Barack Obama

Did Obama manage to salvage a bad year?

Did Obama manage to salvage a bad year?

From the wreckage of the mid-term elections, US President Barack Obama, preaching pragmatism and bi-partisanship, is engineering a political rebound and reinvigorating his administration. Yet there are signs that the rare moment of compromise that drove a massive 858-billion dollar, economy-boosting, tax cut bill through Congress may be fleeting, with next year’s battle with Republicans […]

Eric Cantor, other Republicans: Major hypocrites when it comes to spending

Eric Cantor, other Republicans: Major hypocrites when it comes to spending

For a guy who insists that federal bureaucrats make too much money, incoming House Majority Leader Eric Cantor sure doesn’t mind handing out handsome government raises of his own. Cantor, the Virginia Republican who has led the GOP charge this year to freeze federal salaries, has boosted his congressional office’s payroll by 81 percent since […]

McConnell: We don’t need no stinkin’ Russian nuclear treaty

McConnell: We don’t need no stinkin’ Russian nuclear treaty

The Senate’s Republican leader said Sunday he would oppose a nuclear arms treaty with Russia, damaging prospects for President Barack Obama‘s foreign policy priority in the final days of the postelection Congress. Top Democrats still expressed confidence the Senate would ratify the accord by year’s end. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., criticized the treaty’s verification […]

Economic stimulus sets the stage for next year’s big fight

Economic stimulus sets the stage for next year’s big fight

In the year-end tax debate of 2010, President Barack Obama got the economic stimulus he sought while Democrats in Congress settled for picking a political fight. Far more quietly, Republicans pocketed a two-year extension of George W. Bush-era tax cuts at all income levels and a sweetened estate tax to go with it, without having […]

‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ is history after historic vote

‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ is history after historic vote

In a historic vote for gay rights, the Senate agreed on Saturday to do away with the military’s 17-year ban on openly gay troops and sent President Barack Obama legislation to overturn the Clinton-era policy known as “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Obama was expected to sign the bill into law next week, although changes to […]

Republcans end year with scrooge move on immigration

Republcans end year with scrooge move on immigration

Senate Republicans on Saturday doomed an effort that would have given hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants a path to legal status if they enrolled in college or joined the military. Sponsors of the Dream Act fell five votes short of the 60 they needed to break through largely GOP opposition and win its […]

Congress pontificated against earmarks, then then packed bill with pork

Congress pontificated against earmarks, then then packed bill with pork

More than two dozen senators — most of them Republicans — put hundreds of homestate projects in the $1.3 trillion bill to fund the federal government even though they recently voted to ban so-called earmarks. The effort to pass the 1,924-page bill collapsed Thursday night after complaints by conservatives over its complexity and size and […]

Next up: ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’

Next up: ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’

The Senate was headed toward a landmark vote Saturday on legislation that would let gays serve openly in the military, testing waning opposition among Republicans and putting Democrats within striking distance of overturning “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Passage would be a historic victory for President Barack Obama, who made repeal of the 17-year-old law a […]

Weiner raps Obama on tax deal

Weiner raps Obama on tax deal

A prominent Democratic opponent of the tax cut package passed by Congress says Republicans got the better of President Barack Obama in the negotiations to reach agreement on the $858 billion deal. Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner of New York says Republicans turned out to be “better poker players” than the president. He told CBS‘ Early […]

Congress goes into urgent mode; rushes to make it come for the holidays

Congress goes into urgent mode; rushes to make it come for the holidays

Rushing to finish by Christmas, congressional Democrats worked Friday to secure Senate ratification of a new arms control treaty and to end the military’s ban on openly gay service members as they neared the end of two tumultuous years of single-party government. Legislation to keep the federal government running until mid- to late February was […]