Tales from the Trail

McCain, Napolitano shoot it out, rhetorically speaking, over US-Mexico border

September 22, 2010

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USA-SECURITY/When Arizonans John McCain and Janet Napolitano started arguing over border security in the Senate on Wednesday, it sounded briefly like the pair could be heading for a modern day shootout at the O.K. Corral.

Reuters-Ipsos poll: Senate Majority Leader Reid barely ahead in Nevada race

September 14, 2010

Perhaps it will become known as a tale of two Reids.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is barely ahead of his Republican opponent Sharron Angle in the Nevada race for U.S. Senate, and his son Rory Reid is slipping against Republican Brian Sandoval in the governor’s race, according to a Reuters-Ipsos poll.

Senator Durbin has small tumor removed, “resting comfortably”

August 12, 2010

The Senate’s number two Democrat Richard Durbin had a small tumor removed from his stomach on Thursday and was “resting comfortably” after the operation, his office said.

Al Franken’s moment of backsliding…

August 6, 2010

It was one of those moments Al Franken seems to work hard to suppress.

The comedian-turned-politician has kept a mostly straight face through his first year as a senator — listening seriously to hours of committee testimony and posing pointed questions with only the flicker of a smile crossing his face.
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Thursday’s Senate debate over Elena Kagan was evidently too much for the clown in him to bear.

Washington Extra – Obama’s BlackBerry 10

July 29, 2010

Tempers ran high in the Senate today as Republicans blocked a $30 billion Democratic plan to help community banks boost lending to small businesses. Democrats are fast running out of time to show they are doing something to cut unemployment ahead of November’s elections, but this is just the latest bill to founder on objections from Republicans and some centrist Democrats, who argue extra spending should be covered by cuts elsewhere in the budget.

Republicans create caucus ‘to listen’ to Tea Party

July 21, 2010

There are scores of U.S. congressional caucuses that focus on specific issues — including ones to combat hunger and cancer, advance the arts, protect the environment and promote the rights of black, Asian, Hispanic and other Americans.

Snowe says “yes” to Wall St. bill

July 13, 2010

The decision is in….snowe2

Senator Olympia Snowe has ended the suspense, announcing that she will support the financial regulatory reform bill.

Will she or won’t she?

July 12, 2010

USAThe suspense continues…

All eyes are on Senator Olympia Snowe, a moderate Republican from Maine, who has not yet decided on how she will vote on financial regulatory reform.

‘If I could live another 100 years, I’d like to continue in the Senate’ – Robert Byrd

July 2, 2010

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – It was a sight that would have seemed unimaginable when Senator Robert Byrd was growing up in West Virginia.