Barack Obama

Will Bill Clinton become Obama’s salvation?

Will Bill Clinton become Obama’s salvation?

In 1994, a chastened President Bill Clinton overcame the loss of Democratic control of Congress by turning the extremes of the Republican Party on itself — demonizing both the House and Senate. What made the turnaround even more astounding was his public pronouncement after the mid-term elections that this was exactly planned to do. Clinton’s […]

Republican chaos could help Obama

Republican chaos could help Obama

The great wall of GOP resistance, the Berlin wall of modern Washington politics, is already crumbling and threatening to the GOP takeover of the House and the gains in the Senate into just the sort of chaos that led to the Republican downfalls after the 1994 midterm elections. Besides multiple losses to President Barack Obama […]

Joe Biden predicts gay marriage will win acceptance

Joe Biden predicts gay marriage will win acceptance

Vice President Joe Biden is predicting that the evolution in thinking that will permit gays to soon serve openly in the military eventually will bring about a national consensus for same-sex marriage. Changes in attitudes by military leaders, those in the service and the public allowed the repeal by Congress of the “don’t ask, don’t […]

Did lame duck session breathe new life into a lackluster Congress?

Did lame duck session breathe new life into a lackluster Congress?

In the middle of a House debate, Democratic Rep. John Yarmuth of Kentucky handed the woman in charge of the rules a paper bag. Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., peered inside, saw the bottle of Maker’s Mark bourbon and laughed. Indeed, a shot of something strong might help make sense of a prolific Congress that seemed […]

Health care celebration? Celebrate what?

Health care celebration?  Celebrate what?

It was the ultimate Christmas Eve present for Barack Obama. Around 7 a.m. one year ago today, every Democratic senator in office – 60 in all – voted in favor of enacting comprehensive health care reform. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had leveraged the threat of spending Christmas in the Capitol to force even reticent […]

Emanuel cleared to run for Chicago mayor

Emanuel cleared to run for Chicago mayor

Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel cleared an important hurdle in his bid to be Chicago mayor early Thursday when a hearing officer recommended his name appear on the February ballot, even though Emanuel spent much of the last two years living in Washington working for President Barack Obama. The ruling, which still […]

Can Obama’s political rebound last?

Can Obama’s political rebound last?

President Barack Obama, whose first two years were marked by staunchly partisan votes on his signature initiatives, finds himself at a crossroads. In the seven weeks since the election, Obama negotiated with Republican leaders on taxes and left angry liberals on the sidelines. On a major nuclear treaty with Russia, he sidelined GOP Senate leaders […]

Ousted gays hope to return to military service

Ousted gays hope to return to military service

Joseph Rocha reported being cruelly hazed by Navy colleagues. Katherine Miller resigned from West Point halfway through, weary of concealing her sexual orientation. David Hall was outed by a fellow Air Force cadet and booted from the career he loved. The exits from military service were wrenching consequences of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” the policy […]

How did a lame duck Congress become the Energizer Bunny?

How did a lame duck Congress become the Energizer Bunny?

This is the story of a “lame duck” Congress that wasn’t. Shaken by a historic election in which angry voters canceled Democratic control of the House, lawmakers of both parties and President Barack Obama tried something new: They consulted each other. They cooperated. And finally, they compromised. From tax cuts to a nuclear arms treaty […]

Obama signs end to ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

Obama signs end to ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

President Barack Obama signed a new law Wednesday that will allow gays for the first time in history to serve openly in America‘s military. And he urged those kicked out under the old law to re-enlist. Framing the issue as a matter of civil rights long denied, Obama said that “we are a nation that […]