Tales from the Trail

Arizona law galvanizes U.S. Latinos

April 30, 2010

IMMIGRATION-USA/ARIZONAThe swastika made of refried beans smeared onto the glass doors of the Arizona State Capitol this week captured the anger of Hispanics at the law authorizing local police to question anyone reasonably suspected of being in the United States illegally. The controvesial law, which critics say is a mandate for racial profiling, has galvanized the country’s largest minority that is expected to turn out in large numbers at planned rallies in more than 70 U.S. cities.

Will this be another 1994?

April 28, 2010

Democrats and Republicans have been fighting over just about everything. OBAMA-HEALTHCARE

They fought over healthcare reform, the Democrats won its passage.

Now they’re fighting over financial regulation reform in a skirmish being pitched as Wall Street versus Main Street. No winner yet.

Palin serves up plenty of red meat at Boston Tea Party

April 14, 2010

Conservative darling Sarah Palin had no trouble stirring up Tea Partiers at a rally in Boston, not far from the site where colonists staged the original Tea Party revolt centuries ago.

So how’s he doing now? New polls on Obama healthcare

March 24, 2010

The White House (whether its occupant is Obama or Bush) has a tendency to be dismissive of public opinion polls, shrugging them aside as inconsequential to the president’s decision-making and basically to be brushed off like dandruff on a shoulder.

Massa public resignation letter: scar tissue, ethics complaint, car rides

March 5, 2010

USA-HEALTHCARE/PELOSICongressman Eric Massa (you would be forgiven for asking who?) posted on his web site one of the more “interesting” public resignation letters seen from a government official in some time.

Will presidential weight carry healthcare through?

March 3, 2010

President Barack Obama spoke. Republicans talked back.

USA HEALTHCARE/OBAMA SPEECHNo sign that anyone shifted positions after the president’s remarks today in the East Room at the White House with lots of white hospital coats in the audience.

Ron Paul: The Once and Future Conservative Favorite

February 23, 2010

USA-POLITICS/PAULRep. Ron Paul today seems to be little more than a voice crying in the wilderness of Republican politics. But the Texas libertarian and 2008 presidential candidate may have a lease on the future of the Republican Party’s conservative wing, at the age of 74.

Obama healthcare on political operating table

February 22, 2010

Last year, President Barack Obama tried to get Congress to pass healthcare legislation that came from the minds of  lawmakers.

A ‘Cougar’ may be stalking Bayh’s empty Senate seat

February 18, 2010

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After rocking the house for decades, could Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp rock the U.S. Senate?

Congress bracing for anti-incumbent anger among voters

February 17, 2010

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By the look of things, the American public just might vote Congress out of office this November – Republican and Democrat alike.