to make our nation better.

Right on John and the best is yet to come. people have very short memories it seems and they'll just have to wait to see how it's all unfolding. Jumping to unfair conclusions is not the fix.

I am more concerned about the President's pace than about the integrity of his agenda. We want him to stay healthy and strong because the battle will become more intense when the Republicans find themselves slipping further and further into oblivion.

How do you know? He handled the first 100 days very well --With God's help, he'll do the same, even better next time. I never heard of anyone grading Bush. Was it because his name was not 'Obama?'

Only in office 100 days and he has already established himself as the most irresponsible, wreckless, incompetent president in U.S. history.

Your title is false and your rant is anything but common sense. What Obama has been trying to do and is doing is cleaning up yet another mess by a Republican President. Obama has hit the ground running in starting his programs that are to benefit 95% of americans because the top 5% have been screwing all of us for far too long. Your just an angry sad little man.

In 100 days, I have never heard obama say that he loves this country – the great UNITED STATES OF AMERCA or that he was proud of it! Wouldn't you think maybe that would make a good poll? Does he love the United States of America? Does he like even one little thing about it and if so what? Does he have any pride in our country? Bet there isn't a biased (the only ones that have access to him) so-called journalist out there with the guts to ask him that question!

if the second 100 days will be a bigger test for the president , then why is CNN making such a big deal of his first 100 days. CNN is trying to squeeze every penny it can get out of a popular president. CNN is starting to look like Fox news.

Most of what Pres. Obama has done is destroy the our image across the globe. Our enemy governments have made a fool of him. Chavez with the book, No. Korea with their missle launch and holding 2 of our journalist. Iran with jailing one of our citizens. Tells Mexico, that we are responsible for their ineffective government. Good forgien policy.

He has signed bills which will bankrupt this country, filled with pork (that he said he would never ).

He has released classifed infortmation to the world , which could damage our national security.

He is a rookie – and our country will pay the price for his training.


G.O.P. Blitz of First 100 Days Now Brings Pivotal Second 100

Pundits and politicians are still debating the significance of the first hundred days of this 104th Congress, but there is little dispute over the next hundred: they will matter, immensely.

Exhausted House Republicans, who began a three-week recess this weekend, have set the stage for a fundamental re-ordering of the Federal budget and a sweeping reconstruction of 60 years of social welfare policy. How many of their proposals will actually make it through the Senate this summer -- and ultimately past the Presidential veto -- is one of the great unknowns. Critics note that only two House Republican initiatives, both of them among the most modest, have actually been signed into law so far.

But after a long march to power, the self-proclaimed revolutionaries in the House have seized extraordinary control of the political agenda and the terms of debate.

"They knew what they wanted to do about a very wide range of things," said Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Democrat of New York. "They did not find themselves in the majority thinking, 'What now?' "

When the Senate returns from its own recess on April 24, it will confront a stack of legislation already passed by the House that was considered well outside the boundaries of political possibility just six months ago. Those bills include nearly $200 billion worth of tax cuts to business and families over the next five years and welfare legislation that would end the automatic Federal guarantee of cash assistance to every eligible poor family.

At week's end, Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio, chairman of the House Republican Conference, sounded the theme that has echoed again and again on his party's side of the aisle this year. "Republicans," he said, "are laying out a plan to deliver smaller, less costly, less intrusive government."

Speaker Newt Gingrich, in his Presidential-like address to the nation on Friday night, and President Clinton, in his speech the same day outlining his opening position on vetoes, were both clearly preparing for a test of will and nerve this spring and summer.

But the first front is developing in the Senate, where Democrats assert that the Republican proposals from the House amount to a dangerous rending of the safety net for the poor, a reversion to trickle-down economics and the beginning of a rollback of middle-class benefit programs like Medicare. Democratic leaders say they are convinced that they can mobilize opposition to many of these proposals if they can only gain the time and the public's attention.

As a result, the hopes of liberals, an army of advocacy groups and everyone else trying to blunt the Republican agenda have come to hang on the Senate's institutional capacity to slow things down.

"The biggest lesson a lot of us have learned is it's a wonderful tool to be able to expose legislation to more careful consideration," said Senator Tom Daschle, the Democratic leader. "You hold many of these pieces of legislation up to the light of day and share the concerns you have with the American public, and that exposure is extremely powerful."

Republican leaders counter by saying that all the liberal sighs of "thank God for the Senate" are premature. "Everything the House has done will be brought up in the Senate in one form or another," Senator Trent Lott, the majority whip, said in an interview on Friday. The conservative revolution will not die in his chamber, Mr. Lott maintained, although it may be repackaged and improved.

Even tax cuts, considered a tough sell to the deficit-conscious Republicans of the Senate, have become a very live priority in recent days.

Senator Bob Packwood, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, who was once a critic of the idea, said in an interview that his Republican colleagues caucused this week and concluded, "O.K., we'll go for a balanced budget and the tax cuts."

