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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, […]

Republicans gain while Democrats slip

Republicans gain while Democrats slip

Republicans are on offense in scores of House and Senate races as persistent economic woes and lukewarm support for President Barack Obama continue to weaken Democrats’ hold on Congress. The president and his party are determined to minimize the losses six months before the November elections. But Democrats privately acknowledge the economy and support for […]

Obama wants new restrictions on campaign finance

Obama wants new restrictions on campaign finance

President Barack Obama on Saturday pressed Congress for swift action on measures to restrict political advertising by corporations and labor unions, saying that “no less than the integrity of our democracy” is at stake. Legislation introduced in Congress this week would require that corporations and unions identify themselves in political ads they pay for and […]

Second thoughts on the Presidency of George W. Bush

Second thoughts on the Presidency of George W. Bush

Once considered by some as the worst President of modern times, former President George W. Bush’s legacy may be ready for rehab. While the current administration of Barack Obama seldom misses an opportunity to trash Bush and blame the former President for problems that persist, history may be ready to re-judge some of Bush’s actions […]