TPMDC Morning Roundup

Cheney Says GOP Shouldn’t Moderate Itself, Stresses “Our Commitment To The Constitution”
During an appearance on a right-wing talk radio show, former Vice President Dick Cheney said the Republican Party should not moderate itself. Cheney explained: “This is about fundamental beliefs and values and ideas … what the role of government should be in our society, and our commitment to the Constitution and constitutional principles.”

Obama’s Day Ahead
President Obama will be speaking at 11:30 a.m. ET from the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, on the subjects of job creation and job training. At 3:15 p.m. ET, he will meet in the Oval Office with Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA).Biden In Delaware Today; No Public Events
Vice President Biden is spending the day in Wilmington, Delaware, where he will have private meetings. He does not have any scheduled public events.

Solis Heading Up Spanish-Language Town Hall On Swine Flu
Sec. of Labor Hilda Solis is headlining a Spanish-language town hall event on Univision, to inform the public about the government’s efforts on controlling the H1N1 flu. She will also be joined by officials from the Department of Homeland Security and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The event is at 12:15 p.m. ET, and will be webcast live at

Obama’s Proposed Cuts Meet Criticism From Congressional Dems
The Washington Post reports that President Obama’s proposed $17 billion in budget cuts — which are being criticized by many news outlets as a miniscule reduction — are already meeting stiff resistance from Democrats in Congress, who individually have a stake in one program or another. Said Stephen Ellis, vice president of Taxpayers for Common Sense: “What all this is going to come down to is whether this administration is willing to put the political capital and shoe leather into holding Congress to these cuts.”

Social Conservatives Attack GOP’s New “National Council”
The Politico reports that the GOP’s new town-hall initiative, the National Council for a New America, is coming under fire from social conservatives for focusing too much on economic issues and not talking about moral issues. “It’s a losing proposition to try to divide social and economic conservatives,” said former Ohio Sec. of State Ken Blackwell. And Mike Huckabee lamented that “we think it is necessary to form a ‘listening group’ to find out what Americans think we should be fighting for.”

Palin Cancels Dinner Appearances To Deal With Flood Damage
Sarah Palin has cancelled her planned attendance of two high-profile Washington dinners this weekend, in order to handle serious flood damage in Alaska. Palin had been slated to co-headline with Gov. Mark Sanford (R-SC) at a Friday night Republican Governors Association event, and was going to attend the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday as a guest of Fox News. First Dude Todd Palin will appear in her place instead