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House energy turf war loses steam

LaTourette: Hastings’ grab to control energy is “like John Belushi in ‘Animal House’.” Read more……

Gates says Afghanistan strategy on right track

KABUL (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Wednesday he was convinced the war in Afghanistan was on the right track as he toured the country to assess Washington’s…

Capehart: Love Obama’s smack at the ‘sanctimonious’ left

As someone who frequently catches more hell from liberal Democrats than from conservative Republicans, I am completely sympathetic to President Obama’s exasperation at the “sanctimonious” folks in his party who…

Kyl: No time left for START

He says the session won’t be able to consider it. Read more……

Diehl: Obama’s double-or-nothing moment in the Middle East

The latest collapse of the Middle East peace process has underlined a reality that the Obama administration has resisted since it took office — that neither the current Israeli government…

Gibbs joins tax cut Twitter banter

The press secretary takes a good-natured ribbing about sharing too many endorsements. Read more……

The Caucus: Biden Tries, Again, to Sell Tax Compromise to Hill Democrats

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. returns to Capitol Hill to quell the uproar among liberals about the tax deal with Republicans. Read more……

The Caucus: Key Vote Near on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Senator Mark Pryor now says he will support efforts to bring Pentagon measure to the floor. Read more……

Economic Scene: In Tax Plan, a Boost for Jobs

Despite anger from Congressional Democrats, President Obama’s tax plan is intended to help short-term job creation. Read more……

EPA punts on smog rule

It is the second controversial air pollution rule the agency has passed on in the past two days. Read more……