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.

Washington Extra

August 2, 2010

mcconnell1Democrats have been trying to portray Republicans as the “Party of No”. Today Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell visited the Reuters bureau in DC and argued there was no shame in saying no.

Washington Extra

July 26, 2010

wikileakIn many ways the documents released by WikiLeaks last night merely underscored the bleak assessment of the Afghan war which General Stanley McChrystal issued last August.

Washington Extra

July 23, 2010

What do central bankers and slalom skiers have in common? Bobbing and weaving, for one thing.

Road signs for stimulus

July 15, 2010

Have you seen these signs?
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They’re at the center of a running debate that flared up Wednesday on Capitol Hill.

McChrystal gets to keep his 4 stars

June 30, 2010

mcchrystalGeneral Stanley McChrystal will go out with all the benefits of a four-star general, even though he hasn’t been in the position long enough to retire with that rank.

BP chief apologizes… again

June 17, 2010

carlOne day in Washington — two apologies from BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg.

Traders put their money on Kagan to be Supreme Court pick

May 7, 2010

Traders are betting that there is a 75 percent chance that President Barack Obama will decide on U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court and that she would be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

U.S. officials seek to shelve Karzai tensions

April 16, 2010

Tensions, what tensions?

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Jack Lew arrived back from Afghanistan and Pakistan on Friday, touting the performance of several ministers in Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s government.

Nobel award to Obama required lengthy U.S. Constitution check

April 16, 2010

When President Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize last October it caught most by surprise and sent his lawyers scurrying to quietly make sure that the president could receive the prestigious award without running afoul with the U.S. Constitution or federal law.