Rand Paul: GOP must consider cutting military budgets

Rand Paul: GOP must consider cutting military budgets

Republican Sen.-elect Rand Paul says GOP lawmakers must be open to cutting military spending as Congress tries to reduce government spending. The tea party favorite from Kentucky says compromise with Democrats over where to cut spending must include the military as well as social programs. Paul says all government spending must be “on the table.” […]

McConnell says banning pork ain’t that easy

McConnell says banning pork ain’t that easy

Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell says banning pork-barrel projects known as “earmarks” from congressional legislation is more complicated than it appears but that he is willing to consider such a ban. McConnell says that ending the common practice of slipping funding requests for home-state projects into legislation won’t cut spending. A ban on earmarks will […]

Pelosi’s decision: Hell no, she won’t go

Pelosi’s decision: Hell no, she won’t go

Despite widespread complaints about massive losses that will put Democrats in the minority, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday she will try to stay on as leader of her party in the House. The decision exposed a rift between Pelosi’s liberal allies and the dwindling number of moderate Democrats, who feel besieged and eager for substantive […]

GOP to Bachmann: Don’t call us, we’ll call you

GOP to Bachmann: Don’t call us, we’ll call you

Self-proclaimed tea party leader Michele Bachmann‘s bid for a top Republican post in the House received a cool reaction Thursday from Speaker-to-be John Boehner, an early test of how GOP leaders will treat the antiestablishment movement’s winners in Tuesday’s elections. “Constitutional conservatives deserve a loud and clear voice in leadership!” Bachmann, R-Minn., who founded the […]

Obama to both sides: Time to get to work

Obama to both sides: Time to get to work

President Barack Obama sought Thursday to retake the political initiative after a bruising election, inviting Republican and Democratic congressional leaders to meet with him on the economy and jobs. The White House said Obama would consider extending Bush-era tax cuts even for upper income Americans for a year or two. The Nov. 18 meeting will […]

Election may be over but divided government remains

Election may be over but divided government remains

Barely an hour after President Barack Obama invited congressional Republicans to post-election talks to work together on major issues, the Senate’s GOP leader had a blunt message: His party’s main goal is denying Obama re-election. In a sign that combat and the 2012 elections rather than compromise could mark the next two years, Sen. Mitch […]

Weak jobs report expected today

Weak jobs report expected today

Newly elected members of Congress will get a reminder Friday of the economic challenges they face in January: The jobs report for October is expected to show hiring weak and unemployment still high. The outlook for 2011 isn’t much better. Economists expect the Labor Department to report that employers added just 60,000 jobs in October, […]

White Southern Democrats: An endangered species

White Southern Democrats: An endangered species

The white Southern Democrat — endangered since the 1960s civil rights era — is sliding nearer to extinction. After this week’s elections, the Democratic Party barely holds a presence in the region outside of majority-black urban areas such as Atlanta and Memphis. The carnage for the party was particularly brutal in the Deep South, where […]

Two faces will represent a divided America

Two faces will represent a divided America

United on almost nothing, Barack Obama and John Boehner are the two faces of America’s divided government, the humbled president and the triumphant House leader. Both claim to speak for the people, yet they have had little to say to each other. This is the relationship that will drive everything. On first appearance, both men […]

Coalitions? We don’t need no stinkin’ coalitions

Coalitions? We don’t need no stinkin’ coalitions

President Barack Obama may have expressed humility over the “shellacking” he took in the midterm elections. But he and his fellow Democrats made it clear they still differ with Republicans on many key issues, and all the talk of a new spirit of compromise could prove tough to follow up on. Leaders of the two […]