Gulf Coasters aren’t buying Obama’s side show

Gulf Coasters aren’t buying Obama’s side show

President Barack Obama promised that life would return to normal for people living on the stricken Gulf Coast, and BP said by the end of the month it would contain more than three times as much oil spewing from a ruptured undersea well. The pledges didn’t placate some residents. “I think that as long as […]

BP cut corners, cost on doomed ‘nightmare well’

BP cut corners, cost on doomed ‘nightmare well’

BP took measures to cut costs in the weeks before the catastrophic blowout in the Gulf of Mexico as it dealt with one problem after another, prompting a BP engineer to describe the doomed rig as a “nightmare well,” according to internal documents released Monday. The comment by BP engineer Brian Morel came in an […]

Rand Paul goes after the gun vote

Rand Paul goes after the gun vote

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul reached out to gun advocates on Saturday, trying to shore up support from a major voting bloc in Kentucky also being courted by his Democratic opponent. The Bowling Green eye doctor whose campaign Web site sports footage of him blasting away with an automatic rifle signed autographs and glad-handed […]

Financial reform: The lobbyists move in

Financial reform: The lobbyists move in

Congress’ final tinkering with Wall Street overhaul this month offers lobbyists a last-ditch shot to reshape the package on behalf of clients with billions at stake. Even as the legislation gets tougher on banks by the week, agents of influence are hardly strangers on Capitol Hill. Many once worked for the lawmakers they’re lobbying. Rep. […]

‘None of the above’ gaining ground on Harry Reid

‘None of the above’ gaining ground on Harry Reid

Harry Reid faces one wild-card factor in November’s election: None of the above. Nearly 11 percent of voters in Nevada’s Democratic primary last week chose “none” over Reid, reflecting a sense of frustration within his own party over the Senate majority leader’s performance. The 12,335 Democrats who voted for “none of these candidates” — a […]

Obama, GOP in pissing contest over Medicare pay for docs

Obama, GOP in pissing contest over Medicare pay for docs

President Barack Obama is asking Republican lawmakers to approve billions of dollars in new spending to avert a scheduled 21 percent cut in payments to doctors who treat Medicare patients. If GOP senators don’t allow the stalled proposal to pass, some doctors will stop treating Medicare recipients, Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet […]

Obama may strike out on health benefits extension

Obama may strike out on health benefits extension

If Chuck Lacasse had gotten his pink slip four days earlier, Uncle Sam would have covered most of his family’s health insurance while he looked for a new job. But Congress allowed emergency health care assistance for unemployed workers to expire May 31, and seems unwilling to renew it despite pleas from President Barack Obama. […]

Another comeback for Bill Clinton

Another comeback for Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton’s back. The former two-term president may have finally found a role in Obama world after struggling to fit in after the caustic Democratic presidential campaign that sullied his reputation. Clinton is heading up special projects for Haiti and outreach to North Korea for the White House. He was the closer in rural Pennsylvania […]

Primaries showcase fall political themes

Primaries showcase fall political themes

The subplots abounded Tuesday night: Antipathy toward elected officials and the establishment. The power of special interests. Tests of party purity. The tea party. The quixotic fight against hyper-partisanship. Each of these narratives, any one of them a powerful story line on its own, came together on the busiest day of the primary season, a […]