Mr. Lott agreed that "the feeling among Republicans is that we should have, and we will have, a tax-cut proposal," although smaller than the one passed by the House.

In fact, many of the conservative winds blowing through the House are also at work in the Senate, including an exceptionally zealous class of freshmen pushing their elders onward. And the Senate has the added dynamic of the 1996 Presidential campaign. Senator Bob Dole, the majority leader, faces a primary process dominated by conservative voters he also faces a rival in Senator Phil Gramm of Texas, who delights in staking out the right on any issue of the day.

Moreover, the procedural advantages of the minority in the Senate can be overstated. While Democrats do have broad power to prolong debate, amend legislation and stall votes, the majority has a few heavy parliamentary weapons of its own. Among those the Democrats fear most would be the bundling of welfare restructuring into a vast budget measure, known as a reconciliation bill, that can be considered under special, fast-track procedures with limited debate and amendments. Democrats considered this tactic with health care legislation in 1993 but decided against it.

Mr. Lott said there had been no decision on that question, although he seemed cheerfully open to the idea. If the Republicans do pursue it, they will have set the stage for an extraordinary showdown in which Mr. Clinton would face a nightmarish decision on whether to veto a far-reaching, and perenially important, bill with vast political implications. "If it's all in one package, those are pretty high stakes," Mr. Daschle said.

The President, of course, is the final variable in the Republican revolution. Mr. Clinton threatened in speeches on Friday and today to veto numerous House-passed measures unless they are substantially changed. But whether he will actually exercise his veto is a subject of intense speculation.

Representative Dick Armey, the House majority leader, predicted in an interview this week that Mr. Clinton would be generally reluctant to do so. The Contract With America, the House Republican legislative agenda, "has a very compelling standing with the American people," Mr. Armey said. "And as that standing gets ratified by the Senate and then by conference committees, the President can read that as well as anyone else. He wants to get re-elected as much as members of the House and Senate."

Some liberal Democrats have made that same assessment, although privately and fearfully.

The House, for its part, is hardly finished with its heavy lifting. Many, including some of its Republican leaders, would argue that it has barely begun. When the House returns on May 1, a week after the Senate, it will begin what is expected to be an agonizing struggle to redeem the Republican promise of a balanced budget by the year 2002.

"That will determine more than any item in the contract whether this is a blip or a transforming period in our politics," said Thomas Mann, an expert on Congress at the Brookings Institution.

As Mr. Gingrich acknowledged in his speech on Friday night, it is impossible to both reach a balanced Federal budget in seven years and provide the big House-passed tax cuts without putting much of the budget on the cutting table. So far, the Republicans have spoken largely in generalities, like Mr. Gingrich's suggestion that the majority's Medicare changes would simply expand health care options for the elderly. And, reflecting advice from their pollsters, Republicans have also emphasized eliminating bureaucracies -- like the Commerce Department and the Department of Housing and Urban Development -- and bureaucrats.

But sooner or later, the party will have to detail politically difficult cuts. Medicare is considered the real test for the Republicans: unlike the reductions already passed by the House in welfare spending, money that comes out of Medicare will affect, directly or indirectly, a vast and vulnerable middle-class constituency. And as the Clintons discovered last year, health policy in and of itself, even without the added political danger of dealing specifically with the elderly, is a minefield.

For now, perhaps nothing speaks more to the impact of the past hundred days than the passionately, diametrically opposed assessments of them. Republicans headed home on Friday in a state of weary euphoria, convinced that they had begun a great and historic task that would culiminate later this year. And out in the states, Republican Governors like Tommmy G. Thompson of Wisconsin echoed their cheers.

"When you look back five years from now, you're going to say they came, they saw, they conquered," Governor Thompson said in an interview. "They changed Federal Government from being an omnipotent power to a Federalist power, the way the Framers envisioned it, and they actually did something about the deficit."

Mr. Moynihan looked at the same legislative output and saw disaster. If the welfare bill passed by the House becomes law, "you have to reach for a vocabulary of calamity," he said, adding, "It would be the harshest, most regressive legislation in our history."

The gulf between those assessments signals the magnitude of the struggle to come.


Bush's 2nd 100 Days: The Test to Come

Newsday's editorial board wrote, "this wasn't the first 100 days many people expected from President George W. Bush," back in 2001. Click here to read the full editorial. Credit: AFP/Getty Images / SUZANNE PLUNKETT

This originally appeared in Newsday on April 29, 2001

This wasn't the first 100 days many people expected from President George W. Bush.

Lacking a mandate-indeed, having lost the popular vote-and facing an almost evenly divided Congress and a nation wary about his inexperience, the general expectation was that Bush would emphasize small, achievable programs, avoid the most controversial ones and attempt to build a consensus in the middle of the political spectrum.

Instead, he veered sharply to his right, taking pro-business and anti-environmental stands, making a huge tax cut the centerpiece of his legislative agenda, and generally kowtowing to conservatives on high-profile appointments and policy questions. His adherence to a conservative agenda rivals that of former President Ronald Reagan and stands in stark contrast to his father's more moderate politics.

