Tales from the Trail

Obama to the moon for healthcare… er not so fast

August 19, 2009

SPACE SHUTTLEPresident Barack Obama is so determined to get healthcare reform done that he would go to the moon, his spokesman says.

The First Draft: what now?

August 19, 2009

The healthcare debate keeps going round and round. And it’s still weeks before Congress gets back from summer recess when something can actually happen — if lawmakers are so inclined. USA/

Healthcare: learning to backpedal

August 18, 2009

The training wheels are off for the Obama administration, which has passed the six-month mark in office. But officials are just now learning the Washington sport of backpedaling.

The First Draft: storms rolling in

August 17, 2009

Lots of storms swirling today.

Tropical Storm Claudette hit the Florida coast in the wee hours of the morning, whipping morning television into the obligatory frenzy of reporting from rain-soaked correspondents demonstrating the weather.

Hang on a sec, Mr. President — Sarah Palin

August 13, 2009

Sarah Palin has issued a robust — and lengthy! — response to President Barack Obama after he accused her of trying to scare old folks for raising questions about “death panels.”

White House calls Sarah Palin distributor of bad healthcare info

August 12, 2009

The White House is singling out gone-but-not-forgotten Sarah Palin for whipping up some of the opposition to Democratic healthcare proposals. PALIN/

The First Draft: Q and A

July 22, 2009

All eyes on President Barack Obama’s news conference tonight at 8 p.m.

With his almost daily statements on healthcare, it’s going to take skill to say it all again in a new way. USA-HEALTHCARE/

Blue Dogs howling at healthcare

July 21, 2009

This time it’s the Blue Dogs turning their noses up at healthcare reform proposals. AUSTRIA/

The First Draft: healthcare march

July 21, 2009

President Barack Obama keeps up the march on healthcare, although today’s headlines are turning a bit pessimistic.

The First Draft: numbers down

July 20, 2009

The numbers are down and that’s not good for President Barack Obama’s healthcare push.