Tales from the Trail

Washington Extra – Making nice (or not)

December 15, 2010

It was President Obama’s day for showing the business community he cares. He invited CEOs to Blair House across the street from the White House to discuss ideas for creating jobs and revving up the economy.

Seneca Nation has message for Obama on taxes

December 14, 2010

Robert Porter, president of the Seneca Nation tribe of Native Americans in western New York state, has a message for President Obama.

Washington Extra – Question of Constitution

December 13, 2010

Constitutional or unconstitutional? That is the question the U.S. Supreme Court eventually may get to decide on President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare law.

Obama spared bedroom banishment by signing hungry kids law

December 13, 2010

President Barack Obama escaped banishment from the marital bedroom by signing the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 on Monday, and delivering on an issue that his wife has fought hard to advance.

White House podium turns time machine for Bill Clinton redux

December 11, 2010

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Bill Clinton took the White House press corps on an unexpected journey back in time on Friday afternoon with an impromptu trip to the briefing room podium, where he held forth for half an hour, obviously loving every minute.

Information-sharing guru becomes chief leak plugger

December 2, 2010

The U.S. government’s man in charge of efforts to plug future WikiLeaks-style mega-dumps of government secrets is a veteran intelligence officer who previously spent years trying to figure out how government agencies could more widely share sensitive information.

Washington Extra – Pirate justice

December 1, 2010

The U.S. government would surely love to get its revenge on Julian Assange, and the Justice Department says a criminal investigation has already begun. But specialists in espionage law tell us that peculiarities of American law make it virtually impossible to bring a successful case against Assange, even if he were to set foot on U.S. soil. Evidence would be needed that defendants were in contact with representatives of a foreign power and intended to provide them with secrets, evidence that has not yet surfaced. SWITZERLAND/

Can Obama launch “peace talks” with Republicans at Camp David?

November 30, 2010

Camp David may be getting ready for another round of peace talks – of the domestic variety.

Washington Extra – Stood up

November 17, 2010

Welcome to the new bipartisan Washington, where Obama and the Republicans are not only at odds over tax cuts, they can’t even agree when to have dinner. OBAMA/

Jindal’s not running for president, but…

November 15, 2010

LOUISIANA GOVERNORS ELECTIONFirst, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal says he isn’t running for president. Then out comes his prescription for righting the national economy.