It is a bold, interesting approach to his essential political dilemma. Rather than admitting his weak position up front, Bush is establishing hard bargaining stances and shoring up his conservative political base. The key question is: Will he compromise? And then: When and how? That is why it's difficult and not particularly fruitful to come to a hard judgment about Bush after 100 days in office. It's too soon. He's just in the middle of the opening gambits of his presidency.

The important answers will come later when Bush has to compromise with Congress on the size of the tax cut and the priorities in his budget. How much money goes to a tax cut and how much to providing a prescription drug benefit to the elderly, for instance? What is his plan for dealing with Social Security's future solvency problem? How much money will eventually go to the Pentagon for new weapons?

And while this editorial page differs with some of his policy priorities, especially the deep tax cuts, it seems to us that he has demonstrated some considerable strengths. He has an experienced, savvy staff and cabinet and intuitively understands the art of delegation. Also his political instincts are superb, much better than his father's. Bush has a natural quality, a self-effacing humor and low-key charm, that makes him attractive, a quality reflected in polls.

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Also, Bush's rhetoric is often more moderate than his policies. As with Reagan, his policies may not seem all that extreme because they come wrapped in soft words and fuzzy images. It's only when he slips, as with his decision to allow higher traces of arsenic in drinking water-which followed a whole series of rollbacks on former President Bill Clinton's environmental regulations-that he reveals his real policy orientation.

In fact, the difference between the likeable guy-next- door and the retrograde policy advocate actually shows up dramatically in the polls. Bush's personal approval rating is just over 60 percent, but he has only tepid support, at best, for his actual policies. This should be of some worry to the Bush team.

In the end, presidents are judged on their ability to adjust to mistakes and changing events. There are some good signs here for Bush. One is that after the arsenic decision, he has been more careful about reversing Clinton initiatives. He is also talking about compromising on the tax cut. And he and his team did a pretty good job handling the spy plane crisis with China, although loose talk about defending Taiwan is worrisome.

But there is also a sense that the longer we watch Bush, the more his flaws will be exposed. Staff and organization will take him only so far. The second 100 days should be more revealing than the first.


What happens when the fierce urgency of now recedes?

Look ahead at the agenda on Capitol Hill for the second 100 days: Long committee debates, dozens of hearings, legislative drafting, behind the scenes lobbying, policy forums, amendments to amendments … you get the picture.

The sense of emergency that drove the stimulus and other big ticket items in President Obama’s first 100 days is giving way to debate on a health care proposal that has no agreed upon funding stream, a climate change debate that divides Democrats and financial regulatory reform that’s a snoozer for the average American.

In other words, the long term work is just beginning.

Good Monday morning and welcome to The Huddle, where Congress is back from spring break, Republicans are still looking for a health care alternative, Democrats are trying to keep the momentum going and John Murtha is pretty much a full time news beat these days.

THE BIG PICTURE: Lawmakers can’t seem to reconcile the revenue needs with the policy ideas on climate change and health care, as Carl Hulse reports in today’s New York Times: “President Obama is running into stiff Congressional resistance to his plans to raise money for his ambitious agenda, and the resulting hole in the budget is threatening a major health care overhaul and other policy initiatives. The administration’s central revenue proposal — limiting the value of affluent Americans’ itemized deductions, including the one for charitable giving — fell flat in Congress, leaving the White House, at least for now, without $318 billion that it wants to set aside to help cover uninsured Americans. At the same time, lawmakers of both parties have warned against moving too quickly on a plan to auction carbon emission permits to produce more than $600 billion.”

WHERE’S THE ACTION? Both CQ and The Hill make a key point in their congressional preview stories today: The incredible flurry of House and Senate action is going to slow, and the spotlight will now turn to actual committee work on health care, global warming and other initiatives. The climate change bill is a particularly heavy lift as CQ’s Ed Epstein and Alan Ota report: “House Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry A. Waxman , D-Calif., has said he expects to complete work on a climate-change bill, which will probably include a controversial cap-and-trade system to regulate emissions, before Congress leaves for its next break around Memorial Day. Waxman and other chairmen involved in the health care issue say they expect a bill on that topic to reach the House and Senate floors before Congress leaves for its long August recess.”

OBAMA CONVENES CABINET: And he wants some spending cuts proposed. As Michael Fletcher reports in today’s Washington Post: “President Obama plans to convene his Cabinet for the first time today, where he will order members to identify a combined $100 million in budget cuts over the next 90 days, according to a senior administration official. The budget cuts, while they would account to a minuscule portion of federal spending, are intended to signal the president's determination to cut spending and reform government, the official said. Obama's order comes as he is under increasing pressure to show momentum toward his goal of eventually reducing the federal deficit, even as he goes about increasing spending in the short run to prop up the economy and support his priorities.”

