Tales from the Trail

Washington Extra – Swallows and Democrats

October 25, 2010

In the words of Aristotle: “one swallow does not a summer make, nor one fine day; similarly one day or brief time of happiness does not make a person entirely happy.”

Washington Extra – Special Day

October 22, 2010

CHINA/Before heading off to enjoy your weekend, I would encourage you to take a look at Emily Kaiser’s special report on income inequality in the United States, and a growing body of opinion that links high levels of income inequality with financial crises.

Washington Extra – Take Five

October 21, 2010

Washington Extra is going to let our correspondents do the talking today. So instead of listening to my meanderings, check out these five stories:  SWITZERLAND/

Washington Extra – (Blue) dog days

October 20, 2010

In the immortal words of  Jonathan Swift (paraphrasing Erasmus and Hamlet) “Every dog must have his day.”

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”.

Washington Extra — Not in the mood for war

October 8, 2010

French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde said today she was not “in the mind or the mood for war”, describing it as “totally inadequate, inappropriate and unnecessary.” Phew.Global finance chiefs met over breakfast in Washington, just as the September employment report showed the U.S. economy was still shedding jobs and sent the dollar tumbling to a 15-year low against the yen. How about that to focus the mind.

Washington Extra – Deja vu all over again

October 6, 2010

The Justice Department has stepped into the fray today over reports that the country’s largest mortgage lenders may have evicted tens of thousands of borrowers from their homes with little or no scrutiny of their documents.  The lenders are accused of using “robo-signers” to approve foreclosures en masse, like GMAC official Jeffrey Stephan, who has testified to signing some 10,000 documents a month. USA/

Washington Extra – Building a better Haiti

October 1, 2010

Returning home from a fascinating week in Haiti today, and meetings with the prime minister, UN mission chief, aid workers, business leaders and middle class and poor Haitians. HAITI/

Washington Extra – Get out of town

September 29, 2010

Like schoolchildren gazing out the window on a sunny June day, Congress can’t wait for that final bell to ring. But lawmakers still need to hand in a final term paper before they can skip out the door. Instead, they’re asking the teacher for an extension. USA/

Washington Extra – Comfort Zone

September 27, 2010

President Barack Obama was jubilant at the bill signing for the small business lending legislation, but with just slightly more than a month to go before the election, voters appear consistently unmoved by White House attempts to lift the economy.