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With Rahm gone, a change in tone at 1600 Pennsylvania

With Rahm gone, a change in tone at 1600 Pennsylvania

Reshaping the tone and tenor of the White House, President Barack Obama on Friday replaced the colorful and caustic Rahm Emanuel with the private Pete Rouse as his chief of staff, shifting to a new phase of his presidency with a drastically different aide as trusted gatekeeper. Emanuel’s decision to quit the White House and […]

Bye bye Rahm Emanuel, hello Pete Rouse

Bye bye Rahm Emanuel, hello Pete Rouse

President Barack Obama is making official what has been clear for days: Rahm Emanuel, the relentless enforcer of his agenda as White House chief of staff, is resigning. The job Emanuel wants now is mayor of Chicago, where his next fierce political fight awaits. What Emanuel leaves behind is more than a staff job. It […]

Boehner: House is ‘broken’

Boehner: House is ‘broken’

The top Republican in the House of Representatives proposed on Thursday that lawmakers be forced to cut federal spending to offset the cost of any new program. Taking a swipe at fellow Republicans as well as Democrats, John Boehner said “this institution is broken” and earned its reputation for “fiscal recklessness.” Boehner, in line to […]

And they’re off! Gridlocked Congress leaves town

And they’re off! Gridlocked Congress leaves town

Battle-weary members of Congress are coming soon to neighborhoods near you to press for re-election, more eager to campaign before angry constituents than compromise in Washington on tax cuts, child nutrition or a federal budget. Majority Democrats facing tough re-election fights rebelled in both chambers Wednesday against their leaders’ decisions to call off controversial votes, […]

End of TARP leaves small banks scrambling to repay

End of TARP leaves small banks scrambling to repay

The U.S. government’s $700 billion bailout of the financial system has become a form of long-standing aid for many of the nation’s small and regional banks, even as the program officially expires on Sunday. The banks are eager to repay the taxpayer money, but the meek economic recovery has gotten in the way. Analysts and […]

Pelosi, Democrats failed to deliver on ethics promises

Pelosi, Democrats failed to deliver on ethics promises

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi promised four years ago that Democrats would lead “the most honest, most open, most ethical Congress in history.” But as her party defends its record with its majority in jeopardy, two prominent Democrats await ethics trials. Two other party members gave Congressional Black Caucus Foundation scholarships to relatives. Most importantly, lobbyists, […]

Obama to Democrats: Stop bitching and get to work

Obama to Democrats: Stop bitching and get to work

Buck up. Stop whining. And get to work. Clearly frustrated by Republicans‘ energy — and his own party’s lack of enthusiasm — President Barack Obama scolded fellow Democrats even as he rallied them Tuesday in an effort to save the party from big GOP gains in the crucial midterm elections. In the final month of […]

Republicans swamp Democrats with campaign ads

Republicans swamp Democrats with campaign ads

In one way at least, the fight for control of Congress is grossly one-sided. Just five weeks from midterm elections, groups allied with the Republican Party and financed in part by corporations and millionaires have amassed a crushing 6-1 advantage in television spending, and now are dominating the airwaves in closely contested districts and states […]

Obama administration blew public’s trust on oil spill

Obama administration blew public’s trust on oil spill

The Obama administration’s repeated low estimates of the huge BP oil spill undermined public confidence in the government’s entire cleanup effort, leaders of a White House-appointed commission declared at an investigatory hearing Monday. One likened the mistakes to Custer’s disastrous decisions at Little Big Horn. Federal officials botched the government’s response, a local official and […]

Well doh! Oil spill leaves people depressed

Well doh! Oil spill leaves people depressed

Before the BP oil spill, the Gulf Coast was a place of abundant shrimping, tourist-filled beaches and a happy if humble lifestyle. Now, it’s home to depression, worry and sadness for many. A Gallup survey released Tuesday of almost 2,600 coastal residents showed that depression cases are up more than 25 percent since an explosion […]