Longshots hit political road in Iowa

Longshots hit political road in Iowa

Soft laughter rippled through the audience in an Iowa church meeting room when a woman punctuated her question to the keynote speaker, Bernie Sanders, with, “when you’re president.” The reaction was a gentle acknowledgment that the Vermont senator, whose self-described socialist positions appeal to the hardest-core liberals, is a long shot for the Oval Office. […]

Sanders sets March for decision on Presidential run

Sanders sets March for decision on Presidential run

Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders says he’ll decide by March whether to launch a 2016 presidential campaign and, if so, whether he’ll seek the Democratic nomination. Either way, Sanders says he wouldn’t run just to nudge the debate to the left. “I don’t want to do it unless I can do it well,” he told […]

Showdown vote on vets benefits coming in Senate

"The American people don't want to see serious legislation sabotaged because of political partisanship"

Showdown vote on vets benefits coming in Senate

A Democratic bill enhancing health care, education and job-training benefits for veterans faces an uphill climb as the Senate approaches a showdown vote on the $21 billion legislation. Both political parties generally favor helping the nation’s 22 million veterans and their families, especially in a congressional election year. But Republicans consider the wide-ranging legislation too […]

Vets benefits bill expected to win initial Senate approval

"There's a lot of need in the veterans community"

Vets benefits bill expected to win initial Senate approval

A sprawling Democratic bill expanding health, education and other benefits for veterans seems ready to clear an initial hurdle in the Senate. Yet the election-year measure faces an uncertain fate as Republicans try to make it smaller and find ways to pay for it. The legislation, which sponsor Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., says would cost […]

Lots of talk about deficit reduction but little action

Liberals’ loud objections to White House proposals for slowing the growth of huge social programs make it clear that neither political party puts a high priority on reducing the deficit, despite much talk to the contrary. For years, House Republicans have adamantly refused to raise income taxes, even though U.S. taxes are historically low, and […]

Bernie Sanders uses shootings to raise campaign funds

Bernie Sanders uses shootings to raise campaign funds

An independent U.S. senator from Vermont drew criticism Tuesday from Republicans for citing this past weekend’s shootings in Arizona in a fundraising letter for his 2012 re-election campaign. The e-mail that Sen. Bernie Sanders sent Tuesday begins by mentioning the shooting spree in Tucson that killed six people and left Democratic U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords […]

Obama’s tax bill turns into a Christmas tree

Obama’s tax bill turns into a Christmas tree

‘ Tis the season and President Barack Obama‘s controversial grab bag of tax cuts, unemployment benefits and other goodies is turning into a typical “Christmas tree” legislation that packs a log of gifts for lawmakers in exchange for help. But the question remains over whether even packing the bill with lard, and bringing in former […]

Obama still predicting victory on tax compromise

Obama still predicting victory on tax compromise

President Barack Obama is predicting congressional approval of the tax-cutting compromise he has reached with Republican leaders, but he’s not ruling out that unhappy Democrats will make some changes in the mammoth legislation. In an interview with NPR released Friday, Obama said that despite a rebellion by many Democrats against his tax deal, it will […]