Tales from the Trail

Santorum: backer’s contraceptives comment was bad joke

February 17, 2012

“It was a stupid joke,” Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum says about a wealthy backer’s “aspirins for contraceptives” comment.

Washington Extra – Peace by piece

February 16, 2012

Not since Vietnam has the United States sat down with an enemy it was fighting on the battlefield and negotiated an exit from war. That long-standing policy might end this year if a carefully choreographed diplomatic dance takes U.S. and Afghan officials to a negotiating table with the Taliban.

Romney’s misguided attack on the automotive bailout

By Paul Ingrassia
February 16, 2012

Michigan’s upcoming GOP presidential primary lends itself to automotive analogies. So here’s one. If Mitt Romney were a car, he’d be the Mitt-subishi Eclipse.

“Linsanity” hits the White House

February 15, 2012

 

President Barack Obama is well-known to be a huge basketball fan, and he hasn’t missed the biggest story in the NBA — the rise of Jeremy Lin, the Harvard-educated, Taiwanese American guard whose record-setting scoring run has led the New York Knicks to six straight victories.

Gingrich offers “dream team” to supporters

February 15, 2012

For a $100 donation, this free poster of Newt Gingrich and his conservative “Dream Team” can be yours.

Washington Extra – Post script

February 15, 2012

You’ve heard about the income divide and the digital divide. Now, get ready for the postal divide.

Tending to China-US relations

February 14, 2012

Valentine’s Day is as good a day as any for China and the United States to work on the kinks in their relationship.

Washington Extra – A Deng Xiaoping Moment?

February 14, 2012

By Warren Strobel

Maybe it’s the careful, consensus-oriented system that produces them, but China’s leaders in recent years have not exactly exuded personality. President Hu Jintao is famous for his stiff manner and scripted speaking style. Jiang Zemin was slightly more relaxed, and enjoyed showing off his English language skills and knowledge of U.S. history.

“Dogs Against Romney” keeps barking on Seamus

February 13, 2012

It’s an anti-Romney movement five years in the making, and now it’s a large and growing “Super Pack” that even plans to crash the legendary Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show this week.

Santorum calls Romney “desperate,” downplays wins

February 13, 2012

Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum on Sunday called recent attacks by his rival Mitt Romney “desperate,” as the two face off in an increasingly contentious battle to become the party’s White House nominee.