Tales from the Trail

Washington Extra – New Year state of mind

January 4, 2011

New Year often means out with the old and in with the new.

On Capitol Hill, the new 112th Congress will start its 2-year run that will end after the 2012 presidential election. (For numerologists — that’s an awful lot of 2s).

Regrets? Madam Speaker has none

January 4, 2011

Nancy Pelosi spent her final full day as speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives saying she had “no regrets.”

On the 8th day before Christmas, Congress…

December 17, 2010

‘Twas eight days before Christmas and all through the Hill, lots of legislative stirring…

Washington Extra – Question of Constitution

December 13, 2010

Constitutional or unconstitutional? That is the question the U.S. Supreme Court eventually may get to decide on President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare law.

What wilderness? Republicans emerge from elections ready to charge

November 4, 2010

Republicans have emerged from the political wilderness and they’re wasting no time laying down markers.

Election is over, now can they get along?

November 3, 2010

It’s the day after the election and the big question now is will they play nice?

Washington Extra – Time for a change, Take two

November 3, 2010

For the second time in two years, the American people have delivered a message of change, a message that they think Washington is broken. In 2008, Barack Obama took that message into the White House but has, at least according to these polls, failed to deliver change that most Americans readily believe in.

In House, bipartisanship is in eye of the beholder

October 1, 2010

A top Democrat is fed up with House Republican Leader John Boehner citing their work together years ago as an example of Boehner’s commitment to bipartisanship.

Washington Extra – Storm clouds over Haiti

September 30, 2010

There was a tremendous outpouring of goodwill and money for Haiti after the quake, which prevented a further humanitarian catastrophe. But so far, nine months after the capital was devastated, progress in “building back better” seems painfully slow. haitiRubble still chokes the narrow streets of Port-au-Prince, and 1.3 million people occupy every available scrap of land in tents awaiting resettlement, or even just a government plan on what to do with them.

Bill Clinton emerges as leading U.S. political favorite — poll

September 29, 2010

OBAMA/

CLINTON/Nearly a decade after his presidency ended in scandal and disgrace, Bill Clinton has emerged as the most popular figure in the U.S. political firmament, according to a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll.   Except he’s not running for office.