Tales from the Trail

Washington Extra – Back pat

February 15, 2011

President Barack Obama wasn’t shy about praising his handling of the revolution in Egypt.

Why are these politicians smiling?

February 15, 2011

IMMIGRATION-USA/SECURITYSocial Security reform is coming. You can tell by the smiling nice guy personas being adopted around Washington in uncommon bipartisan fashion.

Washington Extra – Cake cutting

February 14, 2011

Everyone SAYS they want to cut the budget deficit, but when it comes to actually agreeing on a course of action, it’s not exactly a piece of cake.  GERMANY/

Budget and bipartisanship don’t mix on Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2011

Where’s the love?

Despite all the (whining?) and dining at the White House in the hopes of  bipartisanship and civility, Republicans got out the trash-talk for  President Barack Obama’s 2012 budget proposal.

Washington Extra – Early valentine

February 11, 2011

Even on television from thousands of miles away, the Egyptian revolution was breathtaking. A moment to mark in history.

Valentine’s Day with the GOP

February 11, 2011

What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than by sending your special someone a pink e-card, covered in hearts, with a message from the president: “Hope you like this Valentine’s card, your grandchildren are paying for it.”

Washington Extra – Food for thought

February 9, 2011

The U.S. government strongly supports democratic reforms in the Middle East. Just look at its comments on Egypt. But the American public doesn’t appear to be so gung-ho.

Washington Extra – Let’s do lunch

February 8, 2011

Mending fences is clearly the White House play of the week.

USA/First a visit to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, now lunch with Republican leaders from Capitol Hill. What next?

Is Rand Paul a U.S. Senate action hero?

February 8, 2011

RTR9KH6_Comp-150x150It didn’t take Rand Paul long to become Captain America of the U.S. Senate. He’s tough-minded, strong-willed and he’s ready to battle the most dangerous titans on the political landscape, like Social Security and Medicare.

Washington Extra – Fruitcake diplomacy

February 7, 2011

If only he’d sent fruitcake…

USA/President Barack Obama is clearly trying to make nice with the business community and he promised the Chamber of Commerce a new friendly era after two years of coldness.