Tales from the Trail

CIA on WikiLeaks — WTF

December 22, 2010

The CIA gets the prize for the most entertaining acronym in Washington, a city that cannot speak without using at least one in every sentence.

This lame duck sure can fly

December 21, 2010

Congress seems to work better under deadline pressure (like journalists).

Democrats are racing to cram as much through the post-election lame duck session as possible, before their majority turns into a pumpkin when Republicans take control of the House of Representatives in January.

Senator Coburn’s waste line — $11.5 billion in 2010 spending

December 20, 2010

Republican Senator Tom Coburn has released his “Wastebook 2010″ report, a list of government spending that adds up to over $11.5 billion which he considers wasteful.

On the 8th day before Christmas, Congress…

December 17, 2010

‘Twas eight days before Christmas and all through the Hill, lots of legislative stirring…

Washington Extra – Making nice (or not)

December 15, 2010

It was President Obama’s day for showing the business community he cares. He invited CEOs to Blair House across the street from the White House to discuss ideas for creating jobs and revving up the economy.

A Senate Christmas tale

December 15, 2010

(UPDATES with new Reid comments).

Christmas bells are ringing. But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid doesn’t seem to be listening. Much to the chagrin of staffers and more than a few senators, Reid is threatening to keep the Senate in session until Christmas Eve and beyond to finish all the legislative work that Congress failed to complete before the November elections.USA/

Congress hits new low in public opinion

December 15, 2010

USA-HEALTHCARE/PELOSIThe American public’s opinion of Congress has hit a new low, with only 13 percent of adults saying they approve of the job the national legislature is doing.

Jury still out on Republicans, despite election victory – poll

December 15, 2010

congress1Despite winning control of the House of Representatives and making gains in the Senate, Republicans still have a way to go to truly win the hearts of Americans, according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Washington Extra – jumpSTART

December 14, 2010

There are 11 days to Christmas, time for Congress to do the end-of-session roll in which proposals that grew cobwebs for months and months are now heading through the chambers at breakneck speed.

Rising above politics … in Washington

December 7, 2010

RTXVGWL_Comp1-150x150President Barack Obama seems to want to rise above politics in the tax debate. Good luck with that.