Tales from the Trail

Obama healthcare on political operating table

February 22, 2010

Last year, President Barack Obama tried to get Congress to pass healthcare legislation that came from the minds of  lawmakers.

Obama’s security tweaks unlikely to quiet political opponents

January 5, 2010

President Barack Obama will tighten airline security today in a bid to thwart any future attack like last month’s plot to bomb a Detroit-bound airliner. But will that silence his political opponents? Not likely. With congressional elections looming in November, the stakes may be too high.

Senate surprise: tax cosmetic surgery

November 19, 2009

The Senate’s healthcare reform legislation published by Democratic leaders last night included a big surprise for anyone saving up to enhance or undo what God gave them — a new 5 percent tax on elective cosmetic procedures. OBAMA/

Pelosi tells Harvard students she read every page of healthcare bill

November 14, 2009

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told students at Harvard University on Friday that she had indeed done her reading.

The First Draft: Limbo Day

November 5, 2009

It’s the day before the all-important employment report for October. (Expectation is for a 175,000 drop in payrolls and an uptick in the unemployment rate to 9.9 percent, which would be a 26-year high).

House Republicans aim to kill Democratic health bill

November 2, 2009

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are gearing up for an epic battle against the sweeping healthcare reform that Democratic leaders hope to bring to the House floor for debate later this week.

The First Draft: David Letterman and the Dalai Lama

October 6, 2009

CANADA/This is one of those Washington days that seems to defy a theme. Consider:

Iran is the topic at the Senate Banking Committee, where officials from the State and Treasury departments are set to testify on economic sanctions against Tehran.

Grayson sweet-talks Republicans on healthcare reform

October 1, 2009

In the never-ending Democratic struggle to win bipartisan support for healthcare reform, Representative Alan Grayson is probably not the guy to send to the House floor to woo Republicans.

DeLay injures foot while dancing for TV show

September 16, 2009

Remember Tom DeLay? Well, “The Hammer” has pounded too hard this time.

Pistol Packin’ Pelosi? finger on healthcare trigger

September 3, 2009

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has put the insurance industry on notice that if congressional Democrats are forced to compromise on a government-run health insurance plan and accept a “trigger” proposed by Republican Senator Olympia Snowe, get ready for some major fire power.