Tales from the Trail

There’s politics happening in Washington, Obama complains

April 6, 2011

It’s a bit like being surprised there’s gambling in Las Vegas.

Politics in Washington?

OBAMA/President Barack Obama riddled his speech in Pennsylvania with criticism of people (think capital R) who would play politics with important issues like the budget.

Helloooooo out there…. Senator asks if anyone paying attention to speech

April 6, 2011

Senators go to the Senate floor and make speeches about issues near and dear to their constituents all day long — but whether anyone is actually listening is another matter. USA-CONGRESS/

Washington Extra – Playing ball

March 31, 2011

The White House was clearly relieved to announce that at 6 a.m. GMT NATO took over the ball for running the military operation on Libya. BASEBALL/

And today’s word from Washington is … stalemate

March 30, 2011

BRITAINCongress has it. Gaddafi wants it. And President Obama is trying to figure out how best to avoid it. What is it?  The answer: stalemate (noun \ˈstāl-ˌmāt\) … that unsatisfying state of affairs in which there can be no action or progress.

Washington Extra – Sharp tongues

March 29, 2011

Democrats are trying a bit of divide-and-conquer strategy on Capitol Hill.

CHINAAs another budget showdown looms, they are employing a tactic of trying to turn the Tea Party and the rest of the Republican ranks against each other.

Reuters/Ipsos poll: Obama seen as cautious commander-in-chief

March 24, 2011

The military operation on Libya has once again put President Barack Obama’s commander-in-chief credentials to the test, and nearly half of Americans — 48 percent — describe his style as “cautious and consultative,” according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.

Washington Extra – Same page

March 16, 2011

Alarm over Japan’s nuclear crisis prompted a slumping stock market to slump some more in a third day of selling.

Democratic congressman says he wants to make Obama ‘a better president’

March 14, 2011

Veteran Democratic Congressman John Conyers voiced some disappointment in President Barack Obama — and said he wants to help the leader of his party to do better. USA/

Spending cuts an arrow through the heart of cowboy poets

March 8, 2011

Mean. That’s what Democrats say about Republican efforts to cut spending. They even want to rope in the cowboy poet.

Another one heads for the exit: Senator Ensign won’t seek reelection

March 7, 2011

UPDATES with Ensign announcement.

At this rate, the Senate will be overrun by freshmen in 2013.

USA-POLITICS/ENSIGNRepublican Senator John Ensign, once considered a potential presidential candidate in 2012, said he won’t seek reelection next year.