Tales from the Trail

Washington Extra – Whose bipartisanship?

December 17, 2010

The feeling appeared mutual when President Barack Obama shook hands with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell after signing the tax cut bill. It looked like the picture of what Obama called a “bipartisan effort.”  OBAMA/TAXES-SIGNS

O’Donnell’s ‘witch’ captures spirit of times

December 13, 2010

RTXU581_Comp-150x150Tea Party darling Christine O’Donnell may have lost the Delaware Senate race. But she heads the list when it comes to expressing the spirit of the times.

Washington Extra – Cold shoulder

December 7, 2010

It’s a chilly day in Washington, and we’re not just talking about the weather.

Hoyer, Clyburn compete for House leadership post

November 7, 2010

clyburn_stenyU.S. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer will win his bid to remain in party leadership in the soon-to-be Republican-led chamber, a source close to Hoyer said on Sunday.

Washington Extra – Down but not out

November 5, 2010

How the Democrats could have done with those numbers a week ago, or more precisely how they could have done with three or four months of numbers like that. The U.S. economy created a net 151,000 jobs in October, hiring hitting its fastest pace in six months. It is a sign that the economy is regaining momentum after a desperately sluggish summer, and might have lifted President Barack Obama’s mood a little too as he makes the long trip to India. USA/

Pelosi or not Pelosi? That is the question for House Democrats

November 5, 2010

Nancy Pelosi — the first woman Speaker of the House — is soon to become the first woman ex-Speaker of the House.

Bachmann says her “high-profile” congressional race targeted by top Democrats

October 12, 2010

Second-term Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, who started the “Tea Party Caucus” in the House of Representatives this summer, says her “high-profile” congressional race is being targeted by some very high-profile Democrats ahead of  the Nov. 2 election.

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

September 29, 2010

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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.

from Summit Notebook:

If Democrats hold US House, Pelosi seen concentrating power-lobbyist

September 21, 2010

SUMMIT-WASHINGTON/JOSTENIf Democrats are able to hang on to the U.S. House of Representatives in the November 2 elections, Speaker Nancy Pelosi will likely be able to concentrate her power because there will be fewer conservative Democrats giving her a hard time on critical votes, according to top senior lobbyist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

from Summit Notebook:

Berman: House may be “lame” after elections but won’t be paralyzed

September 20, 2010

The chairman of the House of Representatives committee on foreign affairs hasn't lost his sense of humor...yet.