Tales from the Trail

Down to the wire…

May 17, 2011

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan expects his fellow Republicans to wait until the “last minute” to strike a deal that averts national default by raising the $14.3 trillion limit on the U.S. debt.

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May 16, 2011

CORRECTS POLL NUMBER ON OBAMA’S HANDLING OF ECONOMY

The United States is due to hit its $14.3 trillion debt limit today, and tensions are understandably on the increase with Republicans and Democrats wide apart on the budget deal the GOP wants in exchange for increasing the ceiling.

Why keep bin Laden images secret? Have you seen the situation room pictures…

May 12, 2011

Defense Secretary Robert Gates says friends have sent him humorous versions of the iconic photo of  President Barack  Obama in the situation room with his national security team watching the raid that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

Washington Extra – In pursuit

May 12, 2011

Osama bin Laden is gone, but plenty of questions remain about how the al Qaeda leader evaded an intense decade-long manhunt that ended in a dramatic U.S. raid on a house in Pakistan.

Un-Common culture war over rapper’s visit to White House

May 11, 2011

The White House is standing by its rapper.

Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr., who raps under the name Common, will appear Wednesday night as scheduled at a celebration of American poetry and prose at the White House, despite criticism from Sarah Palin and other conservative political figures about  some of his lines, including a song praising a man convicted for killing a police officer and this 2007 rhyme about former Republican President George W. Bush: “Burn a Bush ’cause for peace he no push no button/Killing over oil and grease/no weapons of destruction.”

Reuters/Ipsos poll: Republicans trail Obama

May 11, 2011

President Barack Obama comes out ahead against the field of potential Republican hopefuls for the 2012 presidential election, with more than a 10-point lead over the closest of the pack — Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.

Republican wannabes edge toward GOP primary race

May 11, 2011

Don’t look now, but some of those Republican White House wannabes are finally getting ready to run for the GOP presidential nomination. But whether any of the current crop gets further than the latest deficit talks is another question.

Texans see red in controversy over federal aid for wildfires

May 11, 2011

When President Barack Obama stepped off  Air Force One in El Paso, Texas, Tuesday, one politician who was conspicuously absent was the state’s governor, Rick Perry.

Gonzales wishes Bush admin had gotten to bin Laden first

By Reuters Staff
May 5, 2011

Andrew Longstreth in New York interviewed the former Attorney General.

Former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said he was grateful for the killing of Osama bin Laden even if he would have preferred it to have happened under the Bush administration.

Reuters/Ipsos poll: Obama gets credit for bin Laden death, but not by much

May 3, 2011

President Barack Obama gave the order for a daring raid on a compound inside Pakistan in which the most wanted man on earth was killed, but only 32 percent of Americans say he deserves the most credit for Osama bin Laden’s death.