Tales from the Trail

Healthcare reconciliation: easier said than explained

March 1, 2010

The process intricacies that go into lawmaking can stump the hardiest of congressional watchers.

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.

Obama hits back at Republicans over stimulus

February 22, 2010


The White House is stepping up its efforts to call out Republicans for what Democrats see as hypocrisy over the $787 billion stimulus package.

Obama healthcare on political operating table

February 22, 2010

Last year, President Barack Obama tried to get Congress to pass healthcare legislation that came from the minds of  lawmakers.

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.

Bayh wonders if partisanship will encourage a new Ross Perot

February 16, 2010

Evan Bayh wants out of Washington but wonders if the partisan bickering he leaves behind will one day be swept aside by a new PEROTRoss Perot riding a third-party tidal wave of public anger.

Political dynasties shift in election-year tremor

February 12, 2010

After the November election, there will not be a Kennedy in Congress for the first time in almost half a century because Representative Patrick Kennedy, the son of the late Senator Edward Kennedy, has decided to retire from his Rhode Island seat.

Democrats can’t escape questions about Sarah Palin

February 11, 2010

Democrats can’t go anywhere these days without being asked about Sarah Palin, and some of them are not overwhelmed.

Bipartisanship: can words be put into action in election year?

February 9, 2010

The president wants it. The public wants it.

But when it comes to bipartisanship, words are easier than action — especially in an election year. OBAMA/

Gingrich once again at head of Republican pack

February 4, 2010

Once, a first-term Democratic president failed to deliver on healthcare reform and found his party USA-POLITICS/swept from office by a wave of voter anger that brought Republican Newt Gingrich to the forefront of American politics. Could this history lesson from the Clinton era be repeated?