Tales from the Trail

Healthcare and the holidays

December 24, 2009

It’s Christmas Eve and there is a lot more stirring than just a mouse.  In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Senate just voted to approve a wide-ranging healthcare overhaul bill with Democrats and Republicans divided as they have ever been.

The First Draft: Afghanistan inspires Freudian slips about that other battlefield – Iraq

December 2, 2009

President Barack Obama may have invoked Vietnam to banish that ugly specter of defeat from his shiny new Afghan strategy. But a day later, Iraq seems to be the wartime nightmare dogging two congressional veterans of the Bush wars.

The First Draft: White House “gate crashers” to tell their own story

November 27, 2009

She’s blond and beautiful. He’s debonair. Together, with irresistible charm and a voracious appetite for self-promotion, they penetrated White House security to attend this week’s state dinner for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and got close enough to kiss Vice President Joe Biden.

Civil air surrounds Afghan war strategy debate at White House

October 7, 2009

To hear spokesman Robert Gibbs describe it, President Barack Obama’s White House is a mighty civil place to work.

Republican Mike Castle seeks Biden’s old Senate seat; Will Biden’s son run too?

October 6, 2009

Republican Mike Castle ended months of speculation on Tuesday by saying he will run to fill U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s unexpired Senate term from Delaware. USA-POLITICS/

In his own words, former Bush speechwriter blabs

September 15, 2009

Matt Latimer, who used to make a living writing speeches for former President George W. Bush, has decided to let loose in a book under his own name that describes the White House as more like the TV show “The Office” and less like “The West Wing.”

The First Draft: Obama courts autoworkers, Biden visits Iraq

September 15, 2009

President Barack Obama courts autoworkers in Ohio and union leaders in Pennsylvania on Tuesday.

Biden follows dollars to Yellowstone toilets

September 3, 2009

Vice President Joe Biden is offering some encouraging words for those who would like to know how much it costs the government to build, for instance, a toilet at Yellowstone National Park, home of the “Old Faithful” geyser and lots of critters such as grizzly bears.

Lionizing the Lion: tributes to Kennedy

August 26, 2009

KENNEDY/Tributes to Senator Edward Kennedy are pouring in after the 77-year-old pillar of the Democratic Party lost his battle with brain cancer. A schedule of events to remember the “Lion” of the Senate will be posted on www.tedkennedy.org as arrangements are finalized.

Joltin’ Joe Biden defends economic stimulus program

July 26, 2009

If you thought the Obama administration’s $787 billion economic stimulus program was meant to provide one big jolt to the economy, you’ve got it all wrong, Vice President Joe Biden says.