Summit Notebook

No time for fun for White House officials

September 22, 2010

WASHINGTON-SUMMIT/While senators like Lamar Alexander have time to play classical piano with the symphony or attend sporting events, some people in Washington don’t have as much time for fun or relaxation.

Senator Lamar Alexander tickles the ivories

September 22, 2010

SUMMIT-WASHINGTON/ALEXANDERIn the run up to the Nov. 2 mid-term election, senior Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander has more to worry about than just the results of the vote.

After a hard day’s work in Afghanistan, Petraeus reads… about Afghanistan

September 22, 2010

After spending 16-plus hours each day running the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan, American General David Petraeus tries to thumb through a few pages of a book each night before his eyes close and it falls to the ground.  The most recent topic? Afghanistan of course.

Rumors of our demise exaggerated, Van Hollen says

September 22, 2010

SUMMIT-WASHINGTON/VAN HOLLENRepresentative Chris Van Hollen likes to paraphrase Mark Twain when talking about the Democratic chances in the November mid-term election.

Gregg sees Republican victory in November as keeping Obama in check

September 22, 2010

SUMMIT-WASHINGTON/GREGGIf Republicans are able to capture either chamber of the U.S. Congress in the November election, they will use that power to try to block any further expansion of the federal government by the Obama administration, Republican Senator Judd Gregg said on Wednesday.

With end of TARP, investigations into fraud take center stage

September 21, 2010

SUMMIT-WASHINGTON/BAROFSKYWhile the much maligned $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) has officially ended, not everything has wrapped up — auditors are just starting to hit their stride investigating scores of cases of possible malfeasance.

If Democrats hold US House, Pelosi seen concentrating power-lobbyist

September 21, 2010

SUMMIT-WASHINGTON/JOSTENIf Democrats are able to hang on to the U.S. House of Representatives in the November 2 elections, Speaker Nancy Pelosi will likely be able to concentrate her power because there will be fewer conservative Democrats giving her a hard time on critical votes, according to top senior lobbyist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Dodd Rejects Carter Criticism of Ted Kennedy

September 20, 2010

U.S. Senator Chris Dodd on Monday came to the defense of his old buddy, the late Senator Edward Kennedy, against new criticism by former President Jimmy Carter.

McCain to Gaga: I’ll save my talking for the Senate

September 20, 2010

Don’t expect Senator John McCain to respond to critical Twitter comments from pop star Lady Gaga as the U.S. SUMMIT-WASHINGTON/MCCAINSenate girds for a showdown over gays in the military.

How do White House staff know when it’s time to leave?

September 20, 2010

SUMMIT-WASHINGTON/GIBBSIt’s an age old question that even applies to senior staff working in the White House: At what point do you decide it’s time to quit your job and move on?