Tales from the Trail

U.S. religious leaders urge moral solution to debt talks

July 14, 2011

Don’t balance the U.S. budget on the backs of the poor and sick, religious leaders said, suggesting that their churches’ charity work is already overstretched and social havoc could result if the government’s social safety net is abandoned.

Washington Extra – Seven up

June 13, 2011

Ready… Set… Go… And they’re off to the races for 2012. The Republicans went north. The Democrat went south.

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John Kerry has had it up to HERE with “The Flat Earth Caucus”

April 12, 2011

ISRAEL/You remember John Kerry, right? Tall, silver-haired, urbane enough to be accused of being French. But there's a feisty side to the senior senator from Massachusetts, and it was on display at a forum on energy and economic growth, where Kerry teed off on congressional Republicans and others who doubt the seriousness of the challenge of climate change.

Washington Extra – Club CEO

February 23, 2011

At one point, business isn’t just about money.

President Barack Obama just assembled corporate heavyweights to advise him on the economy. OBAMA/

Washington Extra – Light bulb

January 21, 2011

There is something oddly poetic about choosing a light bulb maker to head a team searching for economic ideas.

As GOP regroups on healthcare, new poll questions its priority

January 14, 2011

USA-HEALTHCARE/The new House Republican majority may be about to do what President Barack Obama did a year ago — assign the top priority to healthcare at a time when Americans really really want action on the economy and jobs.

Washington Extra – It’s my party

January 7, 2011

It’s Friday, when some people start thinking PARTY! Even in Washington.

The first employment report of the year, which was for December, gave the administration something to party about. The unemployment rate fell to 9.4 percent from 9.8 percent. That is the number that resonates with the public, so a four-tenths of a percentage point drop can be politically useful. OBAMA/SPERLING

On the 8th day before Christmas, Congress…

December 17, 2010

‘Twas eight days before Christmas and all through the Hill, lots of legislative stirring…

Washington Extra – A snowball’s chance?

November 10, 2010

American voters made their feelings very clear last week. U.S. government borrowing is too high and needs to be reduced. How sad, then, that the presidential commission tasked with coming up with a credible plan to cut the deficit is already being dismissed as a non-event.erskine

Green energy aspirations for Obama’s India visit

October 27, 2010

INDIAWhen Barack Obama heads for India next month, he’ll be carrying a heavy policy agenda — questions over the handling of nuclear material, the outsourcing of U.S. jobs and India’s status as a growing economic power, along with regional relations with Pakistan and Afghanistan. But Rajendra Pachauri, the Nobel Peace laureate who heads the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, hopes the U.S. president has time to focus on clean energy too.