Tales from the Trail

After a year’s respite, lipstick-wearing pig returns to US politics

September 9, 2009

The lipstick-wearing pig is back, making its annual appearance in the political discourse of the country.

The First Draft: Before Obama’s speech, Sarah Palin brings up “death panels”

September 9, 2009

PALIN/As Washington focuses on President Barack Obama’s address to Congress on healthcare reform, another voice is demanding to be heard — or at least read — on this same subject.

Is Sarah Palin trading Alaska for Rhode Island?

August 20, 2009

Talk about a political football.

The Anchorage Daily News in Alaska is reporting, and The Providence Journal is repeating, a tantalizing rumor that Sarah Palin is going to move to Rhode Island.

Obama gets personal on Palin’s “death panels”

August 16, 2009

OBAMABarack Obama seems to have taken personally Sarah Palin’s accusations that his administration wants to set up “death panels” for the elderly.

Hang on a sec, Mr. President — Sarah Palin

August 13, 2009

Sarah Palin has issued a robust — and lengthy! — response to President Barack Obama after he accused her of trying to scare old folks for raising questions about “death panels.”

White House calls Sarah Palin distributor of bad healthcare info

August 12, 2009

The White House is singling out gone-but-not-forgotten Sarah Palin for whipping up some of the opposition to Democratic healthcare proposals. PALIN/

Obama doesn’t want to pull plug on grandma

August 11, 2009

This just in: President Barack Obama opposes pulling the plug on your sick grandmother.

The First Draft: health care heat wave

August 10, 2009

USA/The temperature’s heading toward 100 in Washington, and things are getting hotter in the debate over health care too, even with Congress out of town for the traditional August recess and President Barack Obama in Mexico for the so-called Three Amigos summit.

Media barred from Palin’s post-gubernatorial debut

July 30, 2009

rtr263c1Sarah Palin is expected to make a visit next week to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in California, in what would be her first public appearance outside Alaska since resigning as governor, and the sponsors said on Wednesday the event will be closed to the media.

Palin exit poll shows dip, but high party marks

July 24, 2009

palinwave2 Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is leaving office with a dip in her favorability ratings and public doubts over her leadership skills and understanding of complex issues, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.