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Obama gets rock star treatment on Hill

Sen. Barack Obama got a front-runner's welcome back at the Capitol Thursday, pressing congressional "superdelegates" to support him in a visit that had the look and feel of a campaign…

Going to war over war bill

Congressional Democrats are heading toward another confrontation with President Bush and this time they're hoping they might finally win one. Don't bet on it. …

Putting president ahead of people

As House Republicans push for a vote on the Senate's revision of the Protect America Act, one key point has been lost in the debate: The Senate version of the…

Born to be ambiguous

Constitutional scholars spend countless hours trying to decipher the meaning of a 221-year-old document written by men who, while demonstrably among the more advanced political thinkers of their day,…

The down on the farm bill

When President Bush took office, one of his early orders of business was the 2002 renewal of the farm bill. He had idealistic plans to slash taxpayer farm subsidies…

McCain is for sale, just like the rest

Arizona Sen. John McCain, the presumptive GOP candidate for Presidents, portrays himself as a "straight talker" who avoids back room,deal making politics. In truth, McCain is just another politician on the…

Curse of the midnight earmark

A principle as old as Congress is that once a bill is passed it is final. There are no do-overs or changes unless the full Congress votes them in…

Petraeus meets his next boss

Gen. David Petraeus, meet your next commander in chief. The top commander in Iraq found himself in the middle of presidential politics Tuesday — literally — as he was questioned by…

So much for reform from Democrats

Last fall, the newly ascendant congressional Democrats promised a thorough reform of earmarks or, failing that, a one-year moratorium on them. That was then and this is now, and…

Story behind the story: The Clinton myth

Her campaign rests on a game of make-believe. See also: Can HRC win popular vote, superdelegates?