Tales from the Trail

Romney goes after Obama on healthcare, contraception

February 7, 2012

Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney on Monday joined a battle over a part of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law that has outraged Catholic bishops.

Obama – “I deserve a second term”

February 6, 2012

President Barack Obama said on Sunday he deserves to be re-elected despite having said three years ago that he’d be a one-term president if he didn’t turn the economy around.

Washington Extra – Combat ready?

February 2, 2012

The Obama administration is known to be methodical when it comes to its messaging. But Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s declaration that the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan might end next year seems to have caught people here and overseas by surprise.

Is Romney too rich and out of touch?

February 1, 2012

Mitt Romney ran into a wall of criticism during what should have been his Florida victory lap when he said live on CNN this morning that he is “not concerned about the very poor” and the country has a safety net to protect them.

First lady likes Obama’s voice; rates Romney singing ‘beautiful’

February 1, 2012

Michelle Obama might have been one of the few people in the United States who knew President Barack Obama could actually carry a tune before he surprised an Apollo Theater audience this month.

Obama tells high-tech worker: Send me your resume

January 31, 2012

By Samson Reiny

President Barack Obama, whose chances for re-election may rest on his ability to show U.S. voters he is doing all he can to reduce unemployment, offered on Monday to personally pass along the resume of an unemployed engineer to potential employers.

Obama’s State of the Union in a word cloud

January 25, 2012

Obama uttered the words “tax” or “taxes” 34 times as he called for higher taxes on the rich, echoing a recent partisan theme of Democrats accusing Republicans in Congress of favoring tax breaks that favor the wealthy.

Americans’ expectations low ahead of Obama’s State of the Union

January 24, 2012

U.S. voters are looking to President Barack Obama to talk about jobs and the economy in his State of the Union address tonight, but doubt his ability to follow through on his proposals, two recent polls showed.

Presidential candidates take on Castro in Florida

January 24, 2012

Republican White House contenders took the race to win their party’s nomination to Florida this week, where they tried to outdo each other on topics important to Floridians–including what to do about Cuba, the small, Communist, Spanish-speaking island that has long frustrated U.S. foreign policy.

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.”