HUDDLE PUSHBACK: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office sends us a quote this morning as the senator responds to these miniscule cuts: “I appreciate the efforts to save millions by identifying unnecessary or duplicative government spending. But let’s not forget that at the same time they’re looking for millions in savings, the president’s budget calls for adding trillions to the debt. The nation’s debt is at its highest level ever, but under the administration’s budget, the amount of public debt will double in five years and triple in 10.”

GOP HEALTH CARE GAP: As the debate heats up on health care reform, the Republican Party realizes it’s way, way behind this time around, as Carrie Budoff Brown reports in today’s POLITICO: “Republicans look across the health reform battlefield and see the Democrats organized, energized and flush with cash — with several groups lined up to promote the president’s plan, and a message honed by years of preparation. Then they look into their own camp — and get nervous. There’s no Republican plan yet. No Republicans leading the charge who have coalesced the party behind them. Their message is still vague and unformed. Their natural allies among insurers, drug makers and doctors remain at the negotiating table with the Democrats.”

STYMIED STIM MONEY: The stimulus funds aren’t getting to those shovels fast enough, The Wall Street Journal’s Elizabeth Williamson reports: “Uncertainty about the pace of spending from the government's $787 billion stimulus package, and about new regulations, could contribute to a broader slowdown in business spending and hinder a recovery, some executives and lobbyists say. Confusion over how to go after money allocated to various stimulus programs appears to be clouding corporate efforts to plan ahead, which were already complicated by the economic slump.”

LESS IS MORE? The House Republican campaign machine had a bad fund raising quarter, but here’s the positive spin: they have less debt, are spending less and have worked their way out of a major embezzlement scandal. Patrick O’Connor in today’s POLITICO: “The National Republican Congressional Committee raised just $8.8 million in the first three months of 2009 — little more than half the $15.9 million it raised in the same period in the past election cycle. But in these lean times, political operatives everywhere are searching for a silver lining behind almost every cloud, and the NRCC says it’s found one: The committee ended March with more money in the bank and less debt than it had at this point two years ago.”

CONSERVATIVE MESSAGE OF THE DAY: Conservative blogs are playing up the two-year anniversary of Majority Leader Harry Reid’s statement that the war in Iraq was “lost,” noting of course that the Obama administration is taking advantage of the surge success and continuing the Iraq troop withdrawal at a solid pace.

LIBERAL MESSAGE OF THE DAY: The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is releasing a web ad today that uses the imagery of a wrecking ball to bash Senate Republicans for opposing the stimulus. The Huddle got a sneak preview, and here’s the ad’s (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzsSicN9ME4&feature=channel_page) opening line: “For years, Republicans took a wrecking ball to our economy, and yet now they reject plans to fix it.” Mug shots of Arlen Specter, Jim DeMint, Richard Shelby and others pop up on the ad.

SPECTER FACES PENN GOP: Arlen Specter’s relationship with his home state Republican party remains complicated, as Shira Toeplitz reports in today’s Roll Call: “National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn (Texas) may have called for Pennsylvania Republicans to unite behind Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.) last week, but GOP members of the Keystone State delegation are choosing to sit on the sidelines in what is expected to be a blockbuster primary in 2010. The state’s Republican House Members indicated in separate interviews that they are not ready to endorse Specter, who faces a challenge next year from former Rep. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) in what is likely to be the toughest battle of his 30-year Senate career.”

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Washington Post’s long feature look at the largely vacant John Murtha airport was worth the full read Sunday. From Carol Leonnig: “The John Murtha airport sits on a windy mountain two hours east of Pittsburgh, a 650-acre expanse of smooth tarmac, spacious buildings, a helicopter hangar and a National Guard training center. Inside the terminal on a recent weekday, four passengers lined up to board a flight, outnumbered by seven security staff members and supervisors, all suited up in gloves and uniforms to screen six pieces of luggage. For three hours that day, no commercial or private planes took off or landed. Three commercial flights leave the airport on weekdays, all bound for Dulles International Airport. The key to the airport's gleaming facilities -- and, indeed, its continued existence -- is $200 million in federal funds in the past decade and the powerful patron who steered most of that money here.”

FOUR-TWENTY, DUDE: Today is a “high holiday” for pot smokers, who think that acceptance and legalization is on its way. From today’s New York Times: “On Monday, somewhere in New York City, 420 people will gather for High Times magazine’s annual beauty pageant, a secretly located and sold-out event that its sponsor says will “turn the Big Apple into the Baked Apple and help us usher in a new era of marijuana freedom in America.” They will not be the only ones partaking: April 20 has long been an unofficial day of celebration for marijuana fans, an occasion for campus smoke-outs, concerts and cannabis festivals. But some advocates of legal marijuana say this year’s “high holiday” carries extra significance as they sense increasing momentum toward acceptance of the drug, either as medicine or entertainment.”

