Tales from the Trail

As Obama speaks, Democrats target GOP’s Ryan

January 25, 2011

RTXCDYH_Comp-150x150President Barack Obama may grab all the headlines with his State of the Union address. But Democrats want the GOP’s chosen responder, Paul Ryan, to share the spotlight — as poster boy for politically unpopular ideas that could be used against Republicans in 2012.

Washington Extra – Laundry list

January 24, 2011

The White House is promising that tomorrow’s State of the Union address will be something different.

Former Senator Allen trying for a comeback, but he’s got competition

January 24, 2011

Former Republican Senator George Allen is trying for a comeback for the Senate seat from Virginia that he narrowly lost to Democrat Jim Webb in 2006, following comments that critics said were racist.

Giuliani ponders 2012 presidential run

January 21, 2011


Add Rudy Giuliani to the list of Republicans who may be eyeing a run for the White House in 2012 — but isn’t quite ready to say for certain.

Obama’s big speech may draw bipartisan seating arrangement

January 14, 2011

A top Republican on Friday embraced a Democratic proposal to project a sense of national unity by having members of their respective parties sit together at President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address to Congress on Jan. 25 

As GOP regroups on healthcare, new poll questions its priority

January 14, 2011

USA-HEALTHCARE/The new House Republican majority may be about to do what President Barack Obama did a year ago — assign the top priority to healthcare at a time when Americans really really want action on the economy and jobs.

U.S. public says Giffords shooting, rhetoric unrelated

January 11, 2011

RTXWDK6_Comp-150x150Most Americans see no relation between the attempted assassination of congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and the political tactic of lacing vitriolic rhetoric with firearms analogies.

And on the second day, they read…

January 6, 2011

Day Two of Republican control of the U.S. House of Representatives was highlighted with a reading of the 223-year-old Constitution — the document that formed the American government and guides it to this day.

Bachmann for president? Tea Party darling blames media

January 6, 2011

RTXQELN_Comp-150x150Minnesota Republican Michele Bachmann, champion-in-chief of the House Tea Party caucus, blames the media for all the recent chatter about her status as a potential presidential candidate.

Pelosi says Congress must create jobs, while giving up hers

January 5, 2011

As she handed over the House Speaker’s gavel to the other party, Nancy Pelosi pointed out that the shoe was now on the other foot and the new Republican-led Congress would be judged by whether it creates jobs.