Tales from the Trail

Washington Extra – Analyze This

October 27, 2010

A confusing labyrinth. That is how the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) described the American development effort in Afghanistan, in a damning report on how $17.7 billion in aid and reconstruction money was doled out to 7,000 contractors between 2007 and 2009 with little or no coordination.kabul

from Reuters Investigates:

Spoiling the party

October 27, 2010

Last month The New York Times had a story about Arizona Republicans putting up homeless people as candidates for the Green Party in elections there. Now Murray Waas, our Barlett & Steele award winner, has a special report about Democratic Party shenanigans. 

Bejeebers! A scary fiscal outlook and Tea Party politics

October 20, 2010

Tackling huge budget deficits and growing debt is essential for the United States to avoid a financial market crisis that would push interest rates higher and severely damage the U.S. economy, many economists have warned.

Barack and Jon, together again, on The Daily Show next week

October 20, 2010

First he gave an unexpected endorsement to Jon Stewart’s upcoming “Rally to Restore Sanity.” Now President Barack Obama is giving the host of the satirical talk show the ultimate television “get” — himself as a guest.

US Justice Thomas’ wife calls Anita Hill

October 20, 2010

Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, wife of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas acknowledges that she made a call to Anita Hill‘s office at Brandeis University last weekend.

Washington Extra – A belief in tea, and the Constitution

October 19, 2010

The Tea Party takes pride in its belief in the importance and centrality of the Constitution of the United States. Indeed, Senate Republican candidate Christine O’Donnell has been reported as referring to the document as a “covenant” based on “divine principles”.

Political Surrogate Smackdown!

October 19, 2010

USA/You can tell it’s autumn in Washington: the leaves are changing color, Congress has flown away and the political surrogates are in full cry. For those unfamiliar with the phenomenon, the full cry of the surrogate can often be heard from coast to coast — or at least from Broadway to Reno, Nevada.

Media relations eclipse rhetoric as bare-knuckle politics

October 18, 2010


The campaign rhetoric couldn’t be harsher, what with the talk about who’s a whore and who’s a nut job and who cheated on who’s ex-wife. (Remember when ‘who’ was just the guy on first?)