SMOKIN REGS: Speaking of smoking, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports that the FDA regulation of tobacco seems like a foregone conclusion after years of successful blockades from tobacco state lawmakers: “Nearly a decade after the nation's highest court blocked expanded federal regulation of tobacco products, Congress is on the verge of reversing that decision and giving public health advocates a huge victory. Earlier this month, the House overwhelmingly approved a bill giving the Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate the way tobacco products are made, advertised and sold. Now the Senate looms as the last battleground between an array of anti-smoking forces and tobacco-state lawmakers. But with a strengthened Senate Democratic majority, there appears to be little doubt that the bill will pass.”

WJLA WASHINGTON WEATHER: Rain and cooler conditions are expected today with highs only in the mid 50s to near 60. There is also a threat for a few thunderstorms, some of which could become severe by afternoon. A bump in temperatures to the upper 60s on Tuesday is likely as a warm front lifts.


100 Days of Homes

Emily Balsley is an illustrator who lives in Madison and enjoys a challenge. In 2017, she accepted a challenge to draw 100 houses in 100 days.

A four square in Madison (click images to enlarge)

“The official 100 Day Project challenge has been happening for 6 years, I have participated—and completed—four full 100-day projects!,” Emily said. “100 Days of Homes was my second 100-day project.”

To make the project interactive, Emily used social media to invite people to submit photos of the fronts of their houses she ended up with about 150 submissions. “Once I received the photo, I wrote the name and info down and added it to a jar with all the participants. Every day I pulled one name out of the jar, and that's whose home I drew!” she said, adding that she started on day one by drawing her own home.

The resulting collection is charming. These are not architectural renderings, but loosely drawn home portraits with house and viewer directly facing each other. The houses are Craftsman, Tudor Revival, ranch, four square, modern, Mediterranean, and more. There are several cottages and one condo building. There’s even a small camping trailer. If you’re interested in seeing these wonderful drawings in person, 65 of the illustrations are on display at Madison’s Central Library in the second floor gallery through January (on the Mifflin street side of the 2nd floor). You can also view the full collection of images online at 100 Days of Homes.


For Biden’s Next 100 Days, the World Is Preparing Tests

Gerald F. Seib

The first 100 days of Joe Biden’s presidency, a milestone he will reach this week, were largely about fighting the coronavirus and stimulating the domestic economy.

For the second 100 days, the rest of the world is closing in.

China, Russia, Iran, North Korea and the Taliban in Afghanistan all are set to test the president, or already are doing so. China is making ominous moves around Taiwan and in the South China Sea. Though it has backed off a bit in recent days, Russia continues to strike a threatening posture toward Ukraine. Iran has increased the level to which it is enriching uranium, putting new importance on talks about reviving a nuclear agreement with the U.S. Taliban militants are threatening attacks against the U.S. military after May 1.

And as for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un—well, he’s a bit like the Glenn Close character in the movie “Fatal Attraction,” who declares: “I will not be ignored.” He’s already fired off a few test missiles to prove the point.

This isn’t necessarily the agenda the president or his team want for the next 100 days. They have further big domestic ambitions, starting with a giant $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan, followed by a similarly large plan to improve child care and education, to be paid for by hotly contested tax increases.

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King: Second 100 days will be bigger test for Obama

On CNN's "State of the Union," host and chief national correspondent John King goes outside the Beltway to report on the issues affecting communities across the country. This week, King takes a look at President Obama's first 100 days in office.

CNN's John King talks with President Obama in Peoria, Illinois.

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- As introductions go, it has been a fast-paced, fascinating first 100 days: an ambitious domestic agenda aimed at reinvigorating the economy and the government's reach into its workings, and several provocative steps on the world stage that, like at home, signal a clear break from the previous administration.

It is the second 100 days that will give a much more comprehensive test of President Obama's approach, his resilience -- and his effectiveness.

Still, the White House cites significant accomplishments, including:

• Passage of the $787 billion economic stimulus plan.

• Signing into law an expanded children's health care program that it says provides benefits to 4 million additional working families.

• Signing the Ledbetter law requiring equal pay for women.

• Winning approval of a congressional budget resolution that puts Congress on record as dedicated to dealing with major health care reform legislation this year.

• Implementing new ethics guidelines designed to significantly curtail the influence of lobbyists on the executive branch.

• Breaking from the Bush administration on a number of international policy fronts, including climate change, while spelling out his plan to withdraw American troops from Iraq.

By the numbers, it is hard to not judge it as a strong start politically: The American people, for the most part, like their new president and see him as a leader. Nearly six in 10 Americans approve of how Obama is handling the economy, and hardly any blame the president for the country's economic struggles and challenges. Watch more on the polls »

"I mean, it was basically left to him, you know. He didn't really do it, in my opinion," is what Chris Guynn told us when we visited him in Peoria, Illinois, just as he was told by Caterpillar that his job was being eliminated.

"But it's his problem now," Guynn said of Obama. It's a reminder that although he has broad public support and considerable patience from most Americans at the moment, Obama's political standing over time will be closely intertwined with the strength of the economy.

There are some warning signs found in the numbers and found repeatedly in our travels these past 100 days to 17 states and a diverse mix of communities, from rural Vermont and suburban New Jersey to the critical emerging battleground states of the South and Southwest.

