Tales from the Trail

Washington Extra – Beware of frank

July 7, 2011

When officials in Washington describe talks as “frank,” the usual translation is: “didn’t go my way.”

Washington Extra – Tweet tweet

July 6, 2011

President Barack Obama’s Twitter Townhall would have been more interesting if he had answered tweet for tweet.

Washington Extra – Comfort zones

July 5, 2011

Senators are talking. The president is talking. But whether they are talking at or with each other is another question.

Washington Extra – Waiting for fireworks

July 1, 2011

Will we see fireworks in the debt talks next week?

So far the White House and lawmakers have been cranky about the state of negotiations, but no one has actually drawn a firm line in the sand – still hoping for a compromise.

Demonized in Damascus? Kucinich protests

June 30, 2011

One of the Obama administration’s sharpest critics on the left is coming in for some sharp criticism himself after what appeared to be a friendly visit to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad.

Rare agreement on Capitol Hill over confirmation process

June 29, 2011

Stop the presses!

A man-bite-dog moment at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.

The normally grid-locked U.S. Senate — Democrats, Republicans, independents — came together and overwhelmingly passed a bill to reduce its workload, curb its power and perhaps even decrease partisan fighting.

Washington Extra – Breaking glass

June 28, 2011

The new IMF chief is an accomplished negotiator, an international relations expert and a European finance minister.

Washington Extra – Her Waterloo

June 27, 2011

It takes some political derring-do to launch a presidential campaign from a town named Waterloo.

Washington Extra – In abeyance

June 23, 2011

Some say impasse, some say abeyance.

But whatever they call it, debt negotiations between Vice President Joe Biden and lawmakers hit a brick wall.