Tales from the Trail

Boehner confident on getting budget deal, but admits it won’t be easy

March 16, 2011

House Speaker John Boehner, facing somewhat of a revolt in Republican ranks, says “it is not going to be easy” to craft and win passage of a bipartisan deal to cut spending and fund the government for the rest of this fiscal year.

Obama Bracketology — he picks Kansas, again!

March 16, 2011

They failed him once, but President Barack Obama is sure Kansas won’t fail him twice in a row in the NCAA Basketball  Championship.

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Ag committee chair says new faces mean new dynamic on Capitol Hill

March 16, 2011

They are new, enthusiastic and changing the environment on Capitol Hill.

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas says "do not underestimate the effect" of the large number of freshmen lawmakers on his committee, which will sit down to overhaul U.S. farm subsidies next year. USA/

Washington Extra – Fear factor

March 15, 2011

This was definitely an Ides of March to beware of.

NUCLEAR-USA/Japan faced a potential nuclear catastrophe after explosions at three reactors at a nuclear power plant sent radiation toward Tokyo. The fear factor sent shivers through world stock markets which tumbled.

U.S. government shutdown bad for courts, judges warn

March 15, 2011

Nearly all trials and other federal court proceedings might come to a halt if the U.S. government shuts down because Congress cannot agree on the budget, the federal judiciary’s policy-making body warned.

Bachmann is tops in GOP “intensity”

March 15, 2011

RTR2JTAS_Comp-150x150House Tea Party darling Michele Bachmann may not rate highly with Republican hierophants like George Will. But some Republicans seem to have an intense liking for her none the less, according to a new Gallup poll.

Washington Extra – Sticky situations

March 14, 2011

It is a natural instinct to review one’s own situation when a friend or neighbor is hit by a crisis.

Democratic congressman says he wants to make Obama ‘a better president’

March 14, 2011

Veteran Democratic Congressman John Conyers voiced some disappointment in President Barack Obama — and said he wants to help the leader of his party to do better. USA/

Will she? Won’t she? Still reading the tea leaves…

March 14, 2011

USA/Is Sarah Palin getting the kind of press that makes for viable presidential campaigns? Maybe not, and her critics appear to be increasingly of a conservative stripe.

How bad was Intelligence Czar’s Libya “gaffe”?

March 11, 2011

USA-INTELLIGENCE/The columnist Michael Kinsley once quipped that in Washington a “gaffe” is when a political notable accidentally tells the truth. Intelligence and national security officials are describing the latest controversial statements about Libya by National Intelligence Director James Clapper as that kind of “gaffe.”