Tales from the Trail

Obama swipes at “just say no crowd”

July 30, 2010

President Barack Obama in Detroit demonstrated what is sure to become a familiar theme in the run up to the November elections — Democrats painting Republicans with variations on the ”Party of No.”

Washington Extra – Obama’s BlackBerry 10

July 29, 2010

Tempers ran high in the Senate today as Republicans blocked a $30 billion Democratic plan to help community banks boost lending to small businesses. Democrats are fast running out of time to show they are doing something to cut unemployment ahead of November’s elections, but this is just the latest bill to founder on objections from Republicans and some centrist Democrats, who argue extra spending should be covered by cuts elsewhere in the budget.

Meg Whitman breaks new virtual ground with Facebook ‘polling’ ads

July 28, 2010

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In 2010 a candidate would be ill-advised to ignore the Internet, especially if he or she wants to reach younger voters who aren’t paying attention to more traditional campaigns — or, even worse, are tuning out politics entirely.

Reuters/Ipsos poll shows Obama approval at 48 pct, disapproval at 48 pct

July 27, 2010

Americans are evenly split over whether President Barack Obama is doing a good job or a bad job — and few are on the fence.

House Democrats fret over Rangel case

July 27, 2010

rangelTwo top Democrats met with Rep. Charles Rangel on Monday, an aide said, while their colleagues fretted about whether his ethics woes will hurt them in the November election.

California city’s mess a golden opportunity for Jerry Brown?

July 26, 2010

Democrat Jerry Brown has taken some heat, even within his own party, for his seemingly minimalist campaign for California Jerry_Browngovernor — which so far has involved few rallies, speeches or even TV commercials — and which some say has allowed Republican Meg Whitman to make critical inroads with Latinos and other voting blocs in a race with national political implications.

Boehner says lawmakers should expect to do more reading if he becomes House Speaker

July 23, 2010

Republican John Boehner wants you to know that if his party wins control of  the House of Representatives and he becomes the chamber’s next Speaker, things will be a lot different.

Washington Extra

July 23, 2010

What do central bankers and slalom skiers have in common? Bobbing and weaving, for one thing.

Republicans turning up the heat on tax cuts

July 22, 2010

An election-year debate over tax cuts and deficits is heating up as Republicans press for extending all of President George W. Bush’s tax cuts and Democrats debate what to do against the backdrop of a slow economy, huge deficits and feared shellacking in the November congressional elections.

Obama may want to cover his eyes, poll numbers not good

July 21, 2010

A standard public line for presidents is that they don’t make policy based on opinion polls.