Tales from the Trail

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.

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.

Washington Extra – Fighting words

June 22, 2011

When President Barack Obama announced the 30,000 U.S. troop surge for Afghanistan in December 2009, he said: “It must be clear that Afghans will have to take responsibility for their security, and that America has no interest in fighting an endless war in Afghanistan.”

Washington Extra – Long day

June 21, 2011

The longest day of the year probably seemed even longer for some.

Jon Huntsman started the day in New Jersey to formally throw his hat into the ring against the picturesque backdrop of the Statue of Liberty. Here’s the thing about backdrops and TV… Huntsman made it into every shot, but not Lady Liberty. And then he was off to New Hampshire for a rally.

Washington Extra – Not enough

June 20, 2011

The word is not enough. That was the message from the United States to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad who pledged reforms in a speech at Damascus University.

Washington Extra – Tee party

June 17, 2011

President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner get to flex their golfing skills tomorrow and we’re guessing there’s plenty of pre-game strategizing going on.

Washington Extra – Fall and rise

June 16, 2011

That’s not hot air emanating from the Capitol today, it’s the huge sigh of relief from the Democratic leadership that Congressman Anthony Weiner decided to resign.