Tales from the Trail

Washington Extra – Home alone

January 20, 2012

When it comes to fixing the housing market in this election year, it’s a battle between the “ineffective” and the “do-nothing.”

Gingrich camp heads off ex-wife interview

January 19, 2012

The Gingrich campaign launched a preemptive strike  as news spread that ABC plans to broadcast a potentially damaging interview with Newt Gingrich’s second ex-wife  on  Thursday –  just two days before Saturday’s crucial South Carolina primary.

Newt Super PAC imagines Romney-Obama debate

January 19, 2012

A Pro-Newt Super PAC posted an animated version of how a general debate between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney as the Republican nominee would look.

Washington Extra – The Keystone cudgel

January 19, 2012

President Obama had until the end of February to make a decision on the Keystone oil sands pipeline, but he made his move today. And, predictably, he rejected the $7 billion project. That keeps him in good standing with his environmental base for November 2012 but creates new tensions with his Republican foes.

By George, Romney would not be the richest U.S. president

January 18, 2012

A furor over his refusal to release his tax records has focused renewed attention on Mitt Romney’s vast personal fortune, which puts him in the top tier of wealthy Americans.

Sarah Palin: I’d vote for Gingrich “to keep things going”

January 18, 2012

Sarah Palin gave a qualifying endorsement of presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on Tuesday, a week after her husband also endorsed him.

Santorum staffer questions whether God wants women presidents

January 18, 2012

A staffer in Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign is under fire for an email suggesting a female commander-in-chief could be at odds with the Bible’s teachings.

Perry stands ground on Turkey

January 18, 2012

Given an opportunity to revise (back down or retract) his comments he made in Monday’s Republican debate linking Turkey to “Islamic terrorists,” Texas Governor Rick Perry stood his ground on Tuesday.

Rick Perry lags in home state of Texas

January 18, 2012

Tuesday only got worse for Texas Governor Rick Perry whose comments about Turkey in a debate last night got him lambasted by foreign policy experts, the Turkish press, and the Turkish government in Ankara.

Reuters Washington Extra – Behind the numbers

January 18, 2012

At last night’s debate, Mitt Romney said he’d be happy to release his tax returns in April. But today he disclosed a crucial piece of information as the clamor grew for him to come out with his returns. The frontrunner to clinch the Republican nomination has a tax rate that “is probably closer to 15 percent than anything.”