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• Obama is perceived as a liberal, a word that is often more a liability than an asset in national politics.

• Nearly four in 10 Americans voice the concern that he is trying too much at once.

At our recent diner conversation in Park Ridge, New Jersey, teacher Peter Fitzgerald put it this way: "I would kind of worry about him burning out, too, because he's doing so much. Any time you look at the news, President Obama's doing this, he's got a million things going on. I understand that you have to attack the issues that are going on here, but I wonder some times if they are a little fearful he is going to run out of gas."

• If there are a few major stumbles and setbacks, the risk is that voters will question his leadership and governing skills.

"Keep an eye on this," veteran Democratic pollster Peter Hart noted.

His core supporters are wary of two major Obama initiatives: taxpayer-funded bailout of big financial and auto companies, and his plan to significantly increase U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan.

Several mayors we have visited in the past few months also grumble a bit that stimulus money is slow to trickle through the bureaucracy.

"So far, I haven't seen any of the stimulus money," Las Vegas, Nevada, Mayor Oscar Goodman said at his office this week. "I am told that we are going to get it. I think it will probably help us with our transportation. . But we need it right now, because what we have to do is, we have to create jobs so that folks will be able to pay their mortgages and not lose their homes and be able to feed their families." Watch diners in Las Vegas discuss Obama's performance in White House »

Asked to give Obama a grade at the 100-day mark, Goodman was for the most part complimentary.

"You've got to give credit where it's due, and I think that the president has been very aggressive in the programs that he is suggesting," the mayor said.

The assessments from more conservative quarters are, not surprisingly, very different.

Sen. John McCain, a rival in the presidential race, says Obama has not sought out genuine bipartisanship, a sentiment echoed by the Senate and House Republican leadership teams.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney infuriated the Obama White House with his assertion on "State of the Union" that Obama changes to Bush anti-terrorism policies have made the American people less safe.

And that debate continues to echo in squabbling over the release of Bush-era memos written to justify harsh interrogation tactics and the debate over whether some independent commission should be named to explore whether laws were broken in the prior administration.

Looking at the Obama domestic agenda, conservative columnist David Brooks framed things this way in a recent column in The New York Times:

"If Republicans aren't nervous, they should be. Obama is arguing for his activist agenda not on the basis of class consciousness, which is alien to America, but as a defense of middle-class morality, which is central to it. Obama is positioning the Democrats as the party of order, responsibility and small town values. If he pulls this mantle away from the Republicans, it would be the greatest train robbery in American politics."

The second 100 days will be a critical test of Obama's agenda and, if you agree with the framing of the stakes provided by Brooks, an equally important period for his critics.

Consider two of the big issues front and center in the next phase:

• Will Americans view health care reform as Obama argues: an overdue moral imperative that requires forceful government action and a strong government hand in reorganizing the marketplace? Or will critics succeed, as they did when the Clinton health care push went off the rails in 1993-94, in framing the argument as too expensive, too powerful government reach into the most personal of our affairs?

• Can Obama sell a new energy and environmental approach that includes more government efficiency and emission mandates as a generational calling and national security necessity? Or will opponents sway the debate by warning that the end result is higher energy taxes on working- and middle-class households, and choking mandates that will undermine U.S. manufacturers in the competitive global economy?

There are many other challenges that are opportunities for Obama to advance his agenda and redefine his party as well as the United States image on the world stage. But several of these opportunities could also emerge as tripwires.

Iraq and Afghanistan are inherited tests. But Obama has placed such a heavy fingerprint on these policies that success will bring him credit, but setbacks will leave no doubt where the responsibility lies.

Likewise, overtures to Iran, Cuba and Venezuela put to the test Obama's bold campaign promise to give dialogue a chance even, perhaps especially, with those nations with whom U.S. relations had turned most stagnated or contentious.

Blaming George W. Bush was an easy -- and often credible -- foil for Obama in his important first 100 days.


Jon and Jolene Hamill: "The Next 100 Days - Drain the Swamp and Secure the Harvest!"

From the desk of Steve Shultz:

Jon and Jolene Hamill are based in Washington DC, and they have a passionate mission to pray and declare God's plans over our great nation.

In their latest word, they share some revelation the Lord gave them from the Battle of Armageddon however they are not primarily speaking about "last days events" or that battle, but they are exhorting the Body of Christ, through this word, to walk in continual COVENANT with God.

In this article the Hamill's share a potent revelation from a recent dream they had:

Recently in a dream, the Lord commissioned Jolene and me to cover in prayer the second 100 days of the Trump administration. His counsel is that these next 100 days are at least equally as important as the first! Opportunities and decisions during this time may actually impact our nation for the next 40 years. Though I feel a strong unction prophetically on this, current events are clearly bearing witness as well.

We must keep watch. In this season between Passover and Pentecost especially, we must receive Heaven's scrolls to frame our future.

