Tales from the Trail

Republican wants more Massa exposure but Democrat says it’s over

March 10, 2010

House Republican Eric Cantor thinks Congress should get to the bottom of Eric Massa’s bizarre tale of congressional nudity, satanic White House advisers, the groping of men (or not) and a congressional healthcare putsch by Democrats. But House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer says the case is over. 

Massa: some tickling, nothing sexual, and it’s about healthcare vote

March 10, 2010

One day after resigning as a freshman congressman from Upstate New York, Eric Massa has found his 15 minutes of fame. USA-CONGRESS/MASSA

White House responds to naked House Democrat’s satanic tale

March 9, 2010


Eric Massa was a little-known freshmen House Democrat only a month ago. Now he’s a political media sensation and a darling of Talk Radio/TV commentators capable of provoking the White House on healthcare reform.

Massa public resignation letter: scar tissue, ethics complaint, car rides

March 5, 2010

USA-HEALTHCARE/PELOSICongressman Eric Massa (you would be forgiven for asking who?) posted on his web site one of the more “interesting” public resignation letters seen from a government official in some time.

Will presidential weight carry healthcare through?

March 3, 2010

President Barack Obama spoke. Republicans talked back.

USA HEALTHCARE/OBAMA SPEECHNo sign that anyone shifted positions after the president’s remarks today in the East Room at the White House with lots of white hospital coats in the audience.

Hillary says Congressional gridlock challenges U.S. world stature

February 24, 2010

USA/The partisan gridlock that has paralyzed Congress during much of the Obama administration may have far-reaching implications for America’s stature in the world, according to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

White House healthcare summit plans take shape

February 24, 2010

BUSH/President Barack Obama’s bipartisan healthcare summit is taking on the trappings of a diplomatic visit, complete with a gilt-edged setting at Blair House, the federal style mansion where foreign heads of state stay when they’re in Washington.

Ron Paul: The Once and Future Conservative Favorite

February 23, 2010

USA-POLITICS/PAULRep. Ron Paul today seems to be little more than a voice crying in the wilderness of Republican politics. But the Texas libertarian and 2008 presidential candidate may have a lease on the future of the Republican Party’s conservative wing, at the age of 74.

Has U.S. “missed the boat” on long-range renewable energy planning?

February 19, 2010

OBAMA/There was President Barack Obama, working a friendly crowd in Henderson, Nevada, not far from Las Vegas. And then a sympathetic comment from a French businessman who wants to see U.S. regulation of climate-warming greenhouse emissions seemed to get the president all wound up.

Congress bracing for anti-incumbent anger among voters

February 17, 2010


By the look of things, the American public just might vote Congress out of office this November — Republican and Democrat alike.