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Saying goodbye to Bob Byrd

Saying goodbye to Bob Byrd

Craning their necks and clapping to Appalachian music, West Virginians bid farewell Friday to Robert C. Byrd, their beloved senator who rose from childhood poverty in a coal mining town to become the nation’s longest-serving member of Congress. President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, former President Bill Clinton and other dignitaries watched as Byrd’s […]

Kagan sailing towards nomination

Kagan sailing towards nomination

Elena Kagan is speeding toward confirmation as the 112th Supreme Court justice, with Republicans showing little appetite for a long-shot filibuster attempt after sparring with her over abortion, gays in the military and other divisive issues. “Solicitor General Kagan will be confirmed,” Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., confidently predicted as the Senate Judiciary Committee wrapped up […]

White House budget chief quitting

White House budget chief quitting

White House Budget Director Peter Orszag’s expected resignation would make him the first high-profile member of President Barack Obama’s team to depart the administration. A Democratic official said Monday that Orszag is expected to leave in the coming months, although the exact timing is not known. The official confirmed the news to The Associated Press […]

Another comeback for Bill Clinton

Another comeback for Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton’s back. The former two-term president may have finally found a role in Obama world after struggling to fit in after the caustic Democratic presidential campaign that sullied his reputation. Clinton is heading up special projects for Haiti and outreach to North Korea for the White House. He was the closer in rural Pennsylvania […]

Primaries showcase fall political themes

Primaries showcase fall political themes

The subplots abounded Tuesday night: Antipathy toward elected officials and the establishment. The power of special interests. Tests of party purity. The tea party. The quixotic fight against hyper-partisanship. Each of these narratives, any one of them a powerful story line on its own, came together on the busiest day of the primary season, a […]

Lincoln uses Clinton, anti-union message to survive

Lincoln uses Clinton, anti-union message to survive

Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln survived a bruising Democratic runoff thanks to former President Bill Clinton’s starpower and her argument that labor unions were trying to interfere in state politics. In winning the Senate primary Tuesday, Lincoln overcame a flood of outside money from labor unions and liberal groups that had backed Lt. Gov. Bill Halter’s […]

The Obama White House: ‘Let’s make a deal’

The Obama White House: ‘Let’s make a deal’

The White House faced fresh questions over back-room dealmaking after a Colorado Democrat acknowledged he had been encouraged by one of President Barack Obama’s top advisers to apply for an international development job instead of challenging the candidate whom the president favored in a Senate race. The revelation again called into question repeated promises by […]

Al, Tipper Gore calling it quits after 40 years of marriage

Al, Tipper Gore calling it quits after 40 years of marriage

Former Vice President Al Gore and his wife, Tipper, are separating after 40 years of marriage that included a White House run when their sunny relationship offered a counterpoint to President Bill Clinton’s philandering. According to an e-mail circulated among the couple’s associates on Tuesday, the Gores said it was “a mutual and mutually supportive […]

Obama’s Memorial Day washout

Obama’s Memorial Day washout

Normally, on this Memorial Day weekend, I would have packed up the saddlebags and tour pack of my Harley and headed to Washington for the annual Rolling Thunder ride to the wall. But my mother’s deteriorating health eliminates overnight trips for the near term so I rode over to Bedford Monday to visit the National […]