TPMDC Morning Roundup

Hillary Criticizes Pakistan On Terrorism Fight
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton criticized Pakistan’s performance in fighting terrorists, telling a group of Pakistani journalists that she thought it was “hard to believe that nobody in your government knows where they are and couldn’t get them if they really wanted to.”

Obama’s Day Ahead
President Obama will sign at 11:50 a.m. ET the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009. At 1:30 p.m. ET, he will meet with the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Afghanistan and Pakistan.Biden’s Day Ahead
Vice President Biden will meet in the morning with senior staff. He will meet at 11 a.m. ET with Earl Devaney, the chairman of the Recovery Act Transparency and Accountability Board. At 1:30 p.m. ET, he will join the President’s meeting with the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Afghanistan and Pakistan. He will be in meetings for the remainder of the day.

Murtha: We Should Consider Raising Taxes For War
Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) told The Hill that tax increases should be considered, in order to pay for any potential troop surge in Afghanistan. “If we want to put these troops in, we ought to pay for them,” Murtha said. “In my mind, you should pay for the cost whatever way. How do you do it? You can take it out of other programs or you can raise taxes.”

Coburn: I’m ‘An Opposition Within The Opposition’
The New York Times profiles Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), a legislator who opposes government spending so much that he has a sign hanging above his desk with the word “no.” “I’ve always considered myself an opposition within the opposition,” said Coburn, explaining his fights against spending bills over his whole five years in the Senate.

Jeb Bush: Obama Attacking Capitalism
Former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) made a bold pronouncement against President Obama. “I think President Obama has used the bully pulpit as a way to attack capitalism,” said Bush, also adding: “That’ll make the news.”

Regina Benjamin Confirmed As Surgeon General
The Senate last night confirmed Dr. Regina Benjamin as the new Surgeon General. Benjamin had been nominated back in July, but her confirmation had been delayed by Senate Republicans, involving the fight over health care reform.