Tales from the Trail

The First Draft: Preparing for a fall?

October 23, 2009

Are Democrats trying to soften the blow for President Barack Obama if the Democratic candidate for Virginia governor, Creigh Deeds, loses in the November elections?OBAMA/

The First Draft: Kerry reports in after Kabul visit

October 21, 2009

Senator John Kerry, who once aspired to host meetings in the Oval Office, will be visiting President Barack Obama in that room Wednesday to talk about his recent trip to Afghanistan.

Poll finds a majority for ‘public option’

October 20, 2009

Americans are still sharply divided over President Barack Obama’s vision of healthcare overhaul, but they’re starting to come around  — again –  on the so-called public option, so says a new Washington Post/ABC News poll published on Monday.

How you like me now?!

October 16, 2009

hillaryRemember during the presidential campaign, when Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton was asked about her “likability” compared to that of  rival Barack Obama?

Slide in support for healthcare overhaul slows, poll says

September 23, 2009

USA-HEALTHCARE/USA-HEALTHCARE/OBAMAPublic support for President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform initiative has rebounded slightly following his speech to Congress this month, according to an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released on Tuesday.

The First Draft: Drag out that vacation a bit

August 28, 2009

For some Americans — including the president – there’s just one last week of summer before work and school get back into full swing. 

Democrat opposes sending Guantanamo detainees to Leavenworth

August 10, 2009

A senior Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday warned against sending detainees from Guantanamo Bay to Fort Leavenworth prison in Kansas, saying it could endanger U.S. relations with Muslim countries.

Uighurs held at Guantanamo plead to Obama for release

August 5, 2009

A group of the 13 Chinese detainees held at the controversial U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba appealed directly to President Barack Obama for their immediate release, arguing that they have been cleared by the United States of any wrongdoing and they questioned why it was taking so long to go free.

The First Draft: Assessing the first six months

July 31, 2009

It won’t be a conversation over beer in the Rose Garden, but today President Barack Obama USA-OBAMA/gathers his Cabinet together across the street at Blair House to talk about the first six months of their term.

Confucius? No, Yao Ming

July 27, 2009

Instead of a cultural icon, well-known author or scholar, President Barack Obama sought the advice of … a basketball player as he talked of the importance of strong U.S.-Chinese economic ties.