Tales from the Trail

Obama’s Senate savvy is showing

May 25, 2010

Looks like President Barack Obama hasn’t forgotten his political roots in the Senate.

Latest Washington technique? Bipartisanship by sniping?

April 14, 2010

If bipartisanship is what they’re after … they’ve got a funny way of showing it.

Does Obama’s healthcare victory point to future legislative strategy?

March 23, 2010

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When President Barack Obama signed healthcare reform into law today, was he also endorsing the preferred White House strategy for legislation to come?

Prospects for healthcare up, insurance stocks down

March 4, 2010

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It may be a gamble, but at least one tell says that President Barack Obama and Democratic leaders in Congress may win the big bet they have made to push healthcare reform legislation over the finish line, despite public doubts and Republican opposition.

Will presidential weight carry healthcare through?

March 3, 2010

President Barack Obama spoke. Republicans talked back.

USA HEALTHCARE/OBAMA SPEECHNo sign that anyone shifted positions after the president’s remarks today in the East Room at the White House with lots of white hospital coats in the audience.

Obama swipes at ribbon-cutting Republicans — again

February 17, 2010

President Barack Obama apparently believes he’s found the right formula for chiding Republicans who opposed the $787 billion economic stimulus — because he used it again. OBAMA/

Brown shows rare trait on Capitol Hill: humility

January 21, 2010

The man who shook up Washington came to Capitol Hill on Thursday and demonstrated a trait rarely associated with the nation’s marble halls of power and giant egos: humility.

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.

Is the recession over? Obama’s advisers differ

December 13, 2009

Is the economic recession over in the United States? It depends on who you ask, even among President Barack Obama’s advisers.