Barack Obama

Don’t ask, don’t tell repealed by House again

Don’t ask, don’t tell repealed by House again

For the second time this year the House voted to dismantle the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, giving the Senate a final shot in the waning days of this Congress at changing a law requiring thousands of uniformed gays to hide their sexual identity. The strong 250-175 House vote Wednesday propels the issue to […]

Senate passes tax bill; Now it’s up to the House

Senate passes tax bill; Now it’s up to the House

The Senate Wednesday overwhelmingly passed a sweeping tax package that would save millions of Americans thousands of dollars in higher taxes while also reducing their Social Security taxes and extending jobless benefits. President Barack Obama swiftly urged the House to pass the $858 billion bill without changes, a slap at Democratic liberals eager to toughen […]

Senate ready to pass Obama-GOP tax package

Senate ready to pass Obama-GOP tax package

The Senate is moving to pass a package that would spare taxpayers at every income level from a significant tax increase on Jan. 1. The package will then go to the House, where Democrats are fuming over extended tax breaks for the wealthy that President Barack Obama negotiated with Senate Republicans. House Democrats are considering […]

Birther soldier cops a plea

Birther soldier cops a plea

An Army doctor who disobeyed orders to deploy to Afghanistan because he questioned President Barack Obama‘s eligibility for office pleaded guilty Tuesday to one of two charges against him. Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin of Greeley, Colo., pleaded guilty in a military court to a charge that included disobeying orders to meet with a superior and […]

Question for Rahm: Are you really a resdident from the Windy City?

Question for Rahm: Are you really a resdident from the Windy City?

Rahm Emanuel, who left a powerful job with President Barack Obama at the White House to move back to Chicago and run for mayor, endured hours of questioning on Tuesday from everyone from attorneys to a woman named Queen Sister — all intent on keeping his name off the ballot. Testifying before a Chicago election […]

Dems mull changes while GOP grumbles

Dems mull changes while GOP grumbles

House Democrats considered changes in legislation to avoid a Jan. 1 jump in income taxes on Tuesday, despite a warning from Republicans that the bill’s passage could be endangered as a result. “This agreement is not subject to being reopened,” said Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. “In other words, we have an understanding.” […]

And the house Democrats just keep on bitching

And the house Democrats just keep on bitching

The struggle over tax cuts is seriously straining President Barack Obama‘s relationship with House Democrats, who have backed him on key issues even when it cost them politically. Expressing hurt and bewilderment, Democratic lawmakers say Obama ignored them at crucial negotiating moments, misled them about his intentions and made needless concessions to Republicans. The president […]

Obama’s embattled health care plan: Is there a doctor in the house?

Obama’s embattled health care plan: Is there a doctor in the house?

The scorecard on the legal fight over President Barack Obama‘s health care overhaul is two judges in favor and one against. But these are the early rounds in preliminary bouts. The one that really counts — a showdown at the Supreme Court — is at least a year away. The health care law suffered its […]

Tax cut pill a bitter one for Democrats to swallow

Tax cut pill a bitter one for Democrats to swallow

The struggle over tax cuts is seriously straining President Barack Obama’s relationship with House Democrats, who have backed him on key issues even when it cost them politically. Expressing hurt and bewilderment, Democratic lawmakers say Obama ignored them at crucial negotiating moments, misled them about his intentions and made needless concessions to Republicans. The president […]

Partisanship or cooperation? Damn good question

Partisanship or cooperation? Damn good question

For an early idea of how the Democratic White House and emboldened House Republicans will get along next year, keep an eye on Vice President Joe Biden and California congressman Darrell Issa. Biden, the administration’s point man touting the economic stimulus, and Issa, the GOP‘s top House investigator who called White House claims of the […]