Tales from the Trail

Deficit not my fault, Obama says

December 8, 2009

President Barack Obama doesn’t like all this flak from the Republicans who accuse him of running up the budget deficit.

Obama nominates Bush spokeswoman to broadcast board

November 19, 2009

She represented President George W. Bush before the world’s media and now is a commentator for Fox News. And she’s been quite a vocal critic of the current White House. USA/

House health bill… It’s really big!

October 29, 2009

It’s really big.

How big is it?

So big that Republican Congressman David Camp was going to take it with him to read on a flight to his Michigan home but it wouldn’t fit in the overhead compartment, an aide quipped.

Dust-up over healthcare reform ahead of Senate panel’s vote

October 12, 2009

The fragile consensus in favor of healthcare reform may be coming apart.

With the Senate Finance Committee due to vote on its reform bill Tuesday, the insurance industry’s trade group released an analysis saying the measure would drive up costs by thousands of dollars over the next decade.

Poll: U.S. Senate leader has problems in home state

May 19, 2009

Sure it’s a long way before the November 2010 U.S. congressional election — and a lot can happen between now and then. But at this point, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada seems to be in jeopardy of becoming the second Senate leader in a half century to be voted out of office.

The First Draft, Friday Jan. 2

January 2, 2009

The new year begins on a quiet note in Washington, but lawmakers are preparing to hit the ground running next week when the 111th Congress will be seated.

Republican Senate leader hangs on after close call

November 5, 2008

WASHINGTON - Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell appears to have eked out a narrow victory for re-election in Kentucky as several of his colleagues fell to Democratic challengers.