Tales from the Trail

Pelosi confident Democrats will win back House, says Obama will “win big”

September 21, 2012

U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said on Friday that despite predictions by so-called experts to the contrary, she’s confident her party will win back the chamber in the Nov. 6 election.

Former Bush lawyer hired to defend gay marriage ban

April 18, 2011

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives has hired Paul Clement, the former solicitor general during George W. Bush’s presidency, to pick up the ball and defend the law that defined marriage as between a man and woman.

Boehner gets a taste of Republican budget-cutting zeal in Congress

February 17, 2011

House Speaker John Boehner got hit by the deep budget-slashing he advocates as the top Republican in Congress.

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 

Washington Extra – No Refuge

November 20, 2010

Not only does Barack Obama face a united and hostile Republican Party at home, he cannot easily take refuge in foreign policy in the second half of his term. From Afghanistan to Russia and the Middle East, from climate change to nuclear weapons, there are more problems than easy solutions out there.obama1

You can take it to the bank: Unbowed Maxine says she won’t cut a deal

August 13, 2010

She broke no rules, she has no regrets, and she won’t cut a deal with the U.S. House of Representatives ethics committee. That was the message a defiant Democratic lawmaker Maxine Waters had for the media on Friday.

CBO: Good news, bad news on Republican healthcare plan

November 5, 2009

The Congressional Budget Office, Congress’ non-partisan score keeper on the cost of legislation, has some good news for Republicans and the alternative healthcare proposal they plan to offer in the House of Representatives. Their plan would save the federal budget deficit $68 billion over 10 years and on average reduce insurance premiums compared to what they would be under current law.

Looks like Obama immigration reform will have to wait

August 10, 2009

MEXICO-DRUGS/For those holding out hope that healthcare reform and climate change legislation would not squeeze out efforts to overhaul the broken U.S. immigration system this year, think again.

You never want to see sausages made – or laws

June 17, 2009

USA-STIMULUS/The war of words that broke out in the U.S.  House of Representatives late Tuesday and spilled into Wednesday over one of the government’s annual spending bills shows the widening gulf between Democrats who control the chamber and minority Republicans.