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The second 100 days of President Trump's administration has just begun. Interestingly, I've just been informed it also marked the 228th anniversary of George Washington's first inaugural address. From what I'm sharing today is actually like an inaugural address.

Recently in a dream, the Lord commissioned Jolene and me to cover in prayer the second 100 days of the Trump administration. His counsel is that these next 100 days are at least equally as important as the first! Opportunities and decisions during this time may actually impact our nation for the next 40 years. Though I feel a strong unction prophetically on this, current events are clearly bearing witness as well.

"Watchman, what do YOU see?"

We must keep watch. In this season between Passover and Pentecost especially, we must receive Heaven's scrolls to frame our future.

Dream&mdashWashington DC and Armageddon

On Wednesday April 12, the second day of Passover, I dreamt I was on a high hill overlooking the Promised Land. I saw both our view of Washington DC and a view of Israel's Jezreel Valley from Tel Megiddo. Yes, in the dream Washington DC was superimposed on Armageddon. From this vantage, the Lord called us to the 100-day watch.

Honestly that's kind of unsettling. But though a clear warning was conveyed in the dream, the Spirit's primary emphasis was actually good news. It is time to secure the harvest. God is calling us all to begin taking His Promised Land.

Before we go there, let's focus more specifically on the view in the dream. From our prayer perch, Jolene and I actually overlooked the seats of authority for all three branches of our government&mdashthe White House, the Capitol, and the Supreme Court. We also saw a portion of the Pentagon. It's awesome that our weekly prayer calls and declarations are resounding to the highest seats of power. No King, but Jesus!

It was this view of Washington DC that a view of Jezreel was superimposed on. Jezreel is the site of countless wars&mdashfrom the days of Abraham to Gideon, Solomon and beyond. Jezebel was cast down from her tower there. Hosea's Bride was restored there. As a child, Jesus grew up overlooking this valley, and learned to pray there. Revelation bears witness that Har Megiddo or Armageddon will be the site of a cataclysmic battle between good and evil, marking the end of days. That said, war was not the primary emphasis of the Spirit in this dream. It was harvest!

Note that for the first time in centuries, the previously uninhabited land known as the Jezreel Valley, now produces a vast amount of the produce for Israel. Jezreel has become Israel's breadbasket&mdashjust as the Biblical prophets foresaw. (More on this in a moment.)

Call to Take the Promised Land

In the dream, a group of us were strategizing on the next steps to take the Promised Land. The view from the hilltop was so expansive&mdashlike we could see from one end to the other. I knew the "land" we were overlooking represented promises from God to us personally as well as to nations&mdashharvest, blessing, promotion, increase. We saw personally the ground we are called to take for ourselves (in our Crown & Throne tour movement), including the restoration of His glory across the land.

Here's a personal question: What specific promises is the Lord making alive for you in this season? Great opportunities and anointing are just ahead for you. Shift your mindset. Take time now to receive God's direction, and then let's take the land!

Through the dream, God was aligning today's move of the Spirit with the movement of His people after Passover&mdashexodus&mdasheven regarding timing. Here's the progression: Fifty days after Passover, Moses received a "scroll from Heaven" with the 10 Commandments, God's covenant with His people. Shavuot or Pentecost celebrates this gift.

About 100 days after their first Passover, the window opened for the children of Israel to take the Promised Land. Unfortunately they saw giants and refused, thus derailing their entire movement for 40 years. The solemn date "Tisha b'Av," or the 9th of Av, marks the exact date of their disobedience. On that date precisely, future generations would witness the destruction of the first temple, the second temple, pogroms, expulsions from nations and other tragedies. It is known as the "saddest date on the Jewish calendar."

Tisha b'Av was supposed to become a power-filled "time gate" for God's people to possess the land. But when they failed to move through this gate into a season of war, it negatively affected future generations for thousands of years. God wants to fully reverse this curse. I sense a similar "time gate" is opening this fall, and it has the potential to affect us positively or negatively for the next 40 years. We must respond to His direction. Perhaps this is why the Lord is calling us all to "forerunning prayer" right now!

Our 40 Years Have Come to an End!

After 40 years, this "time gate" opened again for God's covenant people. During Passover, the Jordan River parted and they possessed the land. You might note a "coincidence" here. This progression is exactly parallel to our journey right now. I believe a 40-year season of discipline has now come to an end. As of Purim 2017, "Ichabod" has been erased from our land by verdict from the Lord. This is so important&mdashthe glory of the Lord is now leading us as a movement. God's angelic armies are going before us to prepare the way. Heaven and earth are now resourcing us all to take the land. You must understand that this is what this dream is conveying.

In the dream, I could see opportunities and obstacles both near and far. In other prophetic experiences, my vision was limited to what I was shown. But in this dream, it was as though my vision was only limited by what I chose to focus on.

The Lord is giving many of you fresh vision in this season of training. Some of what you receive will be by God's sovereign choice. But some of what you see will actually be determined by what you choose to focus on.

