Reform? New Congress members learn to use pork

Reform? New Congress members learn to use pork

Didn’t take long for the new wave of so-called reformers swept into Congress in the 2010 elections to learn how to play the Washington game of piling on the pork. West Virginia Republican freshman Rep. David McKinley, one of those who campaigned on tea party themes of cutting spending and ending waste, needed only three […]

The teapot boils over: Americans pissed about Medicare cuts

The teapot boils over: Americans pissed about Medicare cuts

In a poll that tea party extremists should read, a clear majority of Americans clearly oppose the drastic deficit reductions proposal of Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan and his fellow right-wingers in Congress. The new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds most Americans want Medicare left alone and oppose cuts in Medicaid and defense. The only thing […]

Philandering John Ensign resigns from Senate

Philandering John Ensign resigns from Senate

Nevada Republican Sen. John Ensign becomes the latest ethics-challenged member of Congress to throw in the towel.   Ensign, dogged by admissions of nailing a female member of his staff and other ethics questions, will submit his letter of resignation Friday and leave office on May 3. The Senate Ethics Committee named a special counsel […]

Can Obama recapture his magic or is it too late?

Can Obama recapture his magic or is it too late?

President Barack Obama, trying to explain away his many compromises that neutralized his promises of change during his first term as President, sounded a 2012 campaign theme Wednesday that appears to tell voters that things will get worse, not better.   With polls showing eroding support from the independents that gave him victory in 2008 […]

GOP scrambles for distrance from birthers

GOP scrambles for distrance from birthers

Republican Party leaders want nothing to do with the often-discredited “birther” movement and are scrambling to distance themselves from the fringe elements that continue to question the birthright of President Barack Obama. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer stood up to the birthers in her own state this week by vetoing a bill that would have demanded […]

Republicans willing to destroy U.S. credit over debt limit

Republicans willing to destroy U.S. credit over debt limit

House Republicans appear more than willing to destroy the “full faith and credit” rating of the United States to force their demands for massive spending cuts and budget reforms on Democrats and President Barack Obama.   House Majority Leader made that clear Wednesday when he laid down the gauntlet to Democrats:  No debt limit increase […]

Rep. Paul Ryan booed at town hall meeting

Rep. Paul Ryan booed at town hall meeting

Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan, architect of the GOP budget that preserves tax breaks for the wealthy and phases out Medicare, took his message to a series of town hall meetings in his Congressional district this week. He didn’t play well. Ryan was booed at a town hall meeting in Milton when a constituent questioned […]

Romney tops new poll of GOP Presidential wannabes

Romney tops new poll of GOP Presidential wannabes

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney tops a new poll of potential GOP challengers for President, followed by Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas.   And Romney is in a statistical dead heat with President Barack Obama.  A McClatchy-Marist poll shows Obama at 46 percent and Romney at 45 percent.  Obama holds a five point lead […]

Rand Paul files for re-election…in 2016

Rand Paul files for re-election…in 2016

Freshman Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is filing for re-election — five years before his six-year term expires in 2016. The son of Texas Congressman Ron Paul — a twice-failed Presidential contender — the younger Paul is also flirting with the idea of a Presidential run. Paul beat the Kentucky GOP establishment in the 2010 election, […]

BP lays a lot of cash on House Republicans

BP lays a lot of cash on House Republicans

Oil mega-giant British Petroleum knows that if it wants to keep polluting the Gulf of Mexico it will need support from the Republicans in Congress. So that’s where the oil company is spending its money. Federal Election Commission reports show BP is maxing out contributions to top GOP leaders of the House. House Speaker John […]