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Democrats block GOP effort to kill consumer protections

Democrats block GOP effort to kill consumer protections

The Senate on Thursday rejected a Republican attempt to defang consumer protections in a sweeping Wall Street reform bill, while voting to give small banks a break on deposit insurance. Despite procedural delays, lawmakers covered some ground on a top priority of the Obama administration that would be the biggest overhaul of the financial rulebook […]

Arizona governor says ‘nada’ to delaying immigration law

Arizona governor says ‘nada’ to delaying immigration law

A prominent Senate Democrat asked Republican Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to put off her state’s controversial immigration law to give Congress a chance to act. Scant time passed before Brewer’s answer came back: No. The request by Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York was a long shot for getting a stalled Senate immigration initiative moving […]

David Obey calling it quits

David Obey calling it quits

In a major blow to President Barack Obama’s Democratic allies in the US Congress, one of their top leaders in the House announced Wednesday he will not seek reelection in November. Representative David Obey of Wisconsin, powerful chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, had faced a battle for a new term amid deep voter anger […]

Some agreement on Wall Street reform

Some agreement on Wall Street reform

Key senators reached a partial agreement on Wall Street reform on Tuesday, but disputes over some issues continued, and the Senate adjourned without casting votes on amendments as planned. The chief Democratic and Republican negotiators agreed on a new government protocol for dismantling financial giants in distress. Their pact briefly stirred hopes among lawmakers that […]

White House lied about oil spill response

White House lied about oil spill response

To hear Obama administration officials tell it, they’ve been fully engaged on the Gulf Coast oil spill since Day One, bringing every resource to bear and able to ensure without question that taxpayers will be protected. Not quite. Take President Barack Obama‘s repeated claims that BP will be responsible for all the costs associated with […]

Addicted to politics

Addicted to politics

Ever so often, I think seriously about walking away from writing or caring about politics. I wrote my first political story in high school 47 years ago  while working for the weekly newspaper in my home town. I’ve written about every President from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama. When I took a break from […]

Obama defends response on oil spill

Obama defends response on oil spill

Authorities raced Monday to stem the tide of a disastrous oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico a day after President Barack Obama fiercely defended his response and promised federal help for as long as needed. In drizzling rain and gusty winds in front of Venice harbor, the hub of the relief effort, Obama on […]

Internal strife shapes GOP policies

Internal strife shapes GOP policies

Internal GOP politics are profoundly affecting major policies such as immigration, health care and deficit spending, as elected Republicans shift right to fend off challengers in primary elections. The moves may leave a lasting imprint on society long after flashy political events, such as Florida Gov. Charlie Crist’s decision to abandon the GOP in hopes […]

Dems to Obama: Lay off the Washington bashing

Dems to Obama: Lay off the Washington bashing

President Barack Obama’s Washington-bashing could boomerang on his party in Congress if he’s not careful, House Democratic leaders have warned White House senior adviser David Axelrod. The fear — raised by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, campaign chief Chris Van Hollen and Majority Whip Jim Clyburn in a closed-door meeting Thursday — is that Democrats have more […]

Car bomb found in Times Square

Car bomb found in Times Square

Police found an “amateurish” but potentially powerful bomb that apparently began to detonate but did not explode in a smoking sport utility vehicle in Times Square, authorities said Sunday. Thousands of tourists were cleared from the streets for 10 hours after a T-shirt vendor alerted police to the suspicious vehicle, which contained three propane tanks, […]