Tales from the Trail

Blago judge says Obama doesn’t have to testify

April 30, 2010

BLAGOJEVICH-ILLINOIS/The federal judge overseeing the corruption trial of  Rod Blagojevich said he sees no need for President Barack Obama to testify, denying a defense request, though he left open the possibility.

No head-butting, judge tells Blagojevich

April 21, 2010

No head-butting, no fighting, no macho posturing, the judge overseeing former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s upcoming corruption trial said on Wednesday.USA-BLAGOJEVICH/

Latest Washington technique? Bipartisanship by sniping?

April 14, 2010

If bipartisanship is what they’re after … they’ve got a funny way of showing it.

U.S. Senate Democratic contender bashes Democratic-led Washington

April 8, 2010

If there was any question that Democrats were in for a tough election year, go no further than Lee Fisher’s campaign flyer that’s been mailed OBAMA-HEALTHCAREout to Ohio voters.

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.

No matter how you slice it, Obama’s on a roll

March 26, 2010

NCAA/What does he do for an encore?

President Barack Obama started the week with a victorious end to the healthcare angst. And ended it with a win on START.

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

March 26, 2010


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


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.

What’s next on healthcare reform? — Enroll America

March 25, 2010

Democrats are still celebrating their historic achievement on healthcare reform, but the looming question is what’s next?