A past in politics best left forgotten

I left politics as a drunk, a disillusioned man who learned far more than he needed or wanted to know about how government really works in America.

A past in politics best left forgotten

Politics is a sideshow, a carnival extravaganza with all its sleaze, mimicry and illusion.  I worked inside that world for half of the 23 years we spent in Washington, electing some candidates for the House, Senate and President; destroying others; selling snake oil to a willing populace and exercising far more control and influence in […]

Bi-partisan plans to revamp Medicare cost coverage

The proposal is also attracting powerful foes and its fate is not guaranteed.

Bi-partisan plans to revamp Medicare cost coverage

A budding bipartisan deal to shelter physicians from Medicare cuts, championed by the House’s two top leaders, is drawing powerful allies including the American Medical Association and a rainbow of conservative and liberal groups. House aides released an outline of the emerging measure late Friday, and it confirmed what lawmakers, aides and lobbyists have described […]

Obama’s tightrope on when to exert power

Obama could rely on the authorization obtained by President George W. Bush in 2001 that granted the president powers to pursue terrorists.

Obama’s tightrope on when to exert power

When it comes to President Barack Obama’s exerting of presidential powers, Republicans have made it clear they want to keep him in check. Except when they don’t. Democrats want the president to be aggressive in his use of executive authority. But not at all times. Obama’s go-it-alone strategy on immigration, health care and the environment […]

More rabid rhetoric about Homeland Security mess

More rabid rhetoric about Homeland Security mess

House Republican leaders on Sunday demanded that Democrats begin negotiations on funding for the Homeland Security Department and President Barack Obama’s unilateral actions on immigration. Democrats showed no indication they were willing to talk, and some Republicans said the party should simply surrender and give the agency money without conditions. With a partial shutdown of […]

Dems say Homeland Security mess will hurt GOP

Dems say Homeland Security mess will hurt GOP

Democrats are losing some skirmishes over the Department of Homeland Security, but many feel they are winning a political war that will haunt Republicans in 2016 and beyond. Democrats lacked the votes Friday to force Republicans to fund the department for a year with no strings. Still, even some Republicans say party leaders are on […]

Senate moving Homeland Security bill while House stalls

Senate moving Homeland Security bill while House stalls

The Senate is moving forward on legislation to fund the Homeland Security Department, but the House is in limbo two days away from a partial agency shutdown as conservatives angrily reject the Senate plan. Many House Republicans say they aren’t ready to admit defeat and approve spending for the department without demanding concessions from President […]

GOP may need Dems’ help on Homeland bill

GOP may need Dems’  help on Homeland bill

For all the talk of Republican House Speaker John Boehner being trapped by the quarrel over funding the Homeland Security Department, he holds a potential escape key, if he’s willing to use it: cooperative Democrats. Aides say he doesn’t like it, but Boehner sometimes relies on Democrats to help pass measures that many — and […]

Obama finding opposition from both right and left

Obama finding opposition from both right and left

Reps. Barbara Lee and John Fleming are highly dubious at best about President Barack Obama’s requests for enhanced powers to make trade deals and to deploy the U.S. military. And that’s like oil and water mixing easily. Ideological chasms usually separate Democrat Lee of California — one of Congress’ proudest liberals — and Republican Fleming […]

What, exactly, what does it mean to be a Democrat?

What, exactly, what does it mean to be a Democrat?

Democrats are struggling to answer a simple question — “What’s a Democrat?” — and must do a better job of explaining their core values to voters, according to a task force formed after the party’s dismal showing in the 2014 election. “I am here to tell you the Democratic Party has lost its way,” said […]

Boehner to Democrats: Get off their ‘ass’

Boehner to Democrats: Get off their ‘ass’

House Speaker John Boehner challenged Senate Democrats Wednesday to “get off their ass” and pass a bill to fund the Homeland Security Department and restrict President Barack Obama’s executive moves on immigration. His comments seemed highly unlikely to change Senate Democrats’ behavior. But they underscored a worsening stalemate on Capitol Hill with funding for the […]

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