Tales from the Trail

All smiles at the White House, for a moment anyway

August 3, 2010

Earlier today President Barack Obama signed a law about prison sentences for possession of crack cocaine and powder cocaine and the photograph of the smiling group of people who supported the legislation gave us a brief pause.

Senator to USAID: Stop your high-flying ways

April 20, 2010

An influential senator warned the official U.S. overseas aid agency: come down to earth with the impoverished people or see your funding cut.

Will Obama get a Senate Christmas gift?

December 11, 2009

Senate Democrats are confident they will pass a sweeping healthcare overhaul and give President Barack Obama a significant victory on one of his top domestic priorities. But will they do it by Christmas? OBAMA/

Senator Leahy takes Obama to task over landmines

December 1, 2009

With President Barack Obama poised to order more U.S. troops into Afghanistan, a senior U.S. senator hammered the administration Tuesday for not joining an international treaty banning landmines.

Sotomayor hearings begin, lines drawn

July 13, 2009

The political lines are drawn.

The top Democrat and Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee wasted no time in setting the battle plans for the debate over the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to become the first Hispanic justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.