Tales from the Trail

Senate surprise: tax cosmetic surgery

November 19, 2009

The Senate’s healthcare reform legislation published by Democratic leaders last night included a big surprise for anyone saving up to enhance or undo what God gave them — a new 5 percent tax on elective cosmetic procedures. OBAMA/

The First Draft: More is Less

November 19, 2009

The Senate has spoken — for the moment. But it’s definitely not in one voice.

Senator Byrd sets record for congressional longevity: 20,774 days

November 18, 2009

Dubbed “the world’s most exclusive club and deliberative body,” the U.S. Senate is packed with white-haired lawmakers, many of whom have served in the chamber for decades.

Republican sees Democrats passing healthcare overhaul

November 13, 2009

Sarah Palin says on her Facebook page that the healthcare overhaul passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last week should be “Dead on Arrival” in the U.S. Senate. 

Clinton hopes for success where his effort failed

November 10, 2009

Former President Bill Clinton is clearly hoping that Congress succeeds this time around where his administration failed 15 years ago.

Abortion issue hard to avoid in healthcare debate

November 9, 2009

Like it or not, the healthcare debate has turned into a fracas over abortion rights.

Politics aside, Al and Joe still friends

November 4, 2009

A lot has happened since the 2000 presidential race, when two Senate Democrats headed their party’s ticket in a losing campaign for the White House.

Senate healthcare bill: Opt-out is in, Snowe is not

October 26, 2009

The opt-out is in.

USA HEALTHCARE/REIDThe Senate healthcare reform legislation will include a form of public option that would allow states to opt out of participating in a government-run insurance plan if they choose.

Senate recess shortened, Reid says there’s work to do

September 30, 2009

Things are really getting serious in the U.S. Congress. Telltale sign: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Wednesday shortened the Columbus Day recess.

Democratic strategist: don’t bet against Harry Reid

September 29, 2009

A top Democratic strategist has a tip for political gamblers: Don’t bet against Harry Reid.