Morning roundup


He’s now best known now for his tearful press conference at which he admitted, as the New York Times bloodlessly tweeted, to “communication with women online,” but who is Rep. Anthony Weiner? Steve Kornacki, writing in Capital, offers a history of his rise from aide to then-Rep. Charles Schumer to New York City mayoral candidate in waiting. (Found via Kornacki’s Salon piece.)

The General Delegation of the Palestinian Liberation Organization to the United States filed a supplemental report with the Justice Dept., describing their activity in Washington from October 2010 through March 2011. Among other activity, they reported a meeting with National Security Council staffers in December, including Dan Shapiro, who President Barack Obama appointed ambassador to Israel in March. Check the Reporting Group website for more details later.

Dodd-Frank implementation rules are way behind schedule, the New York Times reports. We noted the same thing a while back–and the overwhelming number of deadlines for new regulations–108 of them–coming in July, when the act’s first anniversary comes. Worth noting that there have been more than 75 new lobbying registrations that specifically mention the act since it passed last July, according to our Lobbying Tracker.

Obama is no longer receiving daily economic briefings, the Hill reports, though he continues to get briefings on paper. Worth noting that instituted the daily economic briefing when he took office in January 2009. Might be interesting to FOIA some of those written briefings if they’re prepared by an office that is subject to the act (the Executive Office of the President isn’t)–what kind of economic news is the President seeing?

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., the chair of the House Government Oversight and Reform Committee, is after emails administration officials kept on gmail accounts that Google says were hacked by China, Politico reports. Meanwhile, reports that the State of Alaska will finally release 24,199 pages of then-Gov. Sarah Palin’s email correspondence. Issa says Obama administration officials communicate about official business on their private email accounts; reporters found that Palin and some 50 of her top aides used personal email accounts to conduct official business during her tenure as governor.

USAToday tallies the federal government’s deteriorating financial condition, and finds “The government added $5.3 trillion in new financial obligations in 2010, largely for retirement programs such as Medicare and Social Security. That brings to a record $61.6 trillion the total of financial promises not paid for….The $61.6 trillion in unfunded obligations amounts to $534,000 per household. That’s more than five times what Americans have borrowed for everything else — mortgages, car loans and other debt. It reflects the challenge as the number of retirees soars over the next 20 years and seniors try to collect on those spending promises.” The article quotes a group, Truth in Accounting, that advocates for better financial reporting of government debt, obligations and spending–we couldn’t agree more.