Tales from the Trail

Congress gets ready for lame duck, and it’s not even Thanksgiving

November 12, 2010

Congress returns next week for that peculiar order of business known as a lame-duck session. It’s a post-election gathering where lawmakers who lost re-election get to take any final votes, while newcomers who won in the Nov. 2 midterms have to sit it out.

from Reuters Investigates:

How to make friends and influence people

November 3, 2010

White House correspondent Caren Bohan's special report out today examines President Barack Obama's testy relationship with the business community.

Clinton sees diplomats of the future in cargo pants as well as pinstripes

October 26, 2010

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has urged Congress to finance a major new U.S. push on overseas development aid, arguing that only by building up a global middle class will the United States increase its own national security.

Republican, Democratic party chiefs see victory in battle for the House

October 25, 2010

In dueling appearances on the Sunday morning news shows, the heads of the Democratic and Republican parties made the same  prediction — After the Nov. 2 elections, our guys will control the House.

Ben Quayle’s famous last name a double-edged sword in Arizona House race

October 22, 2010

David Schwartz takes a look at the latest Quayle seeking to go to Washington.

Ben Quayle knows how to spell potato.

The son of former vice president Dan Quayle also knows that his famous last name is a double-edged sword when running for elected office.

Pelosi takes on Chamber of Commerce over campaign spending

October 22, 2010

The phrase “Buy American”  may be taking on a new connotation in the rough-and-tumble battle over corporate financing and the midterm congressional elections.

How about an Ovaltine Latte with that doughnut Mr. Obama?

October 21, 2010

Trying to get out the vote for Democrats in danger of losing one or both houses of Congress on Nov. 2, President Barack Obama is pouring it on with up-close campaigning reminiscent of 2008 as he visits coffee shops and works rope lines.

Are Obama’s approval ratings that bad? Maybe not, relatively speaking

October 15, 2010

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President Obama’s approval rating has been below 50 percent for most of 2010. But are things really so bad? Gallup suggests they’re not, relatively speaking.

Reuters-Ipsos Poll: Obama approval drops to 43 pct driven by Democrats

October 13, 2010

President Barack Obama’s poll numbers keep going down, and it’s not the Republicans who are to blame.

Washington Extra – Get out of town

September 29, 2010

Like schoolchildren gazing out the window on a sunny June day, Congress can’t wait for that final bell to ring. But lawmakers still need to hand in a final term paper before they can skip out the door. Instead, they’re asking the teacher for an extension. USA/