Tales from the Trail

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 – Whose bipartisanship?

December 17, 2010

The feeling appeared mutual when President Barack Obama shook hands with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell after signing the tax cut bill. It looked like the picture of what Obama called a “bipartisan effort.”  OBAMA/TAXES-SIGNS

Can Obama launch “peace talks” with Republicans at Camp David?

November 30, 2010

Camp David may be getting ready for another round of peace talks – of the domestic variety.

In House, bipartisanship is in eye of the beholder

October 1, 2010

A top Democrat is fed up with House Republican Leader John Boehner citing their work together years ago as an example of Boehner’s commitment to bipartisanship.

Washington Extra – Two to tango

September 23, 2010

One of the more surreal experiences at the Reuters Washington Summit this week was hearing Republicans saying they are prepared to work with President Barack Obama over the next two years and then listing their priorities – which started with undoing and repealing almost everything he has done in the past two.

Washington Extra – Gridlock and the fiscal deficit

September 21, 2010

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The term gridlock may have first entered the vocabulary during the 1980 New York transit strike, reportedly coined by “Gridlock Sam” Schwartz, chief traffic engineer in the city’s transport department.  In those days it was definitely not something to aspire to. It is a different story in 2010.

All smiles at the White House, for a moment anyway

August 3, 2010

Earlier today President Barack Obama signed a law about prison sentences for possession of crack cocaine and powder cocaine and the photograph of the smiling group of people who supported the legislation gave us a brief pause.

Latest Washington technique? Bipartisanship by sniping?

April 14, 2010

If bipartisanship is what they’re after … they’ve got a funny way of showing it.

Bipartisanship: can words be put into action in election year?

February 9, 2010

The president wants it. The public wants it.

But when it comes to bipartisanship, words are easier than action — especially in an election year. OBAMA/