Tales from the Trail

Then came social issues and ‘morality’…

March 8, 2011

RTR2CNMS_Comp-150x150The Tea Party’s November victories and the ensuing Republican drive for spending cuts are in large part the result of a political strategy that focuses tightly on fiscal and economic matters, while minimizing rhetoric on moral questions and social topics. But for how much longer can Republicans keep a lid on the culture war?

U.S. illegal immigrant tally drops by 1 million on poor economy

February 12, 2010

The number of illegal immigrants living and working in the shadows in the United States dropped to 10.8 million in January last year, from a high of 11.8 million two years earlier, as the U.S. economy faltered, according to a U.S. government report.

The complicated question of Haiti’s orphans

January 20, 2010

HAITIThe devastation caused by Haiti’s earthquake has extended to some of its youngest and most powerless victims: orphans awaiting clearance to join adoptive families in the United States.

Obama admits security “screw up,” but some wonder who’ll pay

January 6, 2010

President Barack Obama may have hoped to limit the political fallout from last month’s attempted bombing of a Detroit-bound airliner by admitting there was a “screw up.” Will firings follow? Some think Obama’s unusually sharp rhetoric raises the odds that heads will roll.

The First Draft: Will U.S. Ban Air Passengers with Swine Flu?

September 2, 2009

The answer is a resolute ‘no.’

Instead, the Obama administration hopes to combat infection aboard U.S. flights by encouraging hand-washing in the air. Dealing with sick passengers will be left to individual airlines, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said in an interview with NBC’s “Today” show. USA/

The First Draft: mixing politics and national security?

August 31, 2009

HOMELAND SECURITYMixing politics with national security? Maybe under Obama, but not under Bush. Well, not exactly.

Ridge says he was pushed to raise terror alert before election

August 21, 2009

The nation’s first Homeland Security secretary is airing some dirty laundry from the Bush administration: He says he was pushed to raise the terror alert level on the eve of the 2004 presidential election.

The First Draft: Green shoots and budget talk

May 12, 2009

USA-OBAMA/After the Obama team’s big announcement on health care and an even bigger deficit, now comes the hard part — actually sitting down and figuring out how much it’s going to cost, and how to make it cost less. President Barack Obama’s first public appearance today is a round-table discussion with business leaders on cutting employer health care costs.

Red team, blue team? Bush, Obama officials hold security drill

January 13, 2009

Officials from the Bush and Obama administrations crossed paths at the White House Tuesday to participate in a homeland security exercise.