Tales from the Trail

Obama says Washington vitriol is still a solvable problem

March 30, 2010

President Barack Obama thinks Washington’s political climate of vitriolic partisanship could start to wane over the next few years. Republicans just have to calm down, and Democrats have to stop playing the same silly political games as their opponents.

Who wins on U.S. healthcare reform? Washington’s lobbyists, for starters

March 26, 2010

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While pundits try to figure out whether Republicans or Democrats will benefit most from healthcare reform come November’s congressional elections, what seems mighty clear already is that Washington’s lobbyists are undisputed winners in the epic debate.

Happy Birthday Madam Speaker

March 26, 2010

She gets to have her cake and eat it too…

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi got a big birthday surprise when House Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller carried a luscious looking chocolate birthday cake into the signing ceremony for the final piece of historic healthcare overhaul legislation.pelosilaughing2

Frum Obamacare to Waterloo: Where do Republicans find themselves?

March 26, 2010

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Have Republicans really met their Waterloo? George W. Bush’s former speech writer David Frum thinks so. And he may have a point, though making it in public has proved costly.

House Democrat wants GOP apology for threats and violence

March 25, 2010

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House Democrat Barney Frank says Republican leaders should apologize for threats and vandalism against Democrats who’ve had the temerity to back President Barack Obama’s legislative agenda.

Is McCain taking his toys and going home?

March 24, 2010

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Is Republican Senator John McCain bringing playground  logic to Washington’s bitter partisan divide?

Palin using her star power against selected House Democrats

March 24, 2010

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Sarah Palin really has the 2010 congressional elections in her cross hairs now.

As President Barack Obama signed healthcare reform into law, the potential 2012 Republican White House wannabe was out on Facebook with her own campaign to unseat 20 House Democrats who voted for the legislation. The page identifies targeted congressional districts via a map of the United States dotted by white and red cross hairs.

When seen from Capitol Hill, Jerusalem looks a bit different

March 23, 2010

ISRAEL-USA/What’s the U.S. policy toward Israel? It may depend on which branch of government you ask.

Does Obama’s healthcare victory point to future legislative strategy?

March 23, 2010

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When President Barack Obama signed healthcare reform into law today, was he also endorsing the preferred White House strategy for legislation to come?

Racial overtones at healthcare protest

March 21, 2010

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The protests against healthcare reform took an ugly turn on Saturday. Black congressmen told reporters that demonstrators called them the N-word and one representative said he was spat upon.