Tales from the Trail

House lawmakers tussle over Medicare mailings

June 15, 2011

House Democrats are accusing the Republican majority of censoring language in mailings to constituents about a Republican plan to privatize Medicare for future retirees.

Democrats, Meet Mr. Hobson

December 9, 2010

RTR1H4KV_Comp-150x150Democrats don’t like President Barack Obama’s tax compromise. They’re disappointed. Some may vote against it. But the package still seems destined to pass.

Obama tries to make political mountain out of ant hill

June 30, 2010

President Barack Obama and fellow Democrats are trying to make political hay out of a comment by House Republican leader John Boehner that managed to mention ants and nuclear weapons in the same sentence.

Democrat gets naked with Rahm Emanuel, labels him “son of devil’s spawn”

March 8, 2010

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Eric Massa knows all about awkward. The House Democrat, who leaves Congress today over a sexual harassment complaint by a male staffer, says he’s been up-close, personal and naked with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel — all at the same time.

Healthy lifestyle discount or insurance loophole?

January 7, 2010

Dozens of healthcare reform advocates are sounding alarm bells over a Senate proposal to allow companies to reward employees who quit smoking, exercise or engage in other healthy activities.

Want to be Obama’s neighbor? House in Chicago for sale

October 26, 2009

obama-familyCHICAGO – Be President Barack Obama’s neighbor for a cool $1.85 million. 

Obama trying hard to get healthcare back on track

July 17, 2009

President Barack Obama is pushing hard to get health care reform back on track after it veered a bit off course while he was in Europe last week.

Giving up “House” for the White House

April 7, 2009

He escaped from Guantanamo, inhaled and went in search of White Castle burgers, journeyed in search of his Indian heritage, and then became a doctor (who committed suicide this week).

First Draft: double vision

January 29, 2009

WASHINGTON – Don’t rub your eyes. Despite the early hour, you weren’t seeing things when White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs somehow managed to be in two places at once.

Club for Growth warns against stimulus vote

January 27, 2009

Beware any Republican who might fall for President Barack Obama’s sales pitch Tuesday for his $825 billion economic stimulus plan. A vote for the legislation will disqualify you from receiving the Club for Growth’s “Defender of Economic Freedom” award.