Interestingly, I saw a depiction of Jezebel in my dream as our primary obstacle, resting in the exact geographic center of the field. Here's a clear warning to us all: the primary risk to the advancement of God's movement in the earth is still covenant-breaking and idolatry. We must pray even for our government leaders in this. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil!

I discussed the dream with our friend Barbie Breathitt last week. Immediately Barbie declared, "Jezebel is at the point of the cross, and the crosshairs in our sights!" She felt that how we deal with this occult structure, tied to nations, will determine whether we enter into harvest during these 100 days, or even an Armageddon scenario. We must honor covenant! Keep in mind again that Jezebel was thrust from her tower in Jezreel. Let's take this ground. LET MY PEOPLE GO!

As we keep vigil for our nation these 100 days, let's receive Heaven's scrolls of real-time revelation. Pray for wisdom for the Trump Administration and especially the National Security Council. I believe the Lord desires to release Throne Room strategies that catalyze freedom while minimizing the bloodshed of war.

"What specific promises is the Lord making alive for you in this season?"

I will also say that the covenant right of Israel to possess their land, God will be called into question these next 100 days. Let's hold to the promise held out to us from Amos 9. This promise not only prophesies the prayer movement we are all in, but also the restoration of the Jewish people from captivity. Their vineyards will be restored. They will be planted in their land, "AND THEY WILL NOT BE ROOTED OUT from their land which I have given them," says the Lord your God ( Amos 9:15 ).

Okay, all this (above) to get to here. Let's revisit Tel Megiddo for a moment. We were privileged to experience the view from the summit during our recent Crown & Throne Tour. We climbed ancient stones which bore witness to the conflicts and glory that birthed the western world. These stones again will witness a "conflict of thrones" by which this entire age will culminate. If you know our other leaders (with us) James Nesbit, Ed Watts and Jamie Fitt, they were determined that these same rocks be loaded with Heaven's sound for the hour&mdashresounding Heaven's scrolls!

As we prepared to worship, our tour guide Eran gave us a history lesson. Note that "Eran" literally means "watchful, vigilant." So on Har Megiddo, "watchful and vigilant" informed us that the Jezreel Valley was primarily swampland when the Jewish settlers returned to Israel for its rebirth. Swampland! For endless centuries it was uninhabited because mosquitoes bearing malaria kept anyone from cultivating the fields.

Jezreel means "God sows." The settlers knew their Bible. They knew the scrolls of their forefathers had prophesied the Jezreel Valley would one day become a premier region of harvest. Hosea 2 even declares that not only will corn, wine and oil respond to Jezreel, but Heaven and earth will as well! So to take the land and possess it, one thing was necessary&mdashthey needed to DRAIN THE SWAMP.

When our guide uttered these words, our team drew a collective gasp. The shofar sounded. A new song began to be formed. From Armageddon to Jezreel to Washington DC, guided by "watchful, vigilant"&mdashwe all began to sing a holy declaration: "DRAIN THE SWAMP!"

Drain the Swamp, Unlock the Harvest!

Friends, you must understand this. Draining the swamp was the primary catalyst to unlocking the harvest God had promised. This process secured the harvest promised to Jezreel in His own Word, and it will for you as well. God has a plan to unlock the harvest of precious seeds&mdashof Israel, America and the nations. Despite much opposition, these freedom seeds have been sown purposefully and relentlessly over many generations. You've sown many of them yourself!

God is showing us DC and the nation as our primary Jezreel, and completing His intended turnaround requires that we continue to drain the swamp. The mosquitoes that drain the nation of its lifeblood that spread the sickness and disease of iniquity, idolatry, compromise and corruption, simply need to go. Of course this is already happening. But now is not the time to stop. You must see that this is how we take the ground. Drain the swamp!

Remember that Jezreel means "God sows." Unless a seed falls into the ground and dies, it abides alone. But if it dies, it will produce a great, global harvest. Jesus is our ultimate Seed, and the harvest of the nations is our ultimate Jezreel.

Let's again resound the resolve thundered by the Moravians&mdashthat the slain Lamb, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, receive the full reward of His suffering here and in the nations of the earth!

And friends, that's our inaugural address. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List go here.)

Jon & Jolene Hamill
Lamplighter Ministries
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.jonandjolene.com

Jon and Jolene Hamill are passionate followers of Jesus Christ. They love to share His heart and Word nationally and internationally through ministry and media. Founders of Lamplighter Ministries, they reside in the metro Washington DC area. Jon and Jolene have ministered in conferences and churches throughout America, as well as internationally in Canada, Germany, Sierra Leone and Israel. Jon and Jolene are the authors of the recently published book Crown and Throne: A Field Guide to Spiritual Revolution, which has gained widespread popularity across the nation. Their online blog LAMPostings is focused on sharing real-time prophetic revelation and prayer points from Washington DC, and is regularly enjoyed by thousands. In addition, they have authored numerous prophetic teachings which have appeared on the Elijah List, in Charisma Magazine